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Golden Princess
by jesuislisa
Alaska
May 19, 2007

This was our first cruise and we did not know what to expect. We were pleasantly suprised.

The boarding process went smoothly and we waited maybe 10-15 minuites. Once on board we found our room fairly easily and was very glad to have gotten a balcony! The room was small but comfy. We had plenty of storage for our 3 suitcases of stuff! The steward was very nice and took good care of us thru the cruise. They kept the room very clean.

We bought a coke package which allowed us unlimited coke or sprite while on board. For us, well worth it ($30).

The food at the buffet was ok, not alot of variety and rather bland. We chose anytime dining and the food was good there, but since there were two of us, we had to wait 45-60 minuites for a table. If you want to sit with other people, you got seated right away.

We went to a specialty restaurant one night and the food was great. Service overall was very good. All pleasant and respectful.

Room service was great, but you had to be very specific as to what you wanted (mustard, ketchup,etc.)

Ports were fun but would have liked more time in them, but since it is a 7 day cruise, there is only so much time.

Be aware they charge 10.00 per person per day automatically for the staff and if you order room service, even just for a pot of tea, they charge another 10.00 for each time.

Ship was very clean and well kept. Lots of activities for everyone. The ship excursions we did, we not impressed with, but alot of people did enjoy them. Depends on your taste. Would have been cheaper to wait and buy excursions once we docked at ports.

Shopping on ship is limited but they put out new stuff every night on the promenade deck.

Ship is very well organized and we did express check-out and paid 15.00 to have them print our boarding passes and take our luggage to the airport and check them. This to us was well worth it and very convenient. All we had to do was get on the bus and go thru security at the airport. You must leave your baggage out the night before, so make sure you have a bag of travel size shampoo, etc. and fresh clothes for the next day! The day we left the boat we waited in our cabin until they called our group and that went very smoothly. We did not have to leave at 7 am like we had heard from other people.

Overall the cruise was well worth our money and we would sail on princess again. The views are spectacular!!