Diamond Princess is one of only two ships in the Princess Cruises fleet to be built in Japan and her exotic itineraries are almost as impressive as the ship itself. Though she was launched in 2004, Diamond Princess is one of the most gleaming ships in the fleet, thanks to a $30million dollar refurbishment in March 2013.
Diamond Princess delights her passengers with her endless facilities and varied activities. With amazing kid’s clubs and everything grown-ups could ever need to stay entertained, the ship really does offer something for everyone.
A cruise ship isn’t a cruise ship without a pool, and Diamond Princess has four for you to choose from. Neptunes Reef & Pool is the ship’s largest and is a hive of activity on sea days, while the Calypso Reef & Pool is indoor and provides somewhere to splash around even on the rainiest of afternoons.
Swimming laps while sailing in the middle of the ocean is a unique experience and one that can be enjoyed in the adults-only lap pool at The Lotus Spa on deck 15. Providing a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of busier areas on ship, The Lotus Spa is an Asian-inspired retreat offering everything from facials and massages, to teeth whitening and Botox. Soothe your weary shoulders in steam rooms and hot tubs, before enjoy a treatment with an ocean view.
Exclusive to Diamond Princess is the world’s largest open air Japanese Bath, with indoor and outdoor bathing areas. Feel your stresses evaporate as you enjoy an authentic Japanese experience against a stunning ocean backdrop, before heading to The Sanctuary for an al fresco light lunch and even more relaxation.
Get active with basketball or badminton on Sports Deck or perfect your swing at the 9-hole putting course. Gym bunnies can take advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment in the fitness centre, perhaps even getting involved in one of the instructor led classes that run throughout the day.
A video game centre will go down a treat, not just with the kids but with the young at heart too. For silence seekers, the library is the perfect cosy nook in which to bunker down and lose yourself in your holiday read.
With poker tournaments, dancing, bingo, language classes, arts and crafts, and even hula hooping classes, you’ll never be short of something to fill your sea days.
Princess’ signature entertainment Movies Under the Stars is a highlight of the entire fleet, including Diamond Princess. Throughout day and night, first-release, feature-length movies fill the screen above the Neptunes Reef & Pool, guests getting cosy with blankets and popcorn to enjoy the latest showing.
Located on decks 7 and 8, Princess Theatre is the main entertainment venue on board, home to stage productions and musical extravaganzas with spot-on acoustics and regal red décor.
With Japan featuring so heavily on itineraries, karaoke was always destined to draw the crowds, especially the Princess Popstar singing competition that takes place each week. The Grand Casino is another popular venue, attracting those who fancy their chances against the notorious Lady Luck.
Diamond Princess has an array of bars and lounges on board, each offering a different ambience in which to enjoy your chosen tipple. In Crooner’s Bar, the grand piano serves as the soundtrack to your evening, while more modern hits are the order of the day in Skywalker’s Nightclub.
Club Fusion is the best place on board for ballroom and Latin dancing, with comedy performances and live music illuminating the stage in the Explorer’s Lounge throughout the evening.
Dining on board Diamond Princess calls for steely powers of selection, with a total of fifteen delicious restaurants in which to dine. With the knowledge that your meal will be incredible wherever it is eaten, all that is left to do is decide what you fancy this evening.
Traditional Dining is offered in the classically beautiful surroundings of the International Dining Room. Here passengers can dine at the same time and same table each night; enjoying the same company and the same dedicated waiter each evening. Traditional dining offers three dining times of 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm, with your preferences being noted at time of booking.
Passengers choosing the freedom of Anytime Dining have a multitude of restaurants to choose from on board Diamond Princess. The Pacific Moon, Santa Fe, Savoy and Vivaldi Restaurants are each decorated with a unique ambience, yet all share a reputation for extraordinary cuisine and exceptional service. Embrace your freedom of choice by dining in a different restaurant each evening; passengers can dine whenever they choose between the hours of 6pm and 9.30pm. Sit alone, at a table for two, or join a different larger table each evening and get to know new faces and new friends.
Diamond Princess excels at offering something a little special, and the ship’s Speciality Dining restaurants are exquisite. Sabatini’s serves delectable Italian fare, while Sterling Steakhouse is infamous for serving the juiciest steaks and the freshest seafood. The ship’s Japanese roots are acknowledged with the inclusion of Kai Sushi.
There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion than with Ultimate Balcony Dining. From the comfort of your own stateroom balcony, you will enjoy a delicious four-course meal, champagne and a dedicated butler to cater to your every whim.
You’ll never go hungry while on board Diamond Princess, thanks to a variety of dining venues. Daytime dining is provided by an array of restaurants including the Horizon Court Buffet; the infamous Prego Pizzeria; hot dogs and burgers at Trident Grill, and even delicious Afternoon Tea.
Casual wear is the norm during the day, though shorts may not be worn at any time in any of the main dining rooms. The majority of evenings adopt a smart casual dress code, while there are two formal evenings per 7-night cruise. Formal nights on board the Diamond Princess are wonderful occasions, with Japanese women often wearing beautiful kimonos. Though full length gowns are in the minority, cocktails dresses and elegant trouser suits are worn by most. Gentlemen are expected to wear dark suits and ties for formal evenings.