Diamond Princess Review

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Review for Hawaii Cruise on Diamond Princess
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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Cabin: Balcony

We choose this particular cruise to Hawaii for the itinerary, after trying for the past two years to sail there and being cancelled due to Covid restrictions. While the sail was not a disaster sailing out of San Diego is a disaster. While being issued a boarding time by Princess an d arriving g a the scheduled time we waited 1 hour in line to drop off our luggage and then another 1 1/2 hours to go through security and on to the ship. While waiting Princess did nothing to meditate the wait, while a Disney cruise boarding at the same time did offer their passengers assistance to expedite the process. Once on board we found our cabin was standard issue balcony for a 2004 built ship. The only complaint we had was the hair dryer was almost impossible to remove from its base and the functionality did not meet my wife's expectations. Our room Stewart was very attentive and almost magical as we rarely saw hime but our room was all ways clean and fully stocked. The first night aboard we waited almost a hour in line to eat at the International dinning room, even tough we had made reservation prior to boarding. Switching to the Savoy dinning room made all the difference great service for the remaining length of the cruise.

Prior to the cruise we made reservations at the special dinning rooms for both an Italian and steak dinner. After sailing we notified our steak dinner reservation was cancelled due to lack of staff and the Italian dinner was only going to be open for three days during the cruise.

We ate all of our breakfast in the international dinning room and they had daily specials. Service for the most part was acceptable but they seem to limit the amount of syrup on the pancakes!

Cabin Review


Typical 2004 built ships cabin, average size with a small toilet and even smaller shower. The bed was new and comfortable. The major problem for my wife was the hair dryer so all in all a neat comfortable room. The TV entertainment was good with inform streaming to the play of football games.

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