Didn't meet expectations: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by suzi1949
Overall Member Rating
Didn't meet expectations
Destination: British Columbia
The other major annoyance to us was the constant bombardment about purchasing jewelry. We had no problem with their being boutiques on board, however, the focus on "teaching" passengers how to buy gems and where to go at the ports to get the best deals. Even turning on the stateroom TV, it was hard to escape someone preaching jewelry to us. I don't know about other people, but the last thing on our minds when booking a cruise was how much jewelry we could acquire. It was disappointing to see all of the jewelry shops at the 3 ports we visited, and I suspect they had ties to the cruise ships because they couldn't sustain themselves without them. At one point I counted 6 jewelry shops in a row on one of the tiny streets in Alaska. Granted, no one made you go in them, and we didn't. But it was disappointing to see so much emphasis on spending money on jewels.
Overall, we wouldn't recommend the Diamond Princess unless you prefer mediocre food and want to buy lots of jewelry. I doubt we'll ever cruise again, despite all the amazing scenery we were privileged to enjoy. Less
Cabin review: IP331
P331 is very adequate in space; large closet, nice cabinet with shelves; and more drawers in the desk and night stands. Quiet but no view.