20 Tokyo (Yokohama) Romantic Cruise Reviews

This cruise was chosen to celebrate our engagement and as an early honeymoon. The fact that we were due to enjoy New Years Eve celebrations in Hong Kong including the expectation of fireworks the world has watched year after year. ... Read More
This cruise was chosen to celebrate our engagement and as an early honeymoon. The fact that we were due to enjoy New Years Eve celebrations in Hong Kong including the expectation of fireworks the world has watched year after year. Instead no contingency plans were in place to make alternative options available and in fact many people who had made their own plans were impeded in attending these activities by not releasing passports or providing adequate information on port locations etc. Guest engagement was minimal by most of the crew - with only a small handful of staff demonstrating any concern or interest in guest satisfaction. Having provided feedback on a number of occasions throughout the cruise regarding concerns such as customer service, incorrect charges added to account, incorrect food items served, food hygiene standards disregarded by staff in Horizon Court, lack of Guest safety and well-being concerns, provision of fresh water at passenger expense, .... little follow up was shown apart from a request from the Hotel Maitre D' for a meeting to allow me to expand on my concerns. The only outcome from this meeting was to have the additional charges removed from our account and the apology from one member of crew who was held responsible - seemed very unfair given she is only able to work within her capability and the equipment available to her. She showed me personally on the next purchase that she need to swipe my card 3 times before it indicated my premium drinks package (word of advice - check your account daily). The internet is snot work anything.... without access to personal mobile data not even emails were accessible! WE resigned ourselves to utilising it for personal messaging on the ship between ourselves and other passengers and it wasn't even adequate for this task. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Love to visit Japan on the Diamond Princess. What a great ship and staff. Also great itineraries. The ship is well maintained for its age. The crew is friendly and accommodating. There were lots of shopping but no one was pushy. Bars are ... Read More
Love to visit Japan on the Diamond Princess. What a great ship and staff. Also great itineraries. The ship is well maintained for its age. The crew is friendly and accommodating. There were lots of shopping but no one was pushy. Bars are attractive and well staffed. We especially appreciated Skywalkers lounge and views while leaving each port for a pre-dinner drink. Both the Explorers and Wheelhouse lounges provided entertainment and both are beautiful appointed. Churchill’s is a small bar for smokers and also serves as a sports bar. Crooner’s is a piano bar near the atrium and was busy quite often as a great meeting place. Club Fusion is the largest bar at the very back of the ship, and served as both bar and activities center as well as for dancing classes, etc. We dined in the Pacific Moon main ding room and it was very good. Our waiter, Anthony and his assistant Misato were excellent. Our favorite was Kai Sushi were Sushi chef Tsuyoshi-san, and waiters Nami and John were excellent. They made our cruise! Our cabin, D737 had an exceptionally large balcony that wrapped around to give a ships wake view even though it was not a stern facing cabin. Our room steward Rudi was excellent. The itinerary was excellent and we enjoyed each port on our own. The Japanese people are friendly and helpful. This cruise is a great way to explore Japan and we highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We booked the nine day version of this cruise as a complement to a land tour of Japan. In most respects, it met our expectations, but there were definitely some aspects that were disappointing. This circumnavigation of Japan was an ... Read More
We booked the nine day version of this cruise as a complement to a land tour of Japan. In most respects, it met our expectations, but there were definitely some aspects that were disappointing. This circumnavigation of Japan was an excellent, well-balanced itinerary out of Yokohama. What impressed us the most was the number of ports (three in total) visited on the Sea of Japan coast. This is an area of the country that does not seem to see many cruise ships, so it was an appealing aspect of the itinerary. We also appreciated the opportunity to visit South Korea through the port of Busan. For future cruises, it would be nice if Princess could add a port on the island of Kyushu. We booked shore excursions through Princess for each port. Generally, these were well-organized and efficiently run. There was a good variety of offerings, with something for everyone. The process of getting off and back onto the ship was relatively painless, although we were a bit in the dark about the process of retrieving goods that were taken and held by security until the end of the cruise. More information on this procedure would have been welcome. In terms of the running of the ship and service onboard, there were positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, the Princess waiters were excellent, with outstanding service in the Savoy dining room, although the cuisine could be a bit hit-or-miss. The food was generally very good, although two evening meals were substandard due to under or over-cooking. With half of the passengers being Japanese, there were many more Asian dish choices than what one would normally see. The service in the Horizon Court buffet was equally good. We had one evening meal at the Italian premium restaurant, Sabatini’s. Again, the service was excellent, but the food was a little disappointing. For example, the lobster served in the Savoy dining room was superior to what we had in the premium restaurant. Finally, we were regulars at the afternoon tea service in the International Dining Room and really enjoyed the white glove table service and tasty goodies that one usually finds at high tea. The cabin housekeeping service was also a bit unpredictable. Our first cabin steward was sub-par, to the point that we were about to complain. However, after two days, we got a new cabin steward who was so dedicated and attentive that he made up for the first one. The entertainment was good. There were three production shows, of which two were very good. We also enjoyed the other acts, especially the rock violinist, Katei. We really appreciated the demonstration of traditional Japanese comic storytelling, rakugo. We were disappointed that Princess did not take the opportunity of being in Japan to showcase more Japanese talent, such as a J-Pop group or a Kabuki theatre performance. On the negative side, the ship appears tired, with several evident maintenance issues and some areas of the ship being downright filthy. One of the ladies' toilets near the atrium was constantly malfunctioning, and ceiling fans in the dining section of the Lido were covered with so much encrusted dirt that it would have failed a health inspection. We saw at least one instance where a wall had to be torn out to fix the plumbing, and many parts of the passageways showed damage from years of wear and tear. Some of this should certainly have been addressed by the crew, while other issues will require the resources of a full refit. Other parts of the cruise also misfired. On both occasions that we chose to catch a movie on the pool deck on the big screen, the sound system malfunctioned. We also had a total screw-up with room service delivering the wrong items to our cabin. Additionally, we were also taken aback by the way that Princess seems to be nickle-and-diming more aspects of the cruise. For example, the Japanese baths which are unique to this ship were advertised as an appealing feature, until we discovered that you had to pay for each visit, more or less like spa experiences. On the whole, we enjoyed our cruise on Diamond Princess. The itinerary was great, and the crew for the most part was excellent. Nevertheless, the ship needs a lot of work, and we were disappointed by other aspects of the cruise. As a result, only an average score was earned, with lots of room for Princess to improve this unique Japanese experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Having been on several river cruises with Viking which we love doing, we thought we’d book an Ocean cruise with Viking for our ruby wedding anniversaries. . We were a bit frustrated before going on the cruise owing to the system in place ... Read More
Having been on several river cruises with Viking which we love doing, we thought we’d book an Ocean cruise with Viking for our ruby wedding anniversaries. . We were a bit frustrated before going on the cruise owing to the system in place for booking trips. Seemed to be class driven. I.e. the more you paid the better the choice. We couldn’t book a morning trip on all the included trips and some of the paid trips. In fact some of the trips we had booked paid or otherwise were changed by the time we got on board. We had to faff about getting them organised to suit. Wasn’t too much of a problem but we felt the poor girl on guest services must have dreaded seeing us coming towards her. The excursions were good but the qv’s were a disaster. The guides were knowledgeable and fun on the coach but unless you were on their shoulders you couldn’t hear anything, too much static. The excursions were extremely busy too. Had a wonderful cruise on board the Orion. Great cabin, crew, and entertainment. Captain made a good choice by sailing to our second port of call to miss the typhoon that hit Tokyo. All the ports of call were superb but must say Taipei and Hong Kong were favourites. The food was good too but I felt this was the only thing that let you down. The temperature for me was warm as opposed to being hot. Some of the dishes in the world buffet for example the main roast of the day was served very rare. Not good. Some of the meals in the pool area were cooked to order but it was so hot in there that the “sides” were sitting out in all that heat so not too appetising at all. I had a chicken tikka and it was literally skin and bones. Yuk. Don’t get me wrong the chefs would cook you anything asked for which was great and hot but the sides were cool. The seafood dishes and sushi were all fantastic, they were served cold just as they should’ve. The restaurant was disappointing too it was cold in some of the areas and the food was served lukewarm at breakfast and dinner. Service was good at breakfast but a lot slower at dinner. We asked for a Sauvignon Blanc only to be told there wasn’t any so had a different wine which was nice too as is all the wines on offer but disappointed with not getting what we asked for especially when we got it later on in the bar. Enjoyed movies under the stars. The waiter guys up in explorers lounge were fabulous. Robin the whale and dolphin man was lovely. Even though we didn’t see too many whales or dolphins. The doctor was a fun chap. Something else!! This was a special cruise for our ruby wedding anniversaries and overall we did enjoy ourselves but would have to think again before booking a Viking ocean cruise. I don’t feel the experience we’ve had on the river boats have carried well on to the Ocean cruise ships. We maybe expected too much. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were suppose to visit our nephew and his wife in Okinawa, Japan. She was pregnant and he would eventually be deployed. She decided to go to Seattle to have their baby and be with family. So, my wife and I wanted to see Okinawa and ... Read More
We were suppose to visit our nephew and his wife in Okinawa, Japan. She was pregnant and he would eventually be deployed. She decided to go to Seattle to have their baby and be with family. So, my wife and I wanted to see Okinawa and found out there was a cruise company whose itinerary would include Okinawa. One of Princess Cruises Asia routes met our needs with a 15 day cruise This would be my wife’s first time to Asia. My second. I lived in Okinawa 32 years ago. We originally booked a club class mini suite and were upgraded to a Premium Suite with Balcony. Spacious room and balcony. Walk-in closet with lots of storage space was nice. Chocolate covered strawberry’s and fresh fruit were a nice added touch. Our steward, Rodrigo, couldn’t be more accommodating and made us feel like royalty. Service at the Explorer’s Lounge and Sante fe dining room were excellent. The ships exterior and interior were well maintained and clean. The only negative was a strange smell on the starboard side of the ship. My wife suggested a pedicure, manicure and massages. I was reluctant at first but glad we did them. Fantastic service. We had seven ports of call and did six excursions. We wished the port of calls layover time could’ve been longer. A little disappointed in our time in Okinawa. We docked at 1:00 pm and didn’t clear customs until 3:00 pm and were to leave port at 11:00 pm. The excursions were well planned and had friendly and knowledgeable guides. Looking forward to cruising with Princess Cruises again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have only done 2 Princess Cruises with the first being on the Star Princess in Alaska. We rated that cruise 9.5/10 where the Autumn Cruise in Japan is 7/10. Be aware...the autumn colors are not until the end of October so we only saw ... Read More
We have only done 2 Princess Cruises with the first being on the Star Princess in Alaska. We rated that cruise 9.5/10 where the Autumn Cruise in Japan is 7/10. Be aware...the autumn colors are not until the end of October so we only saw some glimpses ...Everyone told us "come back in 2 to 3 weeks! The cabin and our steward was really good. The entertainment was middle of the road and would not suit all people with juggling, opera, blues/soul. The is no choice with evening dining. You are allocated a restaurant and table for the whole trip...We prefer anytime dining. The ship was low on supplies and we ordered four different wines before getting one that was available. I have never before had a MaitreD who was derogatory and defensive but I did on this trip. The port stops are fine with plenty to explore on your own or with a tour. Our stop in Nagoya was a complete waste of a day because they processed us for immigration and it took over 2 hours in line then we ran out if time because the ship was leaving port at 3pm. The crew generally seemed a bit tired and the ship lacked the verve and energy of our Star Princess experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We were treated like a "PRINCESS" on this cruise. Choosing Diamond Princess was the best. From the time of Embarkation everything is so well organized. The luggage and checking in, the crews are welcoming. The ship is so ... Read More
We were treated like a "PRINCESS" on this cruise. Choosing Diamond Princess was the best. From the time of Embarkation everything is so well organized. The luggage and checking in, the crews are welcoming. The ship is so clean and huge. Everything is there, shopping, casino, spa, swimming and jacuzzi, plus club danceing. The shore excursion they offered are the best and very organize and worth the money. We went to sign up with Princess organized tour and they pick the best tour for experience and money. Dining at Vivaldi was excellent food choices was great and the waiters are so friendly and hard working people. They always make sure that everyone is well attended and have the best dining experience every night. the pizza bar, the bar, the hamburger are always available in case you get hungry in the middle of the day or the night. Entertainment was awesome there are a lot of choice from dancing, singing, bingo, movies and lot more. The stateroom was amazing, clean well organize and have everything you need. Amazing experience, everyone should experience. Princess Cruise the Best. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I thought Japan would be exotic beauty with Japanese gardens manicured and admired by all. The itenerary is weak. Cities visited are basically uninteresting and there is no particular beauty in anything that we visited. We went to ... Read More
I thought Japan would be exotic beauty with Japanese gardens manicured and admired by all. The itenerary is weak. Cities visited are basically uninteresting and there is no particular beauty in anything that we visited. We went to Sapporo and spent the day wandering around looking for something to do. May have been my fault, but it was pretty uninteresting overall. Russia is a horrible stop. The Diamond Princess is geared toward Japanese cruisers which is okay, but needs to be considered if you plan to take this cruise. The entertainment staff onboard was really good the production numbers were exceptional. Especially the Bravo show. Awesome performance. The other production numbers are really older Princess shows that have been replaced on most other cruises. The Piazza is small and there is no International Cafe. So, after eleven each night, there is nowhere to get anything to eat. Nowhere! Amazing...cruises are know for food normally...but I was told that Japanese people do not like to eat late at night. O well...better for my health, but not so much fun. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Leisure 2 week cruising on two separate 1-week legs: first leg around Hokkaido and Russian Siberia (which I did not do). Second leg: cruise around Honshu with a stop in Korean port of Busan. Loved the grilled uni, whelk and scallops at the ... Read More
Leisure 2 week cruising on two separate 1-week legs: first leg around Hokkaido and Russian Siberia (which I did not do). Second leg: cruise around Honshu with a stop in Korean port of Busan. Loved the grilled uni, whelk and scallops at the Hokkaido fish market stops. Same room,B408, on Baja Deck midships with a balcony, port side. Embarking at Yokohama unpleasant with a large air hangar- type building with no a /c. Port shore excursions expensive. Did my own sightseeing. Need to pay $10 per passenger for shuttle bus from most pier to downtown areas in Japan.Need to get local maps at the port terminals and know the Mass transit bus, train and applicable ferry services. Do advance tour book reading of Lonely Planets one month before and know some quick Japanese phrases in their glossary. I did Hiroshima Atom Bomb Museum and Memorial by tram and the famous floating shrine, torii, by ferry. I like the last stop, Sakata, where I had free sake and, a Green tea demo by friendly hs kids practicing their English and helping lost tourists get back to the shuttle (me). I went to the 100 yen floor of a local department store to get souvenirs for my friends and co-workers back in the States. The folks in Sakata gave us a farewell dance by ladies in traditional kimono. Saw a dragon dance. Saw a mock samurai sword fight. An orchestra played American military and patriotic tunes as they waved farewell to us at sunset dockside as the ship pulled out. Got that on video with balloons released. Touching. Overall food in the MDR ok. Buffet on Horizon Deck with a ramen noodle bar was better. Formal night ok as some folks dressed up to the max. Repeat fares and theater performances on both legs a minus. Another minus was a medical evacuation of a fellow passenger which caused a 6-hour delay in returning to Yokahoma for the completion of my first leg of cruise. Those passengers completing their cruise had to reschedule their airline flight departure for later flights if available!!! Lesson learned : buy travel insurance as most of those passengers needed it. Me, I got a $25 refund on my costly internet service in the event of calling my airline as I made my flights independent of Princess Cruises. A plus as I dragged my bags off ship first at 730am and hailed the first taxi to Haneda (not Narita) for $90USD for my wife and I, for a 1030am flight to Hong Kong. Flexibility is key for unanticipated delays like typhoons alerts and medavacs. Also add 2 days before and after for pre- and post-excursions of Tokyo and Hong Kong. JimWofFlushing, USA. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was supposed to be the cruise of a lifetime for me and my wife. It was our 30 year anniversary and we couldn't have been more exciting. We boarded in Yokahama Japan looking forward to our mini-suite, Queen bed and all the ... Read More
This was supposed to be the cruise of a lifetime for me and my wife. It was our 30 year anniversary and we couldn't have been more exciting. We boarded in Yokahama Japan looking forward to our mini-suite, Queen bed and all the comforts of Princess Cruises. We arrived at our room D732 and excitedly entered only to be surprised by a room that looked much smaller than advertised with twin beds, no bathtub, 22inch TV screen facing beds! What happen to our Queen bed, bathtub and greeting Champaign, Fruit and Chocolate? I knew there was a mistake and promptly informed our stateroom attendant who promised to return with a supervisor, which didn't happen for over 2 hours. I finally when to the front desk to explain the.mistake, we booked a mini suite. We were told that they were very sorry but the ship was full. There was no way we were going to take a 23 day (anniversary) cruise sleeping in separate beds, no tub in a handicapped room! We ask if we could disembark, cancel the cruise, we we're told that it was too late and that they would I've us a.s.a.p. whatever that means! every day for the next week I went to the front desk hoping for Golden Princess help us. When they finally sent someone to our room, it was with the idea to put our 2 twin beds together. We would have been ok with that but we were told that it can't be done because the beds would block the balcony! So D732 is not a mini-suite not capable of queen bed configeration. So we prayed and waited.... We also noticed (after a couple days) that we were very cold. We realized that the balcony door was sliding open letting cold air in. We reported it right away. A fix it guy came but informed us that he could not fix it because they didn't have that needed parts. It took 2 weeks before the problem was (not fixed-term rigged) addressed. During that same time that we were cold, sleeping in different beds we noticed that the heater in the room did not work, which we reported right away. The response was to.give us ”extra” blankets until they could fix the problem... Which they did 12 days into a 23 sat cruise. So, you can imagine the anxiety, stress and depression we we're dealing with. On top of all that, my wife when to use the toilet and found it was not working. I had had enough and stormed to the front desk but this time there was a ton of people in line ahead of me complaining that there bathrooms weren't working. We were ask.to use the public bathrooms until they got it fixed. The ship is old and decapitated and should be dry docked for.good! .I talked with.many of the understaffed crew who down to the last one started that they are having more problems now with the ship than they ever have. Buyers beware: Anyway so back to D732. If you go right now to Princess Cruises .com and look up there state rooms, you can type the number of a room and pictures will come up to give you an idea of what the room looks like. When you type in D732 a picture of a gorgeous room comes up with a glowing duscription.... If you go a little further you will notice a ”more information” button. If you go here... several layers down you will find out that nothing previously started pertains to this room... Though they book it as a ”queen mini-suite” it is not. Princess should be ashamed of using these methods to deceive people. I can not even begin to describe all the troubles, hardships and suffering we dealt with in D732 but even the crew of this ship say that this room should not be used. Our 30-anniversary Golden Prencess cruise nightmare. I would not wish it on my enemies. I hope that no one has to go through this suffering for 23 days on any cruise but you have.been warned. Stay away from the Golden Princess it is an old ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
April 1, 2018 to April 16, 2018 from Tokyo to Shanghai. First night in La Bistro first choice wine is not available, second the same. Cabin has noise and we are not able to slip. Cabin phone is not working. Change a cabin 2 times. Most of ... Read More
April 1, 2018 to April 16, 2018 from Tokyo to Shanghai. First night in La Bistro first choice wine is not available, second the same. Cabin has noise and we are not able to slip. Cabin phone is not working. Change a cabin 2 times. Most of food OK, but beef and burgers are not eatable. In Tsar restaurant waiting for desert 25 min, waiters disappeared and after desert came melted. Pastries and ice cream are very good. Watermelon is tasteless. All ports are excellent. All shore excursions are good, but one. Entertainment below average. Only two good shows for 15 days. Use a same musicians for 2 times. Customer service is a big issue, we need contact hotel director for resolve cabin noise issue. Cabin was clean and we have no problem. Information from bridge came very late and not clear. NCL need to improve customer service and not sail cabin with noise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Excellent menu and presentation, 5-star service throughout the ship. Fabulous ports of call with very diversified tours. People where all well traveled and open to conversations and friendly. Oceania is an above average, luxury cruise line ... Read More
Excellent menu and presentation, 5-star service throughout the ship. Fabulous ports of call with very diversified tours. People where all well traveled and open to conversations and friendly. Oceania is an above average, luxury cruise line attracting well traveled, higher educated people all interested in the itinerary and gourmet food services at a high standard. Though this ship offered this environment the ship seems a little Tired and could use some refurbishing again to keep up in this category. The ports where diversified and everyday was filled to exhaustion. With 6 sea days the trip was both relaxing and interesting to sail. Entertainment is not what you choose Oceania for but at this price category they need to improve or may see a decrease in repeat customers who are having other ships that are newer, brighter and offering more choices. Regardless of minor problems we will make Oceania our first choice for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. We chose this particular one for its itinerary, starting in Tokyo and ending in Bangkok. It was the only one we found on an upscale cruise line that covered so much of the coast of Asia in less than ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. We chose this particular one for its itinerary, starting in Tokyo and ending in Bangkok. It was the only one we found on an upscale cruise line that covered so much of the coast of Asia in less than 3 weeks. The choice of ports was excellent -- but be aware that it is extremely hot in Saigon and Bangkok in mid-April. The cruise started in Tokyo on March 24, presumably to avoid very chilly weather. The trade-off was the heat at the end of the tour. My husband and I are independent travelers and we never take shore excursions offered by the ship so I can't comment on the quality of the excursions. Instead we wander around on our own (using hop-on hop-off busses) or book through private booking companies -- which I highly recommend in Asia, as there are few signs in English. This cruise was a 50th anniversary trip for us so we splurged on the Owners Suite. The service and accommodations were between "extraordinary" and "over the top." But we found the same to be true at any of the "Concierge" level accommodations, so it's not necessary to book an Owners Suite to feel pampered. Our only complaint was that the quality of the dining experience has declined somewhat since our first cruise on Oceania in 2012. After Norwegian Cruise Line took over Oceania, we noticed some cost-cutting measures, including the quality of the food, which I would describe as "very good," as opposed to "excellent" when we first started cruising with Oceania. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to book a cruise with them, and in fact we have booked another one this September. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were on the 15 day cruise Oct 26 - Nov 10. Chose this cruise as our 25th Anniversary celebration. Despite not getting to ports which is understandable because of weather. But the Captain of the ship was extremely unprofessional by ... Read More
We were on the 15 day cruise Oct 26 - Nov 10. Chose this cruise as our 25th Anniversary celebration. Despite not getting to ports which is understandable because of weather. But the Captain of the ship was extremely unprofessional by coming over the loudspeaker and threatening that people would be thrown off the ship when we arrived in Hong Kong and calling them a group of “hyena’s and stupid” people. Even last day while commending his staff, for the situation earlier in the cruise mentioned “stupid” people again. TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL! Besides not getting to ports for uncontrollable reasons, one port that we got to was a complete disaster. People that weren’t scheduled for tours got off the ship before us. Don’t know how that was possible. Our tour was scheduled for 2:45pm and we left at 4:25, by the time we got to the castle it was getting dark and it was under construction so no beauty in that. Then off to a shopping area, arrived at only 7:15, where everything was closing at 8 except restaurants... most of us took taxis back to the ship. So disappointing! The food was also disappointing this time, the buffet was repetitive and not a lot of choice, maybe it is because it is a smaller ship or the fact that they were catering more to the Japanese clientele. The food in the main dining area was average a lot of times lacked flavour and the “Princess Favorites” were all Japanese choices. Our waiters were very good, but never once did the maître’d come and ask us how our meals were. There were a lot of people complaining about the quantity of food (for me it was fine) but even the waiters would say to us we can order you more if you would like when placing our meals in front of us. Also, bring back anytime dining 5:30 is too early and 7:45 to late. Entertainment was subpar sometimes very amateurish. People would walk out of them. Scheduling was also not very good as they would be at 8pm when you just sat down to dinner, sometimes went to the early show but it wasn’t convenient either. The onboard entertainment was also not what we have been used to in the past. No poolside entertainment, too much art auctions, junk on sale or things to do that would cost extra money. The cruise director was non existent except at the shows,but the cruise staff were very friendly and entertaining. Princess needs to step up with their entertainment and get creative if they want to compete with the other cruise lines. Disney, RCCL, and NCL have great shows! We had a balcony cabin that was spacious and our stateroom host was excellent, no disappointments there! Still made the best of out of lemons and made lemonade to have a good time and meet some really nice people too! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Embarkation and disembarkation went easily. Ship was smaller than what we sailed in the past but better since we got to know just about everyone working on the ship. Expected the cabin to be more elegant although the bathroom was big and ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went easily. Ship was smaller than what we sailed in the past but better since we got to know just about everyone working on the ship. Expected the cabin to be more elegant although the bathroom was big and the bed comfortable it was still a little tight and a bit dated. TV was terrible and barely visible from the bed. Food was great and service was mostly good except for breakfast in the restaurant which was inexcusably poor. Difficult to get a good strong cup of coffee. Loved the afternoon tea. Entertainment was great and the entertainers fabulous. Fun activities every day. Our butler and cabin assistant were fantastic. Overall, all of the crew were helpful and cheerful. Ports were also fabulous but excursions were very disappointing. Staff did not seem to care when we had issues with our excursions. Not sure I would do Silver Seas again without checking other lines first. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
DW and I are in our mid 50's who enjoy cruising. While nothing is ever perfect and pristine, especially if one chooses to focus on negativity, we are generally take things in stride as we feel blessed in the fact that we can enjoy the ... Read More
DW and I are in our mid 50's who enjoy cruising. While nothing is ever perfect and pristine, especially if one chooses to focus on negativity, we are generally take things in stride as we feel blessed in the fact that we can enjoy the luxury of cruising. Now onto our cruise. We arrived in Tokyo 3 days before embarkation and had a marvellous time. Japanese people are so wonderful, very polite and helpful. Tokyo is very clean and with a fantastic transportation system that is easy to use and inexpensive. We stayed at the Grand Central Hotel, which is very well located, about a 10 minute walk to Kanda Station on the Ginza Line. Room was very small, but that is typical for most Japanese hotels, especially if you are on a budget. On embarkation day, we took the train to Yokohama and arrived in plenty of time with very little effort (we only had two large pieces of luggage to drag around). Embarkation was delayed to 12pm due to the late arrival of Millie, but once it started we got onboard fairly quickly and were enjoying lunch in the Oceanview buffet by 12:30. Ports of call were fantastic, with the exception of Shanghai. Aside from Visa issues with visiting Shanghai and a late docking due to the port being closed due to high winds from a passing typhoon, the port is quite far from the Bund and other tourist attractions. Also, some taxi drivers were very dishonest, we were literally taken for a ride. We shared a taxi with another couple for a ride to the Bund, which should cost $85CNY, but the driver took the outer ring road and by the time we got to the Bund the meter was at $280CNY! We later learned that we were not the only victims, as there were at least a dozen other passengers who were victimized. So be careful when travelling in Shanghai. The entertainment on board was quite good, we enjoyed the shows and were appreciative of the efforts of the Celebrity dancers and singers. We had dinner in the MDR and the food was very good, as was the service. Kudos to our waiter Sanjaya, his assistant Supana, our sommelier Miroslav and drink waiter Prince. All were very good and attentive to our needs. Disembarkation was a challenge for most people at the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Beautiful terminal, but very poor taxi service, fortunately we booked our taxis in advance. All in all, we had a wonderful time. Millie is showing her age, and yes there is rust showing in some spots, including our balcony and at times it is very difficult to find a seat in the Oceanview buffet, but the staff is very friendly. Captain Nicholas was very visible throughout the cruise, cruise director Steve was fantastic and of course Café al Bacio is a terrific place to sit and have a nice specialty coffee and/or tea along with wonderful desserts and sweets. This is our first cruise on an M class ship. While we prefer the S class ship (Reflection is our favorite), we would not hesitate to book another cruise on Millie. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a great learning experience. We were on the Diamond Princess once before it was converted for the Japanese market. We fell in love with the onboard Japanese baths and encourage everyone to drop their inhibitions and try it. It ... Read More
This was a great learning experience. We were on the Diamond Princess once before it was converted for the Japanese market. We fell in love with the onboard Japanese baths and encourage everyone to drop their inhibitions and try it. It definitely prepared us for our excursion to one of the hot springs in Japan. A few things we learned is that unfortunately we are not particularly fond of Japanese food and some of our favorite standbys had been removed from the menu. We also learned that we prefer cruises where the ports are in multiple countries rather than basically one. The excursions were all similar -- Buddha's, shrines, temples, and aerial trams. But the tours were well done, just somewhat repetitious. And for people not particularly fond of Japanese food, the excursion lunches left a lot to be desired. We did appreciate the presentation in wood Bento boxes, just not so much what was in them. Entertainment was superb! The Princess entertainers put on "Bravo" -- a beautiful and entertaining show we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. All the shows were excellent, but this was exceptional. Quality of the shows has greatly improved and we appreciated it. Before embarking on this cruise we spent 4 days in Tokyo Disney -- lots of fun and great opportunity to let out our inner child. Both embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth. In fact, we took a disembarkation excursion and had the good fortune to see a Japanese wedding at one of the shrines. Beautiful! I highly recommend Princess and at least one trip in your lifetime to Japan. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This cruise was titled "The Festivals of Japan" and it only happens once per year. If you have a chance to sail on this ship at the appropriate festival time, grab it!!! Four of the ports of call visit coastal communities during ... Read More
This cruise was titled "The Festivals of Japan" and it only happens once per year. If you have a chance to sail on this ship at the appropriate festival time, grab it!!! Four of the ports of call visit coastal communities during their festival times when you will see singing and dancing in extraordinary costumes and viewed by tens of thousands of spectators. What was particularly special about this cruise is that you are fully immersed in Japanese culture. Of the approximately 2500 passengers, approximately 10% were not Japanese, and of the 10%, we were split between Americans, particularly Hawaiians, Australians, Canadians, some Brits and Europeans. Announcements were made in Japanese first and English second. The food primarily is Asian, but there was lots of choose from for more traditional American tastes. There is always a salad bar, lots of cut up canteloupe and honeydew, 2 soups at lunch and dinner--one asian and one not. I would say that the food was 4 star--quite good! I loved the afternoon scones with cream and jam which you can have in the International Dining Room or at the buffet Horizon Court. Portions in the dining room are particularly tiny, but you can always ask for more. Since I'm a big eater, I preferred the Horizon buffet so I can sample everything and go back up for seconds for those items that I preferred. The ship is a nice size--not too big and not too small. I have cruised about 6 times now and I don't particularly see much difference between rooms on different ships. I had an interior room to save some money and it was more than adequate for one person and the layout was comparable with other lines. The evening shows which I attended were quite enjoyable, although I tended to watch "Movies under the Stars" and munch the freshly popped popcorn. There is a gym and golf course but I did not use these activities. My main reason for writing this review is to help people with the shore excursions. In almost every port, Princess provided free shuttles into town. So, I would suggest savings yourself some money and just doing excursions on your own. For more detail: Akita: the shuttle drops you off at Kenmin Kalkan which is the Akita prefecture hall and the central location for the evening Kanto festival. I brought my own folding chair and was laughing at my friends who sat in the hot sun waiting 2 hours for the festival to start. I showed up right when the festival began, at 7:15, found a place to sit, and left just before the end to avoid the crowds upon leaving. Once again, I was on the free shuttle back to the Diamond Princess. Aomori Nebuta festival: The festival is performed twice--during the day from 1 to 3pm in the town and then in the evening on the water. My group paid for seats, but in fact they had to stand and had difficulty seeing the floats. I went during the day for free on the shuttle and found some shade from the relenting sun but was up close and personal! I hate to complain about the heat when I was in the shade and performers were dressed in elaborate costumes and they were dancing in the sun!! The children dancing are my favourite! Once again, I brought my chair. The shuttle drops you off at a wharf one block from the parade. In the evening, the bridge is raised so you either have to go into town prior to the 5pm lifting of the bridge or you can't go. Once you are at the festival, you have to stay past 10pm until the bridge is lowered. I'm so glad that I went in the afternoon!! At the end of the festival, the people of Aomori make a splendid fireworks exhibition which can be seen from the ship. I would suggest seeing the parade in the afternoon and saving the $129 fee, but you can make your own decision. Sakaiminato: the Princess docks at Showa south warf with complimentary shuttle to Sakaiminato station. Busan, South Korea: the shuttle whisks you to the Phoenix Hotel, right across from the Fish Market and BIFF square. Again, no need to take a tour. I went on a tour to the Beomosa Temple, which was very nice, and then we spent and hour in the Market. It was enough for me. Busan was a surprisingly modern city and the tour to the temple took us on the 50 minute drive through the city, so it was interesting to see this. Kochi: the shuttle bus takes you close the action and drops you at the bus terminal in town. From there you can walk to the Castle area, particularly in the "malls" which have shopping and respite from the sun. I did this in the morning and came back to the ship for the afternoon. Then, around 6:30 pm when the sun went down, I headed back to town for the festival. It was simply too hot to be out in the sun during the day. Tokushima: this is the one city where I would recommend signing up for the Festival. The shuttle does not go into Tokushima, but it goes to Komatashima and from there you can take a train to get to Tokushima, but I was worried that the train would be full. (you can check the train schedule at hyperedia.com. ) I spent the day on the ship and paid for the festival tour at night. I didn't take the shuttle just to explore the area as I didn't think that there was much to see at the Komatshima shuttle stop. Yokohama: I took the free shuttle from the ship to Sakuragicho Station. Many of the people in my group took the shuttle from Princess to the airport but their flights weren't until 5pm. I didn't wan to sit in the airport for 8 hours. At Sakuragicho station, there is an information booth and they will store your luggage for 500 yen (approx $5) for the day. From Sakuragicho, I walked around the harbour area--seeing the giant ferris wheel, went to the Red Brick Warehouse, through Yamashitacho park, up through China town and back to Sakuragicho station. This walk took about 2-1/2 hours. Then I found a shuttle bus from Sakuragicho station to the airport!!! I was so happy to find this, rather than drag my luggage to Yokohama station and then to the Limousine Bus to the airport. Warning: the airport bus direct to Haneda only operates in the morning, but it turns out that it picks up a short 5 minute walk from the station at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel--which looks out over the amusement park. This is a high end hotel and the concierge was marvelous and held my luggage for the 10 minutes while I waited for the bus. The bus is run by the Keiku bus line and I used my Passmo card to pay for it (740 yen). The bus goes to the Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama Prefecture office, Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu and Rose Hotel Yokohama, which is in Chinatown. Definitely bus a Passmo or Suica card at the airport when you arrive in Tokyo. I put the equivalent of $30 on it, and when you go back to the airport to leave Tokyo, you can go on the 2nd floor of airport to the Keikyu office and they will give the cash back which is left on the card. When I arrived in Tokyo, I took and the airport bus which went close to my hotel and it also goes to various stations. I was a bit afraid of the trains and didn't want to lug my luggage up and down multiple platforms and risk getting lost! I stayed in the Ginza area for 3 days prior to the cruise. P.S. If given the choice, definitely fly to Haneda which is approximately 20 minutes from Yokohama or Ginza whereas Narita is very far and very expensive to get to. Another tip: rental a pocket wifi. This way I had internet everywhere that I went including some times when the ship was on the water. This is much cheaper than the ship wifi. I understand that some USA people can get unlimited wifi for $29 but in Canada, it is much more expensive and limits on the usage. If you go, you will have a great trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Our 17th cruise but only 4th under Princess umbrella so have a few cruises to judge them by. Stayed a couple of nights in Narita before taking the bus to Yokohama. We did have a bit of a walk around the terminal to find the Princess ... Read More
Our 17th cruise but only 4th under Princess umbrella so have a few cruises to judge them by. Stayed a couple of nights in Narita before taking the bus to Yokohama. We did have a bit of a walk around the terminal to find the Princess representative but the info counter headed us in the right direction so no real problem there and the bus ride down was great and comfortable. Check in was quick and we were allowed into our cabin as soon as we arrived. Our steward was fantastic and we were looked after well. I even lost a gold and sapphire ring somewhere in our cabin (thought it had gone down the sink) but he found it on the floor and handed it back. He could quite easily have said he couldn't find it and I'd have been none the wiser so a great commendation and tip when his way. Cabin was clean and tidy and no problems with anything in the cabin with plenty of wardrobe space and one of the larger bathrooms we've had. One down side was the balcony which was overlooked by all above us but then we've not ones to sit out there for any length of time as far too much going on else where on the ship. But it was great when we came into ports. Plenty to choose from in the Horizon Court and Sabatini's Restaurant was worth every penny. We had late dining as any time dining wasn't an option on this cruise and we were put on a table for two. But there were also two other tables of two in our small alcove so we ended up really at a table of 6. Really great people to dine with each evening although the alcove was right beside the stewards' area so they seemed to always be rushing behind our backs and a little annoying as we thought they were trying to push us out quickly. We had only just finished our entrée when the main was put down so meals were over too soon. Food in the restaurant was good but we have had better so a visit to the steak house would be advisable if you want a tender piece of meat. Entertainment was ok but the singers need a bit more coaching as often not in tune but costumes were great. Same old Park West art auctions that go on and on - maybe these could be cut a bit shorter especially when most people have started to leave as all falling asleep! Horizon Court staff were only too happy to refill coffee, tea and orange in the mornings. Only down side: Our queuing for passports when entering Korsakov was a shambles and took us almost an hour before we could get off the ship and really should not have happed. We were told it was the Russian Passport people but suspect it may also be a slight problem on Princess' side too. On saying that ALL STAFF on Princess treated us well and because of the we have just book another cruise for November this year. Well done Princess Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Everything was wonderful- from the itinerary, to the speakers to the food. We missed a port due to icebergs, but with so many things to do on the ship it did not matter. Glacier Bay with 4 park rangers and a buffet sandwich lunch was ... Read More
Everything was wonderful- from the itinerary, to the speakers to the food. We missed a port due to icebergs, but with so many things to do on the ship it did not matter. Glacier Bay with 4 park rangers and a buffet sandwich lunch was perfect. wWe left deposits for 2 more Crystal cruises in the future! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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