Diamond Princess overview
With its dedicated children's programs and activities designed with a multigenerational appeal, Diamond Princess lives up to the fleet's reputation as a family-friendly cruise experience. Diamond Princess launched in 2004 and was refurbished in February 2019. During the multimillion-dollar modernization, this Grand-class ship upgraded its casino, spa, and poolside amphitheater. The ship now offers a new wine menu and Princess luxury beds in all staterooms.
Based out of Japan, many of the ship's amenities reflect its heritage, including the Izumi Bath, an open-air Japanese bath that's the largest of its kind at sea. Cruisers will also be delighted to discover Japanese-inspired activities, such as origami classes, Japanese language lessons, and opportunities to try on a summery kimono known as a yukata. The ship sails out of several Asian ports, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Kobe, Taipei, and Tokyo. It offers cruises throughout Asia, with voyages to Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China.
Younger cruisers have their own spaces. These include a teen center and a youth area with a paddling pool. Travelers of all ages will enjoy a round of Princess Links miniature golf or the vibrant cultural immersion of Festivals of the World. In the Movies Under the Stars amphitheater, families can recline on loungers to watch films, concerts, and sporting events. The ship also includes a jogging track, shuffleboard, and a Cybergolf simulator, and its open-air sports court invites friendly competition at volleyball, basketball, and European football.
For time away from the kids, there is The Sanctuary. This is a fresh-air retreat for the over-18 crowd, and at night, there's ample opportunity for adults-only fun at various nightclubs and lounges, including Skywalkers Disco & Nightclub. There's also plenty of entertainment for all ages, including original musical productions as well as guest performers.
Before you book
This ship is best for: With its homeport in Japan, Diamond Princess attracts a diverse, international crowd. Travelers who enjoy mingling with citizens from around the world should enjoy this culturally immersive cruise ship. There's even an Izumi Japanese bath in honor of its homeport.
You should know: Because Diamond draws an international crowd, English speakers may make up a minority of passengers on some sailings. Travelers concerned about a language barrier may prefer one of Diamond's American-based sister ships.
Activities on Diamond Princess
From a Vegas-style casino to Movies Under the Stars, Diamond Princess has activities to appeal to all interests and ages. Fresh-air sports courts provide a place for active travelers to shoot some hoops or compete with other passengers in a game of volleyball. Cruisers who prefer quieter pastimes can grab a poolside lounger or head to the ship's Internet Cafe and Library for some screen time. For travelers who enjoy a show, there's always something happening onboard Diamond. Shows include original musical productions, featured guest performers including magicians and comedians, and the vibrant Festivals of the World.
Diamond Princess ship highlights
- Festivals of the World
- Princess Theater Broadway-style productions
- Crafted cuisine by award-winning chef Curtis Stone
- Churchill Lounge & Bar
- Izumi Japanese Bath
- Skywalkers Disco & Nightclub
- Princess Diamond Grand Casino
- Video arcade
- Movies Under the Stars poolside amphitheater
- The Sanctuary adults-only retreat
- Teen and youth centers
- Lotus Spa and Fitness Center
- Princess Links miniature golf
Diamond Princess cabins
Diamond Princess' comfortable cabins are dedicated to rest and rejuvenation and include a host of amenities, including an in-room refrigerator, spacious closet, and the Princess luxury bed. Travelers can choose between interior, oceanview, and balcony cabins, and each stateroom includes either two twin beds or one queen to accommodate individual sleeping needs. In balcony staterooms, sliding glass doors open onto private outdoor spaces furnished with two chairs and a table.
For additional space and even more amenities, cruisers can choose a mini-suite or full suite. These roomy accommodations include a separate sitting area, luxury bedding, and a private balcony that seats two to four individuals.
Diamond Princess dining
Mealtimes on Diamond Princess are all about variety. The ship's inclusive dining choices are numerous and diverse. Travelers seeking a classic onboard dinner experience can choose Princess' traditional dining option. It seats diners at fixed times, letting them get to know their tablemates and wait staff throughout the voyage. For families who value flexibility, Anytime Dining offers cruisers freedom to dine when and with whom they choose each day.
The menu at the ship's main dining room features dishes crafted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone. The Horizon Court offers ever-changing but always-delicious selections at its all-day buffet. More casual meal options are available at Trident Grill and Prego Pizzeria, a Princess favorite that serves pizza made with hand-tossed dough and fresh ingredients. Several onboard specialty restaurants are also available for cruisers seeking a unique dining experience. For a taste of Italy, there's Sabatini's, and for the freshest sashimi, a trip to Kai Sushi is in order. For more traditional meat and potato lovers, Sterling Steakhouse is the place to be.