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Lash 08-16-2007 07:18 PM

OK< I've benn watching this board for the last few months since we booked on the Golden Princess Sept. 1st Alaska cruise. First time cruisers and haven't noticed any mention of the Golden Princess. Any info on this ship? As I said we are going on our first cruise, belated honeymoon by 35 years, but finally getting a chance to go off on our own without kids or relatives. Blue collar from the word go. Any clues?

f-mattox 08-16-2007 08:46 PM

Hello Lash and welcome to cruise-chat.

For your first cruise you selected a great ship and a great itinerary--the classic 7 day Inside Passage, round trip from Seattle.

What can I tell you about Golden Princess? She has two sisters, Grand Princess and Star Princess; so anything you read about them would apply to Golden Princess also. She is big, spotlessly clean and well maintained. Four fresh water pools, two that can be covered in bad weather. Beautiful dining rooms and lounges. Huge casino, spa and gym areas. Wonderful buffet (Horizon Court) and pizza and burgers available by the pool, and bars everywhere.

Anything in particular I can help you with, please just ask; and congratulations on your belated Honeymoon--it's about time!

Lash 08-18-2007 09:46 PM

Thanks f-mattox, definetly value your opinion. Time's getting close and we can't wait, it's only about an hour drive into Seattle for us so I'm sure we'll be at the dock bright and early on Sat. morning

lmt 08-19-2007 10:43 AM

Our first cruise was on the Golden in 2001. Was in total awe all the whole time. Was on it's sister ship the Grand just this Jan and it was just fantastic also. I agree you made a fine choice on the ship selection.

Psimmons 01-26-2008 07:47 PM

Hello Lash, WE are going on the Golden Princess Sept. 6, 2008. I know you are excited as I am. WE are on the Caribe deck. Cabin 609 with a balcony. I have read a lot of useful information on this site. I hope we have made a good choice of rooms. We had room B733 on Baja deck at first, but had to change it due to more people going with us. I was wondering if people can see us from the top decks?

Cruise Fanatic 01-27-2008 07:58 AM

I just came off the Golden Princess January 12th. The ship has a lot of activities, good shows, and I found the crew had a lot of energy and really interacted with the passengers.

Lash 01-27-2008 09:56 AM

Well Psimmons,having only made one cruise (Golden Princess/ Alaska Sept.'07) I'm definetly not an expert when it comes to cabin location. All I can tell you is that we had a minisuite on Dolphin deck D-409 that we enjoyed emensely. Granted when out on the balcony we could be seen from above but I didn't have the feeling that anyone above was that interested in what we were doing. After all it was Sept. and it wasn't like we were out on the balcony half naked trying to sun bathe. I'm sure you'll enjoy your cruise as much as we did.

f-mattox 01-27-2008 02:11 PM

Psimmons, I'm sure you will be very happy with C609; it is really a better choice than B733. It is more centrally located and the balcony is larger and partially covered--you can have privacy if you wish or be out in the open. But my experience was been the same as Lash: people above have always been very respectful of others' privacy, even when sun bathing.

Psimmons 01-30-2008 06:58 PM

It looks like we have changed rooms again... At this time it is on the Aloha deck, room A730. It looks like we are doom for the back of the ship...Looking at the book, it looks like there is a small pool not too far from us. I am thinkig it might be a nice deck to sit and read or just relax. The reason we keep changing decks is our party is growning and we are trying to get close to everyone. Does anyone know anything about this area of the ship? Appreciate anyones input.

f-mattox 01-30-2008 07:12 PM

Boy, you keep getting bounced around--first, Baja, then Caribe, and now Aloha. I have a short post on the Golden Princess thread started by aussiechick7 a few days ago, but briefly, my wife was recently in A706 and it's a great cabin in a great location; by far the best of the three--now stay put!

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