Diamond Princess is one of only two Princess Cruises ships to have been built in Japan, so it's no surprise to see that she spends the winter months on stunning itineraries around Southeast Asia and China, as well as offering voyages in Antarctica and South America. When it comes to the onboard experience, Diamond Princess boasts many of Princess Cruises' most popular dining and entertainment venues, as well as daytime activities to keep guests of all ages amused. From global culinary delights to live shows and swimming pools, Diamond Princess has it all.
The dining onboard Diamond Princess is as incredible as any ship in the fleet, offering the choice of traditional set dining times or Anytime Dining, as well as superb speciality restaurants and stunning panoramic views found in the Horizon Court food court.
Sabitini's Italian Trattoria remains a favourite among the lines signature restaurants, with its Italian cuisine and vibrant atmosphere. For filet mignon or lobster, head to the equally popular Sterling Steakhouse. Whatever your mood, there is always somewhere onboard serving exactly what you need.
Other dining options
Traditional Fixed Dining at the International Dining Room
Princess Cruises are renowned for their combination of elegant venues and fantastic entertainment. Diamond Princess' entertainment is no different, with Broadway-style shows in the Princess Theatre to the live music in the Wheelhouse Bar. Pop into the atrium during the day and enjoy the light piano music or harp, head to Skywalkers for those late night cocktails and Crooners Bar for a spectacular choice of Martinis. For anyone who enjoys an after-dinner smoke, there’s also the atmospheric Churchill's Cigar & Spirits Lounge.
Onboard Diamond Princess you can treat yourself to an afternoon in the exclusive and adult-only Sanctuary, head to the Asian inspired Lotus Spa for a selection of relaxing therapies and treatments or just take in dip in the adult only Lotus Pool. There is also a full beauty salon if some pampering is on the agenda.
For those looking to keep to their daily routine, or anyone in need of burning off some of the incredible food, head to the state-of-the-art fitness room. With the latest equipment and fully trained staff on call, there is everything you need to achieve the perfect workout, even when you’re at sea.
Discovery at Sea- Princess Cruises partnership with Discovery and Animal Planet provide guests with some of the most enriching activities at sea. Igniting new-found interests in many, from Stargazing on the top deck, to shore excursions and new encounters with Discovery at Sea speakers, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and discover.
Art Gallery and Auctions- admire the huge art collection onboard or listen to an art history lecture which will highlight some of the world's greatest artists. There are even Champagne Art Auction, where you can personally bid on an extensive range of fine art.
Sports Court- if you like a bit of competition, challenge other guests to a game of basketball or volleyball at the Sports Court.
Tax and duty-free shopping- onboard Diamond Princess, you can find an array of brands at duty-free prices, perfect for picking up a holiday treat.
Photography Studio- let a professional photographer capture a memorable moment using expert lighting techniques, for a collection of stunning pictures well worth making centrepiece in your home.
The dress code onboard Diamond Princess is a combination of smart casual dress with elegant formal evenings. During the informal evenings onboard, smart casual dress is expected at dinner while the formal nights offer the chance to dress to impress. However, not everyone likes to dress up for dinner and if this is you, the buffet dining always offers a casual dress code, particularly ideal after a long day of shore excursions.
We have just returned from Japan and South Korea. Iglu arranged everything for us , Hotels, transfers, cruise ,and flights. It transpired whilst away that or return flight was the wrong day, we contacted iglu and they sorted everything out for us without delay. Could not have had better service.
Was disappointed didn't get free upgrade for stateroom. Food particularly in the buffet restaurant Horizon Court very good.Huge choice. Was able to take part in some activities. Not enough time to try all. Expensive internet on board could not always get free on shore! While disembarkation was well organised, we were bussed to Narita airport 5/6 hours before could check in. Sorry not a fan of airport shopping and wait was frustrating!
After spending a most enjoyable 4 days in Tokyo, We took a 9 day cruise around Japan. The itinerary was good and the shore excursions interesting. For those who did not want to join the ship's own excursions, there was a shuttle from the ship into the local town. The cost varied from 10 US dollars to 20 dollars depending on the distance involved. We think this service should have been free. The Diamond Princess was an excellent ship - one of the best we have sailed on. The ship itself was well-designed in terms of layout and the very large TV screen on deck 14 was good for relaxing and watching a film etc. There were so many things happening onboard during the day, it was hard to decide which one to attend. The staff were all very attentive and there was no pressure to purchase things, particularly drinks, which has not been the case on other cruises we have been on. The trip was organised by IGLU and every aspect of it worked as planned. So all in all a very enjoyable holiday. In fact we are off with IGLU in December to the Antarctic.
The cruise was very nice indeed and with great staff. The only negative really is the rip-off prices for some of the ships tours some of which were reported as deplorable particularly one which stopped in Korsakov in Russia. Also balconies were very dirty and we could not sit out on them. Great organisation however by Iglu
Just returned from an eight day cruise around Japan on Diamond Princess. Cruise was good but could have been better. Princess Cruise spent a lot of staff time trying to sell you extras while on board which did get a little annoying. We did two of their excursions the first in Busan which was ok the second in Miyako which was poor and Very Very expensive.
We have just returned from a cruise (April 11th to 19th) that took in both the north and south islands of Japan and which saw us visit ports of call that were in the various throes of the Blossom season. In terms of Diamond Princess, she is a large ship that hold c3000 passengers and is a well balanced, comfortable vessel. We had an ocean-view cabin towards the front of the ship on deck 8 and were very pleased with its layout - which is a typical Princess cabin with plenty of storage space and a very large queen size bed and a large TV and functional shower and bathroom. Everything in the cabin looked in good condition and we were very pleased with the steward service in keeping the cabin clean and tidy. We were allocated fixed dining because the Japanese market prefer a more formal dining structure - we would normally choose flexible dining - but were very fortunate to be seated with John and Andrew who were excellent company for dinner each evening. Food on the ship was a little variable, improving markedly in the second half of the cruise having been a little disappointing in terms of choice and cuts of meats to start. On this particular cruise there was also no International Café, which we have always used on the other Princess ships for its excellent range of croissants and pastries for breakfast/snacks. However, when we ventured to the Horizon buffet, it was better than I can recall from previous cruises and seemed to have more variety. Evening entertainment was chiefly the normal array of singers, illusionists and production shows and on the whole were fine, but because we were dining at 7.45pm there was only really one option for entertainment in any event - if we were on flexible dining I suspect we may have felt the entertainment options were a little light. Overall, with the excellent ports of call (and early starts) available on this cruise we went to bed relatively early compared to what we would normally do on a cruise, but we didn't feel short changed in any way. Besides, there was always a good choice of recent movie releases to watch in the cabin if we anted to stay up a little later. Overall, an excellent ship to have cruised on and a thoroughly enjoyable cruise itinerary too.
Food and service good but embarkation chaotic. There was a major delay when embarking but no information was given to customers for the 3 hour delay! Numerous bars on ship but all very noisy with no where to go for a quiet drink t drink. Disembarkation for trips also disorganised - all trip seemingly dispatched at same times. Really disliked use of plastic crockery in the buffet!