My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess, 21 times in fact. We are both in our early 60's. I have just read a review of this Cruise posted by photomavin71, really, his critique is so wrong (in my opinion) and in the ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess, 21 times in fact. We are both in our early 60's. I have just read a review of this Cruise posted by photomavin71, really, his critique is so wrong (in my opinion) and in the opinion of many fellow passengers, I am wondering if he/she ever left the Cabin.
We found the service on board as good as I we have received anywhere in the past, be it on land or at sea. The Crew, Table Waiters, Drink Waiters, Reception Staff etc. were always happy, helpful, courteous and on many occasions went out of their way to assist in a way any land or sea based organisation would be proud. The ship was presented as one of the cleanest vessels we have sailed on. The Dining Rooms, Service and Meals were 1st Class. We were welcomed by name every time we entered a Dining Room, we were asked our preferences and each time those preferences were met with a courteous smile.
(photomavin71) was critical of the number of older people on board. We never had any problems with people using walking aids or motorised aids. In fact we commented on how few there were. There was virtually no congestion anywhere, except trying to get a seat in the Explorers Lounge at Show time. More on that later. Wake up, photomarvin71, firstly, it was a 28 day cruise. Not many younger people have the time or money available to do such a cruise. Yes, I would estimate that many passengers were retired, as we are. Photomavin71 should consider he/she will also be "older" one day and having read the critique, I don't want to be on any ship he/she is on. Some of his comments were also completely disrespectful to the older people. Yes one person was airlifted from the ship., I don't know the reason, but I could almost guarantee it was not because that person was "frail." I hope photomavin71 never gets sick and requires urgent Medical attention. Enough of this "unhappy" soul.
We found most Ports amazing and welcoming, with greeting from local volunteers on arrival. Information was readily available with many well priced tours to choose from.
Bali is Bali. It is not Australia, it is not a rich country. The tours from what we saw and heard were well organised and gave passengers reasonable value for money.
The Chef's Table is highly recommended. We went twice, both times, 4 people from our first Table came along for a 2nd visit. At $95.00 per head, it is worth the money. The Maitre D' Francois Ferat and the Executive Chef Nilo Palma play of each other really well and add to the experience. The wines served are very good and the photo of the evening and the Princess Cookbook per couple is part of the deal.
The Ship: our Cabin, interior L233. By taking an Interior Cabin we have more spending money and can cruise more frequently. Our Cabin Steward, Ekka was outstanding. You name the superlatives and he was each one. Our Table Waiters, exceptional, entertaining, simply "Marvelous". We chose Anytime Dining for the 1st time, (as it is not available on Princess ships normally based in Australia) and found the experience of being able to move about, meet more great people, enjoy various venues is something we will miss if not available in the future. Our drink Waiters knew our names from day one. welcomed us at every opportunity and were always there with a smile.
Deck/Pool areas are open, spacious, well presented and deck chairs were always available.
CRITICISM: The Explorers Lounge was small considering the shows, events that were held there. It was one place we found to be crowded, although we always managed to find a seat.
The Grand Plaza - Lobby Coffee Lounge is small and difficult at times to find a seat. I have been told however that in the near future this area and the Plaza will be refurbished and redesigned with increased seating.
The entertainment was reasonable and enjoyable. We didn't experience bad entertainers, some were just a little better than others.
The Cruise Directors Staff were very good, especially a young Korean Lady named "Song." I would love to have her on every cruise. She was Brilliant. The Princess Show Group were very good with a new show that we hadn't seen previously.
The Port Information presentations were O.K. However a little more research would have come in handy., especially re Darwin.
Generally, in summing up, if you want a Party Ship, Diamond Princess is NOT. If you are looking for a friendly, happy and well present ed Cruise Ship, Diamond IS. Yes, passengers are older than what you would find on a Party style ship. However, a little research on what you are looking for will always be advantages when booking any cruise. As I said earlier, we are in our 60's and found it very enjoyable with a great mix of mature aged people. I would recommend Princess/Diamond to anyone looking for a relaxing, safe and fun Cruise. My wife and I are leaving on the Sun Princess, Cherry Blossom Cruise at the end of April, if that Cruise is near as good as this last one, we will be very happy. Read Less