Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Golden Princess
Sailing Date: January 23rd, 2005
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
We just got back from a 7 day cruise aboard Golden Princess and we were extremely happy with the cruise. The service on board was excellent. The cabin stewards and wait staff were first rate. The shopping coordinator, Cynde, became one of our family and even helped us pick out and engagement ring. We loved the staff.
We also liked the ship very much. The ship has many beautiful common areas to enjoy and feels very spacious. The pool areas were the nicest we have seen on any ship so far. The biggest negative regarding the common areas is the space used for some of the shows. There was never enough room in the comedy shows, which were in a smaller theater than the main theater (which for some strange reason was showing movies many nights). As mentioned in other reviews, the cruise director, Omar, was terrible. Don't count on him to plan your activities.
What about the food? Very hit or miss. Something's were great and others were poor. If you are a big dessert person, this is probably not your cruise. Desserts were fair at best. The quality of the buffet was good, the pizza is good, and the grill area is also a great place to get a snack after a long day on shore but before the late seating. The premium restaurants are also not worth the price as the quality is similar to the regular restaurants. If your cruising because of the cuisine pick Celebrity or better yet Crystal. Many of the cruise said the food was similar to Royal Caribbean.
The ports of call are beautiful and why we picked this cruise. Be sure to visit St. John's when you get to St. Thomas (St. John's has the best beaches anywhere and the snorkeling is good too). The St. Marten catamaran snorkeling cruise was a blast too. We would definately cruise Princess again but as in all things in life there are negatives with the positives.