Posted June 19th, 2004, 10:19 PM
We are back from the 6/12 sailing of the Diamond Princess. I will post a more thorough review later. But in summary the Diamond Princess was FANTASTIC. Of our six cruises this was without a doubt the best by far. In fact, this was the best vacation we've ever been on. The Diamond was terrific. Food was great, service was great, ports great and the weather was even great. Did not have any rain at all. Sun was out when we were in Ketchikan even. Went on a whale watching tour at Juneau and saw 7-8 whales as well as sea lions and bald eagles. Did the Yukon train at Skagway and it was a great trip. In Ketchkikan, we just walked around town and did the same in Victoria. The hit of the cruise though was sailing up Tracy Arm. Absolutely breath taking scenery. We just sat on our balcony in total awe. We did Anytime dining and it was great. Never had to wait for a table any night. We never ran across a single crew member that didn't have a smile or say hello. Food was delicious in both dining room and in Horizons. We also loved our afternoon pizza. We ate at all four Anytime dining rooms and they were all good. My favorite was Sterling but I think rest in my group liked Sante Fe best. Pacific Moon was also very good. Some favorites were the prime rib and steak in Sterling. The lobster on the second formal night was delicious. Also the crab legs were great. In fact, there was only one dish the entire week that I didn't like and that was the chilled pumpkin soup on the final night. Entertainment was really good also. We really enjoyed Bert Stratton all week. If anyone has any specific questions, I'll be glad to answer them. One final point, if anyone comes back from this cruise griping or complaining then they would have to be about the hardest people in the world to satisify. I just wish we were sailing on the ship again this week.
Oh one final thing. We had a terrific thing happen on Saturday after we sailed. We met up with the Sapphire Princess, which circled around us. All the crew was out on the decks cheering at each other and the two ships traded salutes with the air horns (this really sent chills up my spine). Then the two ships joined up in formation, side by side, while a helicopter flew over taking photos. This was a once in a lifetime experience, two sister ships meeting up like this for a photo session. WOW was it ever neat.
Now, to get back to reality - oh bartender, I'll have another Chocolate Banana please
June 1994 Premier Atlantic
June 1995 Regent Rainbow
March 1998 Celebrity Century
January 2000 Norwegian Sky
January 2003 Golden Princess
June 2004 Diamond Princess
Nov. 2005 Disney Magic
Summer 2006 Pride of Aloha
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