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Old 03-31-2003, 09:50 PM
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My friend and I (24 and 27) went on the Golden Princess the last week in January 2003 and had an excellent cruising experience.

We've have been on a variety of ships - from World Cruise segments on the QE2 to short 7 days trips on Princess - and by far had the best experience on the Golden Princess.

Entertainment is top notch, food was satisfying, and service was warm and friendly. Allister, or Cruise Director, really made the trip. With his great sense of humor and ability to get even the quietest passengers involved, each night was excited and refreshing.

Being the youngest passengers on the ship, we were concerned that we might be bored. However, we found so much to do and would recommend this ship to anyone.

Our only complaint was that there was an inadequate amount of bathrooms around the Pool area. Our cabin was on Baja Deck, so we found it faster to go back to our cabin when necessary.

Our second complaint, which was no fault of Princess, were the rude, discourteous, and sometimes ignorant passengers. Some passengers felt the hot tub was a private kiddie pools for their poorly disciplined children. Even though other passengers displayed patience in waiting the 2 or so hours while these families "camped out," I think Princess should do a better job of keeping the movement flowing.

In addition, if you were not out on deck by 9am, you were out of luck finding a lounge near the pool. Not that everyone was out there lounging by 9am; just, every lounge had the obligatory Tom Clancy novel and towel, as to say, "Yeah, I'm inside eating the buffet so don't even think about taking my spot, because in a couple hours after I take a nap and the necessary antacids that accompany my overeating, I'll be back to enjoy the sun that you are ready to enjoy now."

Thumbs up for the ship, staff, food, and intinerary....thumbs down for the few cruisers who should have gone on the Carnival Jubilee.
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Old 03-31-2003, 09:50 PM
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My friend and I (24 and 27) went on the Golden Princess the last week in January 2003 and had an excellent cruising experience.

We've have been on a variety of ships - from World Cruise segments on the QE2 to short 7 days trips on Princess - and by far had the best experience on the Golden Princess.

Entertainment is top notch, food was satisfying, and service was warm and friendly. Allister, or Cruise Director, really made the trip. With his great sense of humor and ability to get even the quietest passengers involved, each night was excited and refreshing.

Being the youngest passengers on the ship, we were concerned that we might be bored. However, we found so much to do and would recommend this ship to anyone.

Our only complaint was that there was an inadequate amount of bathrooms around the Pool area. Our cabin was on Baja Deck, so we found it faster to go back to our cabin when necessary.

Our second complaint, which was no fault of Princess, were the rude, discourteous, and sometimes ignorant passengers. Some passengers felt the hot tub was a private kiddie pools for their poorly disciplined children. Even though other passengers displayed patience in waiting the 2 or so hours while these families "camped out," I think Princess should do a better job of keeping the movement flowing.

In addition, if you were not out on deck by 9am, you were out of luck finding a lounge near the pool. Not that everyone was out there lounging by 9am; just, every lounge had the obligatory Tom Clancy novel and towel, as to say, "Yeah, I'm inside eating the buffet so don't even think about taking my spot, because in a couple hours after I take a nap and the necessary antacids that accompany my overeating, I'll be back to enjoy the sun that you are ready to enjoy now."

Thumbs up for the ship, staff, food, and intinerary....thumbs down for the few cruisers who should have gone on the Carnival Jubilee.
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Old 04-01-2003, 07:28 AM
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Your assessment of Golden Princess is very accurate. While the line does seek to control the # of children below the age of 12 on cruises they can't control the # of parents or visitors who are not so thoughtful of fellow travelers. I will continue to enjoy the Golden and Princess cruises everywhere and hope for better mannered passengers.
 
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