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MCPayne 02-09-2013 08:17 PM

Golden Princess Questions
 
Hi everyone.

I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but I do have some questions. I'm looking into the possibility of an Alaskan cruise, but I do have some questions. I think I have it narrowed down to the Golden Princess roundtrip from Seattle, leaving August 25th.

Being it's an Alaskan cruise, and I may bring a friend with me, I was thinking about getting a balcony stateroom. It's a bit tight financially, but I think I can afford it. I was looking into a forward balcony stateroom, as those are the best value. I know they're probably the furthest from the public areas, but aside from that, are there any other disadvantages to booking one of those, as opposed to one closer to the middle of the ship? I was looking at one on Deck 10, I think, to avoid noise from above and below, since those are staterooms on those decks, according to the Princess website.

I thought about just doing an inside or ocean view stateroom, then just going to the lounges or open decks for the glacier days. While this is less expensive, I know it's probably more crowded in those areas, which is why I was leaning towards a balcony cabin. Also, those of you that have done similar cruises, is there a better view / scenery on either side? I was thinking the starboard (right side), so we could look at the glaciers as we leave Seattle and head north.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

janfred 02-10-2013 03:44 AM

McPayne,

Right now Princess is offering the Balcony for the same price as the Ocean view. I have had a cabin forward and I didn't find any diadvantage to that location at all. We were starboard and the scenery was fabulous but I am sure it was on Portside too. Hope this helps you ! Enjoy !

MCPayne 02-10-2013 08:50 AM

Thanks Janfred. I thought that was NCL that was offering that. I actually did look at an NCL cruise, and may do that, but I'll keep from posting questions about that in this thread. I'll start a new discussion in the NCL thread for that one, if I have any questions.

Nadine 02-10-2013 12:52 PM

We were on the Golden Princess, roundtrip from Seattle, in 2010. The Golden Princess has proven to be one of our favorite ships. We were on the starboard side, toward the front of the ship, and were happy with the location. You won't be in the open ocean so rough seas won't be an issue.

There was a naturalist on board named Michael Modzelewski. He gave several fantastic presentations. If he is still on the ship, and you have an opportunity to hear him, it's well worth your time.

We had a balcony cabin and were glad we did. The weather was nice and we were able to be outside on the balcony much of the time. We saw whales, otters, etc. while sitting on our own deck. We enjoyed the main decks, too, while seeing the glaciers or when entering or leaving a port. But much of the time was spent in our own space.

Whatever you decide, you will be amazed at the beauty that Alaska has to offer. Enjoy planning your wonderful cruise!

Nadine

MCPayne 02-12-2013 03:59 PM

Thanks Nadine. Unfortunately, work threw me a curve ball, so to speak, so I can't take vacation when I was hoping to. I'd have to go in late June / early July, to put it simply. That being said, I don't think I can afford a balcony. Even an ocean view is probably a stretch. I'll let you know what I decide, if anything.

f-mattox 02-12-2013 05:00 PM

It's amazing how much the time of the season changes the cruise fares; but Golden Princess has plenty of open deck space for viewing so even an inside cabin would still give you a wonderful vacation.

RichC 02-13-2013 02:15 AM

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Originally Posted by MCPayne (Post 297495)
Thanks Nadine. Unfortunately, work threw me a curve ball, so to speak, so I can't take vacation when I was hoping to. I'd have to go in late June / early July, to put it simply. That being said, I don't think I can afford a balcony. Even an ocean view is probably a stretch. I'll let you know what I decide, if anything.

For many years we've always booed a balcony but on a recent B2B 28 day canal trip we opted to save considerable $$$ and just went with an obstructed view and never missed it. Compared to the amount we saved, we still had a great time and we're doing the same thing on our next B2B in April. Sure the balcony is a nice feature but so is not spending an additional $1,000 or more.

wooddon 02-13-2013 07:54 AM

We will never go on a cruise without a balcony. Just because we can get fresh air in our cabin and sit out there with no one around to bug you. No manner what it cost, we will alway book a balcony. We don't find the cost to be that much of a difference.

janfred 02-13-2013 12:04 PM

Princess is going to run thier special on Balcony for an Ocean view price until Dec 31 or space runs out. Check it out, this may be a nice deal for you. I checked out their web site and both are the same price.

RichC 02-13-2013 01:35 PM

Having a balcony is one of the nicest things about cruising, if your funds are unlimited, BUT if it means forgoing another cruise during the year or possibly not going at all due to price considerations it's one of the major items that can be trimmed back to make it affordable.


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