Food and Service Not As Good As Norwegian

Diamond Princess Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Diamond Princess

15 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney To Auckland)

Sail date: February 16, 2016

Ship: Diamond Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: C629

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

As my wife and I had been on two Norwegian Cruises and river cruises with Viking and Avalon and we thought that the food choices and preparation was better on our previous cruises, than on Princess. There was with great frequency, food suited more to Asians than to Americans. Americans constituted 1500 of the 2200 passengers for this cruise.  There was not enough anytime dining choices where late during the evening (9-11 pm) you could get short order meal items or a hot sandwich like you could on Norwegian/Viking.  There were more draft beer choices on Norwegian.  There was more to do and far as sports on Norwegian to include regulation shuffle board and basketballs that were correctly inflated and with basketball rims with nets.  The promenade deck on Norwegian had markings that got all walkers and runners going in the same direction.  There was no such organization on Princess.  As far as itinerary, I think there could have been one more port in Australia and one less port in New Zealand.  Our cabin steward was very polite, but there were no towel animals as were on Norwegian and the river cruises.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Not enough choices of American Food and the prep was not that great

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Basketballs not properly inflated; no regulation shuffle board; walking deck not laid out well.


1 out of 5
Honestly thought that Norwegian had better evening entertainment in the ship's theater

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Most staff were very helpful

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Anytime dining should have been allowed on the fan tail as they do on Norwegian

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
A trip to the botanical gardens a must. If healthy must do the Victoria Bridge walk.

Melbourne, Australia

5 out of 5
Trip to the Como House a must. Shows how mid 19th century Australia really was with period furnishings and photos...fascinating

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5

Cruise Fjordland National Park

3 out of 5
Was touted as spectacular...but the Alaskan fjords with the glaciers were beyond compare

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5
Trip to Tunnel Beach a must

Akaroa, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Trip to the Antarctic Center a must. Needed more time.

Picton, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
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