“Another good one for the books.”
Cruise review of Diamond Princess

Holomoku Diamond Princess 5 Another good one for the books.
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Arriving in Sydney two days early we were greeted with a Chinese New Years Parade right outside our hotel. We had to exit the cab a block away because of the street being blocked off. Checked in and then watched the Parade from our window! Sydney was fun as usual, but had gotten more expensive in four years. Embarkation went smooth and easy, dropped our bags off early, then went out walking around some more. No lines, went right to the Lobby Bar bought another Coffee Card.

We picked this Cruise because of the Sea Days between each Port. We really like that, don't feel rushed and get to meet more people on the Ship and relax more. That's why we Cruise, unpack once and see the world, then one knows if they want to ever spend more time in a location.

We really enjoy the AnyTime Dining Option. We meet so many friendly people, "Two to Share, Please". We found the food in the all the Dining rooms to be great! The Waffle Bar and the Omelet Station were good and found them easily the 1st morning after reading the Amenities booklet in our room the night before.

We tried all the Dining Rooms, Sabatinis, Sterlings, Pizza Bar and the Hamburger Bar. The Savoy for the English Fish & Chips could have been better organized. We only did that once and that was enough.

Our room was set up just as we asked, our room Steward was Johnny-on-the-spot for anything we needed.

We did several Ports on our own and took Princess tours on the others, all the tours went off without a hitch and the Guides were great! The Hot Springs Tour in Taiwan was just what the Dr. ordered, boy can those little Goldfish nibble at your toes. The Port Lectures were a great help!

Disembarkation was simple and easy, we picked up our luggage with no problem, proceeded to a bus, made sure the luggage was on the bus. No problems. We were to be dropped off at the Beijing City Center, but the bus took all of us to our individual hotels. Very nice. All in all, a very nice Cruise!

Diamond Princess Cruises to Asia
  • Sail Date: February 2011
  • Destination: Asia
  • Embarkation: Other
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Cabin review: Balcony

B215 we found to be perfect. We like the Bow and this was just beyond the Bow wave so we could see the Jelly Fish, Flying Fish, Dolphins, etc.as they moved to get away from the ship. With the Stabilizers there was almost no motion, just once in awhile a bang as we slapped a wave. We have been in the Stern, the middle, and the Bow and favor the Bow. We also had a good view of the Bridge to watch them work the ship into ports.

Port and Shore Excursions

Took the Princess Tour around the city, then went wandering on our own. Found the people to be very helpful and friendly. Would like to go back here and then head inland for some more exploring. Sad to hear that a Cyclone hit Darwin the day after we left. Did quite a bit of damage.
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We took the 8.5 hr. tour of the Harbor, Aberdeen, city, by boat, bus, sampan. Saw a lot of this place. The ship tied up in the Container Port due to it's size, but I found this to be very interesting. I have never seen a port that was so big, with so many containers, all moving around 24/7. Our guide said they move 2 million containers in and out each month. I watched for 1.5 hrs. from our balcony in the late evening before departure, just fascinated at how much was going on. Walking around one feels very safe.
They were just putting on the finishing touches to the Cruise Ship Terminal, very nice. Easy to travel on your own around the city, maps in both Japanese and English. Buses and trams easy to use. Felt very safe. Even found a restaurant where the menu was in both languages with pictures. Real easy to order a light snack.
Published 03/27/11
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