Golden Princess

Golden Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Princess

Year built2001  /  Age : 18
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 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier. Prices start from USD 418 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 May, 2019 and ends on 25 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
18 May 16:30    Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada hotels
20 May 06:30 - 15:15    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
21 May 08:00 - 21:15    Juneau, Alaska
22 May 05:30 - 20:30    Skagway, Alaska
25 May    Arriving in Whittier, Alaska hotels

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, Golden Princess will be transferred to P&O Australia's fleet and renamed "Pacific Adventure" after a scheduled refurbishment. In late-2021, Star Princess joins Pacific Adventure in P&O Australia's fleet, replacing there the smaller Pacific Jewel (MS Karnika since March 2019).

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a 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 when 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 afterwards 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 is the Grand Suite (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 speciality 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 speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (speciality 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 theatre 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 speciality 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, game shows)
  • 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

Princess Cruises Golden ship is of fleet's Grand-class liners, with (same-designed) sisterships Grand and Star. The other (similarly-designed) liners from this class are Caribbean, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire. Ship's godmother was Merlisa George - at that time "Miss USVI" (US Virgin Islands). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 16, 2001 (the UK to Mediterranean itinerary 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).

In December 2019, the liner becomes fleet's first Australia-based vessel (operating from homeport Melbourne) with installed MedallionNet technology. Also in 2019, the innovative technology will be installed on the fleet mates Coral (April), Island (May), Crown (June), Emerald (August) and Sky (October).

Australia cruise itineraries 2018-2019

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
2019 Apr 08 29 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney
2019 Apr 16 21 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland
2019 May 04 3 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles
2019 May 07 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) Vancouver
2019 May 14 4 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler Vancouver $714
2019 May 18 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $418
2019 May 18 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $2449
2019 May 25 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $418
2019 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $681
2019 Jun 01 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1313
2019 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $628
2019 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $733
2019 Jun 15 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1153
2019 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $733
2019 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $749
2019 Jun 29 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1099
2019 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $739
2019 Jul 13 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $729
2019 Jul 13 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1559
2019 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $699
2019 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $879
2019 Jul 27 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1049
2019 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $799
2019 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $779
2019 Aug 10 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $2129
2019 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $829
2019 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $739
2019 Aug 24 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1115
2019 Aug 31 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $739
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $709
2019 Sep 07 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1879
2019 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $799
2019 Sep 21 4 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler Vancouver $449
2019 Sep 25 3 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Francisco Vancouver $309
2019 Sep 25 24 days, one-way from Vancouver to Auckland Vancouver $2319
2019 Sep 25 30 days, one-way from Vancouver to Sydney Vancouver $3099
2019 Sep 28 21 days, one-way from San Francisco to Auckland San Francisco $2229
2019 Sep 28 27 days, one-way from San Francisco to Sydney San Francisco $2829
2019 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $719
2019 Oct 25 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney $219
2019 Oct 25 7 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide Sydney $989
2019 Oct 27 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $639
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $889
2019 Nov 01 18 days, round-trip Fiji Adelaide
2019 Nov 03 14 days, round-trip Fiji Melbourne $2274
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $929
2019 Nov 19 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $669
2019 Nov 24 9 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland Melbourne $849
2019 Nov 24 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1529
2019 Dec 03 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Auckland $1369
2019 Dec 07 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1369
2019 Dec 16 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Auckland $1369
2019 Dec 20 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1919
2019 Dec 29 4 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland $939
2020 Jan 02 6 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $849
2020 Jan 02 8 days, round-trip Southern Australia & Tasmania Melbourne $1338
2020 Jan 08 17 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide
2020 Jan 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1519
2020 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $919
2020 Jan 25 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $719
2020 Jan 30 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1369
2020 Feb 12 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1369
2020 Feb 25 14 days, round-trip Fiji Melbourne $1379
2020 Mar 10 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1369
2020 Mar 23 14 days, round-trip Queensland Melbourne $2427
2020 Apr 06 2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $199
2020 Apr 08 7 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $850
2020 Apr 08 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles Sydney $3389
2020 Apr 15 21 days, one-way from Auckland to Los Angeles Auckland $2609
2020 May 06 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $1239
2020 May 16 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $1899
2020 May 30 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $1999
2020 Jun 13 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $2049
2020 Jun 27 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $2249
2020 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $2299
2020 Jul 25 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $2349
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Los Angeles w/ Hubbard Glacier) Los Angeles $2249
2020 Oct 12 18 days, one-way from Singapore to Sydney Singapore
2020 Oct 12 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Brisbane Singapore
2020 Oct 28 2 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane
2020 Oct 31 6 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney
2020 Nov 06 13 days, round-trip Kiwi Adventure Sydney
2020 Nov 19 14 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure Sydney
2020 Dec 03 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney
2020 Dec 07 11 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Sydney
2020 Dec 18 3 days, round-trip Comedy Sydney
2020 Dec 21 8 days, round-trip Christmas Sydney
2020 Dec 29 12 days, round-trip New Year's Eve Sydney