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Golden Princess

All that glitters really is Golden after major makeover...

Golden Princess, which joined the Princess fleet in May 2001, underwent the most extensive makeover ever undertaken by Princess Cruises at Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia in April 2018.

And when the ship resumed sailing two weeks later, among the new features were a new piazza-style atrium, an adults-only Sanctuary, a Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, and a new Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant.
 
Golden Princess

The amenities added were the Princess signature features already to be found on Princess’s newest ships, Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess. Many have also been introduced on Caribbean Princess, Star Princess and Grand Princess during earlier drydock periods.
 
The new Piazza has an inviting street cafe atmosphere featuring roving entertainers and two new dining options.

The International Cafe serves up specialty coffees, fresh baked cookies, pastries, panini sandwiches and tapas. Vines, a
wine bar, offers a selection of more than 30 wines by the glass, plus a selection of seafood, artisan meats and cheeses, and a wine shop.
 
A new restaurant, the Crown Grill, has an open kitchen where passengers can enjoy watching as chefs prepare chops, steaks and seafood, including live lobsters. And adult passengers looking to get away from it all can relax in the tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess’s signature retreat featuring plush padded lounge chairs and the services of dedicated Serenity Stewards.
 
Looming over one of the ship’s pools, Movies Under the Stars boasts a state-of-the-art 300-sq-ft Times Square-style LED screen, offering evening movies and a variety of daytime programming.

In addition to family cinema and first run hits, Movies Under the Stars also features major sporting events and concerts as well as 50 different offerings per week.
 
As part of the renovation, Golden Princess has also been fitted with seven new window suites with ocean-view picture windows, and a relocated casino on deck 7, bringing it into the ship’s central entertainment area.

Ten new balcony suites and two ocean view cabins have also been added in the aft of the ship, replacing the former video arcade.

Other changes include new locations for the sports court, a new Limelight boutique, new shore excursions and Captain’s Circle desks, new Internet cafe and library, and the addition of
new gym equipment in the fitness center.
 

Vital statistics

Operated by Princess Cruises
Built by Fincantieri Navali, Italy
Entered service: May 16, 2001
Refurbished: 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018
Registered: Bermuda
Gross tonnage: 109,000 tons
Cost: $450 million
Passengers: 2,590
Crew: 1,100
Passenger decks: 13
Lifts: 14
Cabins: 1,318 including
:: 28 Suites with private balconies
:: Ten balcony suites
:: 180 Mini-suites with private balconies
:: 502 Outside cabins with private balconies
:: 220 ocean view cabins
:: 372 Inside cabins
:: 28 with wheelchair access
Length: 951ft
Width: 118ft
Draft: 26ft
Engines: diesel-electric

Facilities

Three main dining rooms (two sittings), alternative dining options, three show lounges, 12 lounges/bars, casino, cinema, wedding chapel, virtual reality centyre, five swimming pools (one with magradome), nine hot tubs, fitness centre, expansive spa, golf simulator, 9-hole putting course, internet cafe, library, children’s and teen centres, self-service launderette.

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