Golden Princess (2000)

Golden Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship with Princess Cruises that entered service in 2001. She is the sister ship of Grand Princess and Star Princess. She measures 109,000 gross tons and carries 2,600 passengers (double occupancy) plus 1,100 crew members. From 2009 to September 2015, she primarily operated on the Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States routes. Golden was constructed in Italy by Fincantieri and is Bermudan flagged.

Golden Princess tendering in Cabo San Lucas
Name: Golden Princess
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: London, United Kingdom
Route: Australia & New Zealand and Asia
Builder: Fincantieri
Cost: US$450 million
Yard number: Monfalcone-Trieste, Italy 6050
Launched: 31 August 2000
Christened: 12 October 2001 by Merlisa Rhonda George(2002 Miss US Virgin Islands) at Fort Lauderdale[1]
Maiden voyage: 16 May 2001 (Southampton to Barcelona)
In service: May 2001
Refit: April 2009
Status: Operational
Notes: [2][3][4][5]
General characteristics
Class and type: Passenger
Type: Grand class cruise ship
Tonnage: 108,865 GT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36 m)
Draught: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Draft: 26.2 ft (8.0 m)
Decks: 17 total, 13 passenger
Ice class: 1A Super
Propulsion: diesel-electric 2 propulsion motors (19,000kW each)
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 2,600 passengers
Crew: 1,100
Notes: [2][3][4]

Golden Princess was one of the first major cruise ships to sail to Antarctic waters in 2006.[6] She was dry-docked in Victoria from mid-April to early-May 2009, in order to refurbish the entire ship. She was also drydocked in 2012 and again in 2015, where major refurbishments and addition of several new amenities took place.


The facilities on Golden Princess include several pools, a spa, a gym and a poolside theatre.[7] The ship's main theater located at the forward of the ship seats approximately 1,000.[8]

Areas of operation

Prior to 2016, the Golden Princess sailed from Alaska in the northern summer months. Before moving to South America for the southern summer season and to Alaska for the northern summer season, she would reposition to Los Angeles, California sailing short cruises to the West Coast and/or a single 28-night cruise to Hawaii and Tahiti. For the seasons that she did not sail to South America, she would do round-trip sailings to Hawaii from Los Angeles.

Starting with the 2015-16 season, she sailed Australia cruises from Melbourne for the southern summer months. In the northern summer season starting in 2016, she began to sail roundtrip cruises from China, based out of Tianjin.[9] In 2017, the Golden Princess was based in Australia year-round, filling the gap with the departure of the Dawn Princess.[10] However, in 2018, the Golden Princess returned to Alaska during the northern summer months. Golden Princess will be based in Melbourne again in the 2019 summer season.


In October 2020, Princess Cruises will transfer Golden Princess to P&O Cruises Australia, which will rename her Pacific Adventure.[11]


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  2. Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3.
  3. "Golden Princess (26988)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard.
  4. "Golden Princess (IMO: 9192351)". Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  5. "Golden Princess". Simplonpc. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  6. "First cruise ship sets sail for Antarctica". Mail Online. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  7. "Golden Princess Activities". Princess Cruises. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  8. "Golden Princess Entertainment". Princess Cruises. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  9. "Golden Princess to China for 2016". Cruise Ship Industry News. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  10. "Dawn Princess to be Transferred to P&O Australia". Cruise Industry News. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  11. "Set Course for Adventure as P&O Cruises Names its Newest Ship: Pacific Adventure". P&O Cruises Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
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