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The Japanese are very organized and welcoming to tourists. Great embarkation and help at ports. The Diamond Princess has several features that I like: a Promenade deck that goes all the way around the ship (you have to climb and descend stairs at the bow), a terraced pool at the back of the ship (you can take buffet food out there), an observation deck on top of the bridge. Food is generally pretty good, wait staff work hard to serve you. Kai sushi was very good, Sabatini's slightly disappointing. This is a popular cruise, there were about 2800 passengers (double occupancy is 2650), resulting in overcrowding at times in the buffet, and the theater would be full by 30 minutes before showtime. The passenger mix: about 2000 Japanese, 300 Americans, 150 Australians, and so forth. The Princess singers/dancers/orchestra were talented and hardworking, the other entertainers not so much. The last night was a balloon artist. Ishigaki is a tender port, it is quite some distance from the anchorage to the dock; the crew did a great job in difficult (windy) conditions. There were way too many PA announcements, made worse by the need to do them in 2 languages. Too much promoting of art/jewelry sales (including all the junk mail that gets put in your mail slot by your door). There are some parts of the cruise that are somewhat less upscale than other cruise lines; plastic plates in the buffet, saggy beds (the bedding hasn't been upgraded to Princess Luxury Beds yet on this ship). I feel this is overshadowed by the hardworking crew, both the Hotel and Deck departments.

Great hard-working crew. Good itinerary.

Diamond Princess Cruise Review by turtlesATWD

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Interior
The Japanese are very organized and welcoming to tourists. Great embarkation and help at ports.

The Diamond Princess has several features that I like: a Promenade deck that goes all the way around the ship (you have to climb and descend stairs at the bow), a terraced pool at the back of the ship (you can take buffet food out there), an observation deck on top of the bridge.

Food is generally pretty good, wait staff work hard to serve you. Kai sushi was very good, Sabatini's slightly disappointing.

This is a popular cruise, there were about 2800 passengers (double occupancy is 2650), resulting in overcrowding at times in the buffet, and the theater would be full by 30 minutes before showtime. The passenger mix: about 2000 Japanese, 300 Americans, 150 Australians, and so forth.

The Princess singers/dancers/orchestra were talented and hardworking, the other entertainers not so much. The last night was a balloon artist.

Ishigaki is a tender port, it is quite some distance from the anchorage to the dock; the crew did a great job in difficult (windy) conditions.

There were way too many PA announcements, made worse by the need to do them in 2 languages. Too much promoting of art/jewelry sales (including all the junk mail that gets put in your mail slot by your door).

There are some parts of the cruise that are somewhat less upscale than other cruise lines; plastic plates in the buffet, saggy beds (the bedding hasn't been upgraded to Princess Luxury Beds yet on this ship). I feel this is overshadowed by the hardworking crew, both the Hotel and Deck departments.
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Interior
Cabin IC C206
Adequate, barely. Besides the bed, just a single chair at the vanity. The dreaded shower curtain. Bring your own conditioner. Aforementioned saggy beds. The cabin doors have a (necessary on ships) strong door closing mechanism, resulting is lots of noise/vibration when neighbors use theirs. Excellent cabin steward - Malcom.
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