Fabulous first cruise experience

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

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 192

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Diamond Princess

16 Night Southeast Asia & China (Beijing To Bangkok)

Sail date: November 07, 2008

Ship: Diamond Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: C112

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise - indeed, our first holiday outside the country together - and was for our honeymoon, chosen for the itinerary, not the ship or company of which we had no prior knowledge. We'd booked the cheapest cabin (an inside), figuring we wouldn't spend much time in there (which turned out be true) but everything far exceeded our expectations. We were by some way the youngest on board and soon discovered that nearly the entire ship was deserted of other passengers by the middle of the evening; this left us to wander around from bar to bar, checking out venues, having the run of the ship and exceptional service from the staff who would sometimes almost fight one another to serve us first. The Wake Bar was a great little discovery but we spent most of our time up in Skywalkers where the DJ would play anything we wanted as there was almost never anyone else around. The feeling of being the centre of attention especially at night was great but it carried through fabulously into the days as well as we'd often wander into a lounge, catch the eye of a waiter, and have our usual drinks brought over without any further interaction needed nor any need to present a cruise card because we were obviously so memorable. Ship's decor was great, service excellent, excursions fantastic; nothing could be faulted.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Quiet, clean, plenty of space, very typical of any Princess cabin.

Ship tip

Look for the Wake Bar.

Ports of call

Xingang (Beijing), China

5 out of 5

Shanghai, China

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan

5 out of 5

Hong Kong

5 out of 5

Nha Trang, Vietnam

5 out of 5

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Temple of Heaven Great Wall of China Cham Towers Singapore Sling in Raffles Diamond Princess from tender boat Aft view Wheelhouse bar
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