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Diamond Princess back in Asia for 2022

Princess Cruises has released its 2022 to 2023 Asia season, with the first sailing from Tokyo to Singapore commencing on November 21, 2022. The news comes after the line’s recent announcement of a return to service in the United States −Alaska sailings from Seattle will resume on 25 July, 2021.

The upcoming Asia season sees the MedallionClass Diamond Princess cruising to 19 destinations in eight countries. Eight unique itineraries will be featured, along with 21 departures.

Diamond Princess was previously based in Singapore, together with Sapphire Princess for a twin-homeporting program during the 2017 to 2018 season.

For 2022 to 2023, the highlight itinerary is a seven-day Southeast Asia with Malaysian Peninsula sailing, consisting of Princess Cruises’ first call to Melaka in more than a decade. The sailing also includes port stops to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Phuket.

For cruisers looking to travel over the holidays, the line’s Christmas and New Year cruises include a 10-day Southeast Asia itinerary with Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Also, a seven-day Southeast Asia with Malaysian Peninsula itinerary. Both sailings may be combined for a 17-day voyage as well.

The line has also crafted short excursions and late-night stays at numerous port stops, such as Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Kobe in Japan. Cultural site visits will include the Blue Mosque in Shah Alam (Kuala Lumpur), Temple of the Big Buddha in Ko Samui and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha – the oldest and largest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok.

For guests looking for a more immersive cultural experience and in-depth exploration of Southeast Asian gems, a six-day, five-night land adventure is available with the Best of Cambodia & Laos cruise tour. The tour showcases the jewels of Laos and Indochina, including the famed Angkor Wat. It may also be combined with a seven-day Southeast Asia with Malaysian Peninsula cruise, or 12-day Southeast Asia & Japan cruise.

2022 to 2023 itineraries include:

  • Southeast Asia with Malaysian Peninsula: Seven days roundtrip from Singapore – Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Penang, Phuket, Langkawi, Singapore

     Cruise dates: December 11, 28, 2022; January 14 and February 7, 24, 2023

  • Southeast Asia with Thailand & Vietnam: Seven days roundtrip from Singapore – Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Ming City (Phu My), Singapore

     Cruise date: January 21, 2023

  • Southeast Asia with Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia: 10 days, roundtrip from Singapore – Singapore, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Sihanoukville, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ko Samui, Singapore

     Cruise dates: December 18, 2022; January 4, 28 and February 14, 2023

  • Southeast Asia & Japan: 12 days, Singapore to Tokyo (or Tokyo to Singapore) – Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Taipei (Keelung), Kobe or Toba, Tokyo (Yokohama)

    Cruise dates: November 29, 2022; March 3, 2023

  • Southeast Asia with Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam: 14 days roundtrip from Singapore – Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Penang, Phuket, Langkawi, Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Singapore

     Cruise date: January 14, 2023

  • Southeast Asia Explorer, 17 days roundtrip from Singapore – Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Penang, Phuket, Langkawi, Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Nha Trang, Singapore

    Cruise dates: December 11, 18, 28, 2022; January 4, 28 and February 7, 14, 2023

  • Japan & Southeast Asia, 20 days from Tokyo to Singapore – Tokyo (Yokohama), Taipei (Keelung), Ishigaki, Okinawa, Tokyo (Yokohama), Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji), Kobe, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Singapore

    Cruise date: November 21, 2022

All departures will be on the MedallionClass Diamond Princess, which offers the largest open-air Japanese bath at sea including steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs. Other signatures are authentic sushi bar Kai Sushi, as well as traditional music and entertainment.

To offer more touch-free options and personalisation on board, Princess Cruises’ OceanMedallion wearable device replaces the traditional cruise card. Its high-tech features include:

  • Touchless embarkation and disembarkation
  • Keyless stateroom entry
  • Completely touchless commerce
  • Simplified safety training
  • On-demand food, beverages and retail items delivered anywhere on board
  • Guest service requests via mobile device chat
  • Entertainment content via smart devices

The line’s MedallionNet also features unlimited Wi-Fi with an access point in every stateroom. Guests will be able to stream movies, shows, games and music, connect to social media sites and video chat from anywhere on board.