From Insider Travel Report:
Princess Cruises says guests sailing on Diamond Princess will now find a refreshed onboard atmosphere following an extensive 14-day, multimillion dollar dry dock in Singapore as part of the company’s “Come Back New Promise” commitment focused on investing more than $450 million across the global fleet. Enhanced offerings onboard Diamond Princess include:
Entertainment Upgrades: Guests watching a movie, sporting event or concert on the outdoor Movies Under the Stars screen now get updated 7.1 surround sound digital audio and pool deck LED lighting enhancements for a more vibrant entertainment experience.
Casino: Guests who enjoy gaming excitement will be surrounded by new carpet, light fixtures and new flat-screen TVs.
Lotus Spa & Fitness Center: In a space where guests can relax and invigorate, salon and treatment rooms have been upgraded and the latest in Precor fitness equipment is now available.
“Asia, and particularly Japan, is on many of our guests’ bucket list, and cruising is one of the best ways to explore this hospitable island nation,” said Princess President Jan Swartz. “This is the seventh season Princess Cruises has offered home port voyages from Japan, and we are thrilled to provide guests with our enriched onboard features that bring Japanese culture and beauty to life while sailing this region.”
Additional general refurbishments also were completed aboard Diamond Princess, including upgraded digital audio system for the Princess Theatre, Explorers Lounge and Club Fusion, as well as new furnishings in the Horizon Court. Over the past few months, the ship also received these other product enhancements:
Princess Luxury Bed: Available in every stateroom aboard Diamond Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. The bed offers the ultimate night of sleep at sea combining the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design and recently received the highest ranking for “Best Cruise Ship Beds” by Cruise Critic.
New Wine List: Princess now offers 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 her 2019 Japan cruise season featuring 60 departures on 40 unique itineraries and visiting 41 destinations in seven countries.
Built in Japan, Diamond Princess features the Izumi Bath, the largest open-air Japanese bath at sea, an 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex, offering indoor and outdoor Japanese bathing experiences including steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs with ocean views. Guests can experience the culture of the region onboard with Diamond’s distinctly Japanese offerings, such as Kai Sushi, an authentic sushi bar, and traditional music and entertainment. More information is available by calling 415-753-2189 or clicking on Princess Cruises.