I am British and have only sailed with P & O. Arcadia and Oriana. We liked to sit on the promenade deck on on sun loungers provided though not easy to find some free. But
you were told to remove any items people left on them to reserve and sit there yourself which was fair. We prefer to sit on deck rather than by the pool as it is so crowded. There is no mention of chairs on the deck on the Golden Princess so does anyone know if there are any. Less than 6 weeks to go to our cruise and we are very excited.
I do enjoy reading all the messages which keeps me in the mood.
Sorry to disappoint, but MV Golden Princess does not have deck lounges on the Promenade Deck. The only seats there are wood benches (with backs, but no padding) that double as lifeboat lockers. There is, however, a deck area aft of the Horizon Court with a small pool where you can find lounges with a view of the water.
Have a wonderful cruise -- "Grand Mediterranean" itinerary, isn't it?
"Thanks Norm for the info. Yes it is the Grand Mediterranean-have you any tips on how to get to Rome by ourselves from the port."
Where the destination city is some distance from the port, Princess usually offers a "shore excursion" called "(name of city) on your own" that provides transportation between the pier and the central area of the destination city. This "shore excursion" probably is your best option if you would like to explore such desination cities independently. When the motorcoach arrives in the destination city, the guide specifies a time and a place to meet for the return trip and sets you free for the allocated time.
I should forewarn you that Rome's major attractions draw notorious crowds and thus usually have long queues for admission during the summer, but that tour groups have prearranged times so they don't have to wait in the queues for admission. If you wish to see the major attractions (St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, the Colliseum, etc.), it would be better to take a regular shore excursion so you won't lose half of your time in Rome waiting in the queues. The "shore exersion" called "Rome on Your Own" would be the preferred option if your intent is either to shop or to meet friends there.
We are very envious of your upcoming cruise on the Golden. We did the Venice to Barcelona on June 19. It was fantastic, although hectic.
I agree with Norm regarding shore excursions and particularly at Rome. Although the prices are high, we did the Eternal City tour ($169.00 l think), it is probably the only way to see some of Rome in the short time available. As Norm indicates, the tours seem to get preferential treatment at some venues. The guide was excellent and the bus was air conditioned, and they gave us a good lunch with unlimited wine. It was swelteringly hot and crowded in Rome and l would not want to tour it any other way.
Our table mates, whom we became close friends with, were from England and they tried to do everything on their own, l think to save money. They took the train into Rome, fought the heat and the crowds, gave up, and took the train back. They ended up seeing very little of Rome and unfortunately formed a bad opinion about this wonderful city.
My wife and I are taking the Golden Princess On Aug 30, Venice to New York City. Our first time on this ship. Part of the (Adventures Ashore) that they are offering is: When the ship arrives in Naples they have a "grand overland tour." We leave the ship and board transportation for a 3 hour ride to Rome. They offer a full day tour of Rome, with an overnight in Rome. Then the next day we're driven to Florence for another tour. We then rejoin the ship that evening prior to sailing from Livorno for Monte Carlo.. Cost for this package is $429 per person. Check to see if they are offering this tour on your cruise.