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We sailed on this ship for 16 nights, a cruise around Japan with side stops in Korsakov, Russia and Busan, South Korea. This was our 6th cruise and the 4th with Princess. The ship, although showing some signs here and there of wear and tear, was overall in excellent condition, with plenty of different options for entertaining. CABIN We stayed in an interior cabin, which suited us perfectly. Space was good, not too crampy. Bathroom was clean and space was sufficient. Contrary to other ship experiences, we found the beds were too hard, which actually bothered us during the whole cruise. In addition, doona and bedlinen were worn and thin, which made our sleeping experience uncomfortable. Normally we sleep very well on a cruise, but maybe the beds were hard because this ship caters for the Japanese market. As we were cold during the nights, we asked for a thicker doona, but this was unfortunately not available. We received 2 little blankets which are used on deck during the movie nights, which was still insufficient to keep us warm enough. One thing is sure, we were not on the new Princess beds and the $30M refurbishment money was not spent on cabins. DINING The first week in Dining room was OK, although the quality of food was not up to the level of previous Princess cruises. However, the second week was in many ways a repeat of week one, which means the same menu. At that stage the menu was becoming boring. Portions were minuscule, not what we are used to with Princess. When we complained we were told that this was because of Japanese guests, who want smaller portions,although guests from other countries were the big majority on this cruise. We felt that this reason was not justifiable. NO separate buffets, we had sushi buffets on previous cruises, or cake displays. The Horizon buffet was again very limited in food choice compared to previous cruises. We used it mostly for preparing a mixed salad or take some fish, other dishes were pretty tasteless and often fatty/deepfried/watery. ENTERTAINMENT The Princess band and dancers were pretty good most shows with some stand out performances from individual performers. However, most music bands were good but limited in their repertoire, so after one week of hearing the same Hawaiian music or gitarist, pianist the excitement does dwindle. The dancing band, the Drop was disappointing, played half an hour at most in accordance with the theme night and nobody was dancing. Overall there was lots to do if you want to, many daytime activities and different options at night. SERVICE Waiters in restaurant and bar could generally speaking not be faulted. Excellent service and they were often doing the extra bit to make you feel special. Staff at service counter was very friendly and prompt in fixing any issue that arose. Our room steward could have been a bit more friendly. He did do a good job in keeping our cabin well maintained and clean, but we felt he was probably a bit shy as it was hard to get a friendly "good morning' out of him. PORTS and SHORE EXCURSIONS We loved every Port and loved the itinerary. We did do some Princess shore excursions, which were very well organised. The cost was generally pretty high and the excursions were not always worth the money we paid for it. In addition we visited most Ports, sometimes taking the train or a taxi somewhere. Princess offered shuttle buses at a reasonable price to the town or a train station in most places, which was very good. Japanese people were extremely welcoming and friendly in each Port which was a great, positive experience and Japan is a beautiful country. Our main reason for this cruise was the interesting itinerary and it definitely met our expectations. Embarking and Disembarking was very smooth and well organised.

Great itinerary, but not the best Princess cruise experience

Diamond Princess Cruise Review by donson

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We sailed on this ship for 16 nights, a cruise around Japan with side stops in Korsakov, Russia and Busan, South Korea. This was our 6th cruise and the 4th with Princess.

The ship, although showing some signs here and there of wear and tear, was overall in excellent condition, with plenty of different options for entertaining.

CABIN

We stayed in an interior cabin, which suited us perfectly. Space was good, not too crampy. Bathroom was clean and space was sufficient. Contrary to other ship experiences, we found the beds were too hard, which actually bothered us during the whole cruise. In addition, doona and bedlinen were worn and thin, which made our sleeping experience uncomfortable. Normally we sleep very well on a cruise, but maybe the beds were hard because this ship caters for the Japanese market. As we were cold during the nights, we asked for a thicker doona, but this was unfortunately not available. We received 2 little blankets which are used on deck during the movie nights, which was still insufficient to keep us warm enough. One thing is sure, we were not on the new Princess beds and the $30M refurbishment money was not spent on cabins.

DINING

The first week in Dining room was OK, although the quality of food was not up to the level of previous Princess cruises. However, the second week was in many ways a repeat of week one, which means the same menu. At that stage the menu was becoming boring. Portions were minuscule, not what we are used to with Princess. When we complained we were told that this was because of Japanese guests, who want smaller portions,although guests from other countries were the big majority on this cruise. We felt that this reason was not justifiable.

NO separate buffets, we had sushi buffets on previous cruises, or cake displays.

The Horizon buffet was again very limited in food choice compared to previous cruises. We used it mostly for preparing a mixed salad or take some fish, other dishes were pretty tasteless and often fatty/deepfried/watery.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Princess band and dancers were pretty good most shows with some stand out performances from individual performers. However, most music bands were good but limited in their repertoire, so after one week of hearing the same Hawaiian music or gitarist, pianist the excitement does dwindle. The dancing band, the Drop was disappointing, played half an hour at most in accordance with the theme night and nobody was dancing. Overall there was lots to do if you want to, many daytime activities and different options at night.

SERVICE

Waiters in restaurant and bar could generally speaking not be faulted. Excellent service and they were often doing the extra bit to make you feel special. Staff at service counter was very friendly and prompt in fixing any issue that arose. Our room steward could have been a bit more friendly. He did do a good job in keeping our cabin well maintained and clean, but we felt he was probably a bit shy as it was hard to get a friendly "good morning' out of him.

PORTS and SHORE EXCURSIONS

We loved every Port and loved the itinerary. We did do some Princess shore excursions, which were very well organised. The cost was generally pretty high and the excursions were not always worth the money we paid for it. In addition we visited most Ports, sometimes taking the train or a taxi somewhere. Princess offered shuttle buses at a reasonable price to the town or a train station in most places, which was very good.

Japanese people were extremely welcoming and friendly in each Port which was a great, positive experience and Japan is a beautiful country. Our main reason for this cruise was the interesting itinerary and it definitely met our expectations.

Embarking and Disembarking was very smooth and well organised.
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Interior
Cabin IF A314
We stayed in an interior cabin, which suited us perfectly. Space was good, not too crampy. Bathroom was clean and space was sufficient. Contrary to other ship experiences, we found the beds were too hard, which actually bothered us during the whole cruise. In addition, doona and bedlinen were worn and thin, which made our sleeping experience uncomfortable. Normally we sleep very well on a cruise, but maybe the beds were hard because this ship caters for Japanese market. As we were cold during the nights, we asked for a thicker doona, but this was unfortunately not available. We received 2 little blankets which are used on deck during the movie nights, which was still insufficient to keep us warm enough. One thing is sure, we were not on the new Princess beds and the $30M refurbishment was not spent on cabins
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