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GordonOKC 08-22-2008 12:23 PM

Hello all. I've looked over this message board for the past couple of days and enjoy the enthusiasm expressed.

I've sailed the Dawn Princess October 7, 2007 during the Mexican Rivera cruise. As to be expected, I'm hooked.

I've booked the April 1, 2009 Hawaiian cruise on the Golden Princess. This is to treat myself for a birthday celebration as I turn sixty during this cruise. The nice lady who took my booking at Princess noted the BD and included that information during the booking. The stateroom is guaranteed AD, Emerald Level with free upgrade if available. (I'm not holding my breath on that)

Presently the choice is for Anytime Dining. My feelings were mixed because on past cruises I enjoyed visiting with the same people, sharing onshore experiences, plus the service and interaction from the same staff. However, I decided this time (considering the cruise is 14 days) I may enjoy more flexibility to work around the shows and movies offered.

As the date draws near there may be some questions as I seek onshore experiences enjoyed by others here. What a well traveled group you are.

GordonOKC 08-22-2008 12:23 PM

Hello all. I've looked over this message board for the past couple of days and enjoy the enthusiasm expressed.

I've sailed the Dawn Princess October 7, 2007 during the Mexican Rivera cruise. As to be expected, I'm hooked.

I've booked the April 1, 2009 Hawaiian cruise on the Golden Princess. This is to treat myself for a birthday celebration as I turn sixty during this cruise. The nice lady who took my booking at Princess noted the BD and included that information during the booking. The stateroom is guaranteed AD, Emerald Level with free upgrade if available. (I'm not holding my breath on that)

Presently the choice is for Anytime Dining. My feelings were mixed because on past cruises I enjoyed visiting with the same people, sharing onshore experiences, plus the service and interaction from the same staff. However, I decided this time (considering the cruise is 14 days) I may enjoy more flexibility to work around the shows and movies offered.

As the date draws near there may be some questions as I seek onshore experiences enjoyed by others here. What a well traveled group you are.

f-mattox 08-22-2008 11:36 PM

Hello GordonOKC, and welcome to Cruise-Chat;

you have picked a great way to mark an important birthday. My wife and I did the same Hawaii cruise last year and really loved it.

All of us here love cruising and love to talk about cruising. If there is anything we can help you with please ask--someone here will know; or at least know how to help you find out.

In the meantime, if you are so inclined, please tell us a little about yourself.

I think Anytime Dining could be a good choice for the cruise; two weeks could be a long time at the same table.

Anyway, nice to meet you, and a very early "Happy Birthday!".

Rick

GordonOKC 08-23-2008 12:20 AM

Thank you for the warm welcome, Rick. http://bestsmileys.com/waving/7.gif

As far as information about myself. I'm in healthcare and have been for most of my working career. Vacations have usually been devoted to visiting relatives. Now I'm seeking to spread my wings, seek adventure and unashamedly reward myself. Perhaps the death of a sibling last year caused me to become more self reflective and decided to look up from the old grindstone and as stated by Auntie Mame, "Live, live, live. Life is a smorgasbord and most poor suckers are starving. " (or something like that)

As mentioned, I'm new to cruising and have been kicking myself hard for waiting so long. Such is the advise I offer to anyone who ask.

When visiting Hawaii I would like to experience underwater in one of Atlantis Submarine tours, fly over a volcano in a helicopter, visit Pearl Harbor, walk on a beach, and feast at a Luau.

f-mattox 08-23-2008 12:40 AM

And you shall do all of those things.

I'm sorry to hear of your loss; sometimes such events awaken in us the realization that our time here is finite. I fell in love with cruising when i had the good fortune to work for Princess as a musician in the mid-70's. And my father passed before he was able to fully enjoy the fruits of his labor; so I have been indulging my passion--within reason of course--ever since.

As I suggested to another poster in the Princess forum, you can click on the "Find" tab at the top of thie page and enter the names of your ports. You will get much good information, including excursion suggestions. It sounds like you already know what you want to do; you just have to figure out which to do where.

Rick

LesleyW 10-28-2008 05:05 PM

http://bestsmileys.com/waving/7.gif Hi, myself and my husband will also be sailing on the 1st April 09 with 9 friends, to celebrate my 50th birthday, we are flying in from the London the day before and staying overnight in LA. We are all so much looking forward to the cruise. Do you know if the casino on board will be closed, I have looked at other comments and it seems they do not open the casino on this route.

f-mattox 10-28-2008 05:16 PM

Hello LesleyW, and welcome to you also;

the casino is only closed while you are in Hawaiian waters and in port in Ensenada. As I recall, the Casino closed late the night before our first Hawaiian port and reopened about an hour after leaving our last Hawaiian port.

Have a wonderful cruise, and an early "Happy Birthday" to you also.

Rick

cclaar 10-29-2008 06:10 AM

Does anyone know if the pools on the Golden Princess are heated? If so what is the normal temp? We are going to Hawaii over Christmas and New Years and my kids are hoping to swim.

Thanks

penny3333 10-29-2008 09:36 AM

Hi GordonOKC and LesleyW and cclaar, what a fantastic itinerary and a beautiful ship. I hope you all enjoy Princess as much as we do. They're our favorite line, so far. Sorry to hear of your loss, GordonOKC. Happy birthday to you and LesleyW, it's a great way to celebrate. cclaar, I don't believe the pools are heated, at least they've never felt that way to me. I do frequent the hot tubs though. The pools on Princess ships are fresh water, which is nice. Depending on the ages of your children, they probably won't notice the water being a little chilly. It may be a little cool the first 2 days leaving California. GordonOKC, if you have a chance on Oahu, visit the punch bowl while you're at the Arizona, too. The big island is probably the best for the volcano. Maui and Kauai have some beautiful scenery for a helicopter ride. Magnificent waterfalls, lush forests. The big island isn't too shabby either. Hanauma Bay on Oahu is a great place for snorkeling. Best wishes to all for a fantastic cruise! Do try f-mattox's suggestion and use the "Find" feature for lots of ideas!

f-mattox 10-29-2008 01:58 PM

Penny is correct, the pools are not heated. But the covered pool (Calypso Reef and Pool) warms up quite nicely in a day or two. The others take a little longer. But it dosen't seem to bother the kids at all.


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