Diamond Princess

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Join Diamond Princess for an unforgettable voyage and you will experience the next generation of Personal Choice Cruising aboard Princess' most innovative ship yet. Diamond Princess boasts 750 balcony staterooms, an array of dining options including Anytime Dining with four themed restaurants, plus Sabatini's, Club Fusion, four sparkling pools, an impressive library and one of the largest Internet Cafe's at Sea. You will feel like you're on a five-star floating resort.

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Diamond Princess
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Departing Date: June 28, 2015
Departing From: Kobe, Japan Check In Starts At 1200p Check In 12:0
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Ports of Call: Kobe, Japan Check In Starts At 1200p Check In 12:0 | Busan, South Korea | Kagoshima, Japan | Tokyo (yokohama), Japan
Interior

$658

Oceanview

$753

Balcony

$1229

Suite

$1991

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Itinerary: 5 Night Korea & Japan Getaway

Itinerary
Location
Arrival
Departure
Sun Jun 28, 2015 Kobe, Japan Check In Starts At 1200p Check In 12:0 -- 5:00 pm
Mon Jun 29, 2015 At Sea -- --
Tue Jun 30, 2015 Busan, South Korea 7:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Jul 1, 2015 Kagoshima, Japan 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Jul 2, 2015 At Sea -- --
Fri Jul 3, 2015 Tokyo (yokohama), Japan 6:00 am --

Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.

Diamond Princess Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies
No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
Personal Choice, 6:30pm & 8:30pm

Special Diet:
Available upon request

Dress Code:
May vary from Cruise Casual to Formal.
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 3
Card Rooms
Casino
Library
Nautica/Spa
Pool Bar
Pools - Outdoor - 4
Suites and Mini-Suites
$11.00 per passenger per day

All Other Staterooms
$10.50 per passenger per day
Services Health and Beauty Athletic/Exercise Facilities
Wedding Chapel Hair Stylist
Health Spa (with whirlpools)
9 Hole Golf Putting Course
Golf Simulators

Diamond Princess Onboard Experience

Princess CruisesExceeded in immensity only by Queen Mary 2 and Royal Caribbean's Voyager ships, these wonderful ships, whose exterior profiles are among the most gorgeous at sea, exemplify Princess's philosophy of offering both megaship choice and small ship feel.

These ships pride themselves on the range of choices they offer -- including, insofar as dining is concerned, an option not to make a choice, and to dine in the traditional way. Those who want flexibility can opt for any of the four intimate themed restaurants, which serve between 5:30 and 10 p.m., Marvelously, you can even change your mind when you board. There's a wonderful choice of activities too. Princess' ScholarShip at Sea program offers, for instance, photography, computer technology, and culinary classes (for a fee). Or you may choose to make your own serving dish in the ceramic studio located above the Neptune Pool, or to compete in an American Idol-style singing competition.

Kids and teens have their own well-equipped 9,686 sq. ft. facilities. There's Concierge Service for those who like someone else to make their dinner reservations, and to assist with more unusual requests. With 29 computer terminals, the Diamond's is one of the largest and most stylish Internet centers at sea -- and, at 35 cents a minute, one of the least expensive. Cappuccino is dispensed here at a nominal cost, but delicious pastries to wash it down with are free. More free-spirited types with their own laptop computers can purchase 30-minute wireless access packages.


Diamond Princess Things to Do

Entertainment:
Princess CruisesThe tastefully under-decorated main showroom Princess Theater, with tiers of red-upholstered theater seats, is too popular for its own good; you commonly see passengers having to sit ignominiously on the steps for lack of seats at the more popular shows. You might have hoped that Princess would have learned its lesson with the Grand Class ships!

As indeed they seem to have in the popular Wheel House Bar, which is bigger than in its Grand-class incarnations, and now situated more salubriously just forward of the central atrium on Deck seven. Each evening two easy-listening trios alternate here for the amusement of passengers in leather and wingback chairs and tweed sofas.

Indeed, live music seems to be on offer in all bars and lounges. The same specialty acts you see in the main theater; a comedian or magician for example, often show up in the Explorer's Lounge, or Club Fusion. Crooners, which claims to serve 56 different martini recipes, offers (what else?) crooners as its entertainment.
 
Fitness:
The gym has an admirable array of treadmills, arc trainers, weight machines, and free weights, with mini-TVs on all the aerobics machines, but is far too narrow for the number of fitness-minded passengers likely to be aboard on any particular cruise.

At the Asian-themed Lotus Spa, $83 buys a Couples Rasul Ritual, based on a traditional Moroccan cleansing ritual. Keep your eyes open for day-in-port specials, and keep in mind that some of the massage rooms are directly below the basketball court and jogging track; that's why the New Age music is turned up to a volume more appropriate for heavy metal.


Diamond Princess Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
Each of the four themed alternative restaurants aboard offers delectable choices. But because their ranges are constricted, it's a very good thing that their menus are supplemented by the International Dining Room's full menu, which changes each evening.

Princess's special Champagne Breakfast includes a half-bottle of chilled champagne, a warm basket of homemade pastries, smoked salmon, a medley of fruits and berries, and Alaska King Crab quiche. It's served in-cabin, and costs $25 for two.
 
Restaurants:
How not to love this: any passenger in any restaurant can request a special item from any of the others. And diners in the traditional restaurant can order from the menus of the specialty restaurants! So, if you and your dear spouse disagree about where to eat on any given night, you can still get that grilled steak from the Savoy.

The huge, handsomely decorated Horizon Court, on Lido Deck, serves as a 24-hour casual-dress alternative dining area. Instead of standing in a single buffet line, you move freely among the various stations. Breakfast here is better than in the dining room.

On the stern on Deck 6, the traditional, assigned-seating 518-seat International Dining Room is the ship's largest dining room -- and the hardest to find, look for the aft elevators or stairs.

Amidships, just aft of the atrium on the port side, the Asian-themed Pacific Moon features fresh sushi and a don-'t-miss sampler comprising pot sticker, dim sum, and spring roll. Next door, at the Southwestern-themed Santa Fe, fresh guacamole is prepared right before your eyes. One deck down, Vivaldi's serving staff wear Italian tricolore vests. Next door, the Savoy serves prime rib.

At Sabatini's, whose atmosphere is that of an Italian trattoria, you order only your main course. Everything else -- antipasti, shrimp, crab cakes, mussels, homemade pastas ? is served as a sampler. The courses just keep coming to the point where you actually start to laugh each time the waiter arrives with yet another delectable tidbit. El momento del verdad (as the bullfighters say, "moment of truth") occurs when he asks what you would like for your main course. You're already full! By meal's end, you will wonder if you'll ever be able to move again. A gourmand's dream come true, for a $20 surcharge. Forward of the Horizon Court, the newly rechristened Savoy has the same carnivore pleasing menu as the Sterling Steakhouses on the rest of the fleet, requires reservations, and charges a $15 cover.

The restaurants offer a good wine selection, from $20 to $50 per bottle. If you bring your own wine aboard you will be levied a $10 fee to remove the cork.
 
Service:
When it comes to restaurants, the best service comes from choosing the traditional dining option where you get the same table and servers every night. The downside, of course, is that you give up flexibility. You are allowed to change your mind after you board the ship, so why not choose traditional when booking and see how you like your table and tablemates? If it isn't a love connection, switch to the personal choice dining. Other onboard service aspects; bar and cabin service, are universally exemplary.

Tipping:
A per-person per-day charge of $10 is added automatically to your stateroom account for dining and stateroom personnel. This applies to all passengers, including children, regardless of their dining choices. The amount may be increased or lowered at the Purser's Reception desk during the cruise.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion.
 
Attire:
During a seven-night cruise there are two formal nights, and the rest are smart casual. On formal nights, most gentlemen opt for suits rather than tuxedos. Daytime attire is casual.


Diamond Princess Ambience

Decor:
Princess CruisesDiamond Princess is a very attractive ship in the tried and true elegance Princess is known for, though not nearly as modernly stylish as Celebrity's, for instance. The furnishings and floor and wall coverings are uniformly handsome in their simplicity, and there's a laudable absence of clutter.

In the cabins, the familiar, Princess family look prevails, with lots of muted tones and caramel-colored wood trim.
 
Public Areas:
The three-deck atrium is Diamond's heart. Note the delightful Art Nouveau glass-and-brass designs on its elevators. From late afternoon into early evening, a string quartet fills it with beautiful music. Forward of the atrium on Deck 7 you'll find the hypernautical Wheelhouse Bar. Aft is the safari-themed Explorer's Lounge. At the stern, the showroom/cabaret/lounge Club Fusion, a secondary show lounge like no other at sea, offers live music, disc jockeys, gambling machines, 42 high-definition TVs, and Princess Idol, a multi-round talent contest based on American Idol. In the corner, take the circular staircase to the intimate (but virtually view-less) Wake View Bar.

Off the atrium on Deck 6, the Diamond's African-themed casino is one of the largest at sea. Play blackjack, Caribbean stud, craps, roulette, or any of myriad slot and video poker machines. Unlike most megaship casinos, wide expanses of miles of open space separate the various gaming tables and slot machines; for once, the room isn't patently designed to keep you inside and gambling.

That said, though, we will note with sadness that it isn't terribly difficult to get lost looking for the various dining rooms.

Churchill's Lounge, the one-time sports bar, is now behind the casino and is used for the cognac and cigars set. The sports paraphernalia is still there, but seems oddly out of place. (The bars in the atrium on Decks 5 and 6 are smoke-free, as too are Club Fusion and all indoor dining areas.)

By lowering the SkyWalker discos -- still aft, with magnificent views off the stern -- Princess has in one fell swoop made even more sleek the exterior appearance of the ship and kept the stern swimming pool from being shaded. The reconceived discos also feature their own 125-foot balconies.

The Captain can marry passengers, whose friends and families ashore can witness the whole shebang on the Internet, via the ship's Webcam.
 
Cabins:
Diamond Princess has 748 balcony cabins including mini-suites (237 to 324 sq. ft.), as well as standard inside cabins (160 sq. ft.), ocean view cabins (183 sq. ft.), and full suites ranging from 538 to 555 sq. ft. All measurements include the balcony.

The decks containing balcony cabins are tiered to offer more room outside. The well-known downside to this, as any Grand-class passenger knows, is that the Dolphin Deck mini-suites offer no privacy whatever, while the balcony cabins on Caribe Deck are half open to viewing from above and half hidden under a roofed area. Above these, the balconies on Aloha deck are the ship's most private.

All cabins offer a desk, small mini-bar, private programmable safe, TV with remote, telephone and hairdryer. Every bathroom on board is stocked with complimentary Lotus Spa toiletries. Lower category cabins, even balcony cabins, have only a desk chair, a side chair and a smallish shower.

The minisuites, which offer a lot more space than the standard balcony cabin for not a lot more money, and the suites offer a separate sitting area with sofa, the bathrooms include a combination tub and shower enclosure. The mini-suites have walk-in closets.

Deck Plans: Diamond Princess

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

AA  Mini-Suite With Balcony
AB  Mini-Suite With Balcony
AC  Mini-Suite With Balcony
AD  Mini-Suite With Balcony
AE  Mini-Suite With Balcony
B2  Premium balcony
B4  Premium Balcony
BA  Oceanview Double With Balcony
BA  Balcony Stateroom
BA  Balcony
BB  Oceanview Double With Balcony
BB  Balcony Stateroom
BB  Balcony
BC  Oceanview Double With Balcony
BC  Balcony Stateroom
BC  Balcony
BD  Oceanview Double With Balcony
BD  Balcony Stateroom
BD  Balcony
BE  Oceanview Double With Balcony
BE  Balcony Stateroom
BE  Balcony
BF  Balcony
BF  Balcony Stateroom
CC  Deluxe Oceanview
D  Oceanview
DD  Oceanview
E  Partially Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom
EE  Oceanview
F  Oceanview Obstructed
FF  Oceanview Obstructed
G  Oceanview Obstructed
GG  Oceanview Obstructed
GS  Grand Suite With Balcony
HH  Oceanview Obstructed
I  Interior
IA  Interior
IB  Interior
IC  Interior
ID  Interior
IE  Interior
IF  Interior
II  Interior
J  Interior
JJ  Interior
K  Interior
L  Interior
M  Interior
MA  Mini-suite with balcony
MB  Mini-suite with balcony
MD  Mini-suite with balcony
ME  Mini-suite with balcony
O5  Deluxe Oceanview
OC  Oceanview
OF  Oceanview
OS  Owner's Suite With Balcony
OV  Oceanview Obstructed
OW  Oceanview Obstructed
OY  Oceanview Obstructed
OZ  Oceanview Obstructed
PH  Penthouse Suite With Balcony
PS  Premium Suite With Balcony
S1  Grand Suite with balcony
S2  Owner's suite with balcony
S3  Penthouse suite with Balcony
S4  Penthouse Suite With Balcony
S5  Premium suite with balcony
S6  Vista suite with balcony
S8  Family suite with balcony
VS  Vista Suite With Balcony
XS  Family Suite


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Princess Diamond Princess Deck Plans

Staterooms: Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Balcony
Balcony
The spacious approximately 237-square-foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 46-square-foot private balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom
Twin beds that make up into a comfortable queen-size bed. Balcony. Refrigerator and TV. Spacious closet and desk. Bathroom with shower. Approximately 237 to 307 square feet, including balcony
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Deluxe Oceanview
Deluxe Oceanview
Oceanview Deluxe staterooms have a picture window, with two twin beds that can convert to a queen-sized bed. There is a private bathroom with shower, sitting area and 24 hour room service. Approximately 197-200 square feet.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Family Suite
Family Suite
Each suite is actually two self-contained staterooms interconnecting through a large living room which leads to an oversized private balcony. Each suite sleeps up to six people.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Family suite with balcony
Family suite with balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 525 to 1,329-square-foot Suites. Your Suite stateroom includes a spacious cabin and large 161 to 452-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits. Suites feature a separate seating area with a sofabed, walk-in closet, full bathroom and deluxe amenities.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Grand Suite With Balcony
Grand Suite With Balcony
Grand Suites have a separate bedroom with a queen size bed and a separate bathroom with a corner whirlpool tub, multi-directional shower, and large walk-in closet. Size: 1329 sq. ft.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Interior
Interior
Two beds which make up into a queen-size bed. TV. Refrigerator. Spacious closet. Approximately 168-182 square feet.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Mini-Suite With Balcony
Mini-Suite With Balcony
The Mini-Suite With Balcony offers twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk. Balcony. Two televisions. Refrigerator. Walk-in closet. Bathroom with tub and shower. Approximately 354 square feet, including balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Oceanview
Oceanview
Oceanview Staterooms have a picture window, with two lower beds which make up into a queen-size bed. TV. Refrigerator. Spacious closet. Approximately 183-194 square feet.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Oceanview Double With Balcony
Oceanview Double With Balcony
This Balcony Stateroom has floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, two lower beds which make up into a queen-size bed. Sitting area with desk. Balcony. Television. Refrigerator. Spacious closet. Approximate size: 237-307 sq. ft., including balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Oceanview Obstructed
Oceanview Obstructed
This Oceanview Stateroom offers picture window; two twin beds which make up into a queen-size bed. ;TV; Refrigerator; Spacious closet. Stateroom has obstructed view. Approximately 183-194 square feet.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Owner's Suite With Balcony
Owner's Suite With Balcony
This Suite features twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk. Expansive balcony. Two televisions. Refrigerator with wet bar. Walk-in closet. Bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 525-706 square feet, including balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Partially Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom
Partially Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom
These Partially Obstructed Oceanview Staterooms offer a picture window, with two lower beds which make up into a queen-size bed. TV. Refrigerator. Spacious closet. Approximately 183-194 square feet.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Penthouse Suite With Balcony
Penthouse Suite With Balcony
This Suite features twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk. Expansive balcony. Two televisions. Refrigerator with wet bar. Walk-in closet. Bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 525-706 square feet, including balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Premium balcony
Premium balcony
The spacious 237 to 277-square-foot Premium Balcony stateroom is appointed with the same fine amenities as our Balcony stateroom. Select staterooms feature a large balcony of 88 square feet and/or have a rear-facing balcony from which to enjoy dramatic wake views.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Premium Suite With Balcony
Premium Suite With Balcony
This Suite features twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk. Expansive balcony. Two televisions. Refrigerator with wet bar. Walk-in closet. Bathroom with separate tub and shower. Approximately 525-706 square feet, including balcony.
Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess : Vista suite with balcony
Vista suite with balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive 525 to 1,329-square-foot Suites. Your Suite stateroom includes a spacious cabin and large 161 to 452-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits. Suites feature a separate seating area with a sofabed, walk-in closet, full bathroom and deluxe amenities.

Other Dates: Diamond Princess

Date
Bonus
Itinerary Name
Inside From
Outside From
Select
September 9, 2014 --- 9 Night Hokkaido & Russia $1878 $2212
September 18, 2014 --- 27 Night Japan Grand Adventure $5499 $5999
September 27, 2014 --- 9 Night Hokkaido & Russia $1823 $2156
October 15, 2014 --- 13 Night Asia Positioning $1989 $2434
October 15, 2014 --- 7 Night Japan & Taiwan $1100 $1323
October 22, 2014 --- 6 Night Vietnam $1109 $1333
October 28, 2014 --- 19 Night East Australia & Asia $1499 $1699
December 14, 2014 --- 5 Night Australia $823 $933
December 19, 2014 --- 14 Night New Zealand $2499 $2899
January 2, 2015 --- 8 Night Tasmania $1318 $1428
January 10, 2015 --- 12 Night Australia & New Zealand $1868 $2088
February 3, 2015 --- 12 Night Australia & New Zealand $1399 $1499
February 15, 2015 --- 12 Night Australia & New Zealand $1699 $1899
February 27, 2015 --- 28 Night Round Australia $4299 $4949
March 27, 2015 --- 19 Night Asia & Australia $2249 $2549
April 15, 2015 --- 14 Night Southeast Asia & Japan $2149 $2649
April 15, 2015 --- 7 Night Southeast Asia $1125 $1375
May 15, 2015 --- 6 Night Korea And Japan Getaway $791 $905
May 21, 2015 --- 16 Night Grand Japan & Taiwan $2839 $3220
May 29, 2015 --- 8 Night Ryukyu Islands & Taiwan $1420 $1610
June 14, 2015 --- 10 Night Hokkaido $1800 $2086
June 24, 2015 --- 4 Night Korea Getaway From Kobe $753 $848
July 3, 2015 --- 5 Night Korea & Japan Getaway From Tokyo $943 $1039
July 8, 2015 --- 9 Night Hokkaido $1753 $1943
July 17, 2015 --- 17 Night Golden Week $3267 $3648
July 26, 2015 --- 8 Night Round Japan $1515 $1705
September 6, 2015 --- 11 Night Southeast Asia & Japan $1239 $1389
September 6, 2015 --- 23 Night Asia & Australia $2599 $2899
September 17, 2015 --- 12 Night Asia & Australia $1359 $1509
September 29, 2015 --- 13 Night New Zealand $1599 $1799
October 12, 2015 --- 10 Night New Caledonia & Vanuatu $1249 $1399
October 22, 2015 --- 15 Night Northern Australia Explorer $2269 $2549
October 22, 2015 --- 33 Night Round Australia & New Zealand $5498 $6158
November 6, 2015 --- 18 Night Southern Australian & New Zealand Explorer $2729 $3049
November 24, 2015 --- 14 Night Fiji & South Pacific $1799 $1999
December 17, 2015 --- 13 Night New Zealand $2299 $2499
December 21, 2015 --- 13 Night New Zealand $2199 $2399
December 30, 2015 --- 4 Night Australia Coastal $679 $739
January 3, 2016 --- 8 Night Tasmania $1199 $1299
February 16, 2016 --- 15 Night Australia & New Zealand $1999 $2199
March 2, 2016 --- 14 Night Australia & New Zealand $1899 $2099
March 16, 2016 --- 7 Night Tasmania $949 $1049
March 23, 2016 --- 33 Night Asia & Australia Grand Adventure $4298 $5098
March 23, 2016 --- 7 Night Australia Coastal $829 $939
March 30, 2016 --- 12 Night Treasures Of Asia $1419 $1609

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