Cruising Japan

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Overall Rating:
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Diamond Princess
Far East

Review Profile

May, 2019
Times cruised before:

Cruise Elements:

Quality of Food:
We ate in the main dining room and enjoyed a great selection of international dishes.
Good quality shows in the main show lounge, plus nice quieter venues around the ship with more specialist entertainment.
Shore Excursions:
We did not do any ships tours, preferring to set our own itinerary.
The waiting staff were particularly brilliant.
Childrens Activities:
Not used, as we had no children with us.
Onboard Activities:
Reasonable choice of bars.
Decent accommodation.
We joined Diamond Princess at Kobe port after a week’s land tour visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, the Snow Monkeys  and travelling on a bullet train, so we were looking forward to a more relaxed second week in and around Japan. We were surprised once we were onboard that the Japanese were well outnumbered by Australians, New Zealander’s and Americans. It turned out that this week was the first week of the new season in Japan and a lot of passengers had stayed onboard from the transitional cruise from Australia.

We had been warned that some things were customised on the ship for the Japanese market, but the only real differences were no Freedom Dining, as the Japanese like the set dining times, and all the public area toilets had the heated seats!

The cruise included a stop in Busan , South Korea, which was interesting, especially to compare the culture with that of Japan. The other ports of call were all in Japan, and we found that it was very easy to do your own itinerary, despite the language differences. The ship had organised shuttle drop off points at key transport locations, and staff were present to help explain how to use the trams, trains, buses and trolleys, and even sold you the appropriate tickets. All the transport had places marked in English, as well as Japanese, and we never spent more than $60-$80 a day visiting wherever we wanted to go. The Japanese were helpful, if we needed advice, and eating out was easy, as every eating place had models of the dishes they served in the windows, and if you couldn’t pronounce it, you could just take them outside a point to what you wanted. There was such a variation of food options, we never had to eat the same item twice, and when back on ship, we had an excellent international choice.
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