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.
Na trang rated 5
This was a tender port very enjoyable with great markets
Shanghai rated 5.....a great port for sightseeing and especially shopping
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