Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Golden Princess
Sailing Date: January 8th, 2005
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
This was the second cruise that my wife and I have taken. We sailed the Southern itinerary from San Juan, P.R. The ports we visited were St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. Although throughout our cruise we had a lot of rain it didn't put a damper on the ports we visited. St. Lucia was absolutely beautiful. The pitons (2 mountain peaks rising out of the ocean) are worth seeing again and again. Barbados was very trashy. If you are going to do anything there book it with the cruise line. Antigua was great. We highly recommend going to the beach. In St. Maarten we did the America's Cup sailing race. It was worth every penny. Even if I had quite a large lady fall into my lap. St. Thomas was great as well, especially the shopping. Overall the itinerary was awesome. I wish I could say the same about our cruise line. Granted, we have only sailed once before. It was on the Navigator of the Seas from Royal Caribbean. This ship overall was absolutely terrible. For starters the food was so disgusting that we always looked for other places to eat off of the ship and also looked for food to buy to bring on the ship. The Navigator's food was excellent. The Golden Princess's service was terrible along with the food. I bought a coke sticker the first day. Every time I tried to use it, no one wanted to help me unless I went to one of the bars. I was almost scared to use the sticker especially at the buffet and pizzeria. The only good service we received was our bedroom steward and our waiter at the stake house in which we had to spend $30.00 to eat. The ship is so poorly laid out the it is tough to get around. The entertainment was poor. The cruise director (Omar) was ridiculous. He thought he was so cool when we really wasn't. If you are looking for a large ship that you won't get sick on, do not pick this ship. On the Navigator, we didn't feel a thing. On the Golden Princess, we couldn't walk down the hall without falling against the wall. The ship always seemed to stick.
They positioned the main outdoor pool and indoor pool directly between the buffet and the pizzeria. The smell of the food seemed to be trapped in the pool area. Especially in the indoor pool area. No one was ever in the indoor pool, probably because of the smell.
At time of check out we went to the purser's desk to check out our onboard account. We waited in line for over 45 min. and there were only 3 people in front of us. There were 5 separate people fighting with the worker at the desk over their accounts. The workers were very unprofessional and not courteous. They have no idea what customer service is. I'm just glad we didn't have a problem with our account.
Needless to say we will NEVER sail with Princess again. If you want a beautiful fun cruising experience, cruise with Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the seas. If I had to rate this cruise on a scale from 1 to 10, overall I would rate this ship a 4. NOT worth the money we spent. Just to let you know, every one else that we talked to felt the same way we did. I hope this helps.