We booked this Diamond Princess cruise because it offered us to see all the four Japanese Autumn festivals in one go. If you were making this tour a pure land tour, it would be very tiresome.
Cruise along the coast of Honshu, the major island of Japan was very relaxing. The cruise gave you ample of time to see each of the festivals, and brough you back to the comfy on board environment in the evenings to enjoy dinners and good sleeps.
Ship cabin is very clean and maintained up to par by the hardworking cabin staff. Whenever you are out, they make sure that your cabin is put back in good order waiting for your end of the day return.
Food were fine but a bit disappointed at the Japanese food they offered, which are not up to the basic Japanese food requirement at all. It is better to have sit down meals than having buffet because food served in the former restaurants are of better quality. However be aware sometimes the meat served is too salty and one or two of the dessert items are outrageously sweet! Better ask the waiters before making your choice.
Things in general are fine, except we met with a typhoon that has forced the ship to cancel two ports visits. There goes with the cancellation of two of the four Japanese Festivals. This is a bit unlucky. Add to this misfortune is that Diamond Princess did not return all the unused port expenses due to the cruise clients. I wonder what Ms Jan Swartz, President Princess Cruises, would have to say.
Throghout the cruise, we appreciated very much our cabin attendant who is very efficient and attentive to the cleanliness and hygiene of our cabin; and our restaurant waitress who is always cheerful and attentive.
Port Yokohama handles cruise very very efficiently.