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We selected this Diamond Princess cruise based on our satisfaction with a Coral Princess Panama Canal trip in March 2017; the dates- it had to be over Christmas so we could "run away" from the hassle at home;, and it took us to 2 countries where we had not been before- Cambodia and Vietnam. This choice also turned out to be good because we have a niece in Singapore to visit, and our Cathay flight from SFO allowed us to stop off in Hong Kong for a few days. The ship was up to date, clean and beautifully decorated for the Holidays. We had "anytime dining" and opted to share a table for all our dinners. We met some nice people. Those who signed up for assigned dining were disappointed because some of the people at their tables wouldn't show up and they were left sometimes alone. The food was very good and service was fine, but not hurried. Dinner generally took close to 2 hours. We didn't attend all the shows, but the ones by the Princess singers and dancers were pretty complex and awesome for a cruise ship. We don't partake of much of the other entertainment but noted there were lots of things going on. For each port, we had booked Princess cruises, not feeling ambitious enough to go out on our own. In Vietnam (Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City) and Cambodia we booked excursions that took us to see how people lived in those countries, including visiting markets, schools, homes and temples. In Laem Chabang (Bankok), we went to the Nong Nuch Gardens which were beautiful and unusual. In Koh Samui, we went to Thai Cooking and the beach which we also enjoyed. In Kota Kinabalu, we went to the Zoological Gardens and the Sabah Cultural Center however there was too much to cover in the time allotted. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. However the line was very long for the taxis on disembarkation. Also Princess told us we need Passport size photographs for the Vietnam and Cambodian visas. These weren't needed, and basically all involved for those visa's was money charged to your account- $31 and $40. While I wouldn't choose this cruise again, not because it wasn't enjoyable, but because we have other places to go.

A Wonderful Christmas Getaway

Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Morgan Traveler

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We selected this Diamond Princess cruise based on our satisfaction with a Coral Princess Panama Canal trip in March 2017; the dates- it had to be over Christmas so we could "run away" from the hassle at home;, and it took us to 2 countries where we had not been before- Cambodia and Vietnam. This choice also turned out to be good because we have a niece in Singapore to visit, and our Cathay flight from SFO allowed us to stop off in Hong Kong for a few days.

The ship was up to date, clean and beautifully decorated for the Holidays.

We had "anytime dining" and opted to share a table for all our dinners. We met some nice people. Those who signed up for assigned dining were disappointed because some of the people at their tables wouldn't show up and they were left sometimes alone. The food was very good and service was fine, but not hurried. Dinner generally took close to 2 hours.

We didn't attend all the shows, but the ones by the Princess singers and dancers were pretty complex and awesome for a cruise ship. We don't partake of much of the other entertainment but noted there were lots of things going on.

For each port, we had booked Princess cruises, not feeling ambitious enough to go out on our own. In Vietnam (Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City) and Cambodia we booked excursions that took us to see how people lived in those countries, including visiting markets, schools, homes and temples. In Laem Chabang (Bankok), we went to the Nong Nuch Gardens which were beautiful and unusual. In Koh Samui, we went to Thai Cooking and the beach which we also enjoyed. In Kota Kinabalu, we went to the Zoological Gardens and the Sabah Cultural Center however there was too much to cover in the time allotted.

Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. However the line was very long for the taxis on disembarkation. Also Princess told us we need Passport size photographs for the Vietnam and Cambodian visas. These weren't needed, and basically all involved for those visa's was money charged to your account- $31 and $40.

While I wouldn't choose this cruise again, not because it wasn't enjoyable, but because we have other places to go.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB D320
We had a mini suite with balcony which is just perfect. We especially like the larger shower and bathroom, and larger closet. The balcony seemed larger than on the Coral Princess.
The bed is very comfortable. The sitting area is adequate for 4 people. No complaints. we had a bit of difficulty with the two TV's. One as difficult to turn on, and sometimes both turned on with the same remote.
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