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Never having cruised Princess before and with the price being right plus OBC thought I would surprise my wife who had not been to Fiji. Also this itinery had 4 ports that she had never been to. I was very tentative prior to boarding as reviews had not been good. However, we had a wonderful cruise. Food was great in all eateries. Loved the Ice Cream Parlour which also served Milkshakes. Our cabin was roomy and loved that the bathroom was in the alcove. Our cabin steward was exceptional as were our table stewards in the Donatello Dining room. Yes, the bar service was occasionally slow bout hey, what else did I have to do. We did not book shore tours from the ship due to the cost, but had no problems finding taxis or onshore tours once we disembarked in ports. Weather was good and enjoyed the various pools positioned around the ship. Entertainment was good throughout the cruise. I am not sure what some people expect but hey, we had a wonderful relaxing holiday and would again have no hesitation booking the Golden Princess or another ship within the Princess fleet.

13 night Fiji 21 April 2017

Golden Princess Cruise Review by Stevos

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Interior
Never having cruised Princess before and with the price being right plus OBC thought I would surprise my wife who had not been to Fiji. Also this itinery had 4 ports that she had never been to.

I was very tentative prior to boarding as reviews had not been good. However, we had a wonderful cruise. Food was great in all eateries. Loved the Ice Cream Parlour which also served Milkshakes. Our cabin was roomy and loved that the bathroom was in the alcove. Our cabin steward was exceptional as were our table stewards in the Donatello Dining room. Yes, the bar service was occasionally slow bout hey, what else did I have to do. We did not book shore tours from the ship due to the cost, but had no problems finding taxis or onshore tours once we disembarked in ports. Weather was good and enjoyed the various pools positioned around the ship. Entertainment was good throughout the cruise. I am not sure what some people expect but hey, we had a wonderful relaxing holiday and would again have no hesitation booking the Golden Princess or another ship within the Princess fleet.
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Great cabin, Aloha Deck- we sail inside as we are not in our cabins much, other than to sleep , shower and dress. Great to have a fridge for ice and to keep our wine cool. We were able to have atop sheet and blanket rather than a doona. Great shower and amenities.
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