Golden Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

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2 out of 5

It is not Celebrity

Sail Date: April 06, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Suite

I had several issues on this cruise. First, the Happy Hours are at 3- 4, way to early: the second one is 10-11 but in a bar that chronically is noisy but empty at this time. The smoking in the casino is annoying. In order to pass through to the forward elevators on this deck, you should don a gas mask as the smoke is that bad. The smoke also drifts out to the Piazza a common area where entertainment is held. The buffet service area on the Golden Princess is extremely crowded and congested with very poor traffic flow.The food was average with the exception of the specialty restaurants. Why not, they charge you extra to get the really good stuff!! The entertainment on the stage was mediocre at best. Some of the other groups were good but they had one lady signer who was chronically off key. I have frequently used Celebrity but friends encouraged us to take Princess.  In all fairness though, most of the staff tried very hard and were courteous and friendly.

Ship Quality
It was going into drydock after our cruise however, we had to look at the chipped paint, worn varnish, etc
Food and Dining
The great dinig room options of the past are gone, One has to go to the specialty restaurants now for that experience.
Service and Staff
The cabin attendant being off for 2 days didn't help and the dining room waiter messed up 3 special requests.
Big theater not good, area singers fairly good.
Onboard Activities
Plenty of activities
Destinations and Excursions
Mexico is very limiting
Cabin / Stateroom
I thought we would get a few more amenities like Celebrity in their Concierge cabins, Did not even get an invite to the Captains cocktail hour.


The all you can drink packages are really exorbitant. Unless one plans on drinking from dawn to dusk, it is not a good deal.

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