If you are sailing (or contemplating sailing) on the Golden Princess, you should check out Kuki's review on the www.cruisemates.com web site under "member reviews". Since we were on the same cruise, I have also posted our thoughts and observations on the same cruise. Kuki was part of a large group and loved the cruise because of the people he was with. We were traveling as a single couple and, consequently, saw things through slightly different lenses. Still, our general views on the ship, personnel, strengths and weaknesses, are pretty much in line with each others.
I, too, was on the New Year's sailing on Golden (with Kuki's group). I really enjoyed reading your review. I agree with a lot of what you and Kuki both wrote. It was especially nice to get the perspective of someone who was not in our group, sailing solo. For me, it was this group (not Princess) who made this cruise a great experience.
Of my four cruises, I would rank Golden as the third best. And that is only because I didn't care for the Western Caribbean on the cruise I would rank as our least favorite cruise.
I totally agree with you about the Desert Rose restaurant. We had an excellent lunch there (and Mexican food is not one of my favorites). The service was excellent also.
Thank you for posting your reivew.
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