With the dinning choices onboard Golden/Grand Princess, once you have traditional dinning you are able to try out the personal choice dinning, but you can't go from PC to traditional, so you are free to give it a try. There are now just 2 formal nights during their 7 day cruise, so a dark suit or tux are fine for those nights. On the other remaining 5 casual nights dresses and pant suits are good for the girls and docker type pants and polo shirts are fine for the guys, so you really don't need to go out and buy a new wardrobe, but it is a good excuse :-)
There are also a few excersions you can do on your own, but if you see somthing you really want to do, you can also pre-book on-line at the Princess web site, very easy, you will just need your booking number and you can get that from your travel agent or by calling 1-800-Princess.
If you want a nice spot to snorkel in, you can take a cab to Red Hook ferry to St. Johns and then another cab to Trunk Bay, great snorkeling and a beautiful island, well worth the time and effort to get there. The ship will also offer an excersion there, but you can go on your own and also save a few dollars. Last week we did the America's Cup Regatta in St. Maarten, and it was great fun! Pic is of us on the winning boat, you can either do a major job or not, its totally up to you.
You can also secure your account with cash when you board if you like, and remember too that they are now doing the automatic tipping, will be taking out $10.00 per day, per person. I kind of liked having that taken care of for me, I can still adjust the amounts or have it taken off and tip the old fashioned way, but it saved us from carring the extra cash for that.
Here is a link to "Kuki's" review of Golden Princess from last week, we all had a wonderful time, enjoy:
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