First time on Princess -- last cruise Celebrity Millenium Easter 2001
My comparisons are mostly from our last cruise --
BOth very new ships -- great care taken in decor -- design of public areas.
Golden is a beautiful ship -- seems like the newer ships improve small things that really make a difference
Loved: Tile work around the pools ; windbreaks on the decks; friendly staff; dining choices; disco; organization of photos; seating area near the casual dining area; lots of tables at casino; choices of pool areas; Refrigerator in the room -- not filled with items for sale as in the millenium.
LLots of bars -- good prices on drinks compared to any ships we have been on (quality not that great tho). Like having the option to have an adult soda card -- and very reasonably priced. Express check in ( BTW -- we didnt have a blue sticker on our plastic ticket pouch -- and were able to use express -- as long as the info has been sent in you will be ok.)
DIdnt love so much: 2 main lounges -- especially the show theatre -- didnt like the design -- we felt the service in the dining rooms suffered due to personal choice-- kind of felt rushed even with good staff-- and we always ate at slow times; slots at casino
lack of pool staff supervising children;
Hated having to wake up at 7 am in St. Thomas for immigration -- Don't know why they couldnt have check papers as you were leaving the ship -- Didn't like not having a captain's party -- we always enjoyed hearing facts about the ship from the captain.
We actually found the open closet to be handy -- and more efficient use of space despite the fact it made the room look untidy. Beds comfortable, steward not seen much, but did his job well.
ENtertainment was ok == we hated the comedien on the first night -- Lorenzo Clark -- Liked the fact they had several comedy shows -- poor planning to have the juggler perform in the show lounge with an 8 foot ceiling. Stage and show room the smallest we have ever seen -- couldnt believe it for a ship that size. We never had trouble finding a seat even though the ship was full.
The space devoted to the art sales was unbelievable- as well as the space devoted to video games. These must be good revenue makers for the ship, seemed like a waste of space to me .
Well, we enjoyed our cruise -- and the prices this sailing was offering made it a super deal. We would certainly sail on Princess again -- however we decided if the prices were equal we preferred our Celebrity cruise --