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Diamond Princess News

Diamond Princess Santizied to Prevent Norovirus Spread

posted January 16, 2014

Passengers arriving for a cruise in New Zealand on the Diamond Princess were delayed while the ship's crew thoroughly cleansed the ship after 60 passengers caught a norovirus.

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Itinerary

Beginning April 2014

The Diamond Princess will homeport in Tokyo (Yokohama) for an extended season of nine-day cruises that include visits to Taiwan, South Korea, Hokkaido, Russia and 15 Japanese ports, including five new itineraries created especially for the ship. During the popular holiday period of Golden Week, Diamond Princess will feature a special 10-day itinerary that includes opportunities to visit several festivals plus enjoy a special call to Nagasaki, home to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries where the ship was built, to celebrate Diamond Princess’ 10-year anniversary.

Updated March 2014

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CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 100 (May)
2009 Rating 100 (Sep)
2010 Rating 100 (Sep)
2011 Rating 97 (May)
2011 Rating 100 (Sep)
2012 Rating 100 (May)
2012 Rating 100 (Aug)
2013 Rating 97 (Jul)
2013 Rating 98 (Sep)

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Deck Plan

Sky Deck 17

Skywalker's Nightclub

Sport Deck 16

Basketball court, Bar Oasis, Princess Links, Cyber Golf, The Sanctuary

Sun Deck 15

Lotus Spa, and Fitness center, Tradewinds bar, The Conservatory, Fun Zone kids area, Off Limits Teen Center

Lido Deck 14

Neptune Reef & pool, Horizon Court, Trident Grill, Mermaid's Tail, Prego Pizzeria, Sundaes ice cream bar, Calypso Reef & pool, Outrigger Bar

Aloha Deck 12

Passenger  Staterooms and the Terrace Pool (aft)

Baja Deck11

Passenger Staterooms

Caribe Deck 10

Passenger Staterooms

Dolphin Deck 9

Passenger Staterooms

Emerald Deck 8

Passenger staterooms

Promenade Deck 7

Princess Theater (upper level), Crooners, Internet Cafe, Hearts and Minds Wedding Chapel, Duty-free shops, Explorer's Lounge, Photo Gallery, Wheelhouse Bar, Vista Lounge, Sabatini's, Club Fusion

Fiesta Deck 6

Princess Theater (lower level), Grand Casino, Churchill Lounge, Purser's desk, Duty-free shops, Pacific Moon dining room (anytime dining), Santa Fe dining room (anytime dining), Pacific Moon dining room (traditional seating), Wake View bar, Meridian Bay

Plaza Deck 5

Grand Plaza, Passenger Services desk, Tour desk, Lobby bar,  Library, La Patisserie, Savoy dining room (anytime dining), Vivaldi dining room (traditional seating)

Gala Deck 4

Medical Center

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Adults Only

Perfect place to take a break and indulge in a private getaway with a plush, outdoor spa-inspired setting, complete with massage cabanas, signature beverages, light meals, attentive service and personal entertainment. Serenity Stewards are on hand to provide everything from a chilled face towel and Evian water atomizers, to a menu of healthy beverages and fare. Half-day passes for The Sanctuary are available for $10 per person, for 8 am to 12:30 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm.

The Sanctuary features two outdoor private cabanas where guests can also take advantage of the exclusive Lotus Spa Services at The Sanctuary. (additional fee).

* Prices subject to change - updated Dec 2013.

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Diamond Princess

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The Diamond Princess is one of only two Princess ships built in Japan. She is a Gem Class ship -a larger sub-class of the Grand Class ships. Sapphire Princess is the sister ship to the Diamond Princess.

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Specifications

Ship Class: Gem

Launched: 2004

Refurbished: 2011 and March 11 - April 2, 2014

GRT: 116,000

Length: 951 ft.

Draft: 26 ft.

Speed: 22 Knots

Passengers: 2,670

Diamond Princess Bridge Cam and Wedding Cam

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Refurbishment News

Posted March 12, 2014

Diamond Princess is undergoing an extensive drydock to add enticing new features designed to appeal to Japanese cruisers. During the $30 million-dollar refurbishment, the ship will receive an extensive new Japanese bath area – making it the largest such bath experience at sea – as well as a new sushi restaurant, enhanced shopping areas, a revitalized Horizon Court, additional staterooms, new interior furnishings and finishes, fresh hull paint and exterior refurbishment, and contemporary and Asian-style touches.

The most dramatic new feature, the 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex will include indoor and outdoor bathing areas to provide a choice of bath styles. Highlighting the serenity and relaxation of a classic Japanese bath experience, the area will feature stone and other natural materials and a setting similar to the popular-onsen experience for which Japan is well-known.

 Outdoors, passengers will be able to relax in plush shaded lounge chairs or soak in a footbath while enjoying fresh salt air. Indoors, passengers can enjoy two separate, gender-segregated bath experiences with spectacular sea views.

The ocean-view sauna and bath will feature an open air skylight to help bathers connect with nature, as well as a dry sauna with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a refreshing gentle mist sauna.

The Stone Bath will feature an Utaseyu, an invigorating cascade of hot water that is ideal for relieving tension in the back and shoulders.
In addition to the new bath area,

The new features aboard Diamond Princess add to the ship’s current impressive array of dining and entertainment options plus signature innovations such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theater and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat. The 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess offers a a sports court on the roof of Skywalker’s Nightclub, a revitalized photo gallery and Platinum Portrait Studio, new art gallery displays, new décor in Sabatini’s Italian specialty restaurant, remodeled casino and relocated Internet café and wedding chapel.

Accommodations

Standard Stateroom Amenities

Fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, Waffle weave cloth bathrobes (available upon request from your stateroom steward), bottles of liquor and stateroom bar packages available for purchase at non-duty-free prices through room service or from designated bar locations, private safe and refrigerator, 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, and electric hair dryer.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 168-182 Sq. ft.
Ocean View 183-200 Sq. ft.
Balcony 237-273 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Mini-Suite 354 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Suite 319-1279 Sq. ft. w/veranda

Interior

Interior staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, and refrigerator. Some staterooms include Pullman beds for extra passengers.

Ocean View

These staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, and refrigerator. Some staterooms include Pullman beds for extra passengers. Most staterooms will have a picture window, although a few may be port holes.

Balcony

Balcony staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, refrigerator, and balcony with patio furniture. Some staterooms include Pullman beds for extra passengers. Premium balconies are larger and some are rear-facing staterooms.

Mini-suites

In addition to standard amenities, mini-suite passengers receive a welcome glass of champagne, two televisions, a sitting area with a sofa bed, two flat-panel televisions, and a spacious closet. Some mini-suites have a Pullman for a fourth passenger. The mini-suite has a private bath and shower.

Suite Amenities:

In addition to standard amenities, suite passengers receive a DVD/CD player and free access to a DVD library, complimentary web access in the Internet Café, laundry and dry cleaning, use of the Lotus Spa® Thermal Suite (select ships), one-time free mini-bar setup, walk-in closet with a safe, sound station with dock for iPod, two flat-panel televisions, upgraded bathroom amenities, and use of the Disembarkation Lounge. In suites with a balcony, the patio furniture accommodates up to four people. Grand Suites include a personal computer. Suites comes with fresh flowers, separate sitting area and coffee table, mini-bar set-up, a pillow menu, bath salts and soothing eye mask, and a private portrait sitting with the photographer. Receive a complimentary corsage on the first formal night, priority reservations, and enhanced turn down service.

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Dining Venues

Dining Changes

Posted March 11, 2014

Diamond Princess passengers will enjoy a new sushi restaurant. Because of the popularity of the Kai Sushi restaurant introduced on Sun Princess, a bigger version of this restaurant  be added to Diamond Princess, and will feature both table seating and a sushi bar serving fresh seafood. The 66-person capacity restaurant will serve miso shiro, nigiri sushi, maki sushi, sashimi, seafood cocktails and, for dessert, matcha ice cream with red bean paste. Sake lovers will be able to try a variety of regional sakes for a taste of many of the ports featured during the cruise.

The ship’s buffet area, the Horizon Court, will be upgraded to feature contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking, plus a special pastry shop, refreshed décor and expanded seating.

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

The International Dining Room offers traditional fixed seating and the Pacific, Santa Fe, Savoy and Vivaldi dining rooms offer anytime dining.

Horizon Court

At the forefront of 24-hour dining, the Horizon Court offers a round-the-clock venue for buffet meals or snacks.

Kai Sushi ($)

Opening April 2014, savor freshly rolled sushi and other Asian favorites at this trendy sushi spot.

Trident Grill and Prego Pizzeria

Serving burgers, hot dogs, pizzeria and more. Grab take-out and sit poolside.

Sundaes

An Ice Cream bar to indulge your sweet tooth.

Afternoon Tea

Indulge in afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, cookies, music and white-glove service. Enjoy a wide selection of premium teas — from Earl Grey to herbal infusions.

Sterling Steakhouse ($)

Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood items, the Sterling Steakhouse offers a truly special dining experience with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare fresh seafood, such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels, and cooked-to-order steaks. * $25.00 surcharge per person.

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 ship's top European waiters and perhaps even a song from the pizza chef as he creates Princess' famous pies. * $20 cover charge.

Vines Wine Bar ($)

Serving more than 30 wines by the glass and seafood appetizers.  The atrium-area bar on Ruby Princess feature a selection of domestic and imported artisan cheeses. 

Ultimate Balcony Dining ($)

Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.
Or, opt for a breakfast which includes specialty pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon and other special treats served with a half bottle of French champagne.

Room Service

Princess provides 24-hour room service, enabling passengers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the privacy of their own staterooms or enjoying the view from their balconies. In addition to the always-available room service menu, passengers can also enjoy items from the day's main menu in their staterooms, as well as special room service-only offerings.

* Prices subject to change - updated Dec 2013

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Notable Features

Boutiques

The duty-free boutiques aboard Diamond Princess have been remodeled (March 2014) to offer a new luxury shopping experience to appeal to customers in Japan. Among the distinctive new spaces is a luxury watch boutique -- anchored by a special OMEGA shop. The Essence boutique will introduce the first fragrance bar at sea where passengers can sample and learn about new scents. The Meridian Bay boutique includes a full crystal Swarovski installation as well as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn collections. A new Limelight luxury boutique will offer designer leather and accessories including fashionable international and American designer brands such as Burberry, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Ralph Lauren.

Princess Theater

Main show lounge featuring Broadway and Vegas-style productions.

Explorer's Lounge

Featuring nightclub-style performances.

Skywalkers

Top deck observation area by day and dance club at night.

Gatsby's Casino

A full service casino with slots, cards, roulette and more.

Club Fusion

Sizzling music in the dance club.

Churchill Lounge

Cigar Bar and one of the designated smoking areas on the ship.

Crooner's Lounge

A relaxed martini bar.

Wheelhouse Bar

Nautical themed lounge. On sea days, Ruby Princess' Wheelhouse Bar is transformed into an authentic English-style pub, serving a selection of traditional fare.  A menu of British favorites, including bangers & mash, fish & chips, ploughman's lunch and cottage pie, will complement a selection of traditional pub brews such as Stella Artois, Bass Ale or Guinness.  Pub lunch meal service is free of charge and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Ultimate Ship Tour

 A new exclusive opportunity to experience an array of "back of house" areas that are key to a ship's daily operations, the Ultimate Ship Tour will give passengers the unique opportunity to explore beyond the public areas with visits to the ship's engine control room, medical center, print shop, laundry, photo lab, funnel, bridge and other spaces.  In addition to getting a rare insider's view of many areas typically seen only by the ship's crew, participants will receive a variety of themed mementos at many of the stops along the route.

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Outdoor Features

Movies Under the Stars

Poolside HD theater. Movies and more.

Main Pool Area

Calypso Pool and Hot Tubs and Neptune's Pool and Hot Tubs on Lido deck.

Oasis Deck Area

Features include a bar, 2 hot tubs, deck chess set and shuffleboard located on Sports Deck aft.

Lotus Pool and Lotus Spa

Spa, Lotus Spa Pool and Hot Tubs, Swim-against-the-current pool. 

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Kids Only

Please note: To participate in the Youth Program, children must be at least 3 years old and potty trained. However, children under 3 are welcome to join in the fun if supervised by a parent at all times.

Fun Zone

Ages 3-12

Kids-only dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice cream and pizza parties, t-shirt coloring, pajama parties, fun fairs, and art projects.

Shockwaves

Ages 8-12

Kids-only dinners, dance parties, movies, video games, scavenger hunts, karaoke and talent shows, sports tournaments, California Science Center workshops, Jr. CHEF @Sea, Klutz®projects, and theme nights.

Teen Lounge

Ages 13-17

Teens-only dance parties, late-night movies, sports tournaments, casino night, talent shows, formal dinners, DJ workshops, PlayStation® and Wii® equipment, foosball tables and more.

No signing in or out of the club required.

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