My husband,myself and my parents were on the Golden Princess the week of April 13, 2002. We had a fantastic time. We were on the Sun Princess 5 years ago with our whole family for my wedding and really enjoyed the ship and the crew and decided to try Princess again. The Golden is a magnificent ship. The service and the food was excellent and the rooms were very spacious. I liked that there was a laundry room just down the hall. Jose our steward was excellent, he would wait until we left the room, then cleaned it and if we came back half an hour later it was done. It's true there were never enough chairs around the pools but that happens with every ship I have been on or Island resorts too.
We had a excellent time and would sail Princess again. My parents have been on 19 cruises and enjoyed themselves too. Had excellent weather too! I would recommend getting the soft drink sticker, $17.50 US for unlimited soft drinks. I'm from Toronto, Canada, had great rates for cruise only. Went on two shore excursions, Regatta Racing in St. Martin and Helicopter ride in St. Thomas. Worth the money