Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Golden Princess
Sailing Date: July 25th, 2004
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
This was our first cruise with Princess; the 3 others being with RCCL and unfortunately we found Princess to be inferior to RCCL. Our Stateroom was located on Aloha deck, the deck just below the pool/band/etc. On the first night we discovered we were directly below the band and dance floor, which we heard until midnight. The bed was very bumpy and uncomfortable (although our Steward found an egg crate mattress which did help)and we were once again awoken by loud bangs from above (the crew setting up chairs around the pool). I would not recommend getting a stateroom on the deck directly below the pool and activities for this reason. We found the ship clean and nicely decorated, with the majority of the staff to be helpful and friendly. (We didn't find the staff as interactive and "fun" as we did on RCCL.) We did like the fact that Princess stopped at 5 different Ports during the trip and enjoyed various excursions. (We booked all on our own and found approximately $20 savings each time from what ship charged.)
As far as food goes we were rather disappointed; especially with the buffet. Really liked the pizza and hamburger cafes; frustrated that you had to pay for an ice cream cone! Dining room meals varied; some were very good, others only fair. Toward the end of the week it seemed that the menu choices were pretty poor. The other 3 couples at our table all agreed and often sent food back. Missed having a Gala Midnight Buffet....!!!!
All in all we did have a good time, but definitely would go RCCL not Princess.