Diamond Princess – Princess Cruises
In Service – 2004 to Present
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 115875 Length: 952 ft Beam: 123 ft
Speed: 22 knots
Registry: Bermuda Passengers: 2674 Crew: 1238
Shipyard: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
MS Diamond Princess measures 116,000 RT and is one of the bigger vessels of the cruise line. As a 5-star ship, Diamond Princess offers an exquisite cuisine, outstanding service and luxury with very comfortable cabins and many different public rooms, lounges etc.
Atmosphere on Board
“Big Ship – Small Ship Feel”: That is the philosophy of Princess Cruises. That means you enjoy all the amenities and various possibilities of a big cruise ship. And at the same time the atmosphere is so snug and personal as if you were on a small ship. This is possible thanks to many small bars and public rooms and, of course, the good and personal service of Princess Cruises. Princess offers exalted British style and an international atmosphere on board. You will get a good value for money.
During the day we recommend you to dress comfortably and casually. In the evenings, though, the guests like to dress up. On some nights formal attire is recommended in the main restaurant.
The currency on board is US-$. A bottle of wine costs about 25.00 US-$ in the restaurant. As usual on American cruise ships, a service fee is charged for all service features.
All cabins are furnished very attractively, comfortable and quite spacious. Many cabins have got their private balcony. The balconies on board Diamond Princess are bigger than on most of the other vessels.
One of the characteristics of the cruise line is the excellent cuisine. Besides the main restaurant there are some specialty restaurants (at an extra charge) and a patisserie, an ice cream parlour, a pizzeria and a wine bar.
Our recommendation: If you do not wish to dine at a fixed dinner seating you can choose “Anytime Dining”. Then you can have dinner at a special area in the main restaurant whenever you like. In that case you do not have a fix dinner seating and do not have the same table each night.
Whether you prefer a quiet atmosphere or a party in the disco: from piano music to disco there is a huge range of different entertainment offers. Every night there is a spectacular Broadway-style show at the big theatre.
Sports and Leisure
The “Lotus Spa” offers a large fitness area with stunning ocean views, a swimming pool with a relaxation area (“Solarium”), many sports classes (partly for a fee), a jogging track and 9-hole golf course. In the spa you can also indulge in several beauty treatments etc.*.
Besides, there are two pools and whirlpools on deck which invite you to swim and bathe.
* at an extra charge
MS Diamond Princess is clearly laid out despite its size. Here you can experience exalted British style at very attractive prices. The on board language is English. Overall, you can expect a professionally organized cruise experience of very good quality.