My husband and I sailed on the Diamond Princess departing Vancouver on May 28th. We chose the combination sea/land package so were on the ship for 7 nights and then on land (in Princess lodges) 4 additional nights. I think the most telling remark we could make is to say that we would do this same trip again in a heartbeat! We had been on the Diamond Princess once before and liked it, but this time we discovered that the ship had just been remodeled in Oct. 2010 so there was definitely a sense of newness to the decor, etc. We can't praise the staff on the ship more ... everyone was friendly and helpful. All 3 ports we visited were nice and our 2 days of "scenic cruising" were simply amazing. We especially liked that park rangers boarded the ship early on the first day of our glacier experience so we were treated to a great deal of information regarding what we were seeing. I realize that this review is basically meant for the cruise portion of our trip only, but I would be remiss if I didn't also say how much we also enjoyed staying at the Princess wilderness lodges at Denali and Mt. McKinley. Everything was so nicely presented and the staff (everyone from the staff on the train that took us from Whittier to Denali and then everyone in housekeeping to wait staff to bus drivers ... all who are Princess employees)were the best. We can't recommend this ship or the itinerary more highly!
P.S. The only downside of the entire trip was the embarkation process in Vancouver. We unfortunately had to stand in line 2 hrs. and 45 mins. which was not Princess' fault but rather, the result of the U.S. immigration procedures. We realized later, however, that we were "lucky" we only had to stand in line for shortly less than 3 hrs. because all non-US or non-Canadian passengers were in line for as long as 5 to 6 hrs. We're all for erring on the side of caution w/respect to security, but US immigration really dropped the ball on this one.
Two days before we began our trip we learned from our travel agent that Princess was upgrading us from our usual balcony cabin to a mini suite so that was a great surprise. We enjoyed having the additional space and I loved having a bathtub (not just the typical small shower). We also had the extra large balcony. We thought the remodeled decor was very nicely appointed, which included an update to flat screen TV's, etc.