Golden Princess...the good vs. the bad???

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I would not recommend the Sanctuary for Alaska. There is no need. You will want to move around the ship for the best views.
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We have also sailed on Disney and Royal. We absolutely LOVED the Golden Princess.

It’s a beautiful ship, elegant and understated. We considered the cuisine superior to what we’ve encountered on most other cruise lines. Service was great, although not as good as on Disney (its hard to beat Disney in that department).

We sailed on the Golden for our 10th wedding anniversary and have absolutely wonderful memories from that cruise. With that said, we sailed on her without kids, and Princess delivered a great cruise for that special occasion. Although we did see plenty of kids onboard, and we walked around to check out the kids facilities, we felt that Princess isn’t as well geared towards families as Royal or Disney are.

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We will be on Golden this July/August to Alaska. Is the pool enclosed? It's hard to tell from their website. Thanks.
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We just did several cruises on the Golden Princess. They were our best ship experiences on Princess, aside from the Pacific Princess. Loved the ship. Is it perfect? No. Plumbing seems to be the largest issue. But there are so many offsets. Pools are great. Crew is fantastic. Food was good. Service was excellent.

I have special dietary needs too, and they were more than exceeded. I address what was done for me several times on my blog.

The Calypso Pool is covered.

Lots of information and photos on my blog starting here:

We liked it so much we’re considering trying to get to Alaska on the ship this summer too.
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Originally posted by Pippa and Toby
Was wondering about Club Class Dining and which dining room is it in on the Golden Princess? Has anyone dined there and is it the same dress code as other dining areas?
. It is in the Donatello Dining Room and it is the same dress code.
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