The laid-back and subdued atmosphere on Diamond Princess makes your onboard experience comfortable. Dancing and music are a big part of the experience. Music can be found in at least five venues every evening, from a daytime jazz trio in the Atrium and late-night pop music in the disco to evening ballroom in Club Fusion, and a fantastic piano player in Crooner’s Bar. But if you’re not into music and dancing, fear not. It’s not too loud, and there’s always something to do, whether it be a comedy act in Explorer’s Lounge or trivia in Wheelhouse Bar.
Cabins are decorated in earthy blues, reds and browns, with light beige to cherry-coloured wood. Even the smallest inside room is comfortably sized with enough space to store an average cruiser’s necessities. All cabins have safes, telephones, coffee machines, mini-fridges, full-length mirrors and hair dryers. Additionally, each cabin has a flat-screen TV, with suites having two. Much of the TV programming revolves around ship and port activities. A variety of movies are available on demand each day, and several news and sports channels are available. Each of the family suites with interconnecting cabins can accommodate up to six people. Each has a living room area with two sofa beds into which both cabins open.
Nearly all of the dining options onboard are free, including the five main dining rooms: Savoy, Vivaldi, Pacific Moon, Santa Fe and International Dining Room. The Trident Grill, near the Neptune Pool and Prego pizzeria, offers traditional burgers and hot dogs. For passengers lounging by the pool in need of a quick bite it’s a great option. Kai Sushi, the largest sushi restaurant in Princess’ fleet, can seat 66 diners. An a la carte eatery only open for dinner, Kai Sushi offers a variety of sushi and sashimi, as well as a small selection of other seafood items like the marinated cocktails Ahi Tuna Poke and Chili & Lime Jumbo Lump Crab Margarita, as well as a seafood udon noodle dish.
Lotus Spa, decorated with Asian-inspired paintings and bamboo sliding doors, offers traditional cruise-ship treatments, including a variety of massages, facials, wraps and scrubs, as well as teeth whitening, acupuncture and Botox. A beauty salon is adjacent to the spa, where passengers can get hair treatments, styling and color treatments. A 15 per cent gratuity is automatically added to spa and salon services. For an extra fee, passengers can also relax in the ship’s thermal suite, which has a steam room and relaxation area. The fitness centre has a variety of cardio and strength training equipment with ellipticals and treadmills facing the ocean. Swimmers can take advantage of the swim-against-the-current pool in the nearby Lotus Spa pool, while runners and walkers can use the ship’s outer promenade deck.
Diamond Princess’ kids programs are divided by age group. It has everything needed to keep children busy, including video games, arts and crafts, board games and more. Children’s activities are scheduled morning, noon and night, but parents are expected to take their children for meals. Private babysitting is not available.
Good for older cruisers and multigenerational family groups.
– Cruise Passenger
” Laid back ship with lots to do at a slow pace.”
– Cruise Critic
“This large ship has relaxing decor, for mature-age cruisers.”
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