18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We are seriously thinking that this might be our last cruise with Princess. We are Elite status with the Captains Circle membership & usually book a mini suite. My husband & I chose this segment of the Circle Pacific cruise ... Read More
We are seriously thinking that this might be our last cruise with Princess. We are Elite status with the Captains Circle membership & usually book a mini suite. My husband & I chose this segment of the Circle Pacific cruise (from Osaka to L A) as this was one part of the cruising world that we had never seen before. We stayed in Osaka for 4 days prior to the cruise & had a wonderful time. Our experience on boarding in Osaka was not what we expected with long queues & staff that did not recognise Elite & mini suite preference. We arrived to our cabin with noone to greet us. I noticed that bathrobes were not hanging in wardrobe, & no mini bar set up & no fresh fruit bowl set up. Our room steward finally arrived & said that the mini bar would be set up & there would be bathrobes. I realise that these are minor things but over the years they have been little things to which we are acustomed to receiving. It took 1 day to get mini bar set up & on the second day I went to see Princess Circle personnel about the bathrobes & fruit to be told I should request them!! On departure day after a fabulous cruise we had booked a debark tour which was to Long Beach & then to airport. I would have preferred to leave the ship closer to lunchtime as our flight wasn't till late that night, but it wasn't to be. We were dropped off at an Outlet centre at Long Beach at about 9am. This was Princess idea of seeing Long Beach. The outlet centre did not open till 10 or even 11 am & was the last thing we wanted to do so we just sat around till we were picked up & dropped to the airport at about 1:15pm. What a disappointment. Come on Princess, you can do better. Some of the room stewards need better training. If I entertaned guests in my home I certainly would not make a bed with a sheet with holes in it!! True story. The quality of the food on board in the dining areas was not good enough & a lot of the time was not hot enough. Wish I'd had a food thermometer on me. I was getting worried. Sabitinis was excellent as usual & the International Cafe was very good. The entertainment in the theatre was good & I must give special mention to the Acoustic Rush Trio who performed every day in the Piazza & had their own show in Vista. They were just splendid. We saw the Captain twice on our leg of the voyage & rarely saw any other staff. They did not mix as they have done on previous cruises. I could go on & on, but will just say that we enjoyed all the ports of call, & most of the staff and crew. Golden Princess is looking a little tired, but if it does get a radical upgrade, please don't take away Skywalker. We loved going up there during the day to relax & chat & watch the ocean & occasional whale. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
This is my first cruise in Asia and the worst cruise for my previous 10 cruises(with NCL, princess(with alaska), Royal carribean, carnival, etc) in United States. I am comparing its quality with those that I have went. 1)Smoke area ... Read More
This is my first cruise in Asia and the worst cruise for my previous 10 cruises(with NCL, princess(with alaska), Royal carribean, carnival, etc) in United States. I am comparing its quality with those that I have went. 1)Smoke area outside the open deck - If you are allergic to smoking or did not like the smoking smell, this is NOT the cruise that you want to go. The cruise has no control of smoking area, so whenever you step outside on the open deck, especially deck 6, 7, you will immediately smell of smoking. I am allergic to smoking smell, so I ended up did not go on those open deck. rated:1 star 2)Food is suck -with my past cruise experience this is probably the worst western food provided. Since majority of the passengers are coming from Japan and Korea, they might be fooled by this bad quality of food. Food is either tasteless or very salty, even though they have all those fancy names on the restaurant menu. This cruise only have restaurant menu for diner. The rest of the time, food will only be offered by buffet/pizza/paid restaurant. Food in buffet is suck and they have exactly the same type of food for 9 days! I did not eat much after the first few days. rated:2 stars 3)No hot showers - Dont expect they have hot showers. I showered twice a day because of the hot humid weather, 85% I only get a slightly warm water shower, 10% I got cold showers, and only 5% I only get warm shower. There is NO HOT SHOWER at all! One of my family told me that you either let the water run for at least 30 mins to get warmer water, or have 2 persons showered before you so the warm water can start coming out. We are at deck 8, so I dont know if you live upper floor or lower floor will get warm water faster? rated : 1 star 4)Not much entertainment - Besides the regular night show, there is not much cruise planned activies. I believe it is because most of the passengers are elderly japanese and Korean ppl and they do not speak english, so the interested rate to have those other entertainments that normally see in U.S.A cruise ship is very low, therefore, you dont see much activities there.. rated:2 stars 5)price is good - for this cruise, we pay around $1200 USD including the airport transportation, so the price is good, but dont bother to go if this is the only place you go. Adding the plane ticket is not worth it. We just happened to swing by Taiwan before the cruise. Read Less

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