“Asian getaway”
Cruise review of Diamond Princess

vebria Diamond Princess 5 Asian getaway
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Our cruise experience started in Singapore where we stayed at the Ibis hotel for 2 nights and as the Diamond Princess was coming out of a refurbishing in Singapore we decided to check in earlier than recommended by the cruise line.

This turned out to be to our advantage as our check in went very smoothly and quickly unlike horror stories relayed by other passengers who checked in later and got caught in a mixture of queues waiting for shuttle buses in the hot Singapore heat.

Once on board, our inside cabin was well laid out and quite functional and as our bags had already been delivered to the cabin unpacking was completed well before most people boarded the ship.

The Diamond Princess is a beautiful vessel and although quite large it is easy to find your way around.The choice of fixed and "any time" dining is a great concept and the restaurants are smaller and more intimate than the huge dining rooms on other ships.

The food quality was excellent in all restaurants and always a great selection of fruit at the breakfast buffet.

Customer service by the staff was of a very high standard in all areas of the ship and having several laundretts on board was a bonus as there is no need to take as many clothes which leaves more room in your suitcase for shopping.

The shows in the Princess Theatre were of an extremely high standard as were the comedians and dance bands in the smaller venues.

All in all a fantastic cruise.

Diamond Princess Cruises to Asia
  • Sail Date: November 2010
  • Destination: Asia
  • Embarkation: Singapore
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Port and Shore Excursions

The problem with a large cruise ship is that it usually berths at uninteresting container terminals a long way from the excitement of the port and the passengers are transported by shuttle bus.The ship run bus tours to Bangkok included a 4 hour return bus ride-so we opted for the shorter free shuttle to Pattaya beach.

Once again we berthed at Phu My a 5 hour return drive to Ho Chi Minh City so we opted for the free shuttle to Baria and then a cab to Vung Tau- a very enjoyable day.

Na trang rated 5

This was a tender port very enjoyable with great markets

Hong Kong is a fabulous port for sight seeing and shopping and really deserves an overnight stop however a lot can be seen in 1 day....pity we couldn't berth at the Ocean Terminal.

Shanghai rated 5.....a great port for sightseeing and especially shopping

The only port we berthed close to the city.We took a tram ride to Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb museum which was very moving.Not many passengers returning to the ship with purchases here.

Busan rated 4....quite interesting especially the fish markets

Beijing rated 5...the end of our cruise and a very interesting place to visit. the ship berthed at Xingang 140 kilometers from Beijing and the ships transfer cost by bus was $us80pp.We took a local bus to the town of Nanguu then a train the the town of Tianjin and the Bullet train to Beijing all for a cost of $us16pp

Published 12/01/10
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