Less than stellar

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

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Diamond Princess

7 Night Japan Explorer (Kobe Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 18, 2019

Ship: Diamond Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A247

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Looking forward to trying different cruiselines to see if my expectations to experience luxury and relaxation without the heavy-handed marketing are unrealistic.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Buffet was adequate; good selection of food. Dining room was adequate; good staple selections; limited items with a “wow” factor

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
What I like least about Princess (and I’m not sure if this is true for other cruiselines) is that activities are geared toward hype and selling you products; that is why I don’t participate in much.


If you don’t get to the shows early, there are no seats.

Children's Programs

No children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service - the waiter, security, reception desk - no complaints.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship’s layout was easy. I wish the windows were cleaned. They were dirty from beginning to end.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was fine in size and comfort; just a little worn. Bed was wonderful. Plumbing backed up once. Shower hot water needed to be turned on by plumber twice.

Ship tip

Spend time on the balcony. Enjoy the ocean view, relax.

Ports of call

Kobe (Kyoto), Japan

5 out of 5
I love Kobe. It’s ambience, shopping, food, pace.

Kochi, Japan

4 out of 5
Interesting port.

Hiroshima, Japan

4 out of 5
Needed more time to explore. Okonomiyaki was excellent.

Matsuyama, Japan

5 out of 5
Fun little port. Enthusiastic reception as this was the first time Princess had docked there.

Miyazaki, Japan

1 out of 5
You need to take an excursion as the city was disappointing.

Busan (Pusan), South Korea

5 out of 5
Interesting but no one speaks English. Very different from Japan.


5 out of 5
Good time to enjoy the ocean.


5 out of 5
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