Diamond Princess Back In Singapore For The First Time After Its Us$30 Million Dry-Dock Refurbishment
Princess Cruises’ signature Japanese-built ship, the Diamond Princess, called at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre today, returning to Singapore for the first time after its US$30 million dry-dock refurbishment which was carried out at the Sembawang shipyard last year.
Designed to appeal to Japanese guests and those keen to experience a Japanese-themed voyage, the Diamond Princess features a distinct Japanese flavor as a result of the refurbishment in 2014. Japanese-inspired facilities and enhancements include an extensive 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex offering the largest Japanese bath experience at sea, as well as a new specialty restaurant, Kai Sushi Bar, which serves Japanese-infused cuisine.
Guests can also immerse themselves in the wonders of Japan and the Far East through enriching onboard programs and cultural entertainment such as traditional storytelling, authentic tea-sampling ceremonies,ikebana flower arrangement, as well as presentations by local experts on engaging subjects, including samurai history.
“The ideal way to explore Japan is by sea and Princess Cruises offers travelers unmatched options for discovering its many jewels. We are very excited to celebrate our third year of Japan-based sailings, bringing guests to the shores of this fascinating country onboard the Japanese-themed Diamond Princess,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises.
The ship sets sail from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre this evening on a 14-day voyage that will call at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My, Vietnam), Taipei (Keelung, Taiwan), and Osaka (Japan), as well as include a two-day stop-over in Hong Kong.
Following this trip, the Diamond Princess will homeport in Yokohama from 29 April to 6 September 2015 for a season of sailings to destinations in Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, in addition to 14 ports across the Japanese archipelago and the Shiretoko Peninsula on the island of Hokkaido. Highlights of the trip include land and sea vacations taking guests to ancient temples and castles of Kyoto, as well as the scenic country of Mt. Fuji and Hakone National Park. Princess Cruises is the first premium cruise line dedicated to Japan and destinations from the surrounding region.
The Diamond Princess, which carries up to 2,706 guests and 1,000 crew, will be deployed again for Princess Cruises’ 2016 Japan homeporting season, featuring two new ports-of-call to Miyazaki and the castle ruins of Yatushiro, in addition to the current range of sailings.
Diamond Princess’ unique Japanese experience complements the cruise line’s selection of signature dining and entertainment options, such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theater, as well as The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat.
As part of Princess Cruises’ fleet-wide 50th Anniversary celebrations, there will also be special onboard festivities such as a balloon drop dance party and commemorative menus featuring dishes from the past five decades.