Married At Sea!

Diamond Princess Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Sail Date: November 01, 2006
Ship: Diamond Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 10 years ago
We sailed the Mexican Riviera (the ship now seems to be doing the Hawaii run), but we and our 35 guests that sailed with us for our "Tie the Knot at Sea" all seemed to have similar thoughts on Diamond Princess.

The ship itself (still rather new) was amazing, the service was good but not phenominal, the staterooms were very nice, and there is plenty to do onboard. We all agreed that the food was nothing to brag about (4 restaurants that pretty much serve the same thing with a few exceptions), but the service in the restaurants from the wait staff is very good. You get to know them, they get to know you so that was nice. But did I mention the food itself was nothing to brag about? Their Sterling Steakhouse, although awkwardly set at the "back" end of the buffet, did have some wonderful steaks that everyone enjoyed. The Italian restaurant (forgot the name) featured more seafood dishes than anything else.

The pool areas do get rather crowded during the day but we had little difficulty securing deck chairs at any given time. Seating for the evening entertainment was tough to come by if you didn't arrive early. Don't know if there's a larger room they could use for some of the evening shows, but they were rather popular.

We didn't travel with children so we didn't use any of those services/activities but there were quite an number of things dedicated for "older" kids/teens like music, clubs, and an arcade.

Many of our group previously cruised on Royal Caribbean's "Vision of the Seas" (same itinerary) and pretty much echoed the thought that the Diamond was a much nicer ship overall, some of the service and definitely the food was much better on RC.

We do want to mention that the staff and particularly our wedding coordinator was phenomenal. That service was extremely attentive. With the "Tie the Know at Sea", we obviously didn't have as much control of many of the little things you'd have at a traditional wedding, but this was great being that we originally met on a cruise. Not to mention, your wedding photos will look amzaing as they shoot you on different parts of the ship!

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Sterling's was great, but they charge an additional $20 or so to dine there. Food in the main dining room was below average, but our wait staff was great.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Didn't do many of the "activities" but there was always something going on.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Good, not great. Some were more friendly/helpful than others. Service from the wedding staff was excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Still very new. Very Clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean, Comfortable, Roomy.

Pros: Beautiful Ship, Great Wedding Staff, Good Service

Cons: Below Average Food

Recommends Diamond Princess? Yes!

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