Diamond Princess Cruise Review by ludicat
- Sail Date: December 2016
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
The Diamond Princess is a lovely ship and seemed very well maintained. As always the staff are magnificent providing excellent service. A younger cruise for Princess with an average age probably around 45 comprised of about 50% Australian, 25% Russian and the rest of the world making up the other 25%.
Highlights for us was the evening meals - usually in the Savoy Restaurant with anytime dining. The anytime dining restaurants seemed to peak around 8pm so we chose to eat earlier at 6:30pm and got very nice window tables and got to know our regular waiters Albert and Atesh. We usually had four course meals (you can have as many courses as you want) which were mostly excellent and beautifully presented. We had drinks packages so had wine by the glass and a cognac to finish. We splashed out sometimes on things like Veuve Champagne (at 40% off made it priced pretty reasonably).
Horizon Court is what it is - a buffet - but the choices were reasonable. Celebrity do it much better in my opinion. Our only gripe was that after 11pm there was nothing to eat anywhere other than room service. Even just a pizza station would have been good.
We enjoyed all the activities with the Entertainment staff who worked very hard and were good fun. The production shows, in particular Bravo, were excellent. We really didn't go to the non production shows and just hungout in Explorers in the evenings.
For speciality dining we had one night in the Sterling Steakhouse which could have been a bit more atmospheric - the waiters we had were a hoot and the steaks not bad either. Sabatinis was not so good - nice atmosphere but did not live up to expectations. Food was ok but the staff did not make you feel like you were having a special night.
Lots of time for relaxation in the Japanese the spa - which seemed quite underutilised. For $15 it was good value including the outside spa and deck chairs.
We weren't fussed about the destinations really - just happy cruising around the equator - highlights were Penang and Langkawi.
We had drinks packages which we utilised well making the most of after dinner single malt whiskys and cognacs. It was great to have Churchills as a nice place for cigar smokers.
Not the fault of Princess but the behaviour of some of the passengers left a lot to be desired. I've never seen so many brawls (why fight over a deckchair!). Security did handle situations well but it should not be tolerated.
Embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth.
One of our family members noted that the first GLBT get together was supposed to be hosted but was not. Some kind of identifier for the first meeting would have been really good.
So many reviewers seem to moan but the Diamond is a good quality 4 star plus ship!
We like Princess so would go again - but also like Celebrity as well. Celebrity is just that bit posher and cultured.
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Comfortable without being luxurious. Everything functioned well and with 3 staterooms in a row we were able to open up the dividers and created a big space. The rooms are amazingly quiet!
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