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  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska - Take in ice-covered mountains and glaciers during your Diamond Princess cruise through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-2 - Picture yourself in the middle of a postcard: A shot of Diamond Princess cruising through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-Alaska - Diamond Princess has 700 balconies — perfect for you to take in the sweeping panoramas during a cruise to Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-2 - Picture yourself in the middle of a postcard: A shot of Diamond Princess cruising through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska - Take in ice-covered mountains and glaciers during your Diamond Princess cruise through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • diamond-princess-at-sea.jpg -   Diamond Princess sails to Australia, New Zealand and a variety ports in Asia.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Pacific-Diamond-Princess-Skagway-Alaska - The ships Pacific Princess and Diamond Princess in Skagway, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-Marlborough-New-Zealand - Diamond Princess in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-Alaska - Diamond Princess has 700 balconies — perfect for you to take in the sweeping panoramas during a cruise to Alaska.
  • diamond-princess-at-sea2.jpg -   Diamond Princess sails to Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Diamond-Princess-Juneau-Alaska - Elevated view of Diamond Princess, taken from Mt. Roberts, Juneau, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-Vancouver-Canada - Diamond Princess in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Pub-Lunch-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a taste of British pub grub and lift a pint with a friend at the Pub Lunch on your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • international-cafe-princess-cruises.jpg - Creative chocolate desserts served in the International Cafe on your Princess sailing.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • princess-cruises-man-yoga.jpg - Keep fit with yoga, Pilates, spinning and other fitness routines on your Princess cruise.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Diamond-Princess-Marlborough-New-Zealand - Diamond Princess in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-2 - Picture yourself in the middle of a postcard: A shot of Diamond Princess cruising through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-Alaska - Diamond Princess has 700 balconies — perfect for you to take in the sweeping panoramas during a cruise to Alaska.
  • Diamond-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska - Take in ice-covered mountains and glaciers during your Diamond Princess cruise through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-Diamond-Princess-College-Fjord - Diamond Princess sails through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • diamond-princess-hong-kong-night.jpg - Diamond Princess in light-filled Hong Kong at night.
  • diamond-princess-in-kagoshima-japan.jpg - Diamond Princess in Kagoshima, Japan.
  • diamond-princess-in-new-zealand.jpg - Diamond Princess in New Zealand.
  • diamond-princess-yokohama-japan.jpg - Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Diamond-Princess-Kaohsiung-Taiwan - Diamond Princess docked in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Diamond Princess: East meets West

Have you sailed on Diamond Princess? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

This cruise ship is a true East-meets-West experience. A little more subdued than most cruise ships, the Diamond Princess is a blend of Asian culture, with women wearing kimonos on formal nights, and the Western carefree attitudes of Australians and New Zealanders. The reduced capacity of the ship, at 1,700 passengers, makes for a laid back atmosphere for those who are looking for a relaxing getaway with interesting people.

Who will like sailing on Diamond Princess

Since Diamond Princess' homeports are in Australia and Asia, most of its passengers are from these areas, although the Australia cruises also attract Westerners. Most passengers are older, although you will find some young families and people in their 30s and 40s.

Where Diamond Princess sails

Destinations: The Diamond Princess sails to Australia, New Zealand and a variety ports in Asia. Cruise locations include Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the countries of Southeast Asia.

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Dining

Get a taste of the new offerings on Diamond Princess from new private dining opportunities to specialty restaurants and a diverse selection of casual dining options.

Traditional

With Traditional Dining, you'll dine at a set time, with the same tablemates and friendly waiter each evening. With flexible Anytime Dining option, you can eat whenever and with whomever you choose. And on Diamond Princess, Anytime Dining rooms also feature an option to dine in the private wine cellar rooms.

Specialty restaurants

Elegant specialty restaurants are the perfect place to celebrate a special night out. With menus that reflect regional flavors from around the world, dishes are made with the freshest ingredients.

  • Sabatini's: With a menu specializing in Italian cuisine and premium seafood, Sabatini's offers a refined yet casual atmosphere that includes extensive personal attention from the wait staff and is sure to leave you feeling like you just stepped into an Italian ristorante.
  • Sterling Steakhouse: Voted one of the Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses by USA Today, Sterling Steakhouse features delicious made-to-order steak entrees.

Casual fare

Satisfy your cravings with a quick bite from one of the tempting casual eateries onboard:

  • Horizon Court buffet 
  • Lobby Bar
  • Sundaes ice cream bar
  • Prego Pizzeria
  • Trident Grill
  • Afternoon tea
  • 24-hour room service

Activities

During the day, the bars and lounges are often transformed into trivia games. There are also ping-pong and golf-putting challenges alongside enrichment programs featuring everything from hula dancing to language classes. There is also a daytime version of Princess' Movies Under the Stars, with both Japanese and English movies. The atmosphere is busy, but still relatively quiet.

Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
Courtesy of Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.

Family

Like most Princess Cruises, child activities are grouped off based on age, from Princess Pelicans (ages three to seven) and Shockwaves (ages eight to 12) to Remix (ages 13-17). However, due to the culture, children aren't found as often on the Diamond Princess.

Entertainment

A variety of acts grace the Princess Theater, whether it's the traditional song-and-dance shows or talent specially from Japan or Australia. In the afternoons, this theater shows movies. And of course, the Princess tradition of Movies Under the Stars is highly anticipated by all cruisers.

All the bars and lounges have music at night, ranging from piano classics in Crooners to DJ music at Skywalkers Nightclub. But for those who don't like music, there are always trivia nights and interactive game shows.

Dress code

The standard is resort casual during the day, with a more dressed up casual at night. There are two formal nights on the cruise, although most people opt for cocktail dresses as opposed to formal gowns. 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Diamond Princess
  • Where: Alaska

  • What: The Sanctuary
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  • What: Relaxing on the balcony
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  • Four pools
  • Eight whirlpool spas
  • Five main dining rooms
  • Indulge in a hot stone massage at the renowned Lotus Spa
  • Enjoy fine dining in a formal or relaxed atmosphere
  • Bring the kids — family Staterooms and supervised activities for youth available

Top dining options on board

Main dining

  • Style: Gourmet
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The International Café

  • Style: International
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Sabitini's

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,670 Passengers [?]
1,238 Crew
13 Decks
2004 Maiden voyage
115,875 Tonnage [?]
952 Length in feet
123 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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