We cruised on Diamond princess for the first time and were delighted with most things on board. The ship was spotless and we had an inside cabin that was better than any other we have had on other ships. There was plenty of room and ample space for clothes with a walk in type robe rather than a wardrobe.
The dining rooms were great and we chose anytime dining. We could get straight in most nights if we dined aboit 8pm. the food was amazing and we had no complaints whatsoever.We also ate at the horizon court a lot for lu.nch and found that to be mostly ok but sometimes a bit busy and hard to find a seat but only at really busy times.
The one complaint we would have is regarding the shows at night . unless we were prepared to arrive about 40 mins early at the explorers lounge we could not get a seat and LOTS of other people were disappointed as well. We think the shows should be in club fusion as it takes many more people. We missed many shows due to this.
The only other negative thing is because of the size of the ship 117000 tons, the ship had to berth in several container ports instead of the closer wharves and therefore we had to spend unecessary time on shuttle buses into the city . Having been on Sun and Dawn princess recently this did not have to happen.Those ships can get right into the city wharf with ease.
Our overall experience was fantastic and i will always choose princess again . The crew are all wonderful and always smiling and helpful .They have been trained very well.
I would recommend princess to anyone except the younger age groups as diamond princess average age would be late 60;s