Golden Princess

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Golden Princess is a vessel of preeminent design and detail. At 109,000 tons, this magnificent vessel has more staterooms with private balconies, more suites, more dining and activities; plus museum-class art and a sumptuous decor.

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3 NIGHT U. S. PACIFIC COAST CRUISE

Golden Princess
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Departing Date: November 17, 2014
Departing From: LOS ANGELES
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Ports of Call: LOS ANGELES | ENSENADA | LOS ANGELES
Interior

$163

Oceanview

$196

Balcony

$273

Suite

$383

  • Itinerary
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  • Staterooms
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Itinerary: 3 NIGHT U. S. PACIFIC COAST CRUISE

Itinerary
Location
Arrival
Departure
Mon Nov 17, 2014 LOS ANGELES -- 4:00 PM
Tue Nov 18, 2014 At Sea -- --
Wed Nov 19, 2014 ENSENADA 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thu Nov 20, 2014 LOS ANGELES 7:00 AM --

Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.

Golden Princess Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies
No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
Personal Choice, 6:30pm & 8:30pm

Special Diet:
Available upon request

Dress Code:
May vary from Cruise Casual to Formal.
CD Library
Video Arcade
Virtual Reality Center
Suites and Mini-Suites
$11.00 per passenger per day

All Other Staterooms
$10.50 per passenger per day
Services Children Athletic/Exercise Facilities
Wedding Chapel Baby Sitting Services
Teen Center
9 Hole Golf Putting Course
Golf Simulators

Golden Princess Onboard Experience

Princess CruisesGolden Princess entered service in 2001, a sister ship to the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess, once the biggest cruise ship at sea, though that didn't last for long. Despite the mega-ship status size of these ships at 108 gross tons (anything over 100,000 ton is considered mega-ship for now), the fact is Golden Princess and her sisters carry far fewer passengers (2600) than cruise ships of similar size from other cruise lines. The Carnival Conquest class at 110,000 tons, for example, can carry close to 3400 passengers at maximum capacity. This means that the space per passenger ratio on these ships results in lounges, theaters and dining rooms that are all intimate enough to make passengers forget they are aboard a megaliner.

Thanks to shrewd layout, multiple dining venues, four expansive outdoor deck areas (1.7 acres!), multiple sports facilities, four pools, and nine hot tubs, passengers are rarely concentrated in any one area. As a result, these ships often feel almost too spacious, eerily empty at times. Not that this is a bad thing, most luxury ships have the same feel. Meanwhile, the mega-ship amenities included for those who can never get enough dining, entertainment, and fitness choices, means the Princess ships of this class make the best of everything for ships in this size and price range. Their programs for younger passengers are exemplary, and their Lido buffet dining spot is open around the clock.

Having offered the first wedding chapel at sea (with the Captain doing the honors) on Grand Princess, Golden Princess now also features a complete professional digital photography studio in the F/X Digital Photo Center for those all-important wedding photos. The medical center is one of the most advanced at sea, the first to offer real-time teleconferencing support from a leading national cardiac care center in the United States.

The most incongruous factor about these mega-ships is that the public rooms aren't much bigger than those on much smaller ships, and there are surprisingly few bars and lounges for a ship this size. The one head-scratcher to the design is the compromised privacy of many balconies that extend out far enough from the ship that people from several decks above can look right down into your "private" enclave. From the Baja Deck, for instance, you can watch other passengers on their Caribe and Dolphin Deck balconies. Caribe occupants can in turn observe their counterparts on the Dolphin Deck.


Golden Princess Things to Do

Entertainment:
Princess CruisesWith a dozen or so venues for nightlife, you're virtually assured of finding something that floats your boat, to coin a phrase. There's no faulting the lavishness of the production shows, which feature extravagant special effects. The performers in the cabaret are a talented bunch.
 
Fitness:
It is rare to find such ample fitness facilities. The four pools, including a "swim-against-the-current" lap pool, are uniformly gorgeous, thanks in no small part to colorful mosaics and surrounding palm trees. Low marks, though, to whoever decided to put the separate jogging track right above the spa, as the relentless thundering of hooves overhead isn't terribly conducive to one's enjoying her massage or beauty treatment. Even though prices are substantially higher than ashore, spa services are very popular, especially in the afternoon. You'll occasionally have to stand in line for some of the more popular workout apparatuses in the gym. There's a golf simulator and 9-hole putting green, and courts for basketball, volleyball or tennis.


Golden Princess Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
What can you say about a ship that offers three main dining rooms instead of the usual multi-tiered, bigger than life one? They are more intimate and definitely quieter, but like the Princess "included in the cruise fare" cuisine, they are not likely to elicit a "wow" response either. These main dining rooms predictably offer Princess' Continental-style cuisine unlikely to win any culinary awards, but also elicit few complaints. For gourmet dining, try the alternative option, refined but not snooty, Sabatini's Trattoria for a wonderful selection of Italian antipasti, complemented with such garnishes as Sevruga caviar, delicious pizza, homemade pastas, soups and breads. Salads are tossed before your very eyes, and soup ladled into fresh bread bowls. Seafood predominates on the list of main courses; there are lobster, langoustines, tiger prawns, Chilean sea bass and scallops, with red meat dishes also on offer. Save room for the exquisite Italian pastries that will be wheeled before you toward meal's end.
 
Restaurants:
The three principal restaurants, Canaletto, Donatello and Bernini Dining Rooms, seating from 486 to 504 passengers, feature hand-painted murals and etched-glass partitions. The drapes and carpeting in the main dining areas absorb sound efficiently enough to preclude diners having to holler across the table to one another.

Personal Choice Dining offers either traditional cruise dining (In the Canaletto), with a set seating time (6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) and the same waiter and tablemates each evening, or new restaurant-style seating, allowing passengers to dine when and with whom they choose, with each party seated at its own table, as at a restaurant ashore (offered in the other two dining rooms). Restaurant-style diners may be seated in either of the two elegant main dining rooms any time between 5:30 and midnight. Many passengers are understandably grateful for this reprieve from having to hurry to dress for dinner in the traditional way after a long day ashore.

Sabatini's, (surcharge $20 per person) described above, seats 100, the Sterling Steakhouse features Angus beef and other grilled red meats (surcharge $15 per person). The Horizon Court is open 24 hours per day, with menu service at night, plus casual breakfast and luncheon buffet. There's also a festive pizzeria. For $100 per couple, you can book the Ultimate Balcony Dinner, to be served by a butler who discreetly makes himself scarce behind drapes or out in the hall between courses. The ship's photographer snaps a complimentary photo while you're eating.
 
Service:
While Princess has a well-deserved reputation for good service securely footed in its British roots, truly personalized service may be too much to expect on a ship this size. That noted, cabin stewards and waiters are both efficient and personable. And rote processes that should be standardized and well executed on other ships but often fail miserably, such as efficient disembarkation, are generally practiced and polished to the point of excellence here.

Tipping:
A charge of $10 per person per day (including children) is automatically added to your stateroom account for dining and stateroom personnel. This applies to all passengers, adult and child alike, whether or not they choose traditional or personal choice dining. The amount may be increased or lowered at the Purser's Reception desk during the cruise.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion.
 
Attire:
Seven- to 14-night cruises offer two opportunities to put on the Ritz in formal attire. Many men opt for dark suit instead of tux, while their distaff companions often prefer dressy pants to gowns. The rest of the time, think smart casual.


Golden Princess Ambience

Decor:
Princess CruisesUnlike the theme park atmosphere of some other cruise lines, these Grand-class Princess ships décor bestows a refined, understatedly elegant atmosphere, with hand-painted murals and etched glass partitions in the dining rooms. Little apparent expense was spared on materials, with rich fabrics, beautiful woods, and marble everywhere, all topped of with a $2 million art collection aboard each ship. The cabins are tastefully decorated in soft, inoffensive shades -- beiges, creams and muted pinks.
 
Public Areas:
The Vista Showlounge presents production shows, cabaret, comedians and magicians. The performers in the smaller lounges are of consistently high quality.

Skywalkers, the real disco, is suspended between two pillars protruding high above the stern, fully 18 stories above sea level. The moving sidewalk you ride up to Skywalkers is one of the most breathtaking views on any ship, and one that many passengers probably never discover.

As with all Princess ships, you will quickly find the Wheelhouse Bar and the Explorers' Lounge offering cabaret, trivia competitions, art auctions, and pre-dinner dancing. Churchill's Lounge, the one-time sports bar, is now behind the casino and is used for the cognac and cigars set. The sports paraphernalia is still there, but seems oddly out of place.

The main gathering spot, the maple-paneled atrium paneled, has boutiques, cafés and public rooms on each of its three levels, all connected by a circular glass staircase. A string quartet adds to the airy ambiance. The gigantic Casino contains some 285 slot machines and gaming tables beyond counting. You can view live sports on ESPN in the Sports Bar, or recline in leather chairs while perusing any of hundreds of books in the beautiful library.

The Internet room on these Grand-class ships do not qualify as "cafés" as there are no café-style treats available. Even worse, there is no tech support and if you can find the printer you may have to fix your settings on your computer to make it work yourself. The connection is generally slow and inconsistent. Sadly, these are some of the worst, and most under-utilized, Internet centers at sea.

Those who want the captain to pronounce them man and wife will meet him in the Hearts and Mind Wedding Chapel, which has much stained glass.
 
Cabins:
Cabins are built out from the body of the ship so as to permit bigger staterooms. Seven hundred ten of the 1300 staterooms have balconies, ranging up to 257 sq. feet, but they're not very private, as they're in plain view of the occupants of the cabin on the next deck up. Standard inside staterooms are 160 sq. ft., while outside cabins range from 168 to 210 sq. feet. Closet space is minimal except in the suites; leave some things home! Mini-suites with private verandas are 325 sq. feet. Vista Suites, called mini-suites on other Princess ships, range from 515 to 800 sq. feet. Sun and Dawn Princess offer larger minisuites for less money.

All staterooms have color TV with CNN and movies, a radio and small refrigerator, and spacious bathrooms with storage space and hair dryers.

Deck Plans: Golden Princess

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

AA  Outside mini-suite with private balcony
AB  Outside mini-suite with private balcony
AC  Outside mini-suite with private balcony
AD  Outside mini-suite with private balcony
AE  Outside mini-suite with private balcony
B2  Premium Balcony
B4  Balcony Stateroom
BA  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BA  Balcony Stateroom
BB  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BB  Balcony Stateroom
BC  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BC  Balcony Stateroom
BD  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BD  Balcony Stateroom
BE  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BE  Balcony Stateroom
BF  Outside two lower beds and private balcony
BF  Balcony Stateroom
C  Outside two lower beds (porthole)
D  Outside two lower beds
DD  Outside two lower beds
E  Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
EE  Outside two lower beds
F  Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
FF  Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
G  Outside economy two lower beds (obstructed view)
GG  Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
HH  Outside economy two lower beds (obstructed view)
I  Inside two lower beds
IA  Interior Stateroom
IB  Interior Stateroom
IC  Interior Stateroom
ID  Interior Stateroom
IE  Interior Stateroom
IF  Interior Stateroom
II  Inside two lower beds
J  Inside two lower beds
JJ  Inside two lower beds
K  Inside two lower beds
L  Inside two lower beds
M  Inside two lower beds
MA  Mini-Suite With Balcony
MB  Mini-Suite With Balcony
MD  Mini-Suite With Balcony
ME  Mini-Suite With Balcony
O5  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
OC  Oceanview Stateroom
OE  Oceanview Stateroom
OF  Oceanview Stateroom
OS  Owners suite with private balcony
OV  Oceanview Stateroom
OW  Oceanview Stateroom
OY  Oceanview Stateroom
OZ  Oceanview Stateroom
PH  Penthouse suite with private balcony
PS  Premium suite with private balcony
S1  Grand suite with balcony
S2  Owner's Suite with Balcony
S3  Penthouse Suite with Balcony
S4  Penthouse Suite with Balcony
S5  Premium Suite with Balcony
S6  Vista Suite with Balcony
S7  Window Suite
S8  Family Suite with Balcony
VS  Vista Suite with Private Balcony
WS  Window Suite
XS  Family suite


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Princess Golden Princess Deck Plans

Staterooms: Golden Princess

Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Balcony Stateroom
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.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
The Premium Oceanview stateroom is approximately 206 square feet and features a picture window for memorable views.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Family suite
Family suite
Each suite is actually two self-contained staterooms interconnecting through a large living room which leads to an oversized private balcony. Each suite sleeps up to eight people. Image isn't available at this time.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Family Suite with Balcony
Family Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 730-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 181-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Grand suite with balcony
Grand suite with balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 730-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 181-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Inside two lower beds
Inside two lower beds
Ample space and luxurious accommodations await guests in these categories. They'll also find twin beds that make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with a shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Interior Stateroom
Interior Stateroom
The Interior stateroom is approximately 160 to 182 square feet and richly appointed with fine amenities. Some also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Mini-Suite With Balcony
Mini-Suite With Balcony
The luxurious Mini-Suite offers approximately 323 square feet of comfort and a separate seating area with a sofa bed for lounging or sleeping a third passenger. The spacious balcony is approximately 61 square feet and the bathroom offers a combination tub and shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Oceanview Stateroom
Oceanview Stateroom
The Oceanview stateroom is approximately 163 to 171 square feet and features a picture window for memorable views.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside economy two lower beds (obstructed view)
Outside economy two lower beds (obstructed view)
Passengers traveling in these accommodations enjoy twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a large picture window, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with a shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside mini-suite with private balcony
Outside mini-suite with private balcony
Twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed, a private balcony, refrigerator, and TV make these accommodations like a home away from home.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside two lower beds
Outside two lower beds
Passengers traveling in these accommodations enjoy twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a large picture window, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with a shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
Outside two lower beds (obstructed view)
Passengers traveling in these accommodations enjoy twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a large picture window, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with a shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside two lower beds (porthole)
Outside two lower beds (porthole)
Passengers traveling in these accommodations enjoy twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a large picture window, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with a shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Outside two lower beds and private balcony
Outside two lower beds and private balcony
A private balcony is just one of many fabulous features. These categories also include twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed, a refrigerator and TV, a spacious closet and a bath with shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Owner's Suite with Balcony
Owner's Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 1,314-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 450-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Owners suite with private balcony
Owners suite with private balcony
Accommodations include twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed, separate sitting room with sofa bed, a private balcony, two televisions, a refrigerator with a wet bar, a walk-in closet and a bath with tub and shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 1,314-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 450-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Penthouse suite with private balcony
Penthouse suite with private balcony
Accommodations include twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed, separate sitting room with sofa bed, a private balcony, two televisions, a refrigerator with a wet bar, a walk-in closet and a bath with tub and shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Premium Balcony
Premium Balcony
The spacious approximately 232-square-foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 47-square-foot private balcony.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Premium Suite with Balcony
Premium Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 1,314-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 450-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Premium suite with private balcony
Premium suite with private balcony
Accommodations include twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed, separate sitting room with sofa bed, a private balcony, two televisions, a refrigerator with a wet bar, a walk-in closet and a bath with tub and shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Vista Suite with Balcony
Vista Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 1,314-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 450-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Vista Suite with Private Balcony
Vista Suite with Private Balcony
Accommodations include twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed, separate sitting room with sofa bed, a private balcony, two televisions, a refrigerator with a wet bar, a walk-in closet and a bath with tub and shower.
Princess Cruises - Golden Princess : Window Suite
Window Suite
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 319 to 1,314-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large 114 to 450-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits.

Other Dates: Golden Princess

Date
Bonus
Itinerary Name
Inside From
Outside From
Select
October 24, 2014 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $349 $399
October 27, 2014 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $185 $207
October 30, 2014 --- 4 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $N/A $N/A
November 3, 2014 --- 4 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $196 $218
November 7, 2014 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $274 $399
November 10, 2014 --- 4 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $344 $273
November 14, 2014 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $N/A $240
November 23, 2014 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $N/A $323
November 26, 2014 --- 4 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $N/A $N/A
December 3, 2014 --- 16 Night South America Cruise $899 $999
December 3, 2014 --- 27 Night South America Cruise $2099 $2299
December 3, 2014 --- 31 Night South America Cruise $3518 $3848
December 19, 2014 --- 11 Night South America Cruise $1799 $2000
December 19, 2014 --- 15 Night South America Cruise $2341 $2418
December 30, 2014 --- 7 Night South America Cruise $1373 $1505
January 3, 2015 --- 14 Night South America Cruise $1648 $1758
January 6, 2015 --- 11 Night South America Cruise $2013 $2255
January 17, 2015 --- 14 Night South America Cruise $1934 $2143
January 31, 2015 --- 14 Night South America Cruise $1868 $2088
February 14, 2015 --- 14 Night South America Cruise $1967 $2198
February 28, 2015 --- 31 Night South America Cruise $2999 $3299
March 14, 2015 --- 17 Night South America Cruise $1399 $1499
March 31, 2015 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $249 $279
April 3, 2015 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $299 $329
April 6, 2015 --- 10 Night Mexico Cruise $988 $1098
May 2, 2015 --- 7 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $933 $1043
May 9, 2015 --- 3 Night U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise $493 $603
May 12, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1290 $1610
May 22, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1098 $1148
June 1, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1428 $1813
June 11, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1483 $1868
June 21, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1248 $1348
July 1, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1398 $1498
July 11, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1298 $1398
July 21, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1498 $1598
July 31, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1426 $1536
August 10, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1481 $1591
August 30, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1198 $1298
September 9, 2015 --- 10 Night Alaska Cruise $1316 $1426
September 19, 2015 --- 28 Night Transpacific Cruise $3499 $3899
October 18, 2015 --- 10 Night South Pacific Cruise $1249 $1399
October 28, 2015 --- 15 Night Australia Cruise $2029 $2249
October 30, 2015 --- 13 Night Australia Cruise $1599 $1799
November 12, 2015 --- 4 Night Australia Getaway $489 $549
November 16, 2015 --- 13 Night New Zealand $1699 $1899
December 12, 2015 --- 9 Night New Zealand $1109 $1249
December 21, 2015 --- 13 Night New Zealand $2199 $2399
January 3, 2016 --- 7 Night Tasmania $1049 $1149
January 19, 2016 --- 13 Night New Zealand $1899 $2099
February 1, 2016 --- 4 Night Australia Getaway $519 $579
March 8, 2016 --- 14 Night Australia Cruise $1999 $2199
April 17, 2016 --- 30 Night Transpacific Cruise $3639 $5139

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