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 --
It is, of course, the parents' job to supervise their children. But, we no longer live in that kind of world. This understood, and the fact that unsupervised children bother many, it becomes the cruise lines' responsibility to keep the customers happy (by doing the job of supervision that many parents' refuse to do).
Did you do the PC dinning or the traditional? Wondering how the food was in the dinning room and Horizon court? Guess I could just wait a few more days and find out myself, but on our last Princess cruise, we found the food and service in the dinning rooms to be excellent, hope that hasn't changed. I do agree with you on the kid situation, been fortunate so far and have never had kids bother me, but I truly like kids and don't mind if there are a lot on the ships, usually you don't see them too much.
Thanks for all your tips on Golden, enjoy Christmas tomorrow!