Very heavily "American" themed cruise, buffet 6-10, variety of food ,6-10. Booze prices were very reasonable,eg 5 x 660ml bottles of heavy beer for $24.00 and really good Margarita's for about $8.00 inc gratuities, other cruise lines could learn from this ship. Mini suites have a very large
uncovered balconies located on "Dolphin" deck 9, which proved useless with 7 days of wind rain there is no shelter to talk of, you can't even have the door slightly ajar because the door is flush with outside wall. When sunny it was blazingly hot , not to mention no privacy at all from the gazing eyes of about 50 rooms above on the next 2 decks above which are either half or fully covered. Forget about private sun bathing. If you like balconies like us, book a standard balcony on the "Aloha" "Baja" and "Caribe" on the upper decks only.
24 hour room service was fantastic, as was our steward named "Arlon". "Movies under the Stars" on deck 14 was fantastic with the free freshly cooked Hotdogs, Pizza, Ice Cream and Popcorn. Picture quality and sound system have to seen to be believed. Several staff had some attitude but that's bad from a crew of some 1600 people. Itinerary was OK but the trip from Melbourne to Hobart was dragged out. We feel that an overnight stay in Hobart would have been very achievable. Maybe they were conserving fuel? Shore excursion prices can easily be beaten by a bit of google work prior to arrival, car hire was really cheap both in New Zealand and Hobart which meant we could actually do about 2 or 3 ship based tours for a fraction of the price.
Example in Hobart we hired a new XR6 Ford and did the "Cadbury Factory" "Port Arthur" "Wrestpoint Casino and Mt Wellington with beverages and a beautiful seafood lunch for two back at the dock for under $250 OZ dollars, car was $110.00. I'll let you find out how much those trips cost onboard.
Duty free alcohol sales were held on the 2nd last day for several hours only, a disaster to say the least, 1 hr queues, most stocks ran out after queing for 40 mins,a lot of disgruntled passengers. It was terrible organisisation considering we had 12 days prior to purchase. What happened to secure sales held in storage and delivered to you room the night before disembarking. Ship was huge and beautiful yet quite difficult to navigate, took us about 4 days to settle in.
Tipping is very foreign to "Aussies" and maybe the etiquette of this practice should be explained a bit better to the locals? We heard stories of 2 couples having the experience of being almost completely ignored by their cabin stewards after a few days of no tipping when they thought the automatic tipping charge of $12.00US per person per day to their account was sufficient. To save this embarassment sign a "Gratuities Waiver Form " at the customer service desk upon boarding, this frees you up to tip anyone when and where you see fit. Or maybe Princess could stop paying subserviant wages and add a few bucks to everyones fare to delete this antiquated practise. A tip only means something when it is above your normal rate of pay. That's when it truly is a bonus, not a right!
We tipped our Steward about $120.00 US because we wanted too, and on occasion bar of Cadbury's chocolate with a $10 note after we visited the factory, he loved it. We also tipped some of the staff at the Italian Restaraunt for their examplary service.
This may sound snobby but the service was almost too good! too many waiters asking about everything every 2-3 mins it was very hard to hold a converstion with your fellow diners. But I guess it's better too have too much service than none hey. Happy Cruising.
We spent 23 wonderful days on board this amazing ship and could not fault anything . We had an inside cabin and it was the best we have ever had after 4 previous cruises. We went to Pt Douglas' Darwin ,Bali Hong Kong Taiwan Nagasaki Dalian And Shanghai.All the ports were different but equally as
exciting and we shared many wonderful experiences both on our own and on shore tours. I would have no hesitation Cruising with Princess or P and O again . In fact I have just booked another cruise and cant wait to be off into the wild BLUE sea again
This was just a fantastic cruise. It was a last minute decision to do this cruise but it has to be the best we have ever done. We have curised in the Carribean and the Meditterean, New Zealand, Pacific and Asia before but this was the best. It hit 5 stars on all catagories. Met some fantastic
people and had a generally enjoyable holiday. There was a great balance of shore excursions and on board time to make this the best ever cruise we have done. The food was to die for, the staff were soooo helpful and there was plenty to choose from in the entertainment field. Must say that we were not too keen on going to Bali, however our day at Bali was really very good and even though I would not go back for a holiday, we enjoyed the experience. Cruising is a great way to see if you want to experience a place for a longer period of time. Looking forward to doing another trip with Princess next year from San Francisco to Sydney.
Had an 18-night cruise Bangkok/Sydney - cruise had started in America - money on board in US$ and we were not given a good rate - did not enjoy the quality of the food on the buffet; ship now clean enough - public areas far from satisfactory; entertainment fair but not good enough and certainly
could not be compared with the wonderful cruise experience we had on the Sun Princess in 2011. Will not go Diamond again!
Embarkation was on time despite the ship being delayed 2 hours because of fog. We found the staff, room steward and waiters all welcoming and friendly. We opted for an inside room as flying from Australia had taken up a big chunk of our funds. We found this room to be the smallest of all cruise
lines we had used before but as sunrise was around 4am each morning was quite happy for the room choice. Food on board was not to our liking but looking around most other people seemed not to have a problem and we did enjoy the desserts. This ship had predominently Japanese travellers but we enjoyed this interaction, the staff for the most part spoke english and all but 2 of the shows were in english, we found the standard of the shows outstanding but the other entertainment on board was really aimed at a far older demographic and they seemed to enjoy it immensly, grantedly the agrigate age seemed to be 70'ish so most people had a ball. Being 20 years younger made a big difference. We did go up to the disco but it was empty most nights. We did the north Island and the ports were outstanding, most ports had information booths as you disembarked and the Japanese made us most welcomed. I would highly recommend this cruise, The ship, food and basic entertainment was not the nicest for us but the staff and ports of call more than made up for the short fall of the ship.
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. The Princess cruise line is superior and the staff, food, entertainment, cabins lived up to this. We even wished we had more sea days to get everything done on the ship. Korsakov was a bit disappointing, but I believe it is a new port and it shows the real
Russian countryside. The other ports were all amazing - all different to main Japan.
Congratulations go to Cruise Republic and Cruise Sale Finder for their amazing service. Always so helpful and polite, nothing is too much trouble. Well done!
Went to Singapore in March/April 2015 on the Diamond Princess. Beautiful ship all pretty new. Cabins are quite roomy. We had an inside cabin and much bigger than the Sun and Sea Princess. But it is a larger ship. Good amount of closet an hanging space as well as shelves. In room entertainment eg TV
great choice of movies many channels. Your cruising information at all times on TV. The food was restaurant class but would have liked more vegetables to come with meals but you could ask for extra and it was no problem. The Japanese Baths was amazing and relaxing only the price of a cocktail for 2 hours. The entertainment could do with improvement. There wasn't very much through the day just Basics. The shows were 3 stars. More on deck entertainment would be good not just 1 or 2 times in a 20 night cruise. Captains parties was a joke no one saw the Captain or his crew the whole cruise walking around or otherwise. Other ships always interacted.
We really enjoyed this wonderful cruise, went from Sydney around the top to Cairns and Darwin lot of adventures to see the hug Crocs and different animals in the top end of Australia, then over to Indonesia and Koh Sumui in Thailand with there fantastic beaches and water sports. Saw some great
places and enjoyed the relaxed sea days we had on baord. Met some great people from Aust and USA and will be friends and keep in touch with and maybe catch up again on our Cruising adventures. We have been on Princess Cruises 3 times now and really enjoy the service and the staff are all very friendly. We love cruising holidays as you can just unpack and sit back to have fun doing the many options available each day or relax by the pools, have a few cocktails and each night get dressed up for the dinner in the great dining room and wonderful shows they have on board. It all makes you feel very special and spoilt living the life of the rich and famous but well within our budget. So now looking forward to our net cruise booked for Februay 2016 to see Fiji and the Pacif islands...Love it all.
Great welcome aboard with crew and stewards escpecially . We were excited but very tired, happy to be in our cabin so we relax for awhile then off to the buffet for some refreshment . We were glad we stayed overnight sowe were able to explore the rocks area. Back on board we took advantage of the
great views of Sydney harbour and or exit through the heads . At last we we had begun our 19 day cruise to Singapore and all the exciting destinations in between. Our first port of call was Brisbane. Agreat place to. Visit great shopping centre and dining venues we took a bus ride just explore a little and get more of a feel for the place (glad we did lots to see ) and we caught the ferry on the river together adifferent perspective , then back to ship to freshen up before dinner which was very enjoyable. The company at our table was absolutely fantastic and our waiters were so attentive and obliging and great sense of humour to boot, we reluctantly left the table to go to the evening show , which was very entertaining a lot of effort had been put in for our entertainment .after the show a night cap at the buffet and then to bed ,what a start to our holiday , and it got better and better for the rest of the cruise.
Love the Diamond Princess, loved our cabin which was towards the back of the ship on Aloha deck, so just had to walk out the door and were right near the adult pool and Horizon Court, handy for nicking back to cabin. Loved entertainment, cruise director and all staff were terrific. Every meal from
the dinning room to horizon court was very good, I loved the dining, the meals were just enough, not too much, at Horizon Court you tend to eat too much, but still great food. Loved atmosphere around the pool and enjoyed the afternoon movie. The entertainment in the theatre was terrific, loved all the shows. When we were in port it was easy to disembark, and embark, even the tenders were handled with ease. Our cabin steward was a fantastic guy and every night we would find a different towel design on our bed, we had snake, swan, monkey, love heart, dinosaur, and heaps of other designs. There is so many things to do on board, whether it be trivia, bingo, pool games, aerobics, line dancing, there is no reason to get bored on this cruise. Also loved going to the gym, on the treadmill and watching the ocean as I worked out (made the time go quick)