Diamond Princess Given Indulgent Oriental Makeover

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The Diamond Princess is turning Japanese with a $30 million refurbishment. The extravagant makeover will see the 290 metre shining star of the Princess Cruises fleet revamped with an 817 square metre Japanese bath and garden complex.

The sheer size of the new facility gives it the boasting status as the largest on-ship Japanese bath experience of its kind. The spa will be accompanied by a gourmet sushi restaurant serving up a menu of tantalising Japanese specialties.

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Outdoors, passengers are invited to relax and unwind in an open-air Japanese unisex hydro-therapy pool surrounded by plush sun lounges and a revitalising sea breeze. The luxurious Japanese experience continues inside, passengers given the opportunity to enjoy an indulgent gender separated bath experience, as dictated by traditional Japanese culture.

With sweeping views over the open ocean, an abundance of natural stonework and incorporation of traditional Japanese interior design, the Diamond Princess effortlessly brings all the tranquility and relaxation of the ‘onsen’ experience to the high seas.

Princess Cruises president, Jan Swartz said “Because bathing is an important part of the Japanese culture, we want to offer passengers an authentic experience on board, complete with unparalleled ocean views.”

The Japanese bath house and garden complex adds to the already impressive collection of Diamond Princess pampering facilities including The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck wellness haven. The ship will also receive an array of new designer shops, additional staterooms and outfit of new furnishings.

The Diamond Princess is set to be reunited with her sister ship, the Sun Princess for the beginning of the busy Australian summer cruising season later this year. The new itinerary places a heavy focus on roundtrip cruises departing from Sydney, a move that reaffirms Princess Cruises as Australia’s leading liner.

On offer are six different round trips, including two 28 day circumnavigations of Australia, a five day city break to Melbourne, eight day Tasmanian taster and a debut round-trip to New Zealand. Cruisers can also embark on Diamond Princess voyages between Sydney and Fremantle, the line recently announcing new Top End and Southern Australia itineraries between the east and west coasts.

Fares start at $1799 per person for a 12 night Sydney to Bunbury cruise and $3999 per person for 28 night circumnavigation packages.

For more information on Diamond Princess visit our Princess Cruises Cruise webpage.

 

Video Sourced Via YouTube. Credit: Princess Cruises

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