Has anyone recently taken a cruise on the Golden Princess? We are going in February. I have heard that since being under the Carnival umbrella that the Princess line has gone downhill and the staff on the Golden was not very friendly. Any reply will be appreciated.
i was on the golden i april 2005. service was excellent, and they really are into customer, i had always sailed carnival before, and was truly impressed with princess,that im going again in a month. im sure you will notice a big difference. JIM
We were on the Golden for her transatlantic repo in August/September and found a dramatic drop in quality and service in the six months or so since our last Princess cruise in February. You can see my reviews of both cruises (Golden August, Diamond February) in the readers reviews section.
I am going on the Golden Princess next month to Southern Caribbean with my wife. I am looking forward to it very much. I will be sure to post a review. I avidly read cruise line and ship reviews, both in this forum and others and have found both this ship and Princess in general to be consistently considered excellent. There are the rare occassions like the aforementioned review, but I think it worth while to go with the consensus rather than one, perhaps overly judgemental, or having overly high expectations, from one individual or even two. I have cruised on Princess before and have always been pleased with everything about the cruise. In fact, in June 06 we are going to Tahiti on Tahiti Princess we enjoy the line so much.
Thank you for the reply. This is my first time on Princess. as a matter of fact my cousin is from Ivins, Ut. and she has sailed many times on Princess and will be with all of us. I do hope you have a good trip. I will look for your review when you get back. We are going over a day early and are staying at the San Juan Marriott resort. We put a bid in on Priceline. Are you going over early and if so where are you staying?
Going in Feb. the northerners were worried about getting out in case of a storm. My son and family are coming out of Reno and I advised them to take a southern connector.
We are going 1-day early and staying at the Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan. We went ahead and took the Princess hotel plus cruise pkg for the day. We're only staying for 1 night as we have to arrive the day before to make the cruise departure. From Salt lake City, where we are, we can't get any good connections to get us in on the day of departure. Well, we could arrive the day of departure if we wanted to hang around an airport back East for 12 hours between flights--- .
As it is we arrive at 8PM the night before. Pretty expensive for one night, but I didn't feel like hunting down another hotel. So we took the Princess transfers from airport-hotel-ship coming in to Puerto Rico.
I've got us signed up for excursions on all our stops. Wanted to do some snorkeling, but wife just went through nose surgery and the doc wants her to stay out of ocean (pool ok) during the time frame we're on the cruise. I deviated from the cruiseline's offer of excursions only on St. Thomas where I found a classic wooden 43' sailing yacht, the Winifred, which only takes 6 passengers out around the islands for a daysail for snorkeling and a really nice lunch served onboard. Has a captain (lady) and crew, provides gear if needed, 1st mate goes in snorkeling with you. Had great reviews from many and sounded so relaxing and peaceful for our last port of call. No crowds, etc. Here's the website if your interested: http://www.sailwinifred.com/