Diamond Princess is old enough that its 1,351 cabins are not the downsized options passengers find on newer cruise ships. Decorated in earthy blues, reds and browns, with light beige to cherry-colored wood, even the smallest inside room is comfortably sized with enough space to store an average cruiser's necessities. Though storage depends on cabin category, all offer at least some drawer space and sizable closets with plenty of hangers. Suite closets add more shelf space, and the most expensive categories include walk-ins.
Bathrooms range from cozy and perhaps a bit cramped in inside cabins to comfortably large in suites. All have shelves to hold your basic toiletries, and all but the largest suites have plastic curtains in the showers. You'll find bar soap for hands, face and body, and individual dispensers of non-brand name shampoo, shower gel and moisturizer. Because the ship draws such a large Japanese contingent, many of the bathrooms also feature Japanese-style bidet toilets with a selection of after-use water spouts, a seat warmer and even a dryer.
All cabins have safes, telephones, coffee machines, mini-fridges, full-length mirrors and hair dryers. Each passenger is provided a bathrobe and slippers for use during the cruise.
Additionally, each cabin has a flat-screen TV, with suites having two. Much of the TV programming revolves around ship and port activities. A variety of movies are on demand each day, and several news and sports channels are available.
Twenty-four cabins are accessible in a choice of three cabin categories.
Interior: The 377 168- to 182-square-foot Interior cabins are comfortable for solos or for two people. Each interior cabin has two beds that can be combined to form a queen; some also have Pullman beds to accommodate up to two more passengers. Each cabin has two small night tables with drawers, a round table and a desk with a chair.
Oceanview: Diamond Princess has 226 183- to 194-square-foot oceanview and 10 200-square-foot forward-facing premium oceanview cabins. A handful of the obstructed and nonobstructed standard oceanview cabins also come with Pullman beds to accommodate up to two more passengers. All feature the same items included in Interior cabins.
Balcony: Seventy-five percent of the cabins on Diamond Princess feature private balconies. Of those, 522 are standard or premium balconies with approximately 191 to 231 square feet of cabin area and 46 to 88 square feet of balcony. Balconies feature small round tables and mesh chairs. Some standard and premium balconies come with Pullman beds to accommodate up to two more passengers. All balcony cabins feature the same items included in Interior cabins, plus an extra chair each.
Mini-suites: The 186 mini-suites, which can accommodate three passengers apiece, are 274 square feet and feature balconies, each of which is approximately 80 square feet. Cabins are roomier, with separate sitting areas and sofa beds. Bathrooms offer combination tubs and showers. Some mini-suites also have Pullman beds to accommodate fourth passengers. Mini-suites feature all the same items as lower cabin categories, as well as two flat-screen TVs, more shelf space in the closets and welcome glasses of Champagne.
Suites: There are 28 suites in four suite categories onboard Diamond Princess, ranging in size from 205 square feet to 904 square feet, with balconies from 114 square feet to 425 square feet that have a table, two to four chairs and two loungers. Suites feature all the same items as lower cabin categories, plus additional drawer space, a separate sitting area with sofa bed, a walk-in closet and full bathroom; select suites also have hot tubs. Additionally, suite passengers receive a complimentary minibar set up and DVD player with access to a DVD library, a pillow menu, fresh flowers on embarkation and deluxe Lotus Spa toiletries. Other suite perks include priority embarkation and disembarkation at tender ports, free laundry and dry-cleaning, free use of the Lotus Spa thermal suite, an elite lounge with free hors d'oeuvres, an included meal at a specialty restaurant on embarkation evening and more.
Family suites: Each of the two family suites with interconnecting cabins can accommodate six people and are approximately 468 square feet with a 144-square-foot balcony. Each has a living room area with two sofa beds into which both cabins open. Family suites have all the same amenities and perks as other suite categories.