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Diamond Princess Set to Shine After Extensive Transformation

March 14, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

In preparation for Princess Cruises’ second season of Japan cruising, Diamond Princess is undergoing an extensive drydock to add a range of new features including the largest Japanese bath area at sea.

During the $30 million dollar refurbishment, the ship will also receive a new sushi restaurant, enhanced shopping areas, a revitalised Horizon Court, additional staterooms, new interior furnishings and an exterior refurbishment.

The drydock begins today and will continue until April 2 at Sembawang shipyard in Singapore, with regular photo updates offering daily behind-the-scenes glimpses.

“Because bathing is an important part of the Japanese culture, we want to offer passengers an authentic experience onboard, complete with unparalleled ocean views,” Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz said. “This is just one of several additions we’re making to the ship to give passengers an appealing Japanese experience.” Events

The most dramatic new feature, the 817 square-metre bath and garden complex will include indoor and outdoor areas to provide a choice of bath styles. Highlighting the serenity and relaxation of a classic Japanese bath experience, the area will feature stone and other natural materials and a setting similar to the popular onsen, or hot springs, experience for which Japan is well-known.

The new bath area will include an elegant, open-air Japanese hydrotherapy pool as well as separate indoor bath experiences, each with spectacular sea views, for male and female guests. The ocean view sauna and bath will also feature a dry sauna with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a refreshing gentle mist sauna as well as an open air skylight. Meanwhile the stone bath will feature an Utaseyu, an invigorating cascade of hot water that is ideal for relieving tension in the back and shoulders.

Outdoors, passengers will be able to relax in plush shaded lounge chairs or soak in a footbath while enjoying fresh sea air.

Diamond Princess passengers will also enjoy a new sushi restaurant. Reflecting the popularity of the Kai Sushi restaurant introduced on Sun Princess last year, a bigger version of this restaurant will be added to Diamond Princess, and will feature both table seating and a sushi bar serving fresh seafood. The 66-person capacity restaurant will serve miso shiro, nigiri sushi, maki sushi, sashimi, seafood cocktails and, for dessert, matcha ice cream with red bean paste. Sake lovers will be able to try a variety of regional sakes for a taste of many of the ports featured during the cruise.

The duty-free boutiques aboard Diamond Princess will be remodelled to offer a new luxury shopping experience including a watch boutique anchored by a special OMEGA shop. The Essence boutique will introduce the first fragrance bar at sea where passengers can sample and learn about new scents. The Meridian Bay boutique includes a full crystal Swarovski installation as well as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn collections. A new Limelight luxury boutique will offer designer leather and accessories including fashionable international and American designer brands such as Burberry, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Ralph Lauren.

The ship’s buffet area, the Horizon Court, will be upgraded to feature contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking, plus a special pastry shop, refreshed décor and expanded seating.

Other changes include 14 new cabins, a sports court on the roof of Skywalker’s Nightclub, a revitalised photo gallery and Platinum Portrait Studio, new art gallery displays, new décor in Sabatini’s Italian specialty restaurant, a remodelled casino and a relocated Internet café and wedding chapel.

Once out of drydock, Diamond Princess will set sail on a season of Japan-based cruises on April 17. The ship will homeport in Tokyo (Yokohama) for an extended season of nine-day cruises that include visits to Taiwan, South Korea, Hokkaido, Russia and 15 Japanese ports, including five new itineraries created especially for the ship. She will return to Australia in November 2014, when she will undertake her first circumnavigation of the country from Sydney.

The new features aboard Diamond Princess add to the ship’s current impressive array of dining and entertainment options plus signature innovations such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theatre and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat.

The 2670-passenger Diamond Princess offers a high number of staterooms with private balconies, multiple dining rooms and entertainment venues, Lotus Spa, boutiques, and an internet café, among other amenities.

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