Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess is living up to her name, now that she’s had a a multi-million dollar refurbishment, which saw her receive new upgraded features, new dining menus and more.

The major Golden Princess makeover was wrapped up ahead of the ship’s 2018/19 season in Melbourne, which is scheduled to commence in October this year and will include nine round-trip itineraries from the city to New Zealand.

For younger cruisers during the school holidays, Golden Princess now hosts transformed youth centres as part Princess’ Discovery at Sea program. Designed in partnership with Discovery™, the centres have been created specifically for kids and teens, encouraging new friendships and supporting discovery and creativity through play.


Golden Princess will also be among the first in the Princess fleet to roll out the latest update of Princess’ celebrated Across the Ditch program, designed to further immerse guests in New Zealand culture and cuisine. The enriched program will continue to offer uniquely New Zealand experiences through a series of interactive and engaging onboard and shore activities.

In preparation for her Melbourne homeport, celebrity Italian chef, Angelo Auriana partnered with Princess Cruises to enhance the line’s signature Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria.


New menu offerings at Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria draw Chef Auriana’s famous approach of combining old-world grains with non-traditional ingredients, and feature handmade pasta dishes inspired by family recipes from Italian chefs across the Princess fleet. Favourite dishes include; risotto made with vialone nano rice, beets dolce latte, gorgonzola and pistachios and Roman seafood al Cartoccio with grouper, shrimp, black mussels, scallops, potato and artichoke.


Additional enhanced features onboard Golden Princess include a grand new Movies Under the Stars® screen where guests will be treated to premium picture, with extreme wide-angel and advanced outdoor light sensors delivering double the image quality of the previous system. In addition every cabin has been fitted with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed which has been developed exclusively for Princess by US sleep expert Dr Michael Breus to deliver the most comfortable and rejuvenating sleep at sea.


Golden Princess will arrive in Melbourne to commence her Summer Cruise Season on 25 October 2018.


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