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. Golden was constructed in Italy by Fincantieri and is Bermudan flagged.
Golden Princess was one of the first major cruise ships to sail to Antarctic waters in 2006. 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.
Golden Princess features three formal dining rooms and two high-end specialty restaurants, Crown Grill and Sabatini's. mini golf course (9 holes), several pools, a spa, a gym, a video arcade, a children's facility, a dedicated teen center, a screening room (for recent movie releases), Movies Under the Stars screen, multiple bars and lounges and three modern show lounges. The ship's main theater located at the forward of the ship seats approximately 1,000. The ship has four swimming pools, nine spas and an adults-only area, The Sanctuary, forward on the ship.
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 will sail Australia cruises from Melbourne for the southern summer months. This will take the number of Australian-based Princess ships to five. In the northern summer season starting in 2016, she will sail roundtrip cruises from China-based out of Tianjin. At this time, she will join the Sapphire Princess, which will based out of Shanghai year-round beginning in 2016 taking the numbers of the Chinese-based Princess ships to two. Starting in 2017, the Golden Princess will be based in Australia year-round filling the gap with the departure of the Dawn Princess.