March 3, 2007
My husband and I took our first cruise with the Diamond Princess to Mexico in March, 2007. In a word "Wow". We loved it. Princess really did a wonderful job of managing thousands of passengers. Service was friendly and excellent; all areas of the ship including our cabin were tidy and very clean and food was very good. Embarkation and disemabrarkation was a breeze. We never had a line up for anything on the ship. The staff were extremely organized with getting people on and off the ship at the start and end of the cruise but also for tours.
We did two tours: Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were professionally done and well worth the money. We arranged these through Princess and were glad we did as it totally took away the stress and hassle of arranging these ourselves.
We really enjoyed such a a large ship with all the amenities and options that were available. We never felt it was too big or difficult to find our way around.
We loved our balcony cabin. It had more room than we expected to have. A balcony is wonderful for sitting out and enjoying the ocean, the sunsets/sunrises and having a meal or snack.
The Captain's announcements were appreciated and humourous. We appreciated staff not using the intercom all the time.
We opted for traditional dining. It was very enjoyable meeting others and having wonderful service with the same staff each night. I would try the anytime dining the next time for comparison. There certainly are enough options for eating on this ship. The buffet was well organized and food always hot, tasty and attractively prepared.
Our only comments for improvements are: the beds and pillows are hard! Also, charging for every pop and coffee is silly and should be included in the cost of the fare.
We highly recommend Princess for a cruise and plan to travel with them again.