Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Sam01mie
- Sail Date: January 2018
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Balcony
The ship is lovely and easy to learn the layout. The Cruise Director, Marcus, was new but he was the best Cruise Director ever! He spent hours with the passengers and was involved in numerous social activities which is unlike other Cruise Directors. Most spend half of their time in their office. Marcus was more sociable than the Captain. The Captain never spoke to the passengers even at the private Captain's Circle party. He never spoke to us at 12 noon while at the Sea. We would have liked to know where we were as to Longitude, Latitude, how far we have sailed, temperature outside, etc.
The food was average. The dining room staff still needs training in wine and wine service. Their knowledge is poor.
Sydney is a beautiful port for embarkation and disembarkation. We used the Princess pre-cruise package with 2 nights at the Four Seasons. The hotel was wonderful...our room was ready for check-in at 7:30 AM. Princess had notified them that we would be an early check-in. After flying 14 hours, it was wonderful to be able to check in immediately.
We used the Ships Spa Services even though their prices are triple the price as to what you would pay in the USA. They try to sell their products so you have to be forceful and say NO many times. They tried to sell me a $262 package of products.
Even though our Roll call was quiet for this trip, we met many wonderful fellow travelers and we were able to join private tours arranged by other Cruise Critic members. The information exchanged between members on the Roll Call is so valuable.
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