by Kathleen Crain
British Isles & Ireland
August 30, 2006
Our cruise on the Golden Princess started badly with our transfer from Victoria Coach Station in London to Southampton. There was only one Princess representative at the station and as a result most people stood in line for over an hour to give in their transfer tickets. The lorry driver for the luggage got lost and didn't arrive at the station until an hour after we were supposed to go. Male passengers had to climb up on and load the lorry or we never would have been able to leave. We were further delayed by an accident on the highway. By the time we on the ship it was time for lifeboat drill---no lunch for us!
The hallways were very narrow and difficult for room stewards and passenger so navigate. The space in the Princess Theater and the Vista Lounge was not adequate for the number of people wanting to see entertainment and many were angry at being turned away.
On a positive note, The food and service in the Canaletto Dining Room were first rate. The balconies were large and a joy to be on. The shore excursions were excellent.
Think we'll stick to Holland America and Celebrity in the future.