Golden Princess joined the Princess Cruises fleet in January 2001, but has since been refurbished for shimmering sophistication in April 2008. This stunning ship was custom-made to transit the Pacific coast, sample the beauty of Alaska and voyage New Zealand and Australia, with 1,318 plentiful guest cabins to make the most of the stunning views. The seventeen decks are lined with luxurious guest cabins, tasty restaurants, chic bars and abundant entertainment and leisure amenities. Highlights such as the Movies Under the Stars screen, Lotus Spa, and the unique Chef's Table Experience all enhance your cruise experience.
Adventures at sea are the perfect time to enjoy the on board delicacies. The Promenade Deck is the heartbeat of the ship, allowing for full-time relaxation - whether it's sampling some pizza or pasta at Sabatini's, showing off your dance moves in Explorer's Lounge or placing your bets at the Grand Casino. Step one deck below to catch an unforgettable live performance in the Princess Theatre or grab a refreshing drink at Players Cigar Bar. Explore the ship to discover an extensive scope of ways to keep yourself occupied on board for an unforgettable trip.
The restaurants and eateries on Golden Princess showcase an array of international flavours. Trident Grill presents sizzling burgers, hotdogs and chicken dishes served with crispy fries, which are all sure to hit the spot. Tuck into a classic hand-tossed dough pizza loaded with cheese, tomato sauce and pepperoni at Prego Pizzeria if you're in love with Italian cuisine. Relish a light bite and a coffee at Horizon Court or the International Cafe - perfect for those with a smaller appetite.
Specialty dining ranges from the opportunity to sample succulent shellfish at Crab Shack, twirl some pasta at Sabatini's, enjoy a rump steak at Crown Grill, or distinguish delightful grape flavours at Vines. For a lavish touch try the Chef's Table Experience, which provides a personalised menu and intimate feel.
Discover a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails at Explorers Lounge as you spectate a gripping performance that will make your night on board. If you're more of a party animal get yourself along to Skywalkers Nightclub, get your dancing shoes on and check out the extensive drink options.
Evenings spent on Golden Princess are never boring, because there's something to keep everybody entertained. Why not kick back, relax and catch a world-class singing act in Vista Show Lounge and revel in the sophisticated atmosphere?
If you're a fan of quality live performances then check out the original music productions of the Princess Theatre, or get yourself involved in the lively music and dancing activities. Get a glimpse of the featured guest entertainers who will make your on board experience fabulous, including comedians, magicians and singers. Alternatively, for a low-key evening catch a movie at the open-air poolside amphitheater and indulge in some popcorn.
Guests can also revel in on board internet access at the library, show their competitive streak in the sports court, shop 'til they drop with the duty-free offers, gamble at the casino, work up a sweat at Lotus Spa Fitness Centre and then enjoy a dip in the fresh-water pool or hot tub. Get more out of your travels with the Discovery at SEA Programs - enjoy a show or stargaze on the top deck.
Day 1: UK to Melbourne, Australia
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Melbourne and make your way to your four-star hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 - 3: Melbourne, Australia
The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne sits in the state of Victoria on Australia's south eastern shores. Melbourne is a shopper’s paradise - from over 300 shops at Melbourne Central and niche boutiques in The Block Arcade and Royal Arcade, to bargain-hunting at the open-air Queen Victoria Market. Visit the Old Melbourne Gaol or stop by Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square. Take a walk over the Otway Fly Treetop Walk or admire the 360-degree views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Get up close to the marine life at Melbourne Aquarium and wildlife at Melbourne Zoo and Healeville Sanctuary. Admire the flora and fauna at Royal Botanic Gardens or head to Brighton, Williamstown and St Kilda beaches to swim, surf, or simply sunbathe.
Day 4: Melbourne Australia (Embarkation Day)
After check out, make your way to the port to board Golden Princess for your seven-night Southern Australia cruise.
Day 5: Phillip Island, Australia
Lying just off Australia's southern coast, Phillip Island is a favourite destination. Gather at Summerland Beach during sunset to watch The Penguin Parade as the little penguins coming ashore. The viewing site at Nobbies Centre is home to a large colony of Australian fur seals and is a fascinating look into life of the species. Pay a visit to the Phillip Island Circuit for the chance to observe some nail-biting motorcycle or car racing. With the first European garden in Victoria, Churchill Island is connected by a bridge to Phillip Island. It is complete with a working farm, quaint cottages, and homestead dating back to the 18th-century. Cuddle cute koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre and experience fun boardwalk trails with up-close views of the animals. For those with a sweet tooth, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory provides interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, samples, and a friendly cafe area.
Day 7: Port Lincoln, Australia
Port Lincoln is a fantastic starting place for discovering what the Eyre Peninsula at the southern end of Australia has on offer for visitors. Embark on a thrilling adventure with Adventure Bay Charters for the chance to swim with sharks, dolphins or sea lions and make memories that will last a lifetime. Take an Oyster Farm Tour in Coffin Bay and hop on board to learn how oysters are grown and then enjoy sampling the scrummy seafood. Launch yourself into a whale watching experience at the Fowlers Bay Jetty to catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Southern Right and Humpback whales, surrounded by scenic coastal views. Get up close and personal with some of Australia's most spectacular wildlife at Glen-Forest Tourist Park. Have a cuddle with the koalas and spend the day surrounded by kangaroos, echidnas and dingoes.
Day 8: Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island lies off the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia and is a haven for wildlife and nature. Visit the sandy beach of Seal Bay and watch the colony of seals nursing their young. Surf the spectacular white sand dunes of Little Sahara or enjoy the idyllic coastal landscapes and rustic woodlands at Kelly Hill Conservation Park. Discover the magical underground of Kelly Hill Caves and crawl through an array of underground mazes. Head to the Flinders Chase National Park to explore Admirals Arch, the Remarkable Rocks, and the Cape du Couedic and Cape Bourda Lighthouses.
Day 9: Adelaide, Australia
Step ashore in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. North Terrace is the cultural hub of the city and home to Government House, Migration Museum, South Australia Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Adelaide Botanic Garden. Spend some time in Elder Park and take a boat trip on River Torrens or the Adelaide Oval Tour is perfect for cricket fans. Indulge in retail therapy at over 700 retail stores at Rundle Mall and pick up a bargain at the bustling outdoor Adelaide Central Market. See the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo or hold a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park. Hop on the tram to Glenelg for family-fun at The Beachhouse amusement park or delve into all things wine-related at The National Wine Centre of Australia.
Day 11: Melbourne, Australia to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.