Diamond Princess Nov 2016 cruise

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

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 40

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Diamond Princess

17 Night Grand Asia (Beijing To Singapore)

Sail date: November 12, 2016

Ship: Diamond Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D629

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

The cruise was OK but fell far short of expectations.  This was our first time on Princess.  (We have sailed with HAL, Celebrity and Crystal: 10+ cruises) Had heard that this line was very good.  There were no substantial enrichment events.  The Internet connection was spotty and very hard to use and more importantly costly.  We felt that the ships' shops were overpriced and  invaded us with their non-ending sales.  The artwork overall  was not enticing and the Kinkaid authorized copies were poorly replicated and were not as vivid as copies we have seen elsewhere.  The wine and spirits packages would only work for someone who is a heavy drinker. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was comfortable and more spacious than a balcony cabin. Don't think I will pay the extra if we cruise again.

Ship tip

Only use Princess tours as a last resort or outside vendors don't offer a tour. Find options through websites well in advance. We used Cruise Critic to connect with other folks and we toured and transferred with them. We didn't feel that the specialty restaurants had any value ($29/person).

Ports of call

Tianjin (Beijing), China

1 out of 5
Nothing to see or do

Busan (Pusan), South Korea

3 out of 5
Fish market was fun and interesting

Nagasaki, Japan

5 out of 5
War memorial a must see.

Shanghai, China

3 out of 5

Hong Kong

3 out of 5
worth a look

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

3 out of 5

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

3 out of 5
too much time for transfer


5 out of 5
worth taking tours of entertainment venues and gardens
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