Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Peltman
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
Embarkation and debarkation was handled quite efficiently and no complaints here.
The itinerary was quite good however the ports used were generally commercial ports or tendering was required. Docking at commercial ports meant that the cities visited were 1hr or 2 hrs from the port.. When tendering ashore was involved there were lengthy delays in the process of getting a tender ticket and waiting in a restaurant/lounge area of the ship for your group number to be called. I understand that on occasions, the ship because of its size, can only anchor offshore in some ports of call.
Dining was good and the service exceptional. Wine and beer prices were quite reasonable.
Buffet was good but please get rid of the plastic tea/coffee cups and plates.
Entertainment was generally average however the venue had reasonable crowds each night we attended.
Activities were almost the same every day/night and we would class them as average.
The ports of call generally were interesting.The only shore excursions we undertook were booked offshore prior to the cruise.
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Cabin steward was both professional and friendly.
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