12 Kobe Family Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we wanted to see more of Japan. There's six of us in the group (3 couples). We we like cruising (especially with Princess) and the timing fitted our schedule and the itineraries are excellent. We did a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see more of Japan. There's six of us in the group (3 couples). We we like cruising (especially with Princess) and the timing fitted our schedule and the itineraries are excellent. We did a 2-days pre-cruise tour of Osaka and Kyoto. The beginning the Japan walkathon we have to do. On 6/20, we boarded Diamond Princess at Kobe Port and the embarkation went on smoothly. Our cabin C507 (Mid-Aft) is perfect choice because we have to spent so many days to spend ashore. Our queen size bed is very comfortable and smell fresh. We chose the 5:30 pm dining at Vivaldi Restaurant which has a perfect location, closer to the lobby of the cruise ship. The services provided by the servers are excellent. They remember our tea and water preferences throughout the duration of the cruise. We love the food selection and the Bento Japanese Box for breakfast. This is quite an experienced, because this is the first time we have this type of meal. Until the end of the cruise we had this food every morning (with variety of fish each time). The live entertainment are awesome. You will never get tired watching Princess singers and dancers. There's variety of shows every night; magic, comedy, opera singers, band, etc. If you love to dance, there's ballroom and disco band to go to . During At Sea Days, we did Zumba, line dancing and participated at some games held at the Piazza. You can also watch Fruit & Ice Carving. Lots of things to do and see. Room Steward will clean your room twice a day. You never want to leave Diamond Princess. But everything has an end. Our disembarkation went very smoothly. By the time we get to the waiting area, our color coded schedule has been called. We love Princess so much, we put a deposit for our next cruise. Once you put a deposit towards the cruise, you will receive an on-board credit automatically. Since we love cruising with Princess, we had two cruises to come. We could hardly wait for our next cruise and shore excursions adventures! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Princess contractors in ports were cheating customers insisting you have to sign register for tickets to get on free bus. Ship's management, which was well aware of situation, refused to adjust $45 on bill that fraudulently stolen. ... Read More
Princess contractors in ports were cheating customers insisting you have to sign register for tickets to get on free bus. Ship's management, which was well aware of situation, refused to adjust $45 on bill that fraudulently stolen. Spent $50,000 with Carnival Corp. this year. Asian food in dining room was outstanding, service good, improved wine program great, bought gold 12 bottle package. Beef entries were outstanding, salads were tasteless, with no salad main courses on menu. Buffet is repetitive, many treys stay empty, mostly tasteless food. Inside room was small but adequate, shower very small, new bedding is comfortable. Ship's service is very inconsistent and unprofessional. Supervision on floor is non-existent, when you get a manager they always say they don't have any authority. Would do this ship again except for the $45 issue, lets you me know how much they value customers, this was our 5th and last Princesscruise, we are 4star on HAL will continue with concern. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this itinerary for our first trip to Japan, and the timing worked with school vacation. We traveled as two families, with 2 teenage girls. We spent 14 days on the Diamond, with two back to back 7 day cruises originating in Kobe. ... Read More
We chose this itinerary for our first trip to Japan, and the timing worked with school vacation. We traveled as two families, with 2 teenage girls. We spent 14 days on the Diamond, with two back to back 7 day cruises originating in Kobe. We spent 3 days in Tokyo pre-cruise, and then flew to KIX with a Princess shuttle to the port. The timing was perfect, and we did not have to wait long to board. Free WiFi seems to be in all the ports in Japan, if you want to save money on internet charges. We did purchase the Princess premium package, and the internet was better than previous cruises, but still slow at times with some trouble logging in particularly when in ports. Our first cruise was 1,500 Non Japanese, 1,100 Japanese and the second week was 2,500 Japanese and 300 Non Japanese. The Movies Under the Stars, some shows and the menu repeated on the two weeks. I would have liked a different menu, but didn't mind the rest. We ate at 7:45 PM which allowed time to relax after a day in port, but didn't allow much time for shows, and rain made a movie in the cabin more attractive (the new TV's give you a lot of choices). The ability to sing and dance with the Japanese guests was tremendous, and we enjoyed our ability to interact (despite language barriers) with them. Activities offered for learning more about Japanese culture were numerous, and trivia was usually in both languages. Meals in the dining room were OK, our wait staff was so kind and entertaining that we ate there even when the menu was not the attraction. Our teens did not attend the teen club after finding out there were only 47 teenagers 13 - 17 signed up, with only 6 who were 17. The teens spent time on various activities and in the gym which was less crowded than other cruises. The ports are mostly far from the attractions and cities, so a taxi or shuttle are necessary if you are not on a tour. Princess does offer a shuttle bus for around $15 at most ports. We did not know this, and so signed up for a mix of Princess and private excursions pre-cruise. Japan is easy to navigate, and on a future trip I might do more on my own. In Summary, we would cruise Japan again, either in the North or perhaps for the summer Festival cruise. We enjoyed the staff on the Diamond, and would have no hesitation returning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Chose this cruise because we wanted to explore Japan and these dates suited work commitments. Diamond shone, food was fabulous in the MDR and the ship was sparkling clean. Entertainment was the usual Princess offering with the need ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we wanted to explore Japan and these dates suited work commitments. Diamond shone, food was fabulous in the MDR and the ship was sparkling clean. Entertainment was the usual Princess offering with the need to grab a seat in the theatre 30 minutes early for the first show. We were disappointed to have a couple of excursions cancelled due to lack of interest (we were told) but went ashore on our own and had great personal walking tours regardless. Second time we booked an oceanview cabin, and on Diamond both the size and location on Plaza deck proved great. Same deck as our dining room, the International cafe and just under the casino. What more could you want? The lack of little snacks at the IC on Diamond is just a touch irritating if you want to have a morning cup of tea though? Find this all together odd ........ All in all a lovely cruise to Japan but we have now ‘been there’. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I don't mind a night at a Holiday Inn or Days Inn while on the road, but a 12 day cruise in that category is way too much. When the carrots and peas are on the salad buffet instead of those small corn things and water chestnuts, you ... Read More
I don't mind a night at a Holiday Inn or Days Inn while on the road, but a 12 day cruise in that category is way too much. When the carrots and peas are on the salad buffet instead of those small corn things and water chestnuts, you know you are in trouble. In a word, the food was CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP QUALITY TOO.. They did have smoked salmon (lox to us), but that was hidden away and I had to ask for it (too expensive to put out). The cruise was NOT marketed to US audience as two back to back cruises (six days each) and for a Japanese passenger. 95% of the passengers were Japanese with everything (including the ship) retrofitted for them, I wanted to see the culture, but that was more than a little much. 2,000 Japanese on the ship makes for a nightmare. Think 30 of them pushing and shoving trying to squeeze into a 15 person elevator! To their credit, the stewards, servers, and other crew were very nice and helpful. The mechanic showed up to change out our stained and gross toilet right after we called. In general, the ship was as tired as we were after the cruise. It didn't please me that we paid the "US market" price while other passengers paid the greatly discounted prices marketed to their 95% other passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Old ship. Very little food choice and uninteresting. Absolute terrible shows. We were really disappointed with this cruise having expected much more according to the princess brochure. Very little food choices in the buffet. Had plastic ... Read More
Old ship. Very little food choice and uninteresting. Absolute terrible shows. We were really disappointed with this cruise having expected much more according to the princess brochure. Very little food choices in the buffet. Had plastic tooth pick in the seafood salad and when complained they didn’t really do anything or truly care. The ship is starting to look old and tired. My bed sheets had three huge holes in the sheets and the beds were not that comfortable. I had to keep asking for amenities to be replenished each day. Princess are obviously trying to cut costs back to an absolute minimum that’s for sure. The shows were what really took the cake. Except two big production shows the others were both embarrassing and awful. Worse than bad talent contest. Can not believe they would put such bad shows on a ship. Unbelievable. Will NEVER go princess cruises ever again. This was the fifth time and the last! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Great cruise and Itinerary The only thing different about this cruise from other Princess cruises is that the portion size for dinner is smaller than what you are used to. We were warned about this from our waiter. No worries however, ... Read More
Great cruise and Itinerary The only thing different about this cruise from other Princess cruises is that the portion size for dinner is smaller than what you are used to. We were warned about this from our waiter. No worries however, because if you are still hungry they will bring out another serving.! The only problem we encountered is that the tv in the room kept freezing while watching movies at night. This was a little frustrating. The entertainment was okay. Not the best but not the worst. If you like the casino, it was closed for most of the cruise. Japan does not allow gambling while in their waters. The excursions offered on the ship were nice and the tour guides spoke English very well. There was a lot of walking involved and a lot of stair climbing. I suggest getting in shape prior to travel.If you want to see Japan, this is the way to go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I have been cruising for quite a few years so much so that I have been lucky to have been to almost all the ports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. I, not long ago came back from a cruise in South America ... Read More
I have been cruising for quite a few years so much so that I have been lucky to have been to almost all the ports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. I, not long ago came back from a cruise in South America visiting Chile , Argentina and Buenos Aires and all ports in between including Port Stanley in Falkland Islands. I wanted to see Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan and the opportunity arose and I booked this cruise on Diamond Princess. It is a amazing ship very big in size but good in all the comforts and activities. There was one disappointment that the entertainment director was not up to standard. He came on the stateroom TV from time to time and was reading from the script, coughing and hardly making sense of what he was saying. It was better to read the program sheet than to listen to him. The entertainment was mediocre and seen better performers on other cruise ships, repetitive with the same people appearing from time to time. But the Large screen showing "movies under the stars" was good to excellent. Perhaps thee should be more movies shown when at sea and at night to give the customers a better choice of entertainment. The food in the Horizon restaurant was of good quality, hot and appetizing. The waiter service in the restaurant was good to excellent and always met with a smile. Hard working staff all round. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
On June 13-23, 2017, my wife, 11 year old daughter, 8 year old son and I sailed on the Diamond Princess out of Kobe. This was my 19th cruise, and I have sailed on RCCL, Princess, Disney, and NCL previously. Most of the people on this ... Read More
On June 13-23, 2017, my wife, 11 year old daughter, 8 year old son and I sailed on the Diamond Princess out of Kobe. This was my 19th cruise, and I have sailed on RCCL, Princess, Disney, and NCL previously. Most of the people on this cruise were retirees from Japan, with only about 5% from mostly England and Australia. Very few Americans onboard. The Japanese are very polite, mannered and well dressed. How refreshing to have such a cruise experience! We are Ruby on Princess. Pre-cruise we spent 5 days in Tokyo, and added Shanghai afterwards for Disney. Transfers to the Kobe port: We flew from Tokyo to Itami Osaka airport and purchased from Princess transfers for all 4 of us. Princess requested and we gave them all of our flight information. However, upon arrival at Itami, the Princess representative was nowhere to be found. I also told my children to look for someone holding a Princess sign. We could find none. It was about noon, which was approaching the cutoff time for the transfer. I then asked at airport information, and they said there was another terminal so maybe they were there. I then RAN to the other terminal, leaving the wife, kids and luggage behind. I asked at the information desk there, and she just happened to point out the Princess rep standing there hiding her sign in her paperwork. I explained that I could find no Princess rep at our terminal, knowing that we were an hour away with our ship leaving at 5. Eventually the Princess rep from my terminal then met us, and she showed me her sign with our names on it, yet nothing about Princess, and I said I never saw her holding a sign. She said she saw me talking to the information desk there- to which I then thought why didn’t you approach me and ASK! The terminal was not very busy and we, a American family of 4, were the only Americans around, and stood out like sore thumbs. So upon arrival at ITM start ASKING those standing around if they are the Princess representative because they DON’T HOLD UP THEIR SIGNS. Embarkation: We arrived around 1pm and they organized check in based upon your port arrival time. We then waited about an hour until we were called to check in. Disembarkation: The easiest and most organized ship departure ever! Princess wanted $75 each to transfer to KIX by bus. $300 for a 2 hour ride seemed excessive. Instead we took the high speed ferry from Kobe airport across the harbor to KIX. Very EASY to do. As you exit the cruise terminal there are helpful people who will direct you the short walking distance to the subway/train station. They told me flat out don’t take a taxi as it is too expensive, and the train is cheap and easy. Turn right as you exit the cruise terminal, and you can see the above ground train/subway station there. Just a short covered walking distance easily done even with our small children and luggage! At the station there were workers who would help you buy the tickets which were only about $3 each. Take the elevator up to the platform where there were more workers to direct you to the right train. (And contrary to older posts, you don’t have to take the train back to the mainland station to transfer to the train to the Kobe airport.) Orange line does not go to Kobe airport, only the grey line. Trains come every 5-10 minutes. 6 very short stops to Kobe airport. The train station is attached to the Kobe airport terminal. Upon arrival you can see the ferry terminal to the right, which is within walking distance even with wheeled luggage. Instead we took the free ferry bus which comes every 30 minutes. GO down to the first level, and the bus to the ferry terminal is just outside to the left. Then purchase ferry tickets at the ferry terminal- the 4 of us cost about $30. You get a discount with your passport. The ferry ride is about 35 minutes, and the boat is very large and comfortable with plenty of room. They will help you with your luggage. Upon arrival at KIX they have buses that take you the short ride to KIX, although close by, the distance did not seem walkable with luggage in my opinion. Bus stops at terminals 1 and 2. Ship: Our first time on the Diamond Princess. She is fairly new and was refurbished in 2016. She was in good shape. We would sail her again. However, there was a 15 minute ship power failure while docked in Abashiri. Good thing I packed a small flashlight! Internet: I signed up for internet for 640 minutes for $200. No unlimited plans available! Connection is only wireless, and speed range was usually just OK but not great. Food: Because we booked so late, we were stuck at the 7:45 pm dinner seating, which didn’t work well for us since we are early to bed. We never saw a 9pm show, but did go to 6:30 and 8 pm shows by eating at the buffet or the steakhouse. The Steak and Italian restaurants each charge a $29 premium per person. The steakhouse was worth it! Pools- Not a lot of activity seen in them, including in the covered pool as the water was generally cool, even on several of the sunny days. The pools are not heated except on the last day the covered pool was hot tube temperature! The hot tubs were a hit. Sports with the kids: Ping Pong was a favorite in the covered pool area. Enjoyed working on the cruise ship 1000 piece puzzle there while waiting for our turn to play ping pong. Great idea as many passengers participated. Putt Putt and a basketball court were on the top deck. Kids Club- Similar to our experiences on other ships. They divide the kids by age but there were less than 60 kids under the age of 18 on this cruise. So our kids had the place to themselves with just a few others in their age range. Important to note is that when we had PRINCESS excursions around 7:30am, the club would OPEN just to accommodate as long as you were taking a Princess excursion. Otherwise, we would not have been able to go on several of our excursions. They also will keep your kids during mealtime, taking them to lunch/dinner for free. Usually we would take our kids early to eat dinner, and then drop them off at the club while we went to dinner. And unlike other cruise lines, here we did not have to pay for the club to take them to a meal if they are there during a mealtime. What to do with the kids when you go ashore- You can leave your kids at the kids club while you go ashore. As I said above, if you are taking a Princess excursion that departs before kids club opens, if you tell them in advance, kids club will open to take your children early free of charge. Entertainment- Princess singers- In the “I got Music” show, the women while dancing were not well synchronized, and there were 2 dead spots in songs. Overall, the quality of these singers was not on par with previous cruises. However, “The Piano Man” was an excellent performance by the Princess singers. The acrobatic show by the couple was very good. Laundry room- Another reason we love Princess. The laundry room with 2 irons/boards was close by our cabin. Laundry cost $3 to wash, and $3 to dry. Use room key to get tokens, soap etc in laundry room. Photos- we purchased the 10 for $169 but added more so should have bought the pre cruise offer for $199 for all photos. Includes digital copies as well as the hard copies from the ship. Weather- We were very fortunate to have mostly overcast, cool weather (60’s-70’s) our entire cruise. I did not bring a jacket or long sleeve cover, and wore shorts on all excursions except for Russia. There were some sunny afternoons as well. It only drizzled one morning in Hakodate but then stopped with overcast skies. Cool air made the walks that much more enjoyable. Overall - We enjoyed visiting Japanese ports that are not well traveled, and would recommend this cruise for those who are looking for just that experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I would have to say this was hands down the worst cruise my husband and I have ever been on. My husband summed it up best by saying it was extremely underwhelming. The ship itself was pretty good, it's an older ship and could use to ... Read More
I would have to say this was hands down the worst cruise my husband and I have ever been on. My husband summed it up best by saying it was extremely underwhelming. The ship itself was pretty good, it's an older ship and could use to be updated but overall it seamed well kept. The service from the crew on the other hand was awful. It seemed like they went out of their way to be unhelpful. I'll start with our dining experience. We spent the first night at Sterling Steakhouse which was really good and service was excellent. The next night we went to our assigned dining room. We soon found out they had set the 3 of us (my husband, 2 year old son, and I) at a table for 6 with 4 other people. Leaving us scrambling to find a 7th seat, while the maitre'D was unhelpful and seemed to be blaming the head waiter for the mix up. The next night when we came in the table was still only set for 6. By the 4th night of our 5 night cruise they had finally fixed the problem and when we came in there were 7 seats at the table. The food in the dining room was less than spectacular, most nights nothing on the menu seemed all that appealing. The food on the buffet was also not very good. The last night we ate at the Crab Shack. We had previously dined at it on the Golden Princess back in February and had loved it. On the Diamond it is apparently located at the front on one side of the buffet dining room. It took us a while to find it, there were no signs up for it, the only why we found it was because we recognized the uniforms of the servers from our previous cruise. From the moment we set down everything felt very disorganized. When we ordered we tried to order our 2 year old a kid's meal. The waiter looked at us with a blank stare, like we had just asked for something crazy, and went to talk to the maitre'D about our request. The maitre'D then came over and offered to get him something from the buffet. A little confused we agreed. Quite a while later he came back with a plate of fruit for our son, most of which were things my son wouldn't eat. (For perspective, the Stirling Steakhouse is in the back of the same dinning room and they did not hesitate to bring him a kids meal when we ate there.) The soup was called Manhattan Clam chowder but was more of a vegetable soup. My husband and I ordered the king crab bucket. On the menu it was described as king crab legs and peel and eat shrimp. When it came there were 2 king crab legs and a whole bunch of muscles and clams. Since I was not wanting clams I asked the waiter about it and got the same blank expression I did about the kids meal. So when the maitre'D came back around I asked him. I saw him and some of the waiters looking at the menu and then he went back to the kitchen. He came by our table and said they would bring out some shrimp for us with on other explanation about the mix up. Overall the food wasn't very good and the service was terrible. Definitely not worth the extra money! We did however find excellent service at the Sterling Steakhouse and Sabatini's. We were in a suite so we got to eat breakfast at Sabatini's. The maitre'D there was absolutely fabulous! The picture area was extremely disorganized. On the last night, I know that can be a busy time but it was not all that crowded at the time, we were trying to find some of our pictures and couldn't. My husband asked the man working the counter for help and he pointed my husband to a section that was clearly wrong. After looking a while longer I asked another staff member for help, he actually attempted to help me but the section was so disorganized he told me to just have the person at the counter reprint them. So I waited in line until the guy who had been so unhelpful to my husband could "help" me. He would't, I told him what was going on and what the other man had said and he said he could not reprint them unless I had ordered them and would not help me find a way to see them. I finally just walked away having not seen my photos and not buying the ones I was intended to buy. Usually leaving a ship is the hardest part of the cruise but I was more that ready to get off of this boat. Overall our experience on this ship has left us not wanting to take another Princess cruise anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Staff was great except one very rude tech guy in internet signup area. He grabbed my wife's tablet, made unrequested and un-needed changes including deleting some shortcuts having nothing to do with the cruise while saying "let ... Read More
Staff was great except one very rude tech guy in internet signup area. He grabbed my wife's tablet, made unrequested and un-needed changes including deleting some shortcuts having nothing to do with the cruise while saying "let me do my job". Loved the free shuttles in most ports when I didn't have a princess excursion. Loved the self service washers and dryers. Air bubble controls in every hot tub were disabled (Japanese don't like bubbles?) so could not have normal Jacuzzi type experience anywhere on ship. TV had no account information or ability to book excursions etc, and to watch a movie you had to first watch a commercial for their princess brand beer or some other self promo each time. Princess phone app ok but very limited functionality (did not show dinner or show reservations or excursions without you manually adding them and some events would just disappear randomly from app), sometimes app did not work at all. Very limited excursion desk hours making for as many as 60 people I counted in line once. Once they closed one of the two buffet lines just before it hit noon, resulting in very long food lines as well. Standing room only for many shows they held in atrium that should have been in one of the theaters or other venues. Poor event scheduling in general. In entire 17 night cruise only had one 'special dinner' with Beef Wellington, Lobster, and Escargot. A lot of dinners had to keep choosing the every night selection like pasta or other. Generally mediocre food (other more frequent Princess cruisers commenting that their food has been going down hill). Room was ok except toilet washlet that really doesn't fit (see cabin review). Also, always ask for receipts from the bars to check against your bill. So in summary, some good, some bad, some ugly. Selected this cruise because of all the Japan ports they stopped at, which is the only reason I gave this cruise an average rating and would recommend this cruise, and now the ports will likely be the only reason I ever cruise Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
To celebrate my Daughter's 21st Birthday, my Daughter and I boarded the beautiful Diamond Princess in Kobe for 2 back to back cruises - one 8 night cruise followed by a 10 night cruise. I did my homework before we left and knew that ... Read More
To celebrate my Daughter's 21st Birthday, my Daughter and I boarded the beautiful Diamond Princess in Kobe for 2 back to back cruises - one 8 night cruise followed by a 10 night cruise. I did my homework before we left and knew that the majority on board were going to be a much older demographic and would be majority Japanese/Asian passengers. This certainly was the case. We knew this was not going to be a party cruise but one to see snapshots of both Taiwan, Japan and Korsakov in Russia. Although I have cruised many times and my Daughter only 4 times, we have never cruised Princess before. We read many reviews however, as cruising is a personal opinion and perception, we wondered what it would be like. It was fabulous. From the first step aboard the ship we were welcomed and treated like VIPs. Spending 18 nights anywhere can start to wear thin however we enjoyed every single minute. Although there were definitely language issues with fellow passengers, a smile is universal and we became quite gifted in the charade department :) All crew and staff spoke English and most of them spoke Japanese. As we booked the cruises separately we had to change cabins after the first cruise. The first cruise we had a fantastic cabin mini suite E728. This cabin is at the rear of the ship and has an extended balcony. It was spacious and we enjoyed every minute in it. It has a bath, roomy bathroom (for a ship), twin beds (or they can go together to make a queen), plenty of space for clothing to be hung up and drawer space, 2 tvs, sitting room with couch and table and of course the lovely balcony with table and chairs. This was particularly lovely when coming in and going out of ports. Many ports put on a welcome or departure show - dance/drums/flag waving etc. Leaving the balcony door a little open at night gave a wonderful sea serenade going to sleep. Our second cruise cabin was inside as this was all they had left when we decided to add the second cruise. We were dreading moving from our beautiful cabin but we were just so happy to be on board that we embraced our new "digs" and looked for the silver lining. We slept well as it was dark and we still had enough room for all our stuff (2 women who just cannot seem to travel light). We moved to inside cabin C214. Perfectly adequate. The food was we were told, influenced by the majority of the passengers who were of course Japanese/Asian. There was a wonderful mixture of asian/western food and we enjoyed every meal. After the first cruise we decided we preferred to dine in the Horizon Court Buffet as there was no anytime dining and we had a late dining sitting 7.45 plus we much preferred the ability to choose a plate of mixed food. We always found something we enjoyed. More than the food was the Staff in the Horizon Court. Whoever does the hiring of these staff should receive a pay rise as they are amazing, beautiful people. Nothing was ever too much trouble from the Supervisors right through all the staff. Supervisors Robert and Luigi were professional, friendly and just lovely Gentlemen as were all the staff in Horizon. Genuine smiles a mile wide and could not do enough for you. Cannot rave enough about these people. Horizon Court service was PERFECTION. Ports were enjoyable - some more than others. Japanese ports were better however Taiwanese ports were "memorable". To be honest we cruise just as much for the ship life as we do the Ports so we are generally happy wherever we go. Probably the biggest surprise was Korsakov in Russia. The show that was put on in the large hall just down from Lenin Square by the Russian dancers and singers was fantastic and gave us a real taste of Russia. Audience participation by fellow cruise members was a delight. We reached Korsakov by tender boat and did a bus tour - 2 hours of fun. One thing that surprised me and will no doubt surprise many other cruise goers was that for the first time I am aware of you could purchase alcohol packages for just the sea days. So, from day one and two you could purchase just sea days. I think it worked out to be approx $65 Australian Dollars per day. We did not know this until we met up with fellow young Aussie fellows (of course they had the alcohol packages) and just paid for the sea days so they got the best value. They loved this. We did not buy the alcohol package but purchased the Bubbles and More package ($10 US per day including gratuities) which gives you Hot Chocolate, sodas, thick shakes, milk shakes, ice cream sodas and best of all Mocktails. We had plenty of these. Virgin Pina Coladas, Chocolate Banana (yummo), Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri and Nojitos. There are others but these are the ones that we tended to drink. We found this package to be super good value for us. When we wanted an alcoholic drink, we just paid for it. Another good thing we did is buy a bottle of vodka from Room Service. It cost us $17 US for a medium size bottle of vodka and we had mixers in our mini bar. We would have a drink whilst getting ready and it was very good value. There were lots of options of types of bottles of alcohol you could buy via Room Service. You do have to consume this in your room however. The nightclub, Skywalkers, closed at midnight as it was not patronised sufficiently to support keeping it open. That was fine. (I believe when this ship does Australian Cruises, the nightclub is open until almost sun up). We all (a group of people we had befriended along the way) congregated up there in the beautiful surroundings had fun and ordered double drinks at last call and talked on for another couple of hours. Sometimes the younger ones went hot tubbing, to the casino and/or went on to breakfast then hit the cabin for some zzzzs. There was great camaraderie amongst the members of this group and was a fantastic opportunity for them to meet up with people of other cultures and nationalities. I have read on other reviews that drinks packages were rammed down Passengers throats however, we did not find this at all. We had to seek out the drinks packages. They were available at a table at the Lobby Bar with a lovely young lady selling them however, they were not actively pushed nor was anything else. Unlike many other cruiselines I have been on, there was nothing that was being pushed. We received leaflets with our Princess Patter (daily activities guide) for massages or gift shop/specialty store sales etc but nothing more than that. Entertainment was a bit hit and miss. Some good and some average. We always found fun in sharing company with other passengers and rarely had an early night. TVs in rooms were great. Flat screen TVs and lots of channels to choose from. I was surprised by the amount of free movies you had to select from and they were on demand so you didn't have to wait for a start time. You could also leave your movie and come back and resume it from where you left off. Room Service was fantastic. 24 hours per day and lots to choose from plus it is free. Lots of other cruise lines charge for room service but not Princess. The only thing they will charge you for is Pizza delivery. Not the pizza itself but a one off charge of $3 for the delivery. So, you can have however many pizzas you like and just the one charge of $3. We LOVED room service. Pick up the phone, make your order and within 15-30 minutes your food delivered. Missed dinner or late night snack - tea or coffee - they are more than happy to bring it to your cabin for you with a smile and good nature. Breakfast can be ordered daily if you like. We did sometimes but often missed breakfast due to the late hours we kept. We usually had Brunch in the Horizon Court. Afternoon tea is also served in the International Restaurant. Beautiful little cakes, tarts, slices, sandwiches, scones with jam and cream washed down with freshly brewed tea and coffee. Boy oh boy have we missed room service since coming home !!! We found the ship to be a pretty ship. So many things to see in each room. Pieces of art to mummies and a bucking bronco. We loved it. I would definitely cruise aboard this ship again. If you are thinking of cruising on this ship, we would recommend it. Princess have definitely won us over. We would highly recommend them. Thank you Princess and particularly the staff aboard Diamond Princess so very much for making our trip so enjoyable and memorable and particularly my Daughter's 21st Birthday memories something she will always treasure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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