Princess Cruises has wrapped a 14-day, multimillion-dollar drydock for the Asia-based Diamond Princess. Part of the cruise line's $450 million "Come Back New Promise" fleet enhancement project, the drydock took place in Singapore.
Newly enhanced offerings onboard the Diamond Princess include:
- Entertainment Upgrades – Guests watching a movie, sporting event or concert on the outdoor Movies Under the Stars screen now enjoy updated 7.1 surround sound digital audio and pool deck LED lighting enhancements.
- Casino – Guests who enjoy gaming excitement will be surrounded by new carpet, light fixtures and new flatscreen TVs.
- Lotus Spa & Fitness Center – The salon and treatment rooms have been upgraded and the latest in Precor fitness equipment is now available.
Further general refurbishments were also completed aboard Diamond Princess, including upgraded digital audio systems for the Princess Theatre, Explorers Lounge and Club Fusion, as well as new furnishings in the Horizon Court.
In recent months, Diamond Princess also received product enhancements:
- The Princess Luxury Bed – Available in every stateroom aboard Diamond Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess Cruises in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus.
- New Wine List – Offering more wine-making regions, varietals and blends than ever before, a total of 142 wines from around the world were curated in partnership with Doug Frost, one of only four people in the world to hold both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier title.
In addition to the new wine menu, six new beverage menus will be rolled out at The Sanctuary, Pool Deck, Wheelhouse, Crooners, and Explorer's Lounge throughout 2019 onboard Diamond Princess.
Following the dry dock in Singapore, Diamond Princess will embark on a 12-night sailing to Phu My, Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka and Shimizu (Mount Fuji) before returning to Yokohama for its 2019 Japan cruise season featuring 60 departures on 40 unique itineraries, visiting 41 destinations in seven countries. Diamond Princess guests will enjoy the itineraries that take them to ports around Japan and Asian destinations visiting sites famous for beautiful spring flowers and summer festivals, as well as fall foliage.
Built in Japan, Diamond Princess has the Izumi Bath, which the cruise line says is the largest open-air Japanese bath at sea – an 8,800 sq. ft bath and garden complex, offering indoor and outdoor Japanese bathing experiences including steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs with ocean vistas. The ship also has a number of other onboard Japanese cultural offerings, such as Kai Sushi, a sushi bar, and traditional music and entertainment.