This was our first cruise on Diamond Princess. We are veteran cruisers and chose this particular cruise for the itinerary it offered.
The ship is especially well laid out and has elegant decor. It is well maintained and the staff is very attentive. The Calypso Pool is an especially cheerful place - beautiful mosaics and dramatic lighting at night.
The food was exceptionally good in all venues. We liked the flexibility of Anytime Dining.
Great location - close to the atrium elevators. While Princess calls this a "fully obstructed view" many cruise lines would have called this a "partially obstructed view." We had a good view over the top of the lifeboat. (We could completely see the Sydney Opera House over the lifeboat.) I believe you would be able to see over the lifeboats from almost any of the cabins in this category on deck 8. We also had a small view down to the water, next to the lifeboat.
The cabin felt fairly roomy for its size, probably because there was only an armchair, not a settee or sofa. There was a flatscreen TV, about 36", a refrigerator, vanity with 3 small drawers and a desk chair. There was one long closet, about 7' of hanging space, which felt underutilized because it didn't have any shelf space (other than the shelf above the rod in the closet) that some other ships have. The shelves were in a separate closet, about two feet wide, and the safe (which used a keypad entry) occupied one of the shelves. The bathroom was typical in size and had a shower curtain (not doors).
Toured on our own. Went to Chinatown, then walked to the Opera House. Toured the Opera House - Fantastic!
Town is within walking distance from the ship. Hot and humid weather. The tourist bureau is downtown. We shopped at several stores. There is a large internet cafe in town.
We toured on our own. It was easy to get around even though we do not speak Japanese. People in the city were friendly and helpful, and many spoke English well. We walked from the ship to the tram and took the tram to Nagasaki Peace Park where many statues and monuments commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Then we walked to the hypocenter, about a block away, which is where the bomb exploded. It is about another block to the Atomic Bomb Museum where artifacts are displayed along with information about nuclear weapons. The museum was disappointing. Antinuclear political overtones diminished what could have been a more moving experience of the historical event.
We then took a tram to the closest stop to the Nagasaki Ropeway and walked approximately one mile. The cable car took us to the top of Mt. Inasa for spectacular views of the city.