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Station Pier Melbourne is the home of the magnificent Golden Princess. She belongs to the fleet of Princess Cruisers and is the the sister ship of the Grand Princess and Star Princess.

Constructed in Italy by Fincantieri, she measures 109,000 gross tons and carries 2,600 passengers (twin cabins) with 1,100 crew attending to their needs.

And the best part is she cruises from Melbourne!

The Golden Princess cruise ship cruises from Melbourne and other ports, headed for many destinations.

Some of which are around Australia's southern oceans and others to more exotic places throughout the world.

Depending on the seasonal weather changes she will depart on short, medium and longer stints out on the blue waters.

If circumstances allow me to take the opportunity to enjoy one of the Melbourne cruises, from right here in my hometown on a cruise ship such as this one, I will do so.

This is why my granddaughter and I have enjoyed 2 exciting New Zealand Cruises on both the Dawn Princess in 2014 and the Golden Princess in 2016.

Both fantastic ships with their own unique personality.

the golden princess cruise ship seen from the Westgate bridgeThe Golden Princess Ship Docked At Station Pier - Port Melbourne
Cruising from Melbourne on the Golden Princess cruise shipCruising from Melbourne on the Golden Princess cruise ship

The Golden Princess Cruise Ship Renovations In 2015

Beautifully renovated in 2015 the ship boasts an exciting and dramatic Italian look and feel with murals depicting Italian scenes, statues and decor.

  • Three main dining rooms 
  • Sabatini's – Italian restaurant 
  • Crown Grill – Steak and seafood
  • International Café
  • Vines – Wine Bar 
  • Horizon Court – Buffet restaurant - this is where we spent most of our meal times! Delicious food and great variety
  • Trident Grill – Burger & hot dog grill - qick snack time
  • Prego Pizzeria – Poolside pizza - open all the time for a quick snack
  • Sundaes ice cream bar - loved the indulgence
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • 24-hour room services - these are so handy if you just want to dine in your cabin, perhaps a quick snack or breakfast before an onshore excursion
The Golden Princess Cruise LinerThe Golden Princess Cruise Liner

On board the ship also hosts live shows, competitions, art auctions and displays in different venues and times. Plenty of extra entertainment for those who want more to do than just lying around relaxing.

  • Princess Theater
  • Vista Show Lounge
  • Explorer's Lounge - venue for Art Auctions (my favorite past time)
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Player's Cigar Bar
  • Promenade Lounge and Bar

Guest Services On Board The Golden Princess

  • The Sanctuary 
  • Movies Under the Stars poolside screen with up to date movies
  • Lotus Spa and Fitness Center
  • Piazza-style Atrium - just sit and sip on a latte` or indulge in a delicious cream cake or two
  • Kid's and Teen's Centers - safe and secure allowing the 'grown ups some 'time out'
  • Wedding chapel
  • Grand Casino
  • Lawn Court – golf putting and lawn games
  • Sports Deck
  • Internet Café
  • Library
  • Art Gallery - Love this place as there are so many great artists on display and you get to chat about up and coming auctions and special deals!
  • Photo/Video Gallery - view pic's taken at port destinations and at special times onboard throughout the cruise. You can purchase the photos if you like or not.
  • The Shops of Princess - love these to browse through for bargains
  • Video arcade
  • Guest Services Desk - always so helpful and much needed if having to exchange money for in port excursions and spending.
  • Shore Excursions Desk - handy if wanting to discover what to do onshore.
  • Medical Center
Movies under the Stars on the Golden Princess cruise shipMovies under the Stars on the Golden Princess cruise ship

The Cruiser's Pools and Spas

  • Calypso Reef and Pool (plus 2 hot tubs) 
  • Neptune's Reef and Pool (plus 2 hot tubs)
  • Terrace Pool
  • Oasis bar & hot tubs
  • The Sanctuary (adults only)

I love the view from the Terrace Pool at the rear of the Golden Princess ship. It is so convenient to the all day buffet in the Horizon Court restaurant plus there is a convenient bar with waiters who serve delicious cocktails as you enjoy the sunshine and relaxing atmosphere!

The Terrace Pool at the rear of the Golden princess Cruise ShipThe Terrace Pool at the rear of the Golden princess Cruise Ship

The On board Stateroom Balcony Experience 

One of the Cabins on board the Golden Princess cruise ship. The bedding configuration can be changed to accommodate the guests in the room. Here the configuration is set up as twin, single beds.

Twin cabin configuration on the Golden PrincessTwin cabin configuration on the Golden Princess

My personal preference is for a 'balcony cabin' as I enjoy the restful and relaxing time sitting out on it watching the blue waters glide on by. When I book my cruise I always look at its position making sure that the balcony affords me as much sunshine as I can secure for my sunbaking and enjoyment.

Balcony view from the cabin on the Golden PrincessBalcony view from the cabin on the Golden Princess

One of my favorite things is to get up just as the sun comes up and watch it rising over the horizon. If I'm still sleepy I just climb back into my comfortable bed and catch some more Zzzzzzz's

I also love to leave the door open at night when the weather permits so that I can hear the waves as the ship sails along. Early morning also affords me the great views when the tug boats connect up to tow the ship into port. I always find these times exciting no matter how often I see it happen.

Sunrise from the balcony of cabin on the Golden Princess cruise shipMorning View Over From The Balcony Cabin On The Golden Princess

There is no need to stay on board the Golden Princess cruise ship when she is in port as there are plenty of land touring options available for you. You can choose these before you sail and secure your seat or you can book them on board if you want to. No prepayment is required as you are invoiced and subsequently pay for same after the event.

Akarowa hinterland New Zealand touring onshore off the Golden princess cruise shipAkarowa hinterland New Zealand touring onshore off the Golden princess cruise ship

My 13 nights out on the blue seas continues to excite me and no doubt the idea of Melbourne cruises will continue to dominate my idea for the best relaxing holiday you can enjoy. Seeing my hometown  once more from the deck of the Golden Princess as we arrive back in Melbourne fills me with mixed emotions. Glad to be home but wanting more ... Well there is always next year!

Arriving back at Station Pier Port MelbourneArriving back at Station Pier Port Melbourne

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