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Diamond Princess

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. Sister ship to Sapphire Princess, the ships often meet during the summer season as they cruise Alaska's stunning inside passage, taking in incredible destinations including Glacier Bay.

Diamond Princess may have a more exotic background than most of the Princess fleet, but she doesn't lose out on any of the cruise lines signature features, incredible food and personal choice cruising. If anything, it merely adds to her charm to create an extra special cruise experience.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2004
Tonnage 113000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 27
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 14
Number Of Pools 4
Number Of Restaurants 2
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2670 (3100)
Crew 1100
Refurbished 2019

Ship Facilities

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
  • Anytime Dining
  • Horizon Court 24-hour international food court
  • Sabatini's Italian Trattoria

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.

Spa and fitness

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.

Recreation

  • 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.

Dress code

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.

Customer reviews for Diamond Princess

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. 

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