Just back from the Golden Princess and that is one nice ship. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cruise Mates cruise and can't wait for the next one, Brilliance of the Seas!
I agree with some of the comments about the layout for the dining rooms being somewhat awkward. They probably went a little overboard trying to give a huge ship a small ship feel but once you get the hang of it nothing to complain about really.
I thought the food was good, wait staff excellent (traditional), and sitting at a table for 8, there wasn't a single complaint about any choices. One couple at the table always ordered an entree each and one to split so they could try many items. Everything looked great and I really enjoyed the fish selections. I don't eat beef but wwhen others ordered, it came exactly right everytime.
I enjoyed the buffet for bfast and lunch very much but I'm totally into salad and pastas for lunch so no complaints there. Princess has the best "make a salad" selections I've seen.
I always enjoy the personnnel on Princess because they make an effort to remember names, interact with passengers, not pushy or like they have to but just friendly enough.
I didn't really find much fault with the cruise, there is nickel and diming but I pretty much ignore it, the ship is bigger than I personnaly care for but that did not keep me from having a wonderful time!