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Golden Princess has acres of deck space devoted to the joys of Sun & Sea. We are talking serious R&R here - if only the weather cooperates. We were at sea one day, and woke up to overcast skies and chilly temperatures. But on sailing day in Southampton the weather was excellent, and what struck me was how well designed the whole pool deck is on this large ship. There are just so many options to enjoy a swim & a bit of sun. And, as on all Princess ships, all freshwater pools and jacuzzis are open around the clock!

Starting all the way forward, there's a rather nice sundeck with teak terraces leading down to the fabulous Lap Pool down on deck 15. Nestled in between the Lotus Spa and the large forward mast, this pool doesn't get too much sun, so you best do what the name suggests - swim laps. Or simply relax in one of the gorgeous teak steamer chairs that line the pool.

Calypso Pool

If your kids have had enough of playing in the great outdoors, you can gently direct them to Off Limits and The Fun Zone, located next to the Lotus Spa. These indoor venues are designed especially for kids, with discos, an Internet Cafe and playgrounds. With special menus and a host of activities you might never see your children again!

Further aft it becomes apparent that the designers of Grand Princess and Golden Princess have been looking closely at the competition. Besides featuring a disco on a prime viewing location, the ship also sports its own miniature golf course and 2-deck high indoor/outdoor pool area with sliding glass roof.  The Calypso Pool is simply beautiful, with exquisite tiling and a very comfortable, up market atmosphere. There is even a band stand on the upper level. Needless to say, this pool was very popular on our cloudy day at sea.

Calypso Pool

Too bad the use of real teak decks has been reduced to a minimum, as most open decks (including the Promenade Deck) covered in rubber flooring. One can only imagine how much more elegant both main pools would look if the designers had used wood (or even marble!) for the surrounding deck space.

Forward on deck 14 is the main open air pool. Overlooked by a "sun walk" on the deck above, the Neptune's Reef & Pool features a very nicely sized pool and twin Jacuzzis. Sporting the same motive as the Calypso Pool, this pool is surrounded by padded lounge chairs and with the sun shining on us when we left Southampton, I couldn't help but be impressed.

Lap Pool

Lap Pool

Terrace Pool
Neptune's Reef and Pool

Calypso Reef and Pool

Pool Deck

Neptune's Pool
Tradewinds Pool Bar
Calypso Reef and Pool

Pool Deck looking aft

 

Photos and text: 2001-2005 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com. Exterior photos courtesy of Kees van Garderen.

Originally published in 2001. This revised version with new photos was published on January 30, 2005.

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