I’ve still got several entries lined up before I even get to my US 2014 vacation, but I had such an amazing time on this cruise that I can’t put off writing about it any longer. I want to write this entry while the experience is still fresh in my mind. I’ll most likely be making more in depth blog entries about each day of our cruise sometime in the future, so this is just a summary of our whole experience.
My aunt and uncle have been on this cruise before and they loved it. In fact, they loved it so much that they’ve actually gone three times. They strongly recommended it to us, which is why we decided to go this year for our parents 30th wedding anniversary.
We started off in LA so we had to catch a flight to Seattle because that’s where the cruise starts.
Our shuttle picked us up from the airport and took us to the Port of Seattle, where the ship was waiting
My mom and I, with the Golden Princess behind us. We got there about an hour before they started allowing passengers to board the ship, so we just hung around outside and took pictures
Princess logo. The Golden Princess has been sailing since May 2001. The ship is 950 feet long and has 17 decks. It’s HUGE!
When you check in, they give you a map of the ship (the card on top), as well as your cruise card. Your cruise card has your name and dining information on it. (Ezra’s and my card both say “Maria Garcia”, lol). It acts as your room key, credit card and “passport” during your stay at the Golden Princess. The staff will scan it every time you disembark or board the ship. And any time you want to buy cocktails, special sundaes, shakes, or things from the ship’s gift shop, they will scan your card and all your purchases will appear in your final bill at the end of the cruise. Most of the food, drinks and facilities on the ship are free, so the only time we charged something on our card was when we bought some souvenirs on the ship.
According to the Princess website, the ship has 1,318 state rooms where guests can stay. Ezra and I were in room C728 on Deck 10 (Caribe). My parents had the room next to us. The passenger’s names are written on the white card just outside the door. Once again, they shortened our names so this is what our card looked like:
The cleaning staff were very curious and asked us why our parents gave us the same name, lol.
This is what our state room looked like inside. You can choose to get a suite or cabin with a balcony or a window, but we decided that if we wanted to see the ocean we’d just go out on the top deck.
And here are some pictures of the rest of the ship:
The elevator and stairs area
Inside “The Sanctuary”
The Neptune Pool and the outdoor theater where they show movies at night
They called it “Movies Under the Stars”. I wanted to try watching a movie here but it was always so cold in the evening! They give out blankets to keep the passengers warm, but I doubt that’s enough. Most of the people we saw watching were bundled up in thick winter clothes.
The Lap pool outside The Sanctuary
The Calypso Pool, which is just outside the Horizon Court (AKA the “buffet room”)
The ship has several pools and a few hot tubs, but we weren’t brave enough to face the cold and try them
The Piazza, where they hold several shows and activities every day
Here’s a picture of people gathering to participate in an egg drop competition
The ship offered loads of activities – from swimming and other sports, to shopping. We even found a puzzle station there. There are art galleries, lounges, theaters, etc. There’s also a gym on board for those who want to stay fit.
There was always something going on during our stay there. Every morning we woke up with the cruise newsletter at our door, which gives the schedule of activities for that day
Aside from the schedule, it contains notes from various members of the staff and friendly reminders. We used it to plan our day on the ship.
The had all sorts of things on there, like this Advanced Digital Photography seminar which we attended
My parents also went to this other seminar which talked about diamonds
On Mother’s Day there was a “Mother’s Day Card Making” event in at the Sabatini restaurant, which Ezra and I attended
The ship provided us with lots of cute craft materials
We joined in on a few of their trivia game shows. We weren’t very good, but we enjoyed learning new and interesting facts.
We also participated in this Musical Murder Mystery game held by the staff and a few audience volunteers