Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Entered service: March 2004
Onboard currency: US Dollar
Passengers (lower berths): 2,674
Length: 290 metres
Beam: 37.5 metres
Draft: 8.05 metres
Diamond Princess began operation in March 2004.
Diamond Princess and her sister ship, the Sapphire Princess, are two of the only Princess Cruises cruise ships built in Japan. Like Sapphire Princess, she is a sub-classed Grand-class ship,which is also known as a Gem-class ship, as they have a 37.5 metre (123 ft) beam while all other Grand-class ships have a beam of 36 metres (118 ft).
Diamond Princess has been a regular visitor to New Zealand, operating several open jaw trans-Tasman voyages over the Australasian summer. After the season down under, Diamond Princess will be deployed in Japan.
Depending on the voyage, Diamond Princess may carry a mostly North American crowd on an exchange voyage; or a mostly Australian crowd with multi-generational family groups, couples in their 30’s to 70’s and some singles of various ages (mostly travelling with friends) on a transit voyage.
Princess Cruises does not allow passengers to bring liquor onboard and even that purchased onboard the duty free shop is retained until the last day of the cruise. Wine or champagne brought onboard at embarkation or in port are however allowed in the onboard restaurants with a corkage charge of USD15 and limited to one per person.