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  1. I was on the Ruby Princess last year and really enjoyed the International Café for premium coffee and treats 24 hours. The Diamond Princess does not have an International Cafe. The regular coffee on the Ruby was very disappointing so if premium coffee is not readily available on the Diamond, I might have to find another cruise. Where do they serve premium coffee and snacks 24 hours on the Diamond? Does the buffet have extended hours on the Diamond? Thanks!
  2. Thinking about an Asian cruise late 2020/2021. Singapore to Tokyo. Which ship do you prefer, Diamond or Sun? Heard the balconies on the Sun are metal and cannot be seen through while sitting. True?
  3. We did a 14-night Asia cruise on the Celebrity Millennium in Jan 2018 and LOVED IT!!!! We then did a 14-night Asia cruise on the HAL Westerdam in March 2019 and it was just okay. Loved the ship but the food was horrible!!!! We are now looking at another Asia cruise for early 2020 doing mostly Japan or Japan & Taiwan and like the itineraries on the Diamond Princess. We mentioned this ship to fellow cruisers on the HAL cruise and people were quite negative about it. (They weren't all loyal HAL customers) I always thought that Celebrity, HAL & Princess were comparable. Am I wrong? I like the idea of the Diamond Princess having more Asian type food. My husband is from Hong Kong and loves the idea of the buffet having a ramen station as well as Japanese cold noodles available. But overall is the food better, same or worse? I still have time to do research as we usually book last minute but would love to hear your thoughts.
  4. Greetings Princess Cruisers and Friends, my Husband Tom and I are about to embark on our Journey to Japan to board the Diamond Princess for 9 nights Circle Island Japan that the cruise starts on September 9. It's been a few years since I have done a Live From report, most of my "Live Froms" have been done on the Holland America Board and a few on the Norwegian Board so some of you may recognize me from those Cruise Critic Chat Boards. We have been frequent cruisers for quite a few years now and basically have lost count on the number of cruises we have taken. This will actually be our second cruise on the Diamond Princess sailing around Japan, our first was October 2017. We fell in love with Japan as well as loved the Diamond Princess. This cruise in many ways will be almost identical to our 2017 cruise yet different with the ports being different with the exception of going to Busan SK and this cruise being 9 nights rather than 8 nights. Everything we have booked was booked through Princess, EZ Air, Hotel at the Keio Plaza, all transfers and Excursions. So I will explain along the way about how Princess does things and does them a bit differently for Japan. In my opinion Princess does an excellent job with cruises in Japan but then they really are the only North American Cruise Lines that has a ship full time or at least almost full time in Japan with many crew members that are Japanese. Shortly after returning from our previous cruise in 2017 we knew we wanted to return so I had originally booked the Diamond for another 8 night for October 2019 that spent a lot of time in Northern Japan with stopping in Russia. Unfortunately 9 months after I booked the October cruise in September 2018 Princess had a Redeployment that canceled the cruise that we had booked so we had to make a change so we decided to move it up a month for a 9 night sailing for September 9, 2019, of course I then had to try to get our same Mini Suite cabin that we had originally booked and to book at least 3 nights Pre Cruise Hotel stay at the Keio Plaza. We loved the hotel from our first stay and found it to be a great location in Shinjuku. Last time we stayed was also for 3 nights, the pricing that Princess offered was actually quite good since it included Transfers from the Airport to the Hotel and Hotel to the ship in Yokohama. Although this time was not such a great deal, Princess increased the cost through them about 60% higher yet the actual hotel price was about the same that they were charging in 2017 if we would have booked direct. The problem is that there is not an easy way to get to Yokohama pier with lots of luggage without costing a lot of money and taking the very efficient train system would be good if not for the luggage, so we did just bite the bullet and kept with our reservations through Princess. We do plan to return but will feel far more confident getting around Japan next time and will most likely book a hotel in Yokohama area and be able to walk to the pier. There were things I wanted to do in Shinjuku which was another reason we stay with this plan. We start our Journey this evening with a Red Eye out of Las Vegas flying to Toronto on Air Canada Rouge, ....yes you read that right lol We head to the East Coast of North America before we go the opposite direction. I booked our flights with Princess EZ Air the day it became available, we did that last time as well because we found that is when you will find the very best pricing for Business Class Air. When flying into Tokyo we prefer to fly into Haneda which is an Airport much closer to Tokyo/Shinjuku area than Narita is but often the cost of the air is more expensive so like last time we are flying into Haneda and returning through Narita. In 2017 we flew America but the cost of American this time was almost $1000.00 per person more then Air Canada. I had heard good things about Air Canada Business Class and their Signature Class Lounge along with the Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto that and the fact that on the return we could do US Customs in Canada rather than in the US, then with the price being much better it made it a no brainer despite the fact we leave on a flight this evening at 11:45 pm and will arrive in Toronto at 6:52 am tomorrow morning, then have about 6 and a half hour lay over to board our flight on a 777 to Haneda. We will arrive in Tokyo at 3:40 pm on Friday. I plan to post daily filling you in on little details of what we are doing and will also post lots of pictures along the way. Hopefully you will feel like you are cruising with us.
  5. I want to go to Japan next year and I'm looking at the Diamond,( and also X. ) Is the entertainment in English or Japanese? I will be cruising by myself, (the first time - my husband doesn't want to go), and I want to make sure I will have things to do where English is spoken. It's my understanding that non Asians are in the minority on these cruises, which is not a problem as long as I will find things to do where I understand what is going on.
  6. Hello and apologies if this has been answered in another thread! When on the Majestic last year I was in a suite and had access to the VIP/Concierge Lounge. I am on the Diamond in March and am wondering if there is a similar facility for suite guests? I can't find one on the deck plans but am not sure if this is because it simply called something else? Any clues greatly appreciated :-)
  7. Hello, I'm booked for 28 Feb 2020 8 day cruise on Diamond Princess. I understand there is a Japanese style Onsen Spa (Hot springs). My questions are: 1. Is there a special charge for each use of the Onsen, or does one have to buy a use card for use throughout the 8 day cruise? 2. Where does the water come from? Just normal hot water or does the ship claim that water comes from one of hot springs found somewhere in the world or Japan? 3. Hours of operation? Thank you.
  8. This post is the 5-Day pre-cruise tour for the 15-Day China, Taiwan & Vietnam Cruise. Anyone else signed up for this pre-cruise tour? Looking forward to hear from someone. Walter from Colorado
  9. A friend of mine just booked two cabins on the Diamond Princess balcony cabins C635 and C701. They are next door to each other. Looks like on the deck plan there is a fire door showing in hallway. She thought and so did I that when there is a fire door the cabins balconies don't connect to each other. I did a mock booking and don't see that on the booking. She was told by Princess future cruise consultant they do open.She just booked those cabins while on a current cruise on a different ship. I know on some ships, when balcony doors don't connect it is mentioned on the booking description.We have had balconies that this was the case. Anyone stayed in those two cabins or the ones on port side on the Diamond(or sister ship the Sapphire).She did email her travel agent back home and he thought that when there is a fire door, those balconies don't open.I have also had that on cruises that I was on but don't remember which ship.
  10. I am hoping to book a Japan cruise, on the Diamond, soon. i am wondering about the wine list. On the Sun Princess to New Zealand, a couple of years ago, they had many Australia and New Zealand wines. Great! It was not like the regular Princess wine list. How about the Diamond in Japan?
  11. I was wondering if anybody knows who the Captain and cruise directors are? We will be sailing Dec/Jan. TIA
  12. My wife and I will be taking a cruise around Japan next June on Diamond Princess. My hope is that Japanese cuisine shows up somewhat on the ship's menus. Does anyone know if this is the case? Thank you.
  13. It's hard to tell from the deck plans. Is the Sterling Steakhouse on the Diamond Princess an actual stand alone restaurant or is it just a cordoned off section of Horizon Court?
  14. Could you please tell me which dining room is open for lunch on embarkation day on Diamond Princess?
  15. We will be on Diamond Princess again this year. Our last port of call before Kobe is Busan, South Korea, then a sea day and then docking in Kobe. Last time we did Japan customs and passport control on board on the sea day before docking back in Japan. Will this still be the case or should we plan on a multi hour wait for customs after docking in Kobe??
  16. We are looking to select one of these cabins on deck 11 Baja deck on the Diamond Princess. The cabins are B314 B315 B318 B319 B323. Looking at the deck plan, for the deck above these cabins (deck 10 Caribe), there are blank spaces above these cabins, just wondering what theses spaces are. Will it be noisy? There is a similar blank space right next to B315, anyone know what that space is? Thanks so much.
  17. Hi there! Just wondering if any members have any pics of the current MDR menus available on Diamond Princess. Tried to do a quick search, but was only able to find bevereage menus. We're counting on dreaming with "the goodies" since our cruise is still a long way to come... Thanks in advance😋 Sílvia
  18. So we finally decided on an aft suite, and we have a choice between Emerald and Caribe. The rooms are either: E730 or C750. On E730, we'd be right above the Promenade deck, so I'm not sure about the noise/loud conversations from people walking under us. There is also one balcony room next to us, and the middle area looks to me maintenance(?) with no room there. We'd have the corner of the ship to ourselves. On C750, we are further from the Promenade walkers. But 750 is in between a Penthouse Suite and a regular balcony. We would not have the corner balcony on C. I am leaning toward 730 because of the corner balcony, but I've never stayed directly above Promenade deck before. Any tips? Thanks! Here are some excellent shots to help decide:
  19. We're looking to book a mini-suite on the Diamond's Dolphin Deck, but several people in a different forum warned us that the balconies are exposed: no overhang, no privacy, the people above you look right down into your balcony. I called Princess to inquire, and she said that ALL of the mini-suites are exposed balconies. That is disappointing. Can't afford a regular suite, and the mini-suite will have people above staring down on us. Anyone who's stayed in these mini-suites, can you please offer your opinion on the lack of a ceiling on your balcony? Did it bother you or made no difference? thanks!
  20. We have booked a summer 2020 cruise around Japan on the Diamond, but are getting a little worried about comments that she is looking a little rough around the edges (especially the staterooms)....can anyone who has sailed on her recently give me some feedback please?
  21. Wondering what shape the Diamond is in after dry dock....staterooms, public areas???
  22. Just booked a Japan cruise for late June 2020...haven't sailed on the Diamond for 4 years and am wondering if the interior still looks a little “used”?
  23. Hi all, we've just hopped off Majestic Princess and while we did love the cruise, we were very disappointed in the photography offerings. We bought the all inclusive package on Star Princess in 2017 and took tons of photos and brought home lots of family pics (it's hard to get photos with all of us in them when one of us has to hold the camera). So it was disappointing to discover that Majestic did not have any packages at all. You had to pay per photo, which did not represent good value to us. We have a cruise booked on Diamond in Jan 2020 (Sing-Tokyo) and was wondering if anyone has been on her recently and can confirm if they have photography packages, or whether they're moving to a different model fleet-wide. I'm not sure if they do it across the board or whether there's variation between ships. Thanks 🙂
  24. Sorry - I was busy, lazy, stressed, cruising - however, I had many reasons that I had no time to translate a few more of the Princess blogs. One of them was DIAMOND PRINCESS Singapore - Vietnam - Hong Kong - Taiwan - Japan in 2016. The second was OCEAN PRINCESS Dover, England - Jersey - Wales - Ireland - Scotland back to England in 2015. Now the translation is available, and you are invited to join me on this virtually: Day 0 on the way to Singapore and pre-cruise in Singapore https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-01-vor-derbefore-diamond.html https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-02-vor-derbefore-diamond.html https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-03-vor-derbefore-diamond.html https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-04-vor-derbefore-diamond.html Day 1 debarkation day https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-1-auf-deron-diamond-princess-in.html Day at Sea 2 https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/seetagday-at-sea-2-auf-deron-diamond.html Day 3 in Phu My, Vietnam https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-3-auf-deron-diamond-princess-in.html Day 4 in Nha Trang, Vietnam https://heinbloed-pcl.blogspot.com/2016/04/tagday-4-auf-deron-diamond-princess-in.html
  25. Hoping that someone who has been on the Diamond in Japan can answer some questions.Is the food at the buffet similar to what is served elsewhere, or is it mostly Japanese and other Asian food? I would be happy with Japanese and other Asian food, but I am curious.Are some shore excursions conducted in English, and if so, are they so labelled?What about shows in the Princess Theater? In English, Japanese, or both?I was on the Diamond, years ago, in Alaska, and I would love to sail the Diamond in Japan.Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
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