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princess will not be my cruise line by DougM6

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

The cruise through alaska was wonderful as far as the views or ports were concerned. The on board natualist was very informative and spoted many wildlife sightings. But once outside of the cabin and around the ship it felt like we were just trapped on Rodeo drive while being treated like we were filthy passengers. The captain made only one brief comment about some passengers getting sick (which I did not hear) and from that point we were shot by whoever with antibacterial hand wash before entering any dining. Not even allowed to scoop out our own food. Or our drinks. You might think this a good thing, but imagine someone else putting your salad on your plate one ingredient at a time.... I don't smoke but found many passengers upset with the multiple warnings about not throwing ciggarettes overboard even their were NO ashtrays anywhere to be found. In our traditional dining we were seated alone next to the server station and he rushed us through a five course meal in 20 minutes flat!!! It took longer to get dressed up!! The guy literally pulled our plates from us as we had taken our second bite twice.. No entertainment worthy of speaking of. One band was playing to a great big empty room and we went in and sat right up close hoping for dance or two.. noT! THEY FINISHED the song they were on and took a 30 minute break? the waiter, one of 3 standing in there brought one drink in 10 minutes but would never look our way for the next 30.. when the band returned they asked if we had any requests and they laughed at a bob seager request and played something else.. we left. Any way, the scenery and weather was beautiful.. the cabin and stewart wonderful. but dining and entertainment options were just plain awful.

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Absolutely fabulous by Bctraveller

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

The Diamond Princess is a very large ship with 3000 passengers. The amenities and public areas are spread through out the ship so as not to cause you the feeling of over crowdedness

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mexican riviera cruise by JasonR53330081

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

ship is spectacular and as always, Princess does a great job. Some differences noticed from the Caribbean cruises also on Princess, include a weaker push on photos and alcohol. This can be interpreted either way but essentilally, photo opportunities are daily on the caribbean cruises but only 2 or 3 times on the Diamond. The "pushing" of the booze all over the ship, it was there, offered pleanty but not heavy as it as been in the past. I am not sure if that is a direct result of the recent "overboards" in recent past, or because there were a record number of under 18 yrs old passengers...over 750. Also, not that there wasn't alway pleany of food but the pizza and burgers which are open till wee hours of the morning on the Caribbean cruises, both closed at 7pm...nothing for late night but buffet or room service. overall a wonderful cruise, very family oriented.

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An enjoyable cruise throughout by JohnS43

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The layout and ability to get around the ship was the best I've ever experienced. There was little if any waiting for elevators, the life boats didn't hang above an open deck, and the dining facilities and arrangements were superior. Exercise equipment was ample although crowded at times and the spa area well laid out as well. Numerous decks and levels for sunbathing and a number of pools to choose from.

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So glad to be back with Princess by KenM

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We are so happy to be back with Princess after 2 horrible experiences with Celebrity (they definately do NOT treat you famously). Princess simply executes better. The ship was spotless, the crew worked well together and the service was excellent. Princess is absolutely correct when they advertise big ship features yet small ship feel. We did not even see one of the pools until the last day of the cruise. The decor is tasteful and the layout is perfect. Our cabin was also great and space was good (remembering that space is at a premium on any ship). The balcony design is the best we have seen on any competitive line. Great privacy screening on both sides and very clean.

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Relaxing Vacation by KirkL1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Nice ship, big, beautiful, spacious.

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Most relaxing vacation by ElisaS

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We loved this trip. The ship was not too big and you did not feel overcrowded with passengers. The only thing with being a smaller ship was buffet did not offer as many choices (same thing everyday for breakfast on buffet so we did sit down dining the last few days) and with being a smaller ship the gym did not open until 7:00 which made it hard to get a workout in on days of excursions.

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A Very Relaxing Cruise by RoseK

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

The ship is very clean. The dining staff anticipated our needs--they couldn't have done more. Our room steward kept our room clean and ready at all times without ever being observed.

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4x's the pleasure! by AnneG2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)

We went as a family of 4 and had a fabulous time. We had 2 teenage girls along, so the smallness of the room was magnified by the hugeness of their mess. The steward did the best he could and always placed a chocolate heart on everyones pillow when he turned down the bed for sleep.

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1st time cruisers by RobR3

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

For a 1st time cruiser I was very happy. Clean ship, friendly crew, things to do, comfortable quarters. Will probably being doing more cruises.

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Most enjoyable by WilliamW6

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Our former cruise with Princess was on the Sea Princess and it gave us a very mediocre experience, and we rated it not good value for money on that occasion. The standards of service were not consistent. By contrast, our cruise on the Diamond Princess was a delightful experience, and the service extended by staff at all levels was excellent. In terms of appointments, we were very pleased with our stateroom and the personal service given by our stateroom attendant. The choice of dining rooms offered by the optional dining program gave us great flexibility with meal times, especially on shore days. The entertainment was of a high standard, and the musical shows offered by the permanent cast were outstanding.

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Best Cruise! by SylviaW2

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My husband and I have been on at least 12 cruises. This one was one of the best. Ports of calls excellent. Best part was 3 days at sea!! The speciality restaurants (steak & italian) were exceptional.

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Overall Fun trip by JefferyG

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group

The ship was very comfortable, easy to navigate around to the different areas, had a variety of entertainment options, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was good to excellent.

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Great being on the ocean by WalterC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Ship and most staff were nice. Shopping service is a trap. Not in the passangers interest if you get my drift. These ratings are screened so I cannot really tell you the all on this. "Juiced In" staff.

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A cruise of extacy by WalterC

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A wonderful ship with an outstanding cabin staff and dining room wait staff.

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The perfect proposal by SeanS

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This was my first cruise, and my now fiance's second. It was wonderful. We did the early check-in and boarding the ship took about 30 minutes. Upon arriving, one of our bags was already by our room with our second arriving shortly after departure. What did we do first, the food!!! Some of the best hotdogs, hamburgers and pizza of my life. Next we went to the fabulous spa and confirmed our appointment for the couples massage. Also we purchased the week long ultimate couples package for the sanctuary. It is a must. To read more just see the rest of our review. The best part had to be the second formal night, when they did the champagne fountain, I grabbed the hand of my current girlfriend and two glasses of champagne and led her out to the clear deck outside. I sat her down on the deck chair and confessed my love for her and asked her to marry me. We went back in engaged.

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Save your money, cruise Holland America by TomH10

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Poor planning for a cold trip when it was supposed to be warm. Low tech operation. Slow to enter the ship and slow to exit. Really bad tendering operation in the ports.

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We're cruisin' again! by LeaS

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I have decided that our family vacations will be by cruise. No more land vacations. This was absolutely a fun and relaxing trip.

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wonderfull cruise by TonyT

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great service from every department and very well organized. walk off program a disaster everybody was down in level seven at 7 am and it took two hours to get out group c. I don't know why they didn't assign each group a 45 minutes to avoid congestion.

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An OK cruise by RogelioF

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

We've sailed with Princess four times before, and this fifth cruise was not nearly as good. We got the impression Princess was trying to cut on expenses. It was virtually impossible to get a table using the "anytime dining" option. The buffet selection was not as good compared with our previous cruises either.

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