Diamond Princess Cruise Review by sfgenato
- Sail Date: October 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Interior
On previous cruises, I sailed aboard much smaller ships, so Diamond Princess seemed very large and crowded. Even on the last day of the cruise, I was still learning my way around Diamond Princess. I was surprised to find that crew didn't always seem to know where things were - for example, when asking for directions to nearest restroom, crew members didn't always know where the nearest one was.
My cabin attendant was very good, timely and polite, but I was frustrated by having to go to a bar each day to pick up bottled water, because the beverage package doesn't include the bottled water for sale which is automatically left in the staterooms.
I didn't like being assigned late seating at 7:45 pm - which meant supper wasn't finished until nearly 9:30 PM. I prefer to eat earlier and go to bed by 10 PM. Instead, most nights I ate elsewhere, including grill, pizza place and Horizon Court. Most of all, I enjoyed the food and service at Sterling Steakhouse and Sabatini's (2 nights in each restaurant for extra surcharge).
I had fantastic meals on excursions in Kagoshima at Sengan en, at Grand Hotel in Taipei, and at the Hue Riverside Boutique Resort and Spa. My favorite excursions were those in Hue, Taipei and Kagoshima.
Embarking and disembarking in Yokohama is very easy and quick, and the cruise terminal is convenient to Japan Rail. It was nice to spend a few hours exploring Yokohama's Chinatown in the morning before boarding the ship in the afternoon.
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