Diamond Princess Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Third Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
7

4 out of 5

excellent cruise experience

Sail Date: July 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

With the exception of the continual and endless Japanese ,Korean, and Soviet immigration and customs examinations, the Japan cruise on Diamond Princess was wonderful .The Japanese people are warm, friendly and welcoming.  From the room steward thru the dining room staff, the crew was eager to please and they did an exceptional job.  Having so many Japanese touches including foods, cultural folkloric shows, etc. was wonderful. The shows had a top flight singer, pianist and the excellent zany duo-Mr. and Mrs. Smith!  Hopefully Princess will slightly alter the itinerary so that pax will not have hours wait for laborious customs and immigration process. Tours were missed and ran very late due to the in and out itinerary from Japan to Russia and Korea.
 

Food and Dining
Availability of Japanese noodles/soup at breakfast was a plus. Also full Japanese breakfasts in restaurant are interesting
Service and Staff
Cabin steward Ernie was invisible and wonderful
Entertainment
Japanese folkloric shows which were brought onboard were great as well as professional entertainers
Onboard Activities
movies could be greatly improved!
Destinations and Excursions
Ship Quality
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Cabin / Stateroom
all comforts of home without the work
Kushiro, Japan
AVOID ZOO-OLD AND DEPRESSING DESPITE HAVING MANY RARE ANIMALS
Cruise Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan
Korsakov, Russia
FOLKLORIC PERFORMANCE ONSHORE WAS EXCELLENT-----BUT BRING RUBLES BECAUSE LOCAL SHOPS WILL NOT TAKE $ EUROS YEN ETC. NYET!
Otaru (Sapporo), Japan
FISH MARKET
Hakodate, Japan
GOOD TOURS
Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan
Nagasaki, Japan
BEAUTIFUL PORT
Busan (Pusan), South Korea
NOT ENOUGH TIME THERE
Maizuru, Japan
EXCELLENT TOURS
Kanazawa, Japan
GREAT PORT AND SENDOFF-SHOULD BE VISITED MORE FREQUENTLY
Aomori, Japan nebuta tours! MR SEKI TOUR GUIDE IS THE BEST

Tip

JAPANESE STYLE TOILETS WHICH ARE INSTALLED IN SOME CABINS ARE AN EXPERIENCE WORTH THE TRIP.

SAILING OUT OF JAPANESE PORTS IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH DOCKSIDE ENTERTAINMENT/MUSICAL SENDOFF-NOT TO BE MISSED



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