We flew to Sydney in readiness for this cruise, and stayed at the Sir Stamford Hotel, great hotel and great location, a few minutes' walk to board our cruise ship. The Diamond Princess met most expectations, beautifully maintained, elegant decor, many pool areas and places to relax. Great selection of movies under the stars on the big screen, good variety of entertainment, plenty of varied options of things to do on sea days.
The anytime dining was a great choice, eat where you liked, when you liked, and with whom you liked. The food was good, plenty of variety. The staffs were exceptional, helpful, friendly, and nothing was a bother, a pleasure to get to know them.
Our mini suite was good but had a very small bathroom compared to others we have had. Just a shower over the bath. Great balcony, but no privacy as they are tiered, those above you looked directly down on you!!!