Those who bash the Diamond as old and dingy are "glass half empty" folks. The ship is a gleaming jewel of the sea, with plenty of different venues to satisfy every taste. Since we were coming off a 4-day land tour, the Princess train dropped us off at 6pm right at the dock. There was only a 15minute line thru security and we were up in our room in no time. Our large bag was already in our room, since they took it the first day of our cruisetour. Our carryon bag arrived a few hours later.
We had a balcony cabin on the Aloha Deck 12. It is the highest balcony on the ship and overlooked the open balconies below. The only negative was that at times we could hear chairs being moved on the Lido deck in the Horizon Buffet room. I would probably move down to deck 11 if I returned for that reason.
Had the late 8pm traditional dinner seating in the International Dining room. We lucked out and sat with 3 other lovely couples who ranged from late '30's to early '60's. Everyone was very friendly and shared their daytime excursions at the table.Had only 2 breakfasts there and 2 lunches, since we had excursions in every port. The Horizon Buffet was OK, decent for lunch and good for breakfasts.
The Aloha Deck Balcony was roomy for 2 and located on the portside midships. IT was convenient to the Lido Deck for glacier viewing and the pool and buffets. I might switch to Deck 11 since there would be less noise from the public decks above.