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This cruise was chosen for the excellent itinerary. We were able to travel the long distance to this part of the world and have a long, 16 day cruise after spending time in various locations pre-cruise. Several other cruises and tours didn't offer this length and this seemed very convenient given the distance from the US. We especially loved the "minority" status as most passengers were either from Japan or Australia, Europe, etc. The cruise was well-paced with interspersed sea-days after several touring days. However, this was our first Princess cruise and we would not do another. The food was extremely sub-par, we didn't like fixed dinner seatings, and the entertainment was very disappointing. The service was excellent throughout the ship except for the formal dining room. The room service menu was very limited. Princess did occasionally offer some Cultural Japanese classes (such as beginning Japanese Calligraphy). However, these were often so crowded that people couldn't always get a spot without standing in line for a "ticket" which earned them a place. Sometimes, this meant obtaining the ticket on a different day than the class. Not what I want to do on a vacation! There were no Enrichment lectures which seemed unfortunate when one is obviously wanting to learn about this part of the world.

Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

Diamond Princess Cruise Review by sierra3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
This cruise was chosen for the excellent itinerary. We were able to travel the long distance to this part of the world and have a long, 16 day cruise after spending time in various locations pre-cruise. Several other cruises and tours didn't offer this length and this seemed very convenient given the distance from the US.

We especially loved the "minority" status as most passengers were either from Japan or Australia, Europe, etc.

The cruise was well-paced with interspersed sea-days after several touring days. However, this was our first Princess cruise and we would not do another. The food was extremely sub-par, we didn't like fixed dinner seatings, and the entertainment was very disappointing. The service was excellent throughout the ship except for the formal dining room. The room service menu was very limited.

Princess did occasionally offer some Cultural Japanese classes (such as beginning Japanese Calligraphy). However, these were often so crowded that people couldn't always get a spot without standing in line for a "ticket" which earned them a place. Sometimes, this meant obtaining the ticket on a different day than the class. Not what I want to do on a vacation! There were no Enrichment lectures which seemed unfortunate when one is obviously wanting to learn about this part of the world.
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Hi sierra3, we apologize for your disappointing experience with Diamond Princess onboard activities. We will pass on your comments to our team. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you onboard again!
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BF C616
The cabin size was average but adequate. However, there was minimal drawer space but this was balanced by several storage cubicles which worked out fine. The "refrigerator" was actually a "cooler" and we were told not to use it to keep foods that may spoil.
The balcony was fabulous! VERY large and it gave the room a much larger feel.
Lido Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins