Golden Princess, crowned the largest ship ever to call Melbourne home for the cruise season, lives up to her “big” reputation with lots on offer for cruise lovers.
The 108,000-tonne ship caters for 2600 passengers stretching out over 290-metres that is almost equal to the height of Melbourne’s lofty Eureka Tower.
Star-studded features include the Skywalker Nightclub that is suspended at the rear of the ship and reached by a moving walkway above the decks complete with flashing lights. Even if
you aren’t a night clubber – it’s definitely worth a look.
It is the first ship in the Princess stable to offer menu items by Melbourne-born celebrity chef Curtis Stone, who has formed an exclusive partnership with Princess Cruises.
The Crafted By Curtis menu offers a selection of dishes in the main dining room including delicious chicken and leek pot pie, roasted pork belly and veal osso bucco. They are a hit with passengers eager to try Curtis’ cuisine. There are another 11 dining options ranging from the casual poolside Prego Pizzeria to Sabatini’s Italian dishes and amazing steaks served at the Crown Grill, a signature restaurant that costs an extra $25.
Four pools, a large spa and a child-free Sanctuary retreat are also on offer and 55 per cent of the 1300 staterooms have private balconies – with lots of hanging space. More than 40 different activities are offered each day ranging from line dancing to wet, wild and whacky pool games.
Despite its size there are lots of quiet corners to escape the crowds and enjoy a little sea gazing.