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Golden Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

As the second installment in what came to be known as the Grand Class, the 109,000-gross-ton Golden Princess shared with its sisters an impressive list of seagoing achievements, including the first swim-against-the-tide lap pool at sea, the largest casino afloat, the first wedding chapel at sea, and more private balconies than any other ship at the time.

But as noteworthy as the Golden Princess was, it actually was part of a much larger family tree that included three sisters of the same tonnage and four smaller sisters that together composed the Sun Class. Its influence was felt far beyond even those original seven ships, however; even the most recent offerings from Princess right up to the Ruby Princess are generally based on the blueprint of the Grand Class.

Golden Princess Public Rooms & Dining Options
One of the most distinct features of the Golden Princess and her sisters was the disco in the sky—a unique structure high above the stern that some observers likened to a shopping cart handle. It was the calling card of the ship, making her instantly recognizable in any port.

Another innovative aspect of the Golden Princess design was its three dining rooms instead of a single cavernous one, that come in handy for the line’s Personal Choice Dining Program, which allows passengers to choose from Traditional Dining with early and late seatings for dinner or Anytime Dining. The ship’s 24-hour casual restaurant offers a buffet alternative for breakfast and lunch; at night it becomes a sit-down bistro on one side and the Sterling Steakhouse on the other. Sabatini’s—another Golden Princess trademark—is the ship’s venue for upscale Italian fare, and has established itself over the years as one of cruising’s more popular alternative restaurant concepts.

Cabins aboard Golden Princess
The designers of the Golden Princess wanted private verandahs to be available to virtually everyone, and this ship has more than 700 cabins with balconies, ranging from standard outside cabins to mini-suites and full suites. The mini-suites are among the largest of its kind, featuring a full sitting area with a large sofa, a comfortable chair, and a second TV. Mini-suites also have large balconies that extend further out than other balconies. The design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but it also does not offer much in the way of privacy.

In keeping with the “Big Ship Choice, Small Ship Feel” mantra of these ships, there are a number of nooks and crannies for a little peace and quite, including a small library, writing room, and a card room. Kids, on the other hand, will find plenty of spaces just for them on this truly groundbreaking ship.

Golden Princess cruising Ship Information
Golden Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Grand Class of cruise ships. The ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Lotus Spa, Movies Under the Stars®, more than 700 balcony cabins and an entire deck of Mini Suites, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2001 ♦ Ship's Class: Grand Class ♦ Year Refurbished 2009 ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 109,000 ♦ Length 951 ft - 289 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,636 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,209 ♦ Passenger Decks 14 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,100 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 1,318 ♦ Suites with Balcony 217 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 514 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 214 ♦ Inside 366 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 13 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Crown Grill Steakhouse ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Putting Course

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center

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