Christmas cruise

Golden Princess Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 54

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Golden Princess

13 Night New Zealand (Auckland Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 16, 2019

Ship: Golden Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B706

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Had a good time. Weather wasn't friendly which did impact on cruise. Captain decided to divert ship from going south to Fjorjland and Dunedin due to weather forecast. Instead we went to Picton. I can understand why he did it, but a bit hasty and over cautious. As it turned out, weather would've been fine when we'd have got there. Despite this, we had a fun cruise. Met lovely fellow passengers.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Platinum member, so priority embarkation.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Would have given 5 stars if they offered any of the summer fruits in season. Fruit selection was pineapple, melon and canned peaches and apricots. Plus some other basics like Apple, banana, oranges. It's summertime. Where's the strawberries, nectarines, peaches, apricots, cherries, kiwifruit???? Otherwise, food in Horizon and Canaletto dining room was excellent.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
What we expected.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Stage shows were average. Standout was Colin Salter playing in the Promenade Bar each night. Brilliant.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Couldn't fault any of the staff we encountered.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship clean, but showing its age. Fittings in our room creaked and groaned during moderate seas (I thought it was our neighbours).

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
B706. Comfortable, clean. Just tired. ......

Ship tip

Air conditioning harbours bugs. Sleep with balcony door open if possible. Take medication for sore throats, coughs.

Ports of call

Melbourne, Australia

5 out of 5

Napier, New Zealand

1 out of 5
Never went.??! .

Tauranga, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Pleasant port.

Cruise Fjordland National Park

1 out of 5
Captain diverted ship due to forecast. It would've been fine if he'd gone, but I understand he had to make an early decision.

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Pleasant port but very expensive to get to Christchurch.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

1 out of 5
Same as Fjorjland. Got diverted unnecessarily.

Wellington, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Lots to do

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
No problem.
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