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Diamond Princess cruises for 2017-2018


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Where she sails
Diamond Princess will return to Sydney from Singapore in December 2017, after which she will sail to Pacific islands and Tasmania, but mostly circumnavigate New Zealand (over 12 nights). Auckland will also be an embarkation port. Meanwhile, Diamond Princess is based in Singapore. Around the middle of 2017 she sails around Japan out of Yokohama and Kobe. For the other months she sails to Bali (Indonesia), Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam from Singapore. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours that can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

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Diamond Princess Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = On Board Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2017 CRUISES

8

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

15

NIGHTS

Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Cruise
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Currently sailing

N/A

19

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Malaysia Cruise

Currently sailing

N/A

19

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Malaysia & Thailand Cruise
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Currently sailing

N/A

23

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

Thailand Cruise M708
Departs: Singapore

$839

$168

23

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

28

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

4

NIGHTS

Malaysia Cruise M709
Departs: Singapore

Sold out

N/A

28

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

11

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$185 OBC

Sold out

N/A

4

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Vietnam & Thailand Cruise M710
Departs: Singapore
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

4

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

11

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

Malaysian Peninsula Cruise M711
Departs: Singapore

Sold out

N/A

11

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

16

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

11

NIGHTS

Southeast Asia Cruise M712
Departs: Singapore
Up to AUD$185 OBC

Sold out

N/A

6

APR

Diamond Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Southeast Asia & Japan Cruise M714
Departs: Singapore | Arrives: Yokohama
Up to AUD$185 OBC

$2,320

$166

20

APR

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

6

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Kyushu & Korea Cruise M717
Departs: Yokohama | Arrives: Kobe
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

6

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Ryukyu Islands & Kyushu Cruise M717A
Departs: Yokohama | Arrives: Kobe
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

13

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,526

$218

13

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

$2,425

$173

20

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,465

$209

20

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$250 OBC

$1,679

$105

27

MAY

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

13

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

10

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,775

$178

13

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

17

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$250 OBC

$2,880

$169

23

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

7

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

23

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

Ryukyu Islands Kyushu & Taiwan Cruise M724A
Departs: Kobe | Arrives: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$3,249

$271

30

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

Korea & Japan Gateway Cruise M725
Departs: Kobe | Arrives: Yokohama

$926

$185

30

JUN

Diamond Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Ryukyu Islands Kyushu & Taiwan Cruise M725A
Departs: Kobe | Arrives: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$10,779

$829

5

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

5

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$250 OBC

$12,620

$789

13

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Hokkaido Cruise M727
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,199

$150

13

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Korea Cruise M727A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,826

$140

21

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

$1,226

$245

21

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

Sold out

N/A

26

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

Sold out

N/A

26

JUL

Diamond Princess cruises

17

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$250 OBC

$2,679

$158

4

AUG

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

20

AUG

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Hokkaido Cruise M732
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,199

$150

20

AUG

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Kyushu Cruise M732A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$250 OBC

$1,980

$124

28

AUG

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Japan Cruise M733
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,200

$150

28

AUG

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Kyushu Cruise M733A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$250 OBC

$2,880

$180

5

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Hokkaido Cruise M734
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

Sold out

N/A

5

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Korea Cruise M734A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,526

$117

13

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

$726

$145

18

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Hokkaido Cruise M736
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,499

$187

26

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

5

NIGHTS

$726

$145

26

SEP

Diamond Princess cruises

13

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Korea Cruise M737A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$100 OBC

Sold out

N/A

1

OCT

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Hokkaido Cruise M738
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

Sold out

N/A

1

OCT

Diamond Princess cruises

16

NIGHTS

Hokkaido & Kyushu Cruise M738A
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$250 OBC

Sold out

N/A

9

OCT

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Circle Japan Cruise M739
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

Sold out

N/A

17

OCT

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Circle Japan Cruise M740
Departs: Yokohama
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,549

$172

26

OCT

Diamond Princess cruises

15

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$100 OBC

$1,850

$123

10

NOV

Diamond Princess cruises

9

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,099

$122

19

NOV

Diamond Princess cruises

22

NIGHTS

Asia & Australia Cruise M743
Departs: Tokyo | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$250 OBC

$2,499

$114

11

DEC

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise M744
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,485

$186

19

DEC

Diamond Princess cruises

11

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise M745
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Auckland
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$2,000

$182

30

DEC

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

Australia & NZ Cruise M801
Departs: Auckland | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,950

$163

2018 CRUISES

11

JAN

Diamond Princess cruises

14

NIGHTS

Up to AUD$200 OBC

$2,169

$155

25

JAN

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise M803
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,975

$165

6

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise M804
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Auckland
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,828

$152

18

FEB

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

Australia & NZ Cruise M805
Departs: Auckland | Arrives: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,832

$153

2

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

8

NIGHTS

Tasmania Cruise M806
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,487

$186

10

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

12

NIGHTS

New Zealand Cruise M807
Departs: Sydney
Up to AUD$200 OBC

$1,999

$167

22

MAR

Diamond Princess cruises

22

NIGHTS

Asia & Australia Cruise M808
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Tokyo
Up to AUD$250 OBC

$2,499

$114

Diamond Princess — Ship Review Rating: 4.2 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.

Life aboard Diamond Princess
Diamond Princess will return to Sydney from Singapore in December 2017, after which she will sail to Pacific islands and Tasmania, but mostly circumnavigate New Zealand (over 12 nights). Auckland will also be an embarkation port. Meanwhile, Diamond Princess is based in Singapore. Around the middle of 2017 she sails around Japan out of Yokohama and Kobe. For the other months she sails to Bali (Indonesia), Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam from Singapore. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours that can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Being a large resort ship, built in 2004 and refitted in 2017, on-board entertainment and facilities are state-of-the-art for cruise ships. The ship itself is a cruise destination. She has two decks of public spaces and plenty of lifts and staircases that make for ease of movement. There is an ‘adults only’ two-deck Sanctuary area with padded sunloungers and pool for your solitude, and a fleet-wide ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen. The Alaskan cruises tend to attract more families and multigenerational groups. Now joining and adapting to the Australian summer scene, Diamond Princess offers experienced cruising with a UK background, and is certain to attract a lot of attention in the Pacific region. Boarding logistics are very smooth. Tips and gratuities are not required when cruising Australian waters.

Accommodation
There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Four types of suites are available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites have a bathtub and second TV. The 28 suites and 186 mini-suites cover a large range of sizes and additional free-bees such as complimentary laundry and shoe shine, a selection of pillows, daily in-room canapés and high tea, free Internet access, and much more. The one Grand Suite has effectively two entertainment areas and a double balcony area, all great for entertaining. There are no butlers for any staterooms.

Food and Dining
Traditional dining in the International Dining Room offers you a pre-selection of one of two seating times throughout the cruise. Anytime Dining (sitting when and with whom you choose) is offered in the four other dining rooms. All serve five course meals changed daily, with chefs inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Sabatini’s serves Italian cuisine, Sterling Steakhouse serves steak and seafood, and there’s Kai Sushi (all for an extra cover charge). Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.

Casual dining is available at Horizon Court buffet all day and informal sit-down waiter service at night. The pizzeria gives an excellent choice, and will also provide room delivery for a small charge. There is a burger and hotdog grill, and take-away food is available at the pool side. For lighter snacks try the ice-cream sundae bar, or the patisserie for coffees and pastries. Afternoon tea is served daily. There are 12 bars and lounges. Coffee, iced tea and milk are available 24 hours a day. For an exclusive (extra charge) dining experience for ten guests make a reservation for The Chef’s Table. Chocolate Journeys is new.

Entertainment
As for entertainment, there is more than can be squeezed into a week. The Princess Theatre is two decks high, featuring glamorous production shows every second or third evening. The Vista Show Lounge with its three stages presents cabaret, and doubles for lectures, bingo and horse-racing during the day. Explorer’s Lounge hosts cabaret acts and dance bands. Movies first-run feature films pool-side at Under the Stars on Sun Deck. There are 12 bars and lounges with live music and dancing. A new feature is the new three-deck-high street-cafe-style Piazza, for sipping coffee and watching the occasional passing performer. Stroll around and shop duty-free, or check your email at the Internet Café.

Princess on-shore programs are outstanding, and information about shore options is comprehensive. On board, enrichment programs include the ScholarShip@Sea program, which presents six self-improvement programs each day, with a charge for advanced classes. The core subjects are: Culinary Arts, Visual/Creative Arts, Photography, and Computer Technology. There is a pottery studio complete with electric kiln, karaoke, virtual golf, art auctions, and casino gambling. Five pools spread the crowd. Fun activities surround the pool areas and include a nine-hole putting course, virtual golf, and ball games. One can retire to the library and writing room, the adults-only lounge, work out in the gyms, or relax in a spa or hot tub. While passengers are generally older, each young age group has five-star special facilities and programs.





































Explore the decks

Diamond Princess deckplans

Diamond Princess deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Four types of suites are available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites have a bathtub and second TV. The 28 suites and 186 mini-suites cover a large range of sizes and additional free-bees such as complimentary laundry and shoe shine, a selection of pillows, daily in-room canapés and high tea, free Internet access, and much more. The one Grand Suite has effectively two entertainment areas and a double balcony area, all great for entertaining. There are no butlers for any staterooms.

Decks
Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises

Ship facts

Star rating: Diamond Princess star rating
Maiden voyage: 2004
Number of decks: 13
Tonnage: 115875
Cabins: 1337
Passenger capacity: 2670
Number of crew: 1100

What's onboard? ▼

  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • Main dining room
  • Traditional Dining
  • Anytime Dining (outside Australia)
  • 24-h Room Service, Menu complimentary
  • Formal dining (1/week) (rental wear)
  • COVER CHARGE DINING
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • Chef’s Table (for 10) (not in Australia)
  • Sabatini’s (Italian)
  • Stirling Steakhouse
  • Kai Sushi (Japanese)
  • CASUAL DINING
  • Horizon Court
  • Burger & Hot Dog Grill (poolside)
  • Ice Cream Bar
  • English Pub Lunch
  • Chocolate Journeys (new)
  • Internet café
  • Pâtisserie
  • Drinks packages (not in Australia)
  • Soda, coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea; Cookies & milk in Piazza
  • Special diet requests (order ahead)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounge
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (12)
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea enrichment courses
  • Library, writing room
  • Art, photo, video gallery
  • Celebration packages
  • Weddings (enquire)
  • Conference Centre
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (4)
  • Lap pool with current
  • Whirlpools Spas (8)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis (pay)
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track, Zumba classes
  • Lotus Spa & Fitness
  • Japanese bath
  • Ultimate Ship Tour (pay)
  • Sports court & table games
  • Shuffleboard
  • 9-hole putting course
  • UNDER 18
  • Youth Remix Center (3-12y)
  • Teen Lounge (13-17y)
  • Kids-only Dinners
  • Pelicans (3-7 y centre)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y centre)
  • Group kidsitting (3-12 y, pay)
  • Port Days activities
  • Children with special needs
  • Video arcade
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre (pay private rate, no Medicare)
  • ATM on board (costly)
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone at sea (pay provider)
  • Laundromats self-serve
  • 110V power
  • Wheelchair cabins, service animals
  • No wheelchair access to The Sanctuary
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Gratuities & bar service charges on Australia-based ships
  • All main meals on-board
  • Afternoon tea service
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Anytime dining (not in Australia; not on Pacific Princess)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Dietary requests on booking
  • Alternative dining (extra charge)
  • In-cabin dining at no charge (most items)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 y, not Explorer)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi (public areas; pay)
  • Mobile device app for on-board programs, communications
  • Defence Force onboard credit program

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 13.50 mini-suites USD 14.50 suites USDS 15.50 pp/night all ages
  • Gratuities are voluntary & can be modified/removed on request at Guest Relations after boarding
  • Service charge outside Australia: Beverages 15%
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Some workshops, classes & programs
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry service charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 y 10pm-1am; pay)
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Itineraries may change due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Cabins may change for operational reasons
  • REMINDERS
  • Passports 6 mth validity. Youth IDs Australia domestic
  • Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
  • Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions

Happy Customers

Please pass on our thanks to Jenny for another well organised cruise..we will continue to book thru CC for future cruises"

Reviewer: Ruth S, ACT
Date: 29 February 2016
Rating: 10

Rating: 9.8/10 from 4511 reviews
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