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We are booked in this cabin on the Golden for next summer in Alaska. It is near impossible to find pictures or the cabin layout of these window suite cabins. Since there are only seven on the ship, and they are fairly new to Princess, I am assuming that they are all alike (except for the one that is handicap accessible).

 

Does anyone have photos of one of these cabins on the Golden? Anyone staying in one that might be able to post a few photos for all to see?

 

I appreciate any assistance. This is our first suite and we are looking forward to it. Thanks in advance to everyone!

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We are booked in this cabin on the Golden for next summer in Alaska. It is near impossible to find pictures or the cabin layout of these window suite cabins. Since there are only seven on the ship, and they are fairly new to Princess, I am assuming that they are all alike (except for the one that is handicap accessible).

 

Does anyone have photos of one of these cabins on the Golden? Anyone staying in one that might be able to post a few photos for all to see?

 

I appreciate any assistance. This is our first suite and we are looking forward to it. Thanks in advance to everyone!

 

Mike,

 

Check out this thread.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1229164&highlight=golden+window+suite

 

Bruce

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I was in this cabin June 4-11....the cabin smelled of stale smoke

 

I have pictures, I will upload later today.....the BEST part of this cabin was the jacuzzi tub.....the worst part was the stinky stale smokey odor and the cabin steward was the WORST I have had in over 22 cruises

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I was in F 301 May 14 - 21 and I thought the steward, Lawrence, was one of the better ones that I have had over many cruises. There was no smell of smoke in the suite or the corridor outside.

 

F 301 is slightly smaller than the others with a different layout so my photos won't help you (not that I know how to post them here) but in general you enter the suite to a large marble floored lobby with all the closets and the door to the bathroom, then you go through to the sitting area and turn a corner to the bed. I didn't particularly care about the jacuzzi tub (OK if you like them) but I did love the large, glass walled shower.

 

Very spacious, very well lit, clean simple lines, pale wood and golden marble, huge bed with millions of pillows. I loved it, and being near the water line gave dramatic views of the waves swooshing past.

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Next season the cabins will all be non-smoking - this should help by the time we are in it.

 

Thanks.

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I was in this cabin June 4-11....the cabin smelled of stale smoke

 

I have pictures, I will upload later today.....the BEST part of this cabin was the jacuzzi tub.....the worst part was the stinky stale smokey odor and the cabin steward was the WORST I have had in over 22 cruises

 

When we were booking our Hawaiian cruise at the last minute, there were just obstructed OVs and Window Suites left. As we usually get insides, we booked the OV (which turned out to have a great view anyway). I did look at the deck plan and we decided we were glad not to consider the WS ones at all as they're right in the same area as the cigar lounge. And also by the casino, which also allows smoking, even under next year's restrictions.

 

We did walk around that area once while onboard and it was so stinky from the tobacco smell. As the cigar lounge will still be operating even after the smoking restrictions are enacted, I can't see this smell going away.

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I was in this cabin June 4-11....the cabin smelled of stale smoke

 

I have pictures, I will upload later today.....the BEST part of this cabin was the jacuzzi tub.....the worst part was the stinky stale smokey odor and the cabin steward was the WORST I have had in over 22 cruises

 

 

We were just on the Caribbean Princess in a WS room and had the same experience. The room smelled of stale smoke even though the steward denied that anyone smoked in there before us or that anyone on either side were smoking. But one time we saw a dirty ashtray sitting below his cleaning cart, so I think we had smoking neighbors. The smell wasn't cigars, so it wasn't from the cigar bar. I think people smoke in these rooms because they don't have a balcony and the smell stays in the carpet, furniture, and drapes.

 

And our cabin steward wasn't very good. He didn't resupply our bathroom toiletries unless asked and he threw away our formal night canapes before we ate them. When asked if he threw them away, he said "yes" but offered no apology and told us to just call room service and try to get some more. I expected really good service in a suite after reading on CC that they put the best stewards in suites. Not so!

Edited by Go-Bucks!

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Does anyone have photos of one of these cabins on the Golden? Anyone staying in one that might be able to post a few photos for all to see?

 

 

I'll try to post some as soon as I can. The rooms are very nice and the perks are fabulous!! :D

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When we were booking our Hawaiian cruise at the last minute' date=' there were just obstructed OVs and Window Suites left. As we usually get insides, we booked the OV (which turned out to have a great view anyway). I did look at the deck plan and we decided we were glad not to consider the WS ones at all as they're right in the same area as the cigar lounge. And also by the casino, which also allows smoking, even under next year's restrictions.

 

We did walk around that area once while onboard and it was so stinky from the tobacco smell. As the cigar lounge will still be operating even after the smoking restrictions are enacted, I can't see this smell going away.[/quote']

 

The cigar bar doors were closed on the starboard side my entire cruise, the main hall to the princess theater, (it use to be open and very stinky on the two othercruises on the golden)...I had to go to the cigar bar to get ice, since my room steward was not great about filling my ice bucket twice a day and my refrigerator did not work from day 1 to day 4 in the late PM even tough I complain to my steward, everyday, and he YELLED at me, and then I complained to the pursers desk for two days... the window suites have their own private hallway and it does not stink...only the cabins where smokers previously occupied it....like my cabin :(

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The cigar bar doors were closed on the starboard side my entire cruise, the main hall to the princess theater, (it use to be open and very stinky on the two othercruises on the golden)...I had to go to the cigar bar to get ice, since my room steward was not great about filling my ice bucket twice a day and my refrigerator did not work from day 1 to day 4 in the late PM even tough I complain to my steward, everyday, and he YELLED at me, and then I complained to the pursers desk for two days... the window suites have their own private hallway and it does not stink...only the cabins where smokers previously occupied it....like my cabin :(

 

We are booked in F311 on the Golden to Alaska next summer. It was less $$ than the BB balcony I would usually book so I was happy to get the suite perks. Thank you for sharing your experience and your pictures. It seems that everyone who has ACTUALLY stayed in these cabins says they are quiet and not affected by cigar smoke. The stale smoke in your cabin is awful but something that could happen in any cabin on the ship. I do hope that will be better after the new no smoking policy goes into effect. It sounds like F309 need deep cleaning, did they offer to do that when you complained about the smell?

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Thanks a lot for posting the pictures.

 

Hopefully by next August they will thoroughly clean all of the window suites.

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We have booked Window Suites on three cruises and never have smelled a bit of smoke in the cabin or in the passageway. We both are non-smokers and easily pick up any hint of smoke.

 

Certainly all experiences are different, but from ours there is no smoke aroma problem in the WS.

 

P&J

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We had a window suite on a coastal from LA to Vancouver and absolutely love it. No stale smoke smell.

Did think we'd miss the balcony, but being at wave level was awesome!

All the suite perks were great. Especially loved breakfast in Sabatini's.

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Just had a WS on a cruise that ended yesterday. The day we arrived I could tell smokers had used the room - I have allergies & a sensitive nose. I could smell the stale smoky smell in the carpeting & fabric in the cabin, but I will say that as the week went on the smell dissipated. I don't believe the smell came from the cigar bar as the WS hallway smelled fine.

 

Odor aside, I would book another WS in a minute. I loved just lying on my bed, looking at all the space around me, something I'm not used to when cruising. And the suite perks made it worthwhile, especially since on my cruise the WS rate was on a par with a mini-suite which we had originally booked. I loved the double sinks, too.

 

Just Sabatini's breakfast, free internet, complimentary laundry & those addicting chocolate tuxedo strawberries made it worth booking!

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Here are the picture of F309:
Thanks for the photos. It looks like Princess added 220V European Schuko sockets in addition to the 120V North American NEMA sockets when they added the Window Suites. With fewer outlets an extension cord must be needed. Also, is there a wall mounted hair dryer?

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F 301 is slightly smaller than the others with a different layout so my photos won't help you (not that I know how to post them here) but in general you enter the suite to a large marble floored lobby with all the closets and the door to the bathroom, then you go through to the sitting area and turn a corner to the bed. I didn't particularly care about the jacuzzi tub (OK if you like them) but I did love the large, glass walled shower.

We are in F301 next year to Alaska. How much smaller is it than the others - I didn't realize it was smaller.

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Thanks for the photos. It looks like Princess added 220V European Schuko sockets in addition to the 120V North American NEMA sockets when they added the Window Suites. With fewer outlets an extension cord must be needed. Also, is there a wall mounted hair dryer?

 

Yes there is a hairdryer by the desk near the entry on the right side....one outlet....yes ONE outlet....I am so glad I brought my power stripe

 

LOVE the closets....had lights that came on when opened

 

22 drawers in the living/bedroom area and one large one in the bathroom

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We are in F301 next year to Alaska. How much smaller is it than the others - I didn't realize it was smaller.
Look at the deck plan and you will see a notch out of one corner.

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Just had a WS on a cruise that ended yesterday. The day we arrived I could tell smokers had used the room - I have allergies & a sensitive nose. I could smell the stale smoky smell in the carpeting & fabric in the cabin, but I will say that as the week went on the smell dissipated. I don't believe the smell came from the cigar bar as the WS hallway smelled fine.

 

I also have allergies and the smoke odor made my nose run and my eyes puff up every morning after spending 7-8 hr in my WS cabin...the odor never went away. I used all of two small spray cans of OUST and the entire bottle of "linen mist" and it did not help at all and the evening before I was to disembark, I had a few NEW friends over to my cabin to finish up my tuxedo strawberries and COLD soda pop (since the fridge was now fixed) and they all could smell the smoke as soon as they walked in the room.

Odor aside, I would book another WS in a minute. I loved just lying on my bed, looking at all the space around me, something I'm not used to when cruising. And the suite perks made it worthwhile, especially since on my cruise the WS rate was on a par with a mini-suite which we had originally booked. I loved the double sinks, too.

 

Just Sabatini's breakfast, free internet, complimentary laundry & those addicting chocolate tuxedo strawberries made it worth booking!

I agree with the perks, loved them!!!! Will book again when it is non smoking

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Just had a WS on a cruise that ended yesterday. The day we arrived I could tell smokers had used the room - I have allergies & a sensitive nose. I could smell the stale smoky smell in the carpeting & fabric in the cabin, but I will say that as the week went on the smell dissipated. I don't believe the smell came from the cigar bar as the WS hallway smelled fine.

 

Odor aside, I would book another WS in a minute. I loved just lying on my bed, looking at all the space around me, something I'm not used to when cruising. And the suite perks made it worthwhile, especially since on my cruise the WS rate was on a par with a mini-suite which we had originally booked. I loved the double sinks, too.

 

Just Sabatini's breakfast, free internet, complimentary laundry & those addicting chocolate tuxedo strawberries made it worth booking!

 

 

MissJanet,

 

I want to thank you so much for posting back in March about switching from the mini to the WS cabin. After reading it, we did some quick research and did the very same thing. Boy, are we happy with that decision!! Definitely didn't miss the balcony on that chilly cruise. And the perks were fabulous - we used every one of them except afternoon tea in the suite. The only negatives were the smoke smell (which could happen in any cabin, but it was the first time for us) and the not-up-to-par cabin steward. Since you were on the cruise right after us, how was your service from the steward?

Edited by Go-Bucks!

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Hi Go-Bucks,

 

I remember when Princess had the price reduction on the window suites & we switched from the mini (after seeing the perks). I am so glad we made the switch - best cabin I've ever experienced (or am likely to) even with the smoke smell. Only wish I'd thought of bringing some sort of deodorizer because my sinus problems (caused by the smoke allergy) made me dizzy. But I'm still glad I took that room - could have been bothered by the smoke smell in any cabin anyway & NOT had those fabulous perks.

 

So glad you enjoyed the cabin - as far as the room steward, we had a man named Rolan. Is that who you had? He was okay, not outstanding, I have to admit. Once I asked for ice because I thought he was bringing around a cooler filled with ice (as he cleaned his cabins) like I've seen on other cruise lines & it would be a simple task. Turned out he had to take my cooler out of our area to another hallway to fill it up - seems like a complicated procedure & that surprised me.

 

Other than that, I can't recall him doing anything in particular good or bad for us. We were in F309 - which cabin did you have? I believe the room steward on one of the May sailings was a different man, not Rolan.

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The cigar bar doors were closed on the starboard side my entire cruise, the main hall to the princess theater, (it use to be open and very stinky on the two othercruises on the golden)...I had to go to the cigar bar to get ice, since my room steward was not great about filling my ice bucket twice a day and my refrigerator did not work from day 1 to day 4 in the late PM even tough I complain to my steward, everyday, and he YELLED at me, and then I complained to the pursers desk for two days... the window suites have their own private hallway and it does not stink...only the cabins where smokers previously occupied it....like my cabin :(

 

We didn't go in any of these cabins, but on our cruise, the smell in the hallway was definitely from the cigar lounge and casino. Fortunately, we have never entered a cabin on any of our cruises to find a leftover smell from a smoker (knock on wood), but we can tell which cabins have smokers (at least ones smoking inside) just by walking by in the hallway. I can only imagine this smell by the WS area will just increase after the new smoking restrictions go in place, as the cigar lounge will become more popular for smokers.

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Mr. Go-Bucks:

We live in the Columbus area and are big OSU fans. Are you also local?

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as far as the room steward, we had a man named Rolan. Is that who you had?

 

Yes, he was our steward. He was nice, but just did the minimum. He rarely resupplied our toiletries and one time I had to hunt him down in the hallway before I could shower. Another time he threw away our formal night chocolates before we ate them. He admitted he did it, but offered no apology. Just told us to call room service to try to get some more.

 

We were in F309 - which cabin did you have?

 

We were in F311. Loved the total quiet and such a convenient location. I doubt I'll ever be in a gorgeous cabin like that unless we book a WS again. I loved being so close to the Thermal Suites, which we used everyday.

 

Liked the itinerary, but didn't make it to Sydney. Did you like it there?

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Mr. Go-Bucks:

We live in the Columbus area and are big OSU fans. Are you also local?

 

Yes, and it's "Mrs." Go-Bucks! ;)

 

(I'm an alumni too)

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Sorry I didn't see your reply, Mrs. Go-Bucks, but I haven't been online much since our cruise is over. As far as Sydney goes, it was the 2nd time we've been there. It is a nice little stop - we did the Bell Museum tour. The first time we did the fort. The short time in port was long enough for us.

 

I liked the itinerary, too, but would have liked one more at sea day to break up the 4 port days in a row at the end of the cruise (just to have a little more time to enjoy the window suite). I, too, will probably not have such luxurious accommodations again, but it was worth grabbing the WS when it came down to mini-suite prices. Such great memories I have of it though...

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I liked the itinerary, too, but would have liked one more at sea day to break up the 4 port days in a row at the end of the cruise

 

 

That's why we really didn't mind missing Sydney - we heard it wasn't all that great and we LOVE sea days and wanted another one anyway. I also have fond memories of that lovely room. Too bad they can't put some WS's on all the ships.

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Sorry about that. I am also an alumni! Should be an interesting season this fall.

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Should be an interesting season this fall.

 

 

There's the understatement of the century!!! :eek:

 

I always get alumni tickets, but I passed on it this year. It'll be painful enough just watching on TV. I bet they lose alot of money on tickets! But I still love 'em anyway!! :D

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There are several long threads about Window Suites. One of them is about F309 (we booked that WS and loved it).

 

Try these two:

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1437963&highlight=window+suite

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=960140&highlight=window+suite

 

If you type Window Suite into the Search this forum you can check many others.

 

P&J

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We were in WS 307 on the Golden 9/3-9/10/11 to Alaska. Absolutely loved the cabin! So much storage space. 3 closets & more drawer space than we could ever use. The location (for us) was ideal & very quiet. We did not notice any smoke from the "cigar bar" in our room. There was a faint smell of smoke in the room probably from previous smoking occupants but I sprayed air freshener & that took care of it.

 

Usually we have a balcony cabin & were worried that we would miss it. It would have been nice to have one but the layout, location & suite perks made up for the lack of a balcony (again, for us). We spent a lot of time on the open decks & on the Promenade Deck and when we were in the cabin, the two large windows made for a great viewing experience.

 

We would definitely book another WS.

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I realize this is old but it’s my fault instead post and I couldn’t figure out how to make a NEW post. I’m particularly interested of pictures of the View from the Windows in these rooms. Can someone post or point me towards some. My only hesitation in booking this over the mini suite is my husband is an avid photographer so the window barrier is worrisome but I assume it doesn’t take long to get to an outer deck from those rooms? I’m guessing would have to go up one level to promenade? Thanks

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I realize this is old but it’s my fault instead post and I couldn’t figure out how to make a NEW post. I’m particularly interested of pictures of the View from the Windows in these rooms. Can someone post or point me towards some. My only hesitation in booking this over the mini suite is my husband is an avid photographer so the window barrier is worrisome but I assume it doesn’t take long to get to an outer deck from those rooms? I’m guessing would have to go up one level to promenade? Thanks

 

That's correct ... you will need to walk up a level to be on an outside deck. The window, because it is low on the ship, will definitely have a salt spray film. It won't be a crystal clear view. We oftentimes sail on the Emerald deck in the OV rooms and even with some of those being covered, the windows don't appear crystal clear. Also, you won't be able to take any pictures too far to the left or right....just straight out. We like the OV rooms, though so it's never bothered us one little bit. But, if we were avid photographers, this might be an issue.

 

Oh, and BTW, just click on the New Thread icon in blue at the top of the Princess forums and be sure to title your post and your on your way to starting a new thread.

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We've been in WS 307 on all the ships that have them, a sure sign we like them. Never have had a problem with smoke and would undoubtedly remember and readjust had I. Love the perks and the space, with they were available fleet wide. We look first for the ships with WS and then where they are headed.

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I have a window suite booked and If I small smoke I will need to change cabins, smoke is not acceptable and means there is second hand smoke which is toxic.

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I have a window suite booked and If I small smoke I will need to change cabins, smoke is not acceptable and means there is second hand smoke which is toxic.

The original date of this thread was back in July 2011 - ? when smoking was still allowed in cabins. I'm sure 7 years later the room will not smell of cigarette smoke!

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