As one of only two Princess Cruises cruise ships built in Japan, it’s not surprising this exotic gem can often be found sailing to the most intriguing vacation destinations abroad. Great-tasting cuisine can be found throughout the cruise ship, including at popular Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s®, where freshly prepared pasta creations reign supreme. In the elegant dining rooms, you’ll find sommeliers to help you enhance your meal with paired wines. Poolside, the hand-tossed pizza is always served to you just out of the oven. And, as an added bonus, both Movies Under the Stars® and The Sanctuary®, a tranquil haven exclusively for adults, have recently been added to Diamond Princess!
From tantalizing sauces and warm breads to pastries baked three times a day, the world-class chefs create exceptional cuisine from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. And whether you’re sailing to Alaska or the Amazon, you’ll find a wonderful array of dining choices to suit any mood, from elegant restaurants to more casual options.
1) Traditional Dining
Traditional Dining is the classic cruise dining experience. Indulge in the freshly-prepared, award-winning cuisine, served at set times in an elegant dining room with the same waitstaff and table mates each evening.
Dining Hours: 1st Seating – 6:00pm 2nd Seating – 8:15pm
* Number of seatings and dining hours are subject to change. Actual times may vary based on itinerary per season.
* Requests for preferences are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
2) Anytime Dining
Anytime Dining offers a flexible dining experience – just like a restaurant would – and gives you the freedom to dine with whomever you wish, at your convenience between 5:30pm to 10:00pm in elegant, upscale venues.
* Not available on voyages round-trip from Japan.
* Not available while operating in Australia.
3) Specialty Restaurants
Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to gourmet fare. That's why Princess offers several Specialty Dining options for you to choose from on every ship. These distinctive restaurants provide intimate dining in an upscale atmosphere. Reservations are suggested at these popular venues. And because these restaurants at sea are truly a special treat, a cover charge of USD 29 will apply per person. 50% discount applied to children aged 3-12 years old. No charge for children under 3 years of age.
4) Casual Dining Venues
When a casual mood calls, you have plenty of choices, even on formal nights.
Horizon Court - A tantalizing selection that changes throughout the day, to satisfy the most discriminating palate.
Crab Shack - Seafood lovers will have a full crab shack experience, complete with mallets, bibs and buckets. Diners can enjoy crawfish in a Bayou-style “Mud Bug” boil, spiced peel and eat shrimp, or a mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams, and mussels. Cover charge USD 29 per person.
Lobby Bar (Pâtisserie) - The place for pastries and coffees. Specialty drinks, wine, and beer are at current menu prices but there's no extra charge for food.
Prego Pizzeria (Poolside) - Wait until you taste this classic treat, 100% homemade, Neapolitan style. You can also choose to have it delivered to your stateroom during regular Pizzeria hours of operation (USD 3 Stateroom delivery charge applies).
Trident Grill (Poolside) - The all-American favorite, Burger & Hot Dog Grill.
Afternoon Tea - Offers traditional afternoon tea, complete with tea, sandwiches, cookies, scones and the requisite hearty jams and rich, creamy spreads.
English Pub Lunch - A range of British favourites from bangers & mash, fish & chips and Ploughman's Lunch to cottage pie, complement a selection of traditional pub drinks such as Stella Artois, Bass Ale or Guinness.
5) Room Service
You may call for personal complimentary Room Service at any time of the day or night. To have continental breakfast delivered to the stateroom, fill out the breakfast card included in the stateroom portfolio and hang it out at night on the stateroom door in order to receive delivery the next morning at the time of your choosing. For a full stateroom menu, you may review the stateroom portfolio, call the number listed in the telephone directory or press the "Room Service" button on the phone.
6) Ultimate Balcony Dining
Enjoy an intimate, romantic dining experience with breathtaking views and a special meal served by your own dedicated waitstaff on your stateroom balcony. This special room service option is available for either breakfast (USD 45 per couple) or dinner (USD 100 per couple). Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.
7) Chef's Table
The Chef’s Table is designed as a special treat for dining enthusiasts, and offers the rare opportunity to be welcomed into the inner sanctum of the ship's galley to enjoy a full evening of memorable sights, tastes and conversation hosted by the executive chef.
While many passengers are able to enjoy galley tours during the quiet off-hours, the Chef's Table experience takes interested diners behind the scenes during the height of dinner preparation where they'll also enjoy Champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a special multi-course tasting dinner paired with selected wines in the dining room.
The Chef’s Table program is limited to approximately 10-12 passengers per table, at USD 95 per person and includes a complimentary copy of Princess' cookery book and photo taken at the private table with the chef.
Reservations are made onboard through the ship's DINE telephone line or in person at the dining reservations table set up on the first day of the cruise.
* Once onboard and subject to availability, you may attempt to switch preferences with 24 hours notice to the Maitre D’ (you may just call the number listed in the telephone directory). The staff will do their best to accommodate your preference.
Princess is happy to meet your request for low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar and vegetarian diets. Visit Cruise Personalizer® to indicate your dietary preferences.
In addition, kosher meals and baby food are available upon advance written request. Any other special diet requests must be authorized in advance by the Princess corporate office.
You must advise Princess in writing of any special diet, allergies or medical needs. Requests must be received no later than 65 days prior to departure.
* Cruises to Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal and Coastal Getaways no later than 35 days prior to departure.
Once onboard, please check with the Maitre D' to confirm your request.
To make it as easy as possible for you to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard, please see below for an example of "formal & casual night" schedules based on the length of your cruise.
* Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises – this can be arranged prior to embarkation.
Princess@Sea - Your FREE, mobile-friendly connection to everything onboard!
The complimentary onboard web service offering quick and convenient access to valuable information directly on your mobile phone, computer, tablet or other device. Plus, Princess@Sea Messenger allows you to send text messages to other guests onboard. It even operates in "Airplane Mode". No cellular or data charges required.
Currency used onboard is US Dollar (USD).
Upon your arrival at the port, take your luggage (if any) to the luggage drop-off area, customer service staff will in the designated counter dedicated for your services. Your luggage will be taken to your cabin (free of charge) after sailing.
Baggage should be labelled and left outside your cabin door on the final night of the cruise. Cruise staff will collect it and you will be able to reclaim it in the terminal building or the dedicated areas ashore after disembarkation. We recommend that you keep a small piece of hand luggage with everything you need the following morning (documents, medicines, change of clothes, etc.).
For the first day of your cruise, pack a small carry-on bag with your travel documents, a change of clothes, bathing suit, workout clothes, and any medications you may need. That way you don't have to wait for your checked bags to arrive in your stateroom.
During boarding, cruise staff will keep your passport/travelling document and full custody, in order to show the different port agencies. On disembarkation day, passport will be distributed back.
The complete schedule of all of the following day’s events will be delivered to your cabin every evening. Make sure you take it with you, even when going ashore, as it has contact numbers and details of the ship’s departure time, the time zone of the destination, etc.
International and Maritime Law requires all passengers attend this important drill. Please listen to the announcement for the safety drill. Please collect your lifejackets and check your access card for assembly station. Vital information will be communicated at this time.
During the cruise, you are free to dress as you wish: the atmosphere onboard is informal and casual. Clothing must however be suited to the environment, season, destination (eg. religious sites) or occasion, such as a formal night (smart & elegant is recommended) or an excursion. A jacket or shawl is always advisable.
You will receive a personal cruise card at check-in counter which
will automatically identify your name. During the cruise, you will need
to use it when making purchases in the onboard shops and to pay
for any extra services (except bets at the Casino’s tables), or as a
cabin card. Purchases will be automatically added to your cabin
account, which must then be settled at the end of the cruise in cash
or by credit card.
For your convenience, Princess vessels have self-service launderettes where washers, dryers and laundry products are available for a negligible charge. Please note that irons/ironing boards are available in the self-service laundry rooms. Ironing and using personal clothes steamers are not permitted in any stateroom. Although rare, on certain itineraries environmental regulations relating to the consumption of water may impact the operating hours of the launderettes. These restrictions, when applicable will be posted in the Princess Patter.
The cabins are well equipped with towels, shower gel, hair shampoo, soap, hair dryers, etc., but before you leave home, don't forget to bring along your toothbrush & toothpaste, as there are not provided in your cabin.
Princess Cruises offers a warm and inviting cruise experience on ships that sail to over 330 ports worldwide. The contemporary design of their vessels provide for an intimate setting in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The onboard activities and amenities are vast and varied and include multiple dining choices, a broad range of entertainment options, and a full complement of onboard activities and enrichment programs.
From the moment guests board they are greeted by a warm and welcoming staff providing a personal level of service designed to make guests feel right at home. Princess Cruises' offers a wide variety of itineraries that will please everyone, from the first-time cruiser to the experienced world traveler. Here you will find the perfect itinerary, whether you are yearning for a relaxing week in the Caribbean or are seeking to explore new and out of the ordinary cruise destinations. On all of their itineraries you can immerse yourself in local cultures and gain a true understanding of the ports that are being visited. They also combine their cruises with land packages to provide a unique cruisetour experience.
Princess Cruises operates 16 ships on over 500 different itineraries throughout the world. Ranging from 1 to 107 days, Their cruise destination include the Caribbean, Canada & New England, the Panama Canal, Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia & New Zealand, South America and world cruise itineraries.