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Diamond Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Pleasant Journey

Diamond Princess Cruise Review by AgouraTraveler

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

The cruise was a continuation from our 7 night land tour (which actually showed us much more of Japan's attractions and culture). We were told there were only 400 Japanese onboard, most passengers were Australian. Embarkation went quickly as our assigned check-in number was immediately called. Our roomy and comfortable mini-suite was ready and kept spotless by Joey. We had problems with the tvs and a leak in the bathroom was quickly repaired. Breakfasts in the buffet were not very good, with artificial scrambled eggs, cold food, and seating difficult to find. We quickly switched to the International Dining Room with excellent service and food, plus we got to meet new shipmates each morning. Dinner in the Savoy Room was by assigned seating only and the service was excellent but the food ranged from average to very good. I enjoyed the "everyday" menu item teriyaki chicken and some of the chocolate desserts were excellent. Our best meal was at Sabatini's, with 3-way lobster, short rib/penne pasta appetizer and tiramisu. Also very good was the steak dinner at Sterling Steakhouse, so the extra-surcharge food was better than the main dining room. We enjoyed some of the shows, Bravo being our favorite, and had fun at the Japanese Bon Odori and Hawaiian hula dance classes, plus Zumba, trivia and gameshows. Especially good was Rakugo storytelling by Diane K. This cruise, we booked shore excursions through Princess and most were good, particularly the Cultural Experience tour in Busan, the crafts tour out of Tsuruga, and the Flower Park portion of the tour from Sakaiminato. We enjoyed the cruise a lot, but to really experience Japan a land tour is necessary.

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB D317

Centrally located, nice-sized cabin with lots of shelf and drawer space, full sofa with open floor space, 2 flat screens, 2 a/c thermostats, larger balcony, shower in bathtub. Was kept perfectly clean. Only problems were TV's often lacked signal and one night a pipe above the bathroom counter leaked (was quickly repaired). Toilet seat retrofitted with Japanese-style bidet seat which could be activated or not turned on.

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