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We finally made it to New Zealand! This was on our bucket list for a very long time. We had sailed the Diamond one year ago to Asia/Japan and love the ship and found it to be in very good shape, we did not see worn out or torn furniture and it was very clean and tidy. We love the little Asian design touches around the ship. We have sailed this class of ship before on Princess and like how familiar it was. We can always find a cozy place to sit where we are out of the main throng of passengers. Skywalkers was our go to place to read or work on our photos with our laptop. We love the aft of the ship for quiet places to be. Mornings and evenings for sunrise and sunset up on the decks were lovely. We ate at the Lido and Trident Grill for all of our meals and would take our plates outside to sit where it was quiet and watch the wake of the ship. We found the food to be consistently hot and there were many choices including international dishes and theme nights for England, Brazil, Mexico, Greece and Asia. There is always enough food for any type of dietary needs you might have. The cookies are delicious and we would take a some wrapped in a napkin back to our cabin for later. I thought it was very smart of Princess to remove the items from the mini refrigerator in the cabin so it makes room for whatever you want to put there. We used the spa for a package including the hot tile loungers, saunas and Jacuzzi every day and will do so again on future cruises. We have experienced Suite, Mini Suite and Balcony and this is the second time we have had an Inside Cabin. It will take a lot for us to book a balcony in the future because we really like the inside. I shut the door and it is dark and quiet! We always choose our cabin near the aft so it is quick and easy to access the decks. We used the laundry room on off times for others....like at 7 am when everyone else is asleep. Having cruised 10 times we know what we like and don't like. We read the Patter to see where everyone is going to be and we go the opposite direction. Sometimes it feels like we are the only ones on the ship! We do book FCC (Future Cruise Credit) for each of us when we are on the ship. If you are planning on another cruise it is a great value. Pay $100 per person and you can book a cruise within 2 years and you get that money back in OBC (On Board Credit) It is a Win Win! We used the coffee card for specialty coffees and were happy with the taste and choices. The only ship excursion we took was to Hobbiton and we loved it. Normally we book our own privately. Service from the crew was as always good. As hard as they work and still have a hello or smile while doing their very best is amazing. I have one more thing to add. Due to severe weather we were not able to call at Dunedin and also missed Fiordlands National Park. The Captain was looking out for the passengers and was professional and timely in his announcements and information about the changes. We heard people complaining but in my opinion ..........they don't know what goes into mastering a ship. Princess was more than generous with a 25% off of a future cruise from the cost of the one we were on. It was weather related and per the contract, they don't have to compensate passengers anything. That was customer service! Thank you Princess! Our next cruise is in a year..........to The Mediterranean !

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Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Duck Duck Cruise

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We finally made it to New Zealand! This was on our bucket list for a very long time. We had sailed the Diamond one year ago to Asia/Japan and love the ship and found it to be in very good shape, we did not see worn out or torn furniture and it was very clean and tidy. We love the little Asian design touches around the ship. We have sailed this class of ship before on Princess and like how familiar it was.

We can always find a cozy place to sit where we are out of the main throng of passengers. Skywalkers was our go to place to read or work on our photos with our laptop. We love the aft of the ship for quiet places to be.

Mornings and evenings for sunrise and sunset up on the decks were lovely. We ate at the Lido and Trident Grill for all of our meals and would take our plates outside to sit where it was quiet and watch the wake of the ship. We found the food to be consistently hot and there were many choices including international dishes and theme nights for England, Brazil, Mexico, Greece and Asia.

There is always enough food for any type of dietary needs you might have. The cookies are delicious and we would take a some wrapped in a napkin back to our cabin for later. I thought it was very smart of Princess to remove the items from the mini refrigerator in the cabin so it makes room for whatever you want to put there.

We used the spa for a package including the hot tile loungers, saunas and Jacuzzi every day and will do so again on future cruises.

We have experienced Suite, Mini Suite and Balcony and this is the second time we have had an Inside Cabin. It will take a lot for us to book a balcony in the future because we really like the inside. I shut the door and it is dark and quiet! We always choose our cabin near the aft so it is quick and easy to access the decks.

We used the laundry room on off times for others....like at 7 am when everyone else is asleep.

Having cruised 10 times we know what we like and don't like. We read the Patter to see where everyone is going to be and we go the opposite direction. Sometimes it feels like we are the only ones on the ship!

We do book FCC (Future Cruise Credit) for each of us when we are on the ship. If you are planning on another cruise it is a great value. Pay $100 per person and you can book a cruise within 2 years and you get that money back in OBC (On Board Credit) It is a Win Win!

We used the coffee card for specialty coffees and were happy with the taste and choices.

The only ship excursion we took was to Hobbiton and we loved it. Normally we book our own privately.

Service from the crew was as always good. As hard as they work and still have a hello or smile while doing their very best is amazing.

I have one more thing to add. Due to severe weather we were not able to call at Dunedin and also missed Fiordlands National Park. The Captain was looking out for the passengers and was professional and timely in his announcements and information about the changes. We heard people complaining but in my opinion ..........they don't know what goes into mastering a ship. Princess was more than generous with a 25% off of a future cruise from the cost of the one we were on. It was weather related and per the contract, they don't have to compensate passengers anything. That was customer service! Thank you Princess!

Our next cruise is in a year..........to The Mediterranean !
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We have had an inside cabin twice and for the amount of money we saved vs a balcony we were able to do other things and shop more! We really love the inside because when it is noisy outside or it gets a little too "Peopley" for us we go to our cabin and it is quiet and dark to sleep. It is cozy and just right for us.
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