Golden Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Great time had by all!

Sail Date: August 14, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

Overall it is a very nice ship. We prefer smaller ships that carry less than 1500 passengers but it seems those days are gone for the trips we want to make. It was a lot of walking to get to our destination from our cabin on the 8th deck. We managed. Liked very much that the elevator and stairwell area is very familiar to other ships we've cruised on. Some restaurants and bars are not well marked, walked by Sabatini's and the Wheelhouse several times before noticing where they were, and never found one of the speciality restaurants at all.

Pros: Tracy Arms Fjord is a must see by everyone!!!! Get a balcony!!!

Cons: Where was the Alaskan crab on the menu? Very disappointed

Recommends Golden Princess? Yes!

Food and Dining
We chose the Anytime dining option and ate in the Bernini and Donatello 3 times, enjoyed each experience. Both can be a little loud at times. Favorite dinner was the shrimip & lobster night, food was delicious and we had the best table and best waiter available. Were disappointed that more Alaskan King Crab was not offered as anticipated. Only offered as an appy one night and we did not go to the dining room as we had a long day on shore.
Ship Quality
A little bigger than we prefer, took a while to get comfortable with the layout so accessibility was frustrating at first; got better as the week went on. Decor is a little elaborate in the Atrium area, we prefer clean lines over gold and glitz. No complaints about the cleanliness.
Cabin / Stateroom
Single beds not very comfortable and they were advertised as luxury beds in brochure. Slept on pull out. Unpleasant musty odor outsited stateroom in hallway at the end of deck 8. We made 3 people aware of it but it stayed all week.
Entertainment
Variety, overall qualityand schedule was a little disappointing. Although we did enjoy our balcony very much so there was little on offering that tore us away. Would have enjoyed some adult afternoon activities on deck. I understand that the 'movies under the stars' have taken the place of activities and games offered in the past. Too bad. Did not go to the movies. Not interested in watching movies on my cruise.
Service and Staff
First day out we were unhappy with the friendliness of the staff at one of the outside bars. On such a big ship it is a bit difficult to form acquaintances with crew members as we have always enjoyed. However, we did form friendships with a select few and they could not do enough for us. In the Horizon Court and Calypso Bar we were greeted by the same team of great folks on a daily basis and we made the effort to reside where they were stationed so that we could visit and of course they were just terrific.
Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier & Glacier Gardens and Rainforest excursion will not disappoint.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier & Glacier Gardens
Ketchikan, Alaska
We took the duckboat tour which was okay. With limited time in port we wanted to get the best bang for our buck but would have enjoyed the opportunity to walk Creek Street.
Skagway, Alaska
Red Onion Saloon...wait for a bar seat and chat with the staff.
Don't Miss: Red Onion


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