Golden Princess

Golden Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Princess

Year built2001  /  Age : 17
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 450 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage108865 gt
Passengers2632 - 3158
Crew1100
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks16
Cabins1316
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2015-2020
Former namesPacific Adventure
Christened byMerlisa George

Current itinerary of Golden Princess

Golden Princess current cruise is 13 days, round-trip New Zealand. Prices start from USD 1579 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 08 Nov, 2018 and ends on 21 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
08 Nov 16:00      Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia   
11 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Fiordland National Park, New Zealand   
12 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand   
13 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Akaroa, New Zealand   
14 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Wellington, New Zealand   
15 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Gisborne, New Zealand   
16 Nov 08:15 - 19:45     Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand   
17 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Auckland, New Zealand   
21 Nov      Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia   

Review of Golden Princess

Launched in 2001, Golden Princess is the 2nd Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with Crown, Diamond, Caribbean,Grand, Emerald, Ruby, Star and Sapphire.

NEWS: In 2020, the Golden Princess ship will be transferred to P&O Australia's fleet and renamed "Pacific Adventure" after a scheduled refurbishment. In late-2021, Star Princess will join Pacific Adventure in P&O Australia's fleet, replacing there the smaller Pacific Jewel (leaving P&O in March 2019).

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is an US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 ml) Nassau.

Golden Princess cruise ship

The 108,865-ton, 2,758-passenger cruise ship Golden Princess might be a vessel which design was created over more than a decade ago, but Princess has not shown its age yet. In particular, a considerable refit in spring 2009 added a lot of facilities - such as the Piazza, the Sanctuary and the Crown Grill - made popular in the line's newer, Crown Princess series of liners. Cosy and comfortable, Golden Princess floats a tasteful decor of beige, accented with soft pastels. The only times passengers feel the crowds are during the rush time 8:30 p.m. show in the Princess Theater, when latecomers stand in the aisles, and afterward, when guests stream toward the lifts.

Cruise itinerary program

Golden Princess itinerary program is based on departures from Auckland NZ, Sydney NSW and Melbourne, Australia.

In late-October 2018, P&O Australia announced the inaugural cruise season of Pacific Adventure. The itinerary program 2020 features voyages of 13-nights and longer. Winter 2020 program has 132 departures (including 57x Short Breaks of 2-3-4-nights) departing from homeports Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney NSW.

On longer itineraries, PandO passengers can participate in various themed activities on the ship, covering topics like current affairs, arts-crafts, culinary, workshops (talks and seminars led by famous Australian guest presenters), Masquerade Ball.

P&O's Pacific Adventure cruise ship starts its inaugural cruise on October 12, 2020, with an 18-night "Southeast Asia and Australia" repositioning from Singapore to Sydney NSW. The maiden voyage visits ports in Malaysia (Penang, Langkawi) and Australia (Cairns, Darwin, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Sydney). Prices started from USD 2400 (quad share cabin).

  • Pacific Adventure will be homeported in Sydney. The first 8 cruises visit New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific Islands (also Fiji). The itineraries are themed "New Guinea Island Encounter" (11-night), "Kiwi Adventure" (13-night) and "Fiji Explorer" (14-night).
  • Mini-cruises (short-breaks) include 3-night "comedy", 4-night to Moreton Island. 6-night roundtrip Sydney (Melbourne Cup, Oct 31).

Cabins

Most Golden Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (514). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1556 staterooms in 34 categories. 26 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Golden Princess are the Grand Suites (615 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Golden Princess passengers choose between open seating and two assigned dinner seatings; breakfast and lunch in all Princess restaurants are open seating. Alternative dinner venues include the reservations-only Sabatini’s Italian and Crown Grill restaurants (both with cover). All Princess Cruises Lido buffets are open around the clock. The Wheelhouse Bar serves a pub lunch, and a grill and pizzeria offer casual snack choices. The ice-cream bars and patisseries charge for premium ice cream and specialty coffee. A wine bar offers extra-charge artisan cheeses and evening snacks. Chef’s Table and Ultimate Balcony Dining options are also available, as is afternoon tea and room service.

Follows the complete list of Golden Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Bernini Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Donatello Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 5:45 and 8 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Both the Vista Lounge and Princess Theater can host featured entertainers and production shows, and each of the shows runs several times. The Princess Theater is more like a Broadway theater than a cruise-ship typical show lounge. It features same-level orchestra seating, stadium seating behind, as well as a few boxes. The Vista Lounge is cabaret-style, with chairs grouped around small drink tables and big windows making the room light during the day. The Explorers Lounge and Wheelhouse Bar are located side by side on the Promenade Deck. These smaller entertainment venues host karaoke, pianists, dance bands and theme parties, as well as games and trivia during the day.

Golden Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Golden Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Golden Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Players Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Vines Shop; Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Golden Grand Casino
  • Promenade Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
  • Golden’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema with extreme wide-angle and advanced outdoor light sensors)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Conservatory (recreation area); The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area); The Oasis relaxation area
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • The Skywalker (Jogging Track); Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Deck Chess; Princess Links mini golf course
  • Skywalkers Disco & Nightclub.

Golden Princess wiki

  • The Princess Golden ship is of the line's Grand-class series. Her sisters in the fleet are Grand and Star. The list of other Princess vessels from this class includes Caribbean, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.
  • Princess Cruises Golden ship was built in 2001. Godmother is Merlisa George, at that time Miss USVI (US Virgin Islands). The maiden voyage began on the 16th of May, 2001. The UK to Mediterranean itinerary was from Southampton to Barcelona.
  • Fan fact is that in the period 1993–1997, under the same name was chartered the ship MV Boudicca (Fred Olsen).

Australia cruise itineraries 2018

For the first time ever, Princess Cruises 2018 itinerary program offers itineraries leaving round-trip from port Adelaide Australia to New Zealand. The Golden cruise ship's first departure is scheduled for January 8, 2018. Ports of call are Melbourne AU, and in NZ - Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland, Fiordland Park.

Asia-Alaska cruise 2018

In 2018 (April-May) Princess Cruises scheduled the "Epic Adventure" cruise itinerary leaving oneway from Singapore to Alaska. It was offered as 2 segments - 29-day to Whittier AK, and 36-day to Vancouver Canada. Next table shows the longer itinerary as ports of call and port dates / times. Prices started from USD 5700 pp (double occupancy inside cabin rates). The shorter segment (Singapore-Whittier) was priced from USD 2730 pp.

14 AprDeparting from Singapore
16 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam
17 Apr 08:00 - 16:00Nha Trang, Vietnam
19 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Hong Kong, China
21 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan
24 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
26 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
27 Apr 06:00 - 17:00Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan
28 Apr 07:00 - 14:00Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
29 Apr 07:00 - 22:00Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
01 May 09:00 - 18:00Busan, South Korea
02 May 08:00 - 18:00Sakaiminato, Japan
04 May 07:00 - 23:00Hakodate, Japan
05 May 07:00 - 18:00Muroran, Japan
12 May 05:00 - 20:00Whittier, Alaska
13 May 15:00 - 20:00Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
14 May 09:00 - 19:00Glacier Bay, Alaska
15 May 07:00 - 20:00Skagway, Alaska
16 May 06:00 - 16:00Juneau, Alaska
17 May 10:00 - 18:00Ketchikan, Alaska
19 MayArriving in Vancouver, BC Canada

According to the company, the longer than usual repositioning cruise was created due to demand from Asian customers wishing to embark closer from home and go all the way to Alaska, instead of just booking the 7-day "Alaska Grand Adventure" itinerary. It also appealed to Asians as the route linked many Asian ports famous for their themed activities and local cuisine.

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Golden Princess Itineraries

The below listed Golden Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Sep 23 29 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney Los Angeles
2018 Sep 23 21 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Auckland Los Angeles
2018 Oct 14 8 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland
2018 Oct 22 3 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney
2018 Oct 25 14 days, round-trip New Caledonia & Vanuatu Melbourne
2018 Nov 08 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1579
2018 Nov 21 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2018 Dec 04 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2018 Dec 17 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne$649
2018 Dec 22 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$2009
2019 Jan 04 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne
2019 Jan 04 3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne
2019 Jan 07 18 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide$2259
2019 Jan 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1629
2019 Jan 23 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne$2269
2019 Jan 25 4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide$689
2019 Jan 29 14 days, round-trip Fiji Melbourne$1439
2019 Feb 12 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2019 Feb 25 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2019 Mar 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2019 Mar 23 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1549
2019 Apr 05 3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne$349
2019 Apr 08 29 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney$3319
2019 Apr 08 26 days, one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles Sydney$2899
2019 Apr 08 8 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$2199
2019 Apr 16 21 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland$2279
2019 Apr 16 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Los Angeles Auckland$1649
2019 May 04 3 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles$299
2019 May 07 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) Vancouver$909
2019 May 14 4 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler Vancouver$449
2019 May 18 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$799
2019 May 25 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$779
2019 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$899
2019 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$979
2019 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$959
2019 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$1029
2019 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$979
2019 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$899
2019 Jul 13 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$1079
2019 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$1029
2019 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$829
2019 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$829
2019 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$849
2019 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$879
2019 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$849
2019 Aug 31 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$879
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver$829
2019 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier$879
2019 Sep 21 4 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler Vancouver$449
2019 Sep 25 30 days, one-way from Vancouver to Sydney Vancouver$3409
2019 Sep 25 24 days, one-way from Vancouver to Auckland Vancouver$2569
2019 Sep 25 3 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Francisco Vancouver$299
2019 Sep 28 27 days, one-way from San Francisco to Sydney San Francisco$3139
2019 Sep 28 21 days, one-way from San Francisco to Auckland San Francisco$2399
2019 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$799
2019 Oct 25 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney$219
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne$919
2019 Oct 27 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne$639
2019 Nov 01 18 days, round-trip Fiji Adelaide$1979
2019 Nov 03 14 days, round-trip Fiji Melbourne$1539
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne$869
2019 Nov 19 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide$669
2019 Nov 24 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1419
2019 Nov 24 9 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland Melbourne$899
2019 Dec 03 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Auckland$1419
2019 Dec 07 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1419
2019 Dec 16 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Auckland$1419
2019 Dec 20 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1969
2019 Dec 29 4 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland$659
2020 Jan 02 8 days, round-trip Southern Australia & Tasmania Melbourne$1129
2020 Jan 02 6 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne$849
2020 Jan 08 17 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide$2029
2020 Jan 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1569
2020 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne$949
2020 Jan 25 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide$719
2020 Jan 30 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1419
2020 Feb 12 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1419
2020 Feb 25 14 days, round-trip Fiji Melbourne$1439
2020 Mar 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne$1419
2020 Mar 23 14 days, round-trip Queensland Melbourne$1509
2020 Apr 06 2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne$199
2020 Apr 08 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles Sydney$3599
2020 Apr 08 7 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$849
2020 Apr 15 21 days, one-way from Auckland to Los Angeles Auckland$2749
2020 May 06 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles$1199