Diamond Princess Returns With Japanese-Centered Features

Princess Cruises’ 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess has emerged from an extensive dry dock refurbishment, ready for a second season of cruising in Japan. The ship adds enticing new features designed to appeal to Japanese cruisers, as the line looks to boost its presence in the market.

The Largest Bath Complex at Sea
The highlight of the enhancement is a new -square meter Japanese bath and garden complex with indoor and outdoor bathing areas (the largest such bath experience at sea). The use of stone and other natural materials recreate the setting of a traditional Japanese onsen, together with its associated serenity and relaxation.

Greeting passengers is an open-air Japanese unisex hydro-therapy pool, complemented by plush shaded lounge chairs and a footbath. Indoors, the separate gender-segregated bath pools feature ocean views and an open air skylight to help bathers connect with nature, as well as a gentle mist sauna and a dry sauna with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. The Stone Bath will also feature an Utaseyu, an invigorating cascade of hot water that is ideal for relieving tension in the back and shoulders.

Kai Sushi and Revitalized Horizon Court, Sabatini’s

Drawing on the popularity of Kai Sushi onboard the Sun Princess, the line has added a bigger version of the restaurant to the Diamond Princess. Featuring both table and sushi bar-seating, guests will sample fresh seafood, sushi, sashimi and Japanese desserts to complete each meal. Sake lovers will also be able to try a variety of regional sakes for a taste of the many ports featured during the cruise.

The ship’s buffet area, Horizon Court, is upgraded to feature contemporary food service areas and live stations for a la carte cooking, with a special pastry shop, refreshed décor and expanded seating. Sabatini’s, the Italian specialty restaurant, gains a new look with remodeled decor.

Luxury Shopping at Sea

Diamond Princess’ duty-free boutiques have been remodeled to offer a new luxury shopping experience appealing to customers in Japan. Among the distinctive new spaces is a luxury watch boutique anchored by luxury Swiss watchmaker OMEGA, while the Essence boutique will introduce the first fragrance bar at sea. The Meridian Bay boutique includes a full crystal Swarovski installation as well as the Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn collections and designer leather and accessories from brands such as Burberry, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Ralph Lauren can be found at the new Limelight luxury boutique.

Passenger Enhancements and Japanese-centered Itineraries

Other changes onboard include 14 new cabins, a sports court on the roof of Skywalker’s Nightclub, a revitalized photo gallery and Platinum Portrait Studio, new art gallery displays, remodeled casino and relocated Internet café and wedding chapel. The ship also receives a fresh coat of paint and a technical overhaul in preparation for her new Japanese season.

Homeporting in Yokohama, Diamond Princess will operate an extended season of 9-day cruises visiting Taiwan, South Korea, Hokkaido, Russia and 15 Japanese ports, including 5 new itineraries created especially for the ship. During the popular holiday period of Golden Week, she will feature a special 10-day itinerary that includes opportunities to visit several festivals and a special call to Nagasaki, home to her builders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to celebrate her 10-year anniversary.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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