|Christened||2004 February 26th (by Yoshiko Tsukuda)||
Diamond Princess is one of the Grand Class ships in Princess Cruises and her sister is Sapphire Princess. They are the first two ships to be constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, instead of by Fincantieri in Italy. Despite similar size and internal layout, they have some unique features which cannot be found on other Grand Class half-sisters.
Being a ship over 100000 tons, Diamond Princess is well-equipped with all kinds of facilities. There is a diverse range of dining choices, including five main restaurants, two alternative dining rooms, a buffet restaurant, as well as poolside grill and pizzeria. Other amenities onboard include a number of bars and lounges, three major performing venues, five swimming pools, a spacious gymnasium and spa, various sports facilities, library and writing room, Internet centre, youth centre, art gallery, photo gallery, casino, wedding chapel and an array of boutiques.
Nevertheless, an intimate environment is created by the well-organized public rooms, high guest space ratio, gentle colours and an extensive collection of artworks. The interior design and furnishings of Diamond Princess are among one of the best in Princess Cruises. Passengers can enjoy good quality of service, cuisine, accommodation, onboard activities and entertainment.
|Entered Service||2004 March 13th|
|Builder||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki (Japan)|
|Original Cost||US$400 million|
|Gross Tonnage||115875 tons|
|Length x Beam x Draft||290.0 x 37.5 x 8.5 (m), 951.2 x 123.0 x 27.9 (ft)|
|Speed||20.7 knots, 22 knots (maximum)|
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
|1337 (377, 212, 748)|
(Standard Occupancy /
|2674 / 3290|
|Total Crew||1120, International|
|Navigation Officers||British / Italian|
|IMO Number, Call Sign||9228198, ZCDF8|
|Sister Ships||Sapphire Princess (Princess Cruises)|
|History||2004- : Diamond Princess (Princess Cruises)|
(Unless otherwise specified, information about Diamond Princess in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in April 2012. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to Princess Cruises and Cruise Vacations Limited in organizing the ship tour for us.)
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Deck 4 (Gala Deck)
Deck 4 is the lowest passenger deck which has the Medical Center as the only facility. It is also the place for tender embarkation.
Accessed only by the midship lifts, the Medical Center is staffed by full-time British registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.
Deck 5 (Plaza Deck)
Deck 5 is the lowest deck filled with passenger cabins, where inside and outside cabins can be found at the forward end. The atrium is located amidships and bounded by a number of information desks, Library, Writing Room, a bar and two main restaurants.
Princess Fine Arts Gallery:
Princess Fine Arts Gallery connects the Grand Plaza and the forward staircase. Passengers can purchase a range of original artworks and reproductions here.
Princess Fine Arts Gallery
Princess Fine Arts Gallery
|Princess Fine Arts Gallery|
Being the heart of Diamond Princess, the three-storey spacious foyer, known as Grand Plaza, spans from Deck 5 to Deck 7 amidships. With two panoramic glass lifts and glass-sided marble staircases, it is surrounded by several restaurants, bars, shops as well as information desks.
Shore Excursions Desk:
The Shore Excursions Desk at the port side of the Grand Plaza is the place where passengers can learn more about the available tours and book excursions at the coming ports.
Captain's Circle Desk:
The membership desk at the starboard side of the Grand Plaza handles enquiries on Captain's Circle, which is Princess Cruises' membership club.
|Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza|
Shore Excursions Desk
Captain's Circle Desk
The Library at the starboard side is a reading room which can accommodate 8 people. It has an extensive collection of books and CDs available for loan. Listening chairs and computer terminals are provided for enjoying music and browsing the Internet.
The 18-seat Writing Room at the starboard side of the atrium is a cozy place for composing letters and postcards.
Future Cruise Sales:
The Future Cruise Sales desk is located at the starboard side, just aft of the Writing Room. Future cruise consultants can help passengers to plan their next vacation on Princess Cruises.
The Lobby Bar (or Patisserie) at the port side amidships has a capacity of 52 guests. It has a wide selection of cookies, pastries, coffee and tea for a nominal fee.
|The Library||The Library||
Future Cruise Sales
Savoy Dining Room:
The 230-seat Savoy Dining Room at the port side is a steakhouse, which is one of five main restaurants onboard. Adorned with rich wood panelling, sculptures and sconces, it is only open for dinner as an Anytime Dining spot.
Vivaldi Dining Room:
Another Anytime Dining restaurant is called Vivaldi Dining Room, situated at the starboard side of Deck 5. Having a capacity of 230 guests, it is open for dinner which serves Italian dishes.
Savoy Dining Room
Vivaldi Dining Room
Vivaldi Dining Room
Deck 6 (Fiesta Deck)
Deck 6 is the home of some more public rooms, including the main showlounge, casino, arcade centre, the front desk, two shops, three principal dining rooms and a bar.
Princess Theater Lower Level:
The forward Princess Theater spans two decks and can accommodate 705 passengers. It is the main showlounge onboard with unobstructed sightlines from nearly all seats on both levels. In the evening, Broadway-style production shows are performed by the resident dancers, singers and orchestra on the proscenium arch stage.
Nestled just aft of the Princess Theater, the 43-seat Churchill Lounge is a bar and cigar lounge filled with sporting memorabilia. Satellite broadcasts of various sports events are featured when available.
Princess Theater & Churchill Lounge
The Video Arcade is at the port side adjacent to the Grand Casino. There are a variety of traditional arcade games such as air hockey and car racing.
Occupying a large area forward of the Grand Plaza, the jungle-themed Grand Casino houses more than 260 slot machines and gaming tables for blackjack, roulette, poker and more. There is also a casino bar.
Passenger Services Desk:
Positioned on the second level of the Grand Plaza, the reception deck is open 24 hours a day for all general enquiries and passenger services.
|Video Arcade & Grand Casino||Video Arcade||Grand Casino|
|Grand Casino||Grand Casino||Passenger Services Desk|
Located at the port side of the Grand Plaza, Meridian Bay is a duty-free boutique featuring jewellery, watches and accessories.
Calypso Cove is another shop at the starboard side of the atrium, which sells duty-free liquor and tobacco, as well as sundries, snacks, Princess Cruises logo apparel and souvenirs.
|Meridian Bay||Meridian Bay||Grand Plaza|
|Calypso Cove||Calypso Cove||Grand Plaza|
Sante Fe Dining Room:
Decorated with stone floors, room dividers, pottery and lantern lights, Sante Fe Dining Room is a 230-seat Anytime Dining restaurant at the starboard side amidships. A speciality menu of Southwestern American favourites is offered for dinner.
Pacific Moon Dining Room:
With dark wood accents and Oriental artworks, Pacific Moon Dining Room has 230 seats and is located at the port side amidships. It serves afternoon tea from 15:30 to 16:30, as well as Asian cuisine for dinner in the mode of Anytime Dining.
International Dining Room:
With a capacity of 518 guests, the aft International Dining Room can only be accessed by the aft staircase and lifts. There are breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in opening seating, and also dinner in traditional two seatings at 18:00 and 20:15. Featuring elegant artwork and warm furnishings, the venue is split into many asymmetrical sections to create a more intimate atmosphere.
Wake View Bar:
Wake View Bar is a 47-seat drinking venue at the stern of the ship. It is situated directly below Club Fusion on Deck 7, and is linked to that lounge with a spiral staircase.
|Sante Fe Dining Room||Sante Fe Dining Room||Sante Fe Dining Room|
|Pacific Moon Dining Room||Pacific Moon Dining Room||International Dining Room|
|International Dining Room||Wake View Bar||Wake View Bar|
Deck 7 (Promenade Deck)
Deck 7 is completely made up of indoor public areas, which includes three performing showlounges, two bars, an alternative restaurant, boutiques, a chapel, the computer room and the photo shop. The whole deck is wrapped around by the Promenade.
Princess Theater Upper Level:
Passengers can also enter the Princess Theater on Deck 7 to its upper level.
The wood-panelled Wheelhouse Bar at Deck 7 forward is a classic lounge which provides an atmosphere of a British gentlemen's club. It has 147 seats and is filled with nautical memorabilia and ship models that trace the maritime history of P&O Cruises (Princess Cruises' sister company). With a bar table and a dance floor, it is a great spot for evening cocktails as well as social dancing.
|Princess Theater||Princess Theater||Wheelhouse Bar|
|Wheelhouse Bar||Wheelhouse Bar||Wheelhouse Bar|
Hearts & Minds Wedding Chapel:
As Diamond Princess's registry is in Bermuda, the Captain can legally marry couples of certain citizenship onboard. The Hearts & Minds Wedding Chapel, opposite to the Wheelhouse Bar, is used for such weddings and renewal-of-vows ceremonies with live webcam connected to the Internet. It can house 34 people and can be converted to a meeting room.
Essence is a duty-free boutique which offers branded fragrance and cosmetics for both men and women. It is located at the port side of the Grand Plaza top level.
Facets is another duty-free boutique at the port side, selling fine jewellery and gifts.
|Hearts & Minds Wedding Chapel||Essence||Essence|
|Facets||Facets||Promenade Deck Midship Lifts|
Crooners Bar at the starboard side of Grand Plaza is a classic, 1960s-style bar based on the Rat Pack era in Las Vegas. It seats 52 guests and offers more than 50 speciality martinis on the menu.
The midship Explorers Lounge is one of three showlounges onboard which hosts cabaret acts, bands, singers, magicians and comedians. The design of this 298-seat performing venue is based on the wonders of ancient Far East and Africa.
|Grand Plaza||Crooners Bar||Crooners Bar|
|Explorers Lounge||Explorers Lounge||Explorers Lounge|
The Internet Café at Deck 7 aft has a number of computer stations, providing access to the Internet at a nominal charge. There is also a small coffee bar which serves drinks and snacks.
Positioned next to the Internet Café, Sabatini's is a 92-seat upscale Italian restaurant in an authentic trattoria setting. It serves an eight-course meal featuring seafood specialities and other regional favourites for both lunch and dinner. Reservations are required and a cover charge applies. There is also breakfast exclusively for Suite guests.
|Internet Café||Internet Café||Internet Café|
The hallway at Deck 7 aft situates the Photo Gallery which has a display area for photos taken during the cruise, and also a retail area that offers film processing, supplies and specialized photo services.
With a capacity of 448 guests, Club Fusion is the third entertainment venue onboard that is located at Deck 7 aft. This nightclub and bar has a high-tech look and includes many high-definition video screens. It is used for lectures, quizzes and bingos during the day, and features cabaret acts such as magicians, comedians and solo musicians at night. A spiral staircase leads to the Wake View Bar one deck below.
The teakwood Promenade nearly wraps around the whole deck, and is extended to a upper level on Deck 8 at the forward end.
|Photo Gallery||Photo Gallery||Promenade|
|Club Fusion||Club Fusion||Club Fusion|
Deck 8 (Emerald Deck)
Deck 8 is a cabin deck which consists of almost all categories of passenger accommodations.
Interior Staterooms (168 to 182 square feet) are situated on Deck 5, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10, Deck 11, Deck 12 and Deck 14. Each room has two lower beds, bathroom with shower, walk-in closet, refrigerator, television, telephone, safe, hairdryer and bathroom amenities, and fresh fruit by request.
Oceanview Staterooms (183 to 200 square feet) are located on Deck 5, Deck 8, Deck 10 and Deck 11. Each include all the amenities of an Interior Stateroom, plus a picture window to provide the view of the ocean.
Balcony Staterooms (237 to 277 square feet) can be found from Deck 8 to Deck 14. In addition to all the features in an Interior or Oceanview Stateroom, each also has a private balcony with patio furniture.
|Emerald Deck Hallway||Promenade||Shipyard Plaque|
Deck 9 (Dolphin Deck)
Deck 9 comprises inside cabins, balcony cabins, mini-suites and suites.
Mini-Suites (354 square feet) are distributed over Deck 8 and Deck 9. Each includes all the amenities of a Balcony Stateroom, plus a separate sitting area, sofa bed, luxury mattress and pillows, an additional television, a writing desk, bathtub in the bathroom, more closet space, and welcome glass of champagne.
There are also two Family Suites at the forward of Deck 9. Each of them is in fact two self-contained Mini-Suites interconnecting through a large living room which leads to an oversized private balcony. Each can sleep up to six people.
Dolphin Deck Aft Staircase
Deck 10 (Caribe Deck)
Deck 10 is composed of inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins and also suites.
Suites (Vista Suites / Premier Suites / Penthouse
Suites / Owner's Suite):
There are several categories of Suites (525 to 706 square feet), including aft Vista Suites from Deck 8 to Deck 10, forward Premier Suites from Deck 10 to Deck 12, Penthouse Suites on Deck 10 and Deck 11, and an aft Owner's Suite on Deck 11. Besides a large balcony, each has additional premiums including a bathroom with bathtub and separate shower enclosure, a roomy walk-in closet, a mini-bar setup, DVD and CD player, free access to the DVD library and Internet, fresh flowers, deluxe canapés, upgraded bathroom amenities, and complimentary laundry and cleaning services.
For passengers' convenience, there are Self Service Laundromats on Deck 5, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10, Deck 11 and Deck 12 respectively. Washers, dryers and laundry products are available for a small charge. Irons and ironing boards are also provided.
Deck 11 (Baja Deck)
Deck 11 is also a cabin deck with all grades of passenger accommodations.
The largest cabin onboard is the Grand Suite (1329 square feet), positioned at the port side of Deck 11 aft. Having a large balcony with panoramic views, it includes all the premium amenities of a Suite, plus a separate bedroom with deluxe queen mattress, a spacious sitting room, a convertible sofa double bed, a dining area, a wet bar, a corner bathtub equipped with whirlpool jets and multi-directional shower, as well as a personal computer with free Internet connection.
Deck 12 (Aloha Deck)
Besides inside and balcony cabins, there is also a small pool on Deck 12.
Placed at a secluded area at Deck 12 aft, the Terrace Pool is a pool for adults only and is overlooked by the tiered decks from above.
Deck 14 (Lido Deck)
Deck 14 houses two midship swimming pools, three bars, a pizzeria, a grill, an ice cream parlour and a buffet restaurant. Some inside and balcony cabins, as well as the bridge, are located at the forward end.
Neptune's Reef & Pool:
The midship Neptune's Reef & Pool is an open-air swimming pool area with sculptures and colourful mosaics, surrounded by two hot tubs, spacious sunning areas, as well as bars and some casual dining spots. It is also the perfect location for watching "Movie Under the Stars".
The Mermaid's Tail Bar:
With just a few steps away from the Neptune's Reef & Pool, The Mermaid's Tail Bar offers refreshing cocktails for the sunbathing passengers.
|Neptune's Reef & Pool||Neptune's Reef & Pool||The Mermaid's Tail Bar|
Prego Pizzeria at the port side serves complimentary, freshly-made sliced pizza. It is open daily from 11:00 to 23:00.
Trident Grill at the starboard side is open daily from 11:00 to 23:00 for poolside dining at no extra charge. It serves hamburgers, hot dogs, wraps, fries and other fast food items.
Sundaes Ice Cream Bar:
Sundaes Ice Cream Bar is at the starboard side near the midship lifts. The kiosk serves ice cream by cone or cup on a complimentary basis from 11:00 to 23:00.
|Prego Pizzeria||Trident Grill||Sundaes Ice Cream Bar|
Calypso Reef & Pool:
Positioned just aft of the midship lifts, Calypso Reef & Pool consists of a main pool and two hot tubs. The entire pool area is covered by a movable crystal magrodome, which can be closed in poor weather and retracted on sunny days.
Calypso Bar is located at the aft end of the Calypso Reef & Pool, offering drinks and refreshments. It becomes an al fresco bar when the magrodome slides open.
At most of the nights, the starboard and aft end of the Horizon Court becomes an alternative restaurant called Sterling Steakhouse. It features premium aged beef, seafood and other steakhouse dishes. A cover charge applies and reservations are required.
|Calypso Reef & Pool||Calypso Bar||Sterling Steakhouse|
With convenient access from four swimming pools, the aft Horizon Court is a self-service buffet restaurant at no extra charge. There are 592 seats altogether in the indoor and outdoor seating areas. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are offered from 06:00 to midnight every day.
The aft-facing Outrigger Bar has 109 seats. It serves drinks on the Horizon Terrace that overlooks the Terrace Pool.
|Horizon Court||Horizon Court||Outrigger Bar|
Deck 15 (Sun Deck)
An array of exercise, fitness and relaxation facilities can be found on Deck 15, from the spa, salon, gymnasium, to the outdoor cinema and children rooms.
The Asian-themed Lotus Spa occupies the entire forward section of Deck 15. Facilities include a beauty salon, massage rooms, separate saunas and steam rooms for men and women, a thermal suite and a relaxation area. A full range of treatment options are featured. There is also the outdoor swim-against-current Lap Pool with two hot tubs for adults only.
Equipped with a wide range of exercise machines and weights, the spacious Fitness Center is situated at the forward and starboard area of the Lotus Spa, which enjoys forward ocean views. Adjacent is an aerobics room for fitness and yoga classes.
|Lotus Spa||Lotus Spa (Beauty Salon)||Lotus Spa (Massage)|
|Lotus Spa (Thermal Suite)||Lotus Spa (Relaxation Area)||Lotus Spa (Lap Pool)|
|Fitness Center||Fitness Center||Forward Observation Area|
Occupying a relaxing outside area just aft of the forward lifts, Tradewinds Bar overlooks the Neptune's Reef & Pool one deck below and is a perfect place for watching "Movie Under the Stars".
Movie Under the Stars:
Installed on the ship's top deck since 2010, Movies Under the Stars is a 300-square-foot LED screen above the Neptune's Reef and Pool. It offers passengers the unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster Hollywood movies in an outdoor theatre throughout day and night. Complimentary popcorns, cookies, milk as well as blankets are provided.
The Conservatory is the upper level sheltered by the magrodome, which is an activity area overlooking the Calypso Reef & Pool.
|Tradewinds Bar||Neptune's Reef & Pool||Movie Under the Stars|
|The Conservatory||The Conservatory||Funnel|
Youth Center and Teen Center:
The Youth Center and Teen Center (formerly known as The Fun Zone and Off Limits respectively before 2007) have both indoor and outdoor play areas. A full schedule of activities are provided for "Pelicans" (ages 3 to 7), "Shockwaves" (ages 8 to 12) and "Remix" (ages 13 to 17) every day throughout the cruise.
The Splash Pool is placed beside the Youth Center for children, together with another smaller paddling pool for younger kids.
|Youth Center||Teen Center||Outdoor Play Area|
|Paddling Pool||Splash Pool||Aft View|
Deck 16 (Sports Deck)
As the name suggests, a number of sports and health facilities can be found on Deck 16. There are golf simulators, a mini golf course, shuffleboards, two whirlpools, plus a spacious relaxation area.
A charged, adult-only relaxation area occupies the forward end of Deck 16. It was originally the Center Court, which was a sports court for paddle tennis, volleyball and basketball with spectator seating and also the Jogging Track. The Sanctuary was introduced after the ship's refit in 2010.
|The Sanctuary||The Sanctuary||Lotus Spa (Lap Pool)|
The Cyber Golf at Deck 16 forward is two computerized simulators which enable passengers to virtually play some of the famous golf courses around the world.
Situated amidships between the two pools, Princess Links is a semi-circular golf centre which features a nine-hole mini putting course.
|Cyber Golf||Princess Links||Skywalkers Nightclub (Entrance)|
The Oasis is the aft, outdoor area at Deck 16. It comprises two hot tubs, the Oasis Bar, area for playing shuffleboard and deck chess, and at the same time overlooks the Splash Pool and Terrace Pool at lower decks.
|The Oasis||The Oasis (Hot Tub)||The Oasis (Oasis Bar)|
|The Oasis (Deck Chess Set)||The Oasis (Shuffleboard)||Aft View|
Deck 17 & Deck 18 (Sky Deck)
The highest level on Diamond Princess consists of two sections. The forward section is designated as Deck 17, which is an open-air area above the Cyber Golf and can only be accessed by stairs. The aft section is an observation lounge designated as Deck 18.
|Deck 17 Observation Area||Deck 17 Observation Area||Deck 17 Observation Area|
Situated atop the ship and around the base of the funnel, the 169-seat Skywalkers Nightclub is an aft-facing observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the cascading decks and pools at the stern. At night, it is transformed into a lively club which has a bar and a large dance floor.
|Skywalkers Nightclub||Skywalkers Nightclub||Skywalkers Nightclub|
|Skywalkers Nightclub||Skywalkers Nightclub||Aft View|
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