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Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

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Golden Princess itinerary and upcoming sailing dates
Jan 29 2018 New Zealand, 13 nights from $1970
Feb 11 2018 New Zealand, 13 nights from $2265
Feb 24 2018 New Caledonia and Vanuatu, 14 nights from $1782
Mar 10 2018 Tasmania, 5 nights from $890
Mar 15 2018 Australia Getaway, 2 nights from $300
Mar 17 2018 South Australia and Southeast Asia, 13 nights from $8027
Oct 22 2018 Australia Getaway, 3 nights from $471
Oct 25 2018 New Caledonia and Vanuatu, 14 nights from $2067
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Golden Princess Overview

Golden Princess Cruise Ship

Princess Cruises' lovely Golden Princess is part of the Grand class of vessels, sister ship to the Grand Princess and Star Princess. With a double occupancy of 2,590 passengers, the Golden Princess is a mid-sized ship with an intimate, familiar feel. She offers the great Princess features that the line's adherents know and love, from giant movie screens by the pool to a huge percentage of balcony cabins. Currently she sails out of Melbourne during the Southern Hemisphere summer.


Cabins and interiors
From the Grand Suite to an interior stateroom, The Golden Princess is well-appointed in light, modern Princess fashion. Despite having been in service since May 2001, her public spaces and staterooms feel modern and have been kept fresh with regular refurbishments.

The signature Princess Piazza forms the centre of the ship's public spaces, and from there spread a range of dining venues, bars, lounges and facilities to keep everyone fed, watered and entertained.


On the menu aboard Golden Princess
Let's be honest, food is what we are really here for. Did you know that the Golden Princess has not one but three main dining rooms? The Canaletto for traditional fixed seatings, and the Donatello and Bernini Dining Rooms for Anytime Dining which allows you to cater completely to the whims of your stomach and sit down whenever you please.

The Golden Princess eateries also include a range of casual options included in the cruise fare, from burgers by the pool to afternoon tea and 24-hour room service. There are several specialty restaurants for a wonderful night out.

Once dinner is over, attention turns to the ship's bars and lounges, of which there are many. They range from casual sports bars to a swanky cigar bar to the pumping Skywalkers Nightclub, offering something for everyone.


Golden Princess pools, entertainment and activities
The Golden Princess has not one, not two but four pools, meaning there is no shortage of space in the water or on sun loungers next to it. It also has sports courts, a fitness centre, shuffleboard, a putting course and more facilities to keep you active. The crew organises activities and classes, and the Scholarship@sea program keeps minds sharp.

In the evenings the Golden Princess comes alive with live music, shows and performances, Movies Under the Stars, and lots more for passengers to while away the time. The casino opens when the ship is in international waters for anyone who likes a flutter, and the top deck is where the dancing action happens late at night.


Get onshore
The shore excursion offerings for your Golden Princess cruise will of course depend on the destination! However Princess doesn't disappoint with their extensive range of tours and experiences. 

Their offerings are grouped into categories for easy decision-making: Nature and Wildlife, Arts and Entertainment,  Activities and Adventures, Famous Sites and Culinary Delights. On a Golden Princess cruise from Australia, you might find yourself swimming with dolphins in Akaroa or island-hopping in Fiji on a high-speed catamaran.



Cabins onboard the Golden Princess

The Golden Princess cabins and suites can cater to a variety of budgets and preferences. The ship has a total of 1,318 cabins for guests, and more than 60% of these have balconies.

Families will be glad of the Golden Princess' two Family Suites, accommodating 6 adults and four children or eight adults. Suites of varying sizes offer separate areas for sitting and sleeping, and the range continues through oceanview cabins down to the standard inside stateroom for those wanting an inexpensive option. All are nicely furnished and contain flat-screen TVs, safes, mini fridges, hair dryers and desks.



Food and Dining

Golden Princess food: What's available.

Dining included in your cruise fare:

  • The Canaletto Dining Room for traditional fixed-seating dining
  • The Donatello and Bernini Dining Rooms for Anytime Dining
  • International Cafe (charges apply only to specialty coffees)
  • Horizon Court buffet
  • Sundaes ice cream bar
  • Prego Pizzeria
  • Trident Grill
  • Afternoon tea in the Donatello Dining Room
  • Complimentary room service menu


Specialty Dining:

  • Sabatini's Italian restaurant
  • Crown Grill steak and seafood
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining



Entertainment

Golden Princess pools and fitness
The ship's four pools are a great way to stay active and have some fun at the same time. The outdoor Calypso Reef pool and glass-ceilinged Neptune Reef pool are both found on Deck 14, the Lido Deck. On Deck 12 you will find the heated Terrace Pool tucked away aft, and the fitness centre has a lap pool for dedicated swimmers. There are a grand total of nine whirlpools dotted around the ship, some of these in the relaxing Oasis on Deck 16.

The fitness centre includes a big area for aerobics and other classes, as well as the requisite fitness machines and free weights. There is a shuffleboard court, and a half-court where you can shoot hoops on Deck 16. Does putting count as fitness? You'll find a putting green there too.


Activities galore
As on most cruise lines, the crew will work hard to make sure you aren't bored if you don't want to be. Your onboard daily newsletter will outline what's on the schedule each day - expect to see trivia, sports tournaments, daytime movies, scavenger hunts, get-togethers for various groups, bible studies and more.

The kids will be kept busy in the Fun Zone, Teen Center and splash pool with a full-on program of activities. For those who want a quiet morning or afternoon, there is often live music in the lounges, a library, an art gallery, an internet cafe, a video arcade, and plenty of places where you can curl up with a good book.


An evening on the Golden Princess
There are two places you can go for a post-dinner show on the Golden Princess - the Princess Theater and the Vista Lounge. The former is more broadway-style while the latter is set up like a cabaret, and both host productions and featured entertainers. The other big billing each evening is Movies Under the Stars above the Calypso Reef pool.

For drinks and socialising, hit one of the many bars around the ship. These include the nautical-themed Wheelhouse Bar, the extravagant Egyptian-styled Explorer's Lounge, the Players Bar for smokers, and a few more to round out the options. The casino is found on Deck 7, and the Skywalkers Nightclub, a Princess favourite, perches on Deck 17 overlooking the ship's stern, It is reached by a set of moving ramps which add to the atmosphere of the place.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Balcony Stateroom

The spacious approximately 232-square-foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 47-square-foot private balcony. Some staterooms also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.

These features and fine amenities are standard in the Balcony stateroom:

  • Balcony with patio furniture
  • Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed*
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion
  • 100% Egyptian cotton linens
  • Satellite TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk
  • 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow

 *Due to some cabin configurations, the two twin beds may not convert to a queen size bed.

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Cost Included Dining Options

Da Vinci Dining Room and Michelangelo Dining Room

Open for the main meals with something to entice everyone.  Choose from the saily specials or the everyday menu.

Anytime Dining What this means is that you can dine with whom you like, when you like, and where you like between 5:30-10pm
Traditional Dining Two different dinner sittings, named first and second dinner sitting. First dinner sitting starts at 5:30pm and the second dinner sitting starts at 8:15pm.

Crafted by Curtis Stone

In the Main Dining Room, savour fresh new cuisine designed by award-winning Chef Curtis Stone during every voyage. Personal reflections on the menu by Chef Stone elaborate on each "Crafted" selection, prepared with the most authentic ingredients. Be enticed by dishes featuring delicious meats and seafood, fresh produce and vibrant, bold flavours.

Horizon Court buffet

Offering an endless selection of food chooses that change daily, enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner in this casual environment.

Other Dining Options available are:

  • Prego Pizzeria - pizzas and a range of Italian dishes
  • Trident Grill - burgers & hot dogs from 11am - midnight
  • International Cafe - specialty coffee and fresh pastries as well as sandwiches and quick bites. (Charges apply for Coffees & Teas)
  • New Zealand Natural Ice Cream
  • Afternoon tea
  • 24-hour room service

Cost Required Dining Options

Sabatini’s (Italian restaurant)

Savour Sabatini’s authentic offerings featuring signature pastas, Italian wines and an irresistible selection of delectable desserts, all celebrating our Italian culinary heritage.

Crown Grill Steakhouse

Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood items, this specialty restaurant offers an intimate dining experience in a classically elegant setting and an open kitchen where chefs prepare and cook to order top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood. 

Chef's Table

Taking dining to a new level, the Chef’s Table Experience includes pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the galley for you and a limited number of fellow guests. After your executive chef describes the specially designed menu for the night, participants are escorted to an intimate table for the main course, including pairing suggestions. Each couple receives a personalized autographed copy of Princess’ best-selling cookbook, a handwritten copy of the special menu and a complimentary photo.

Crab Shack

Seafood lovers won’t want to miss this full crab shack experience. An intriguing bistro option housed within the Horizon Court buffet, Crab Shack diners can savour Bayou-style boiled crawfish and spicy sausage, popcorn shrimp, steaming clam chowder and a tantalizing mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels.

Ultimate Balcony Dining

Enjoy a romantic meal at sea by choosing to have a luxurious breakfast or intimate multi-course dinner on your balcony.


Bars and Lounges

Bars and Lounges on Golden Princess

Explorers Lounge

A lounge where Indiana Jones would feel at home, designed to evoke the wonders of the Far East and Africa. Entertainment includes cabaret acts, singers, magicians, comedians and dancing. 

Skywalkers NightClub

Boasting panoramic views form its vantag point 15 decks above the sea, Skywalkers Nightclub is the hottest spot to be after the sun goes down. Immerse yourself in the high-energy atmosphere and get into the groove while you senses are set abuzz by the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.

Wheelhouse Bar

P&O memorabilia decorates the nautically-themed Wheelhouse Bar, where the attentive staff is always ready to take your order.

Vines

Vines boasts an extensive collection of wines, like Opus One, Super Tuscans, fine sparkling wines and regional offerings for purchase. The menu also includes wine flights and a selection of wines by the glass. Gourmet delicacies, such as antipasti and tapas, are complimentary with any wine purchase.

Other Bars:

  • Players Cigar Bar
  • Promenade Lounge & Bar

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