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Golden Princess cruises for 2016-2017-2018


VIEW Golden Princess 2016-2017-2018 cruises below for 63 cruises to 69 ports with today's best deals!
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Where she sails
Until April 2016 Golden Princess sails out of Melbourne and Auckland to Tasmania, the Pacific islands, and New Zealand. On departing Australia on 4 April 2016, Golden Princess will be relocated to China, and sail out of Tianjin, near Beijing, before returning to Melbourne late in 2016. The return trip departs Beijing for Sydney in October 2016. This will be a popular cruise. Then until April 2017 Emerald Princess sails again out of Melbourne and Auckland. Here’s an excellent itinerary – From either Sydney or Brisbane, circle the Pacific in 75 nights. A 35-night circle of Oceania from Auckland or Sydney follows. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours that can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

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Golden Princess Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = On Board Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2016 CRUISES

17

OCT

Golden Princess cruises

25

NIGHTS

Australia & China Cruise 5650
Departs: Beijing (Tanggu) | Arrives: Sydney

$2,459

$98

17

OCT

Golden Princess cruises

28

NIGHTS

Asia & Australia Cruise 5650A
Departs: Beijing (Tanggu) | Arrives: Melbourne

$2,830

$101

11

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

3

NIGHTS

Australia Coastal Cruise 5651
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Melbourne
Up to AUD$100 OBC

$479

$160

14

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

6

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5652
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,114

$186

20

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,999

$143

4

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Australia & New Zealand Positioning Cruise 5654A
Departs: Melbourne | Arrives: Auckland
Up to AUD$100 OBC

$700

$175

4

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5654
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,918

$148

8

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5654B
Departs: Auckland

$2,030

$156

17

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5655
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$2,019

$155

21

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5655A
Departs: Auckland

Sold out

N/A

30

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5701
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$2,429

$187

2017 CRUISES

3

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5701A
Departs: Auckland | Arrives: Melbourne

$2,300

$256

12

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

6

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5702
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,199

$200

18

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5703A
Departs: Melbourne | Arrives: Auckland

Sold out

N/A

18

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5703
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,899

$146

27

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5703B
Departs: Auckland

$2,199

$169

31

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5704
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,799

$138

9

FEB

Golden Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Australia Getaway Cruise 5704A
Departs: Auckland | Arrives: Melbourne

$640

$160

13

FEB

Golden Princess cruises

6

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5705
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,099

$183

19

FEB

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,899

$136

5

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Australia & New Zealand Positioning Cruise 5707A
Departs: Melbourne | Arrives: Auckland

$610

$153

5

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5707
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,799

$138

9

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5707B
Departs: Auckland

$2,099

$161

18

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5708
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,799

$138

22

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5708A
Departs: Auckland | Arrives: Melbourne

$1,500

$167

31

MAR

Golden Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5709
Departs: Melbourne
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$899

$180

5

APR

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,899

$136

19

APR

Golden Princess cruises

2

NIGHTS

Australia Coastal Cruise 5711
Departs: Melbourne | Arrives: Sydney

$329

$165

21

APR

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,749

$135

4

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

15

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$2,399

$160

19

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

26

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Sector Cruise 5714
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Osaka
Up to AUD$500 OBC

$5,150

$198

19

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

49

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Liner 5714D
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Los Angeles
Up to AUD$2,000 OBC

$9,399

$192

19

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

71

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Cruise 5714B
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Auckland
Up to AUD$3,600 OBC

$13,499

$190

19

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

75

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Cruise 5714A
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$3,600 OBC

$14,600

$195

21

MAY

Golden Princess cruises

75

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Cruise 5714C
Departs: Brisbane | Arrives: Bristol
Up to AUD$2,000 OBC

$16,825

$224

14

JUN

Golden Princess cruises

24

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Sector Cruise 5715
Departs: Osaka | Arrives: Los Angeles
Up to AUD$500 OBC

$4,609

$192

14

JUN

Golden Princess cruises

49

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Sector Cruise 5715A
Departs: Osaka | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$1,500 OBC

$9,200

$188

7

JUL

Golden Princess cruises

25

NIGHTS

Circle Pacific Sector Cruise 5716
Departs: Los Angeles | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$500 OBC

$4,750

$190

29

JUL

Golden Princess cruises

35

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$6,200

$177

2

AUG

Golden Princess cruises

35

NIGHTS

Hawaii & Tahiti Cruise 5717
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$5,900

$169

4

AUG

Golden Princess cruises

33

NIGHTS

Hawaii & Tahiti Cruise 5717A
Departs: Brisbane | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$5,629

$171

4

AUG

Golden Princess cruises

35

NIGHTS

Hawaii & Tahiti Cruise 5717C
Departs: Brisbane
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$6,000

$171

6

SEP

Golden Princess cruises

15

NIGHTS

$2,399

$160

8

SEP

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Papua New Guinea & Sth Pacific Cruise 5718A
Departs: Brisbane | Arrives: Sydney

$2,099

$161

21

SEP

Golden Princess cruises

11

NIGHTS

$1,649

$150

2

OCT

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5720
Departs: Sydney

$3,457

$266

15

OCT

Golden Princess cruises

10

NIGHTS

$2,617

$262

25

OCT

Golden Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5722
Departs: Sydney

$2,470

$353

1

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

$3,472

$248

15

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5724
Departs: Sydney

$3,457

$266

28

NOV

Golden Princess cruises

3

NIGHTS

Australia Coastal Cruise 5725
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Melbourne

$1,531

$510

1

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

$2,099

$150

15

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

6

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5727
Departs: Melbourne

$1,099

$183

21

DEC

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5801
Departs: Melbourne

$2,599

$200

2018 CRUISES

3

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5802A
Departs: Melbourne | Arrives: Adelaide

$899

$180

3

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5802
Departs: Melbourne

$1,399

$200

8

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

17

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5802B
Departs: Adelaide

$3,199

$188

10

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5803
Departs: Melbourne

$2,300

$177

23

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

6

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise 5804
Departs: Melbourne

$1,099

$183

25

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Australia & NZ Cruise 5804A
Departs: Melbourne

$649

$162

29

JAN

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5805
Departs: Melbourne

$2,200

$169

11

FEB

Golden Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise 5806
Departs: Melbourne

$2,200

$169

24

FEB

Golden Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

$2,199

$157

Golden Princess — Ship Review Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.

Life aboard Golden Princess
Until April 2016 Golden Princess sails out of Melbourne and Auckland to Tasmania, the Pacific islands, and New Zealand. On departing Australia on 4 April 2016, Golden Princess will be relocated to China, and sail out of Tianjin, near Beijing, before returning to Melbourne late in 2016. The return trip departs Beijing for Sydney in October 2016. This will be a popular cruise. Then until April 2017 Emerald Princess sails again out of Melbourne and Auckland. Here’s an excellent itinerary – From either Sydney or Brisbane, circle the Pacific in 75 nights. A 35-night circle of Oceania from Auckland or Sydney follows. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours that can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Being a large resort ship, built in 2001 and refitted in 2009, on-board entertainment and facilities are state-of-the-art for cruise ships. The ship itself is a cruise destination. She has two decks of public spaces and plenty of lifts and staircases that make for ease of movement. There is an ‘adults only’ two-deck Sanctuary area with padded sunloungers and pool for your solitude. Newly fitted is a large ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen. The Alaskan cruises tend to attract more families and multigenerational groups; on Hawaiian cruises expect a senior crowd. Boarding logistics are very smooth. Tips and gratuities are additional.

Accommodation
There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Four types of suites are available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites have a bathtub and second TV. The 33 suites and 180 mini-suites cover a large range of sizes and additional free-bees such as complimentary laundry and shoe shine, a selection of pillows, daily in-room canapés and high tea, free Internet access, and much more. There are no butlers for any staterooms.

Food and Dining
Traditional dining in Canaletto Dining Room offers you a pre-selection of one of two seating times throughout the cruise. Anytime Dining (sitting when and with whom you choose) is offered in Donatello and Bernini Dining Rooms. Both serve five course meals changed daily, with chefs inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Sabatini’s serves Italian cuisine, Crown Grill serves steak and seafood, and there’s Crab Shack (all for an extra cover charge). Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.

Casual dining is available at Horizon Court buffet all day and informal sit-down waiter service at night. The pizzeria gives an excellent choice, and will also provide room delivery for a small charge. There is a burger and hotdog grill, and take-away food is available at the pool side. For lighter snacks try the ice-cream sundae bar, or the patisserie for coffees and pastries. Afternoon tea is served daily. There are 12 bars and lounges. Coffee, iced tea and milk are available 24 hours a day. For an exclusive (extra charge) dining experience for ten guests make a reservation for The Chef’s Table. Chocolate Journeys is new.

Entertainment
As for entertainment, there is more than can be squeezed into a week. The Princess Theatre is two decks high, featuring glamorous production shows every second or third evening. The Vista Show Lounge with its three stages presents cabaret, and doubles for lectures, bingo and horse-racing during the day. Explorer’s Lounge hosts cabaret acts and dance bands. Movies first-run feature films pool-side at Under the Stars on Sun Deck. There are lounges with live music and dancing. A new feature is the new three-deck-high street-cafe-style Piazza, for sipping coffee and watching the occasional passing performer. Stroll around and shop duty-free, or check your email at the Internet Café.

Princess on-shore programs are outstanding, and information about shore options is comprehensive. On board, enrichment programs include the ScholarShip@Sea program, which presents six self-improvement programs each day, with a charge for advanced classes. The core subjects are: Culinary Arts, Visual/Creative Arts, Photography, and Computer Technology. There is a pottery studio complete with electric kiln, karaoke, virtual golf, art auctions, and casino gambling. Five pools spread the crowd. Fun activities surround the pool areas and include a nine-hole putting course, virtual golf, and ball games. One can retire to the library and writing room, the adults-only lounge, work out in the gyms, or relax in a spa or hot tub. While passengers are generally older, each young age group has five-star special facilities and programs.





































Explore the decks

Golden Princess deckplans

Golden Princess deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Four types of suites are available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites have a bathtub and second TV. The 33 suites and 180 mini-suites cover a large range of sizes and additional free-bees such as complimentary laundry and shoe shine, a selection of pillows, daily in-room canapés and high tea, free Internet access, and much more. There are no butlers for any staterooms.

Decks
Golden Princess

Princess Cruises

Ship facts

Star rating: Golden Princess star rating
Maiden voyage: 2001
Number of decks: 13
Tonnage: 108865
Cabins: 1318
Passenger capacity: 2600
Number of crew: 1100

What's onboard? ▼

  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • Main dining room
  • Traditional Dining
  • Anytime Dining (outside Australia)
  • 24-h Room Service, Menu complimentary
  • Formal dining (1/week) (rental wear)
  • COVER CHARGE DINING
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • Chef’s Table (for 10) (not in Australia)
  • Sabatini’s (Italian)
  • Crown Grill (beef, seafood)
  • CASUAL DINING
  • Horizon Court
  • Crab Shack (pay)
  • Vine’s Wine Bar
  • International Café
  • Burger & Hot Dog Grill (poolside)
  • Ice Cream Bar
  • English Pub Lunch
  • Chocolate Journeys (new)
  • Internet café
  • Pâtisserie
  • Drinks packages (not in Australia)
  • Soda, coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea; Cookies & milk in Piazza
  • Special diet requests (order ahead)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (2)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (12)
  • Smoking Bar
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • NFL poolside
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea enrichment courses
  • Library, writing room
  • Art, photo, video gallery
  • Celebration packages
  • Weddings (enquire)
  • Conference Centre
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (4)
  • Lap pool with current
  • Whirlpools Spas (9)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis (pay)
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track, Zumba classes
  • Lotus Spa & Fitness
  • Ultimate Ship Tour (pay)
  • Sports court & table games
  • Shuffleboard
  • 9-hole putting course
  • UNDER 18
  • Youth Remix Center (3-12y)
  • Teen Lounge (13-17y)
  • Kids-only Dinners
  • Pelicans (3-7 y centre)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y centre)
  • Group kidsitting (3-12 y, pay)
  • Port Days activities
  • Children with special needs
  • Video arcade
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre (pay private rate, no Medicare)
  • ATM on board (costly)
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone at sea (pay provider)
  • Laundromats self-serve
  • 110V power
  • Wheelchair cabins, service animals
  • No wheelchair access to The Sanctuary
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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