I was looking for Mediterranean cruise in April 2011.
This cruise popped up and the price was irresistible, booked the cruise 10 days advance only.
We had an ocean view cabin 244 on Plaza deck, or 5th floor.
Check in at Xin Gang (Tian Jin) was smooth, nice and new passenger cruise port terminal. No shop, nothing to buy or shop, just coffee and tea counter provided by the ship.
The new terminal is a bit far off, we took the High speed train from Beijing at around 13.30 pm. Got there in slightly over an hour. Beware, buy the train ticket in advance, or you may not have a seat.
From the train station, we took a cab, they over charged us slightly, but no big deal, understandable because the port is middle of no where. Taxi fee was 100 Yuan.
One bad point is no direction to port or terminal at Princess website, nor provided to us by Princess agent in Thailand.
A bit difficult to find the port info from Google.
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departed 2 hours late due to heavy fog and highway accident that clogged the traffic. Passengers were arriving late.
The lounge is nice, 3 storey of shiny brasses, glasses and chandelier.
The cabin is ok, slightly old. But for foul smell at the fridge.
Cabin layout is ok , we liked it.
Sheet, mattresses, blankets are ok. Bed cover a bit old. No bed bug.
Our cabin attendent is Ronald, a Philippino, he provided good service throughout the cruise.
Toilet and toiletries are ok.
The toilet flush broke down once , but was repair in a jiffy after a phone call.
Food in the buffet is not that good,choices are vary enough, but quality is barely passing. The morning eggs are terrible.
Buffet is available 24/7, good point.
Coffee is just barely passing, tea bags choices are great. Available 24 hours at the buffet cafe.
Dining rooms are nicely decorated, food quality, food choices, service are great. Most dishes are good, but for few.
Wine choices and price are OK with us. But fellow passengers complained about the wine price.
I love the morning and afternoon waffle, afternoon burger, and soft ice cream.
Shows are great, both the stage and performance.
Gym and workout facility is OK.
Spa is good.
Port visits are well organized, courtesy buses at most ports.
Except for very bare and dull Phumy port in Vietnam, otherwise all ports are good.
We visited Pusan, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thang Long, Phumy, Koh Samui, Laem Chabang, Singapore.
We are independent travelers,so we didn't buy any port excursion.
I would say if you are experienced travelers, been to Asia, you don't need to buy any for these ports of call, but may be Phumy if you wished to visit Ho Chi Min.
Or Laem Chabang if you wish to visit Bangkok. It is a bit far off.
If you are not familiar with China, cannot communicate in Mandarin, I suggest shore excursion for Shanghai as well.
Beware of Shanghai Taxi, very bad indeed.
Disembarkation in Singapore is very slow, but not ship fault.
Probably due to two ships calling at the same time, and the terminal is very crowded and congested.
Taxi queuing line is long. Plenty of taxi though. Less
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Ocean view cabin P244 is OK, well laid out, a bit worn out.
Great port and sight seeing info provided by Diamond Princess. Bus pass, tram pass, phone card available for sell at the port. Great port organization. Great place to go, lots of bitter WW II history. Nice temples and shrines. Very convenient for travelers to visit. Bring along some Japanese Yen.