Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Darspurs
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
The cruise was advertised by a UK cruise agent and we booked the whole package, flights, cruise, post and pre hotel in Singapore and transfers (airport to hotel, hotel to ship, ship to hotel and hotel to airport). No problems with anything that we booked in the package through Viva Voyage if you are in the UK.
Check in was easy but Singapore immigration is painful about an hour, almost as bad as UK citizens arriving in Miami. What we didn't know before we were on the ship was that it was actually two separate cruises 4 + 7 days. We knew we were stopping in Singapore after 4 days and some people were getting off and some on. What we didn't realise was that we would have to go through Singapore immigration twice on that day. Not the ships fault but a pain. There should be a way to have speed lines for those that were in transit to get back on and off quickly and not have to wait for those departing and rejoining.
The Ship was fine for what we wanted, not a new mega ship and not as modern with facilities that the newer ships have but we wanted the itinerary which was brilliant.
For the 3 cities (other than Singapore) we booked the ships transfers, average 1.5 hours each way, and do your own thing for 4-5 hours. which suited us fine. I don't usually book the ships excursions but being in a strange part of the world to me I was nervous that doing something privately and cheaper I just may miss the ship.
Food, my main criticism of the ship is here. The food in the dining rooms and speciality restaurants for dinner was excellent, we never had a bad meal. The buffet, well that is something else. We have never experienced such a disgusting buffet in our 20 odd cruises. The setup of the buffet was terrible (kitchen in middle and two small areas one either side) it was very hard to find a table at breakfast time. We ate lunch just twice there as the choice and quality of the food was appalling. It really was the worst buffet ever experienced on a ship.
We didn't use much of the entertainment aboard other than we saw most of the shows in the theatre, of the production shows the singers were very good but the male dancers were very poor although this could have been the choreography which just seemed to be dated. The casino was ok and the bars adequate.
The 3 sea days we decided to treat ourselves to the Sanctuary and this we enjoyed, comfortable beds and no rush to get a bed etc. I also had a couple of massages which were ok.
Overall a great cruise because of the stops my main problem was the buffet.
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