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Golden Princess Cruise Review to Transpacific

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Golden Princess

27 Night Hawaii Tahiti & South Pacific Crossing (Sydney To Los Angeles)

Sail date: April 08, 2019

Ship: Golden Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D109

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

So the Sydney/New Zealand Cruise was overall an A.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
It was not too bad . . . literally minutes from line to boarding (and we did NOT have priority boarding).

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We never go to the Main Dining Rooms for personal preference. We do visit the grills, buffets and the specialty restaurants. As usual . . . Princess has these venues locked up as the best on the seas. Horizon Court was very good. Crown Grill had the best food for specialty restaurants and Trident Gill was my friend for burgers, hot dogs and fries.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I'm into fitness so the Fitness Room over the bridge looking out to sea was amazing and calming for my morning runs. For this sailing to have been over-booked . . . you would have not known it. There was plenty of room to accommodate everyone.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
My wife and I come to relax and learn about other countries and cultures. We are not big on the group activities on board or the Entertainment Packages. We do like the shows and concerts. However we did not attend any on this trip.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Merynell was simply FABULOUS. We were sure to let her know how much we appreciated her after the Cruse. We took care of her personally.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Yes. Old girl is getting up there in age. But still . . . very cleaned and maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a Mini-suite. Plenty of room and clean. A few small plumbing issues but they were handled immediately and never troubled us again. Very minor issue. Being that far forward (under the starboard bridge), we could hear and feel the waves slamming the hull. This did not bother us because it cave us the ambiance of the full sailing experience, We loved it.

Ship tip

I'm not sure about the engineering of the vessels but it seemed that the Golden Princess tends to rock laterally (side to side) more than the Island and Ruby Princesses (and we skirted the Bering Sea on the Island). It seemed as though there were no lateral stabilizers on this ship. You get use to it within hours but it is really pronounced when you are horizontal (lying down with head and feet to bow and stern). You get a rolling feeling that can be somewhat nauseating. Overall she's a good ship, great captain and devoted crew. We would DEFINITELY cruise her again.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
We needed more time there. We walked the city before embarkation and visited the Sydney Opera House.

Cruise Fjordland National Park

5 out of 5
Somewhat underwhelming. I didn't mark less than 5 stars because that would not be fair. I guess after cruising Glacier Bay . . . . everything else has a high bar to meet.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5
We loved this port. The people were very friendly to us and welcoming. Being from the USA we did not know how we would be received (4/12/2019) is the time stamp. The USA is not very popular around the globe.

Akaroa, New Zealand

5 out of 5
We took an excursion tour around the city. Very beautiful! We were disappointed we could not visit Christchurch. There was plenty of time but all trips were sold out.It was understandably why (a few weeks after the 2019 massacre).

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Another beautiful city and equally beautiful people. We could not have asked for a more perfect weather day . . . and we are from Los Angeles, CA so we know all about beautiful weather. Its hard to beat this day. Plenty of shops and gift shopping extremely reasonable.

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5
We disembarked here in Auckland. Unfortunately we only had time to get to the airport due to the minimum flights out of Auckland to Los Angeles (only two night flights.) The city does look beautiful and very clean.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth, easy and fast. We were hoping to stay on board as long as possible since we had a late flight out but that didn't happen.
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