Diamond Princess undergoes multimillion-pound refit

Japan-based ship features Izumi Bath and Japanese garden, plus enhanced entertainment
Diamond Princess undergoes multimillion-pound refit
Diamond Princess will spend her 2019 and 2020 cruise seasons sailing around Japan (Image: Princess Cruises)

By Elly Yates-Roberts |

Sembcorp Marine recently completed a multimillion-pound, two-week refit on Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess at its Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The ship, which will be based in Japan for the 2019 and 2020 seasons now features an Izumi Bath and a Japanese garden. 

During the refit, the yard added improved surround sound on the top-deck ‘Movies Under The Stars’ outdoor cinema, as well as other audio enhancements in the Princess Theatre, Explorers Lounge and Club Fusion. 

Interior work saw the replacement of carpets, light fixtures and flat-screen TVs in the Casino, as well as furnishings in the Horizon Court buffet. 

Staterooms have also been updated to new offer Princess Luxury beds that were created in collaboration with Michael Breus, a board-certified sleep expert and WebMD consultant. Each bed features linens, enhances mattress support and king-sized pillows available with feathers or anti-allergy microfibre. 

The main dining room wine list has been increased to offer over 140 choices including biodynamic, organic and vegan wines

Diamond Princess has been specifically designed with the Japanese market in mind and features the Izumi Bath, the largest open-air Japanese bath and garden complex at sea, a sushi restaurant and traditional Japanese entertainment. 

The refit continues Princess Cruises’ ‘Come Back New Promise’ campaign, which involves a £330 million investment across the fleet’s 17 ships. 

Diamond Princess will be available for nine-day itineraries departing from Tokyo from September 2019 with port calls at Ishinomaki, Hakodate, Maizuru, Busan, Kanmon Straits and Hiroshima. 

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