A transformed Golden Princess has emerged from the most extensive
drydock ever undertaken by Princess Cruises, one that was closely
followed by thousands of cruise aficionados around the world though an
online daily photo journal to chronicle the dramatic transformation.
Throughout the three-week makeover the daily online photo journal
offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into adding such signature Princess
features to the ship as a new piazza-style atrium, an adults-only
Sanctuary, a Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, and a new
Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant.
The online journal featured more than 180 photos giving viewers a
front-row seat as the immense project was undertaken at Victoria
Shipyards in British Columbia.
The full transformation is available for viewing at www.princess.com/goldendrydock,
and features such rare scenes as the hull of the ship and propellers
out of the water with the new silicone underwater paint being applied.
It shows hundreds of pieces of furniture being re-upholstered and key
public areas being demolished and re-configured into new spaces.
Based on the many comments we received, I think it's safe to say
that our passengers were amazed at being able to watch Golden Princess'
makeover as it happened, said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive
vice president. We heard that they have a new appreciation for the
dramatic amount of work that goes into a project like this, as well as
how much care and effort we put into our ships every day. Swartz added
that a complex project like this drydock was a prime example of the
teamwork and dedication for which Princess is known.
During a short sampler sailing to Ketchikan and then back to
Seattle, the new features were unveiled to passengers, and the ship is
now cruising on its first Alaska voyage of the season. Golden Princess
will continue to offer weekly departures from Seattle on roundtrip
Inside Passage voyages through September 12.
Now that the transformation is nearly complete, Golden Princess'
atrium features a new Piazza with an inviting street café atmosphere
and two new dining options. The International Café serves up specialty
coffees, fresh baked cookies, pastries, panini sandwiches and tapas,
while wine bar Vines offers a selection of more than 30 wines by the
glass, plus a selection of seafood, artisan meats and cheeses, and a
wine shop where passengers can purchase their favorite bottle.
Adult passengers looking to get away from can now relax in the
tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess' signature retreat featuring
plush padded lounge chairs and the services of dedicated Serenity
Stewards. Visitors to this exclusive space can enjoy refreshing
beverages and light snacks, or receive a massage in one of the private
And a new 300-square-foot Movies Under the Stars poolside LED screen
now features evening movies and a variety of daytime programming,
comparable to the best shoreside movie theater. In addition to family
cinema and first run hits, it showcases major sporting events, concerts
and other can't-miss programming - up to 50 different offerings per
The ship also now features a brand-new relocated casino on deck 7, a
new sports court, a new Internet café and library, and a refurbished
fitness center. And all passenger cabins were also fitted with new flat
With such an ambitious project list to accomplish in just three
weeks time, some spaces are still in the final phases of completion.
This includes the new Crown Grill restaurant, newly constructed suites,
and the relocated shore excursions desk and wedding chapel.