Wonderful choice! We love Princess and the Golden is a wonderful ship, not too large, not too small. Our favorite place was the Martini Bar (known on some Princess ship's as Crooner's). They usually put their best and most outgoing bartender's there .
Which cabin did you end up booking?
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
We ended up with E709 in the back part of the ship--obstructed view but not as obstructive as others. Cat E--the mid ship ones were gone! we weren't really ready to book but i was afraid that if we waited any longer we wouldn't have much of a choice.
The chef's table sounds wonderful, however we're going to try for the ships tour! from what i've heard it's not to be missed. My husband's a civil engineer and would be overjoyed to check out the engineering dept. --we're still planning and have booked for this year, however we might have to cancel due to another venture we're undertaking and may not be able to afford both--this year. The upside to all of this is it will make for more family vacations. (OT--has anyone heard of Global discovery travel network?? we're signing up and from what I gather we can get pretty good cruise discounts as well. --we came into the presentation extremely negative and came out all excited--if that says anything )