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Golden Princess Southern Caribbean Cruise Review
Part Two - Our Staterooms
Welcome to page two of our Golden Princess Southern
Caribbean cruise review - our stateroom (or cabin). For those who have not read our previous articles
about the planning of our family cruise vacation, check out our
Caribbean Cruises Articles map.
We are breaking this review up into a few different segments so that we can
better address the various components of our cruise. For the purposes of
this review, we will compare it to our last two cruise vacations within the
last three years which makes the comparison more pertinent.
It never ceases to amaze me how a relatively small space can become such an
efficient living space. Cruise lines have had many years to perfect the
process of stateroom design, but it is still no small feat. Now keep in mind
that you will not likely spend a lot of time in your stateroom on the
average seven to twelve day cruise.
On the Golden Princess, we again stayed in a veranda stateroom with a
private deck. We were on the Caribe deck which is the third deck above the
Promenade deck and third below the Lido deck. Our stateroom seemed somewhat
smaller than our rooms on the Holland America Oosterdam and the Carnival
Legend. The private deck area however did appear to be larger. (We tend to
spend many more waking hours on our private deck or veranda than in the
stateroom itself.) In fact, the deck area was large enough for us to have a
birthday celebration with cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, nachos and
salsa, chips etc. with all eleven of us seated! It was a little tight, but
still pretty amazing.
The bathroom area on the Golden was similar to the Legend. It was tight but
efficient. A stand-up shower stall was in one corner beside the toilet. On
the opposite wall was the sink and vanity. The washroom was immediately to
the left (or right) as you entered our staterooms.
Opposite the bathroom was a closet with ample space, perhaps seven feet. A
small hallway separated the two areas and gave a little space for
maneuvering. At the end of the corridor was a cupboard with shelves from
floor to ceiling which also housed the small safe.
Passing by the washroom hallway, you enter the main part of the stateroom.
Our bed was comprised of two single beds pushed together which seems to be
the 'norm' in the more standard stateroom. Beside the bed were a small desk
on one side and a night table on the other side. Opposite the desk was a
small cupboard which house the mini bar fridge. Above this the television
was mounted - not that it got used much. You could however watch the 'ship
stations' which offered everything from the current location, speed etc. to
highlights of the previous day's events to some shopping tips for the next
Between the desk and the fridge cupboard was the patio door leading to our
private veranda. At night, being in the Southern Caribbean, we were able to
leave the patio door open and could hear ocean sounds as we slipped through
the azure water. It really is wonderful to wake up early in the morning and
go out onto your private deck and watch the 'motion of the ocean', the
approaching islands or witness the docking procedures at a port-of-call.
We were well looked after by Maria, our cabin stewardess. Everything was
cleaned-up and rearranged almost every time we left the cabin. These
cabin-stewards(esses) always seem to be happy and pleasant and will do their best
to provide the services you require.
I did notice however that in a general maintenance sort of way the Princess
ship did not seem to be looked after the same as both the Carnival ship and
the Holland America ship. The Oosterdam was by far the best maintained of
the three ships we are comparing here. Of course, it is also the newest of
In all, this ship is an excellent venue for a resort-style vacation. After
all, cruise vacations are just that - resort-style vacations with the added
value of visiting a variety of ports on one vacation without having to pack
and unpack six times.
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