Princess Cruises completes renovation of Japan-based ship

Princess Cruises’ 2,670-guest ship, Diamond Princess, has received a multi-million pound two-week refit. The ship now includes enhanced entertainment capabilities and an upgraded spa and gym.

Diamond Princess will be based in Japan throughout 2019-20 – including during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – with roundtrip departures from Tokyo and Kobe sailing to 50 destinations in 11 countries. The voyages will take guests to sites renowned for features and events such as spring flowers, summer festivals and fall foliage.

The refit comprises:

· Improved surround sound digital audio on the top-deck ‘Movies Under The Stars’ outdoor cinema screen, and audio enhancements in the Princess Theatre, Explorers Lounge and Club Fusion to ensure guests hear the best of live productions shows and guest entertainers

· Updated fitness equipment in the onboard gym, and upgrades to the spa salon and treatments rooms

· Replacement carpet, light fixtures and flat-screen TVs in the Casino

· New furnishings in the Horizon Court buffet

In addition, six new beverage menus will be introduced in various venues throughout the ship including The Sanctuary, Lido deck bars, Wheelhouse Bar, Crooners and Explorers Lounge.

The new enhancements complement recent additions to the ship, such as:

· A Princess luxury bed in every stateroom. The bed was created exclusively for Princess Cruises in collaboration with Dr. Michael Breus, a board-certified sleep expert and WebMD consultant. It features fine linens, enhanced mattress support and a king-size deluxe pillow available with feathers or an anti-allergy microfiber option

· A new main dining room wine list that has doubled the previous options on offer to comprise over 140 choices. A range of bottles have been introduced from across the world including France, Italy, Australia, South America and the USA and include several wines that are biodynamic, organic or vegan

Diamond Princess is tailored for Japan cruising and gives guests the chance to enjoy local experiences onboard, such as the Izumi Bath – the largest open-air Japanese bath and garden complex at sea – a sushi restaurant and traditional Japanese entertainment.

The refit was completed in Singapore and continues Princess’ ‘Come Back New Promise’ campaign, with £330m being invested across the line’s fleet of 17 ships.

Princess Cruises is offering a 9-day Circle Japan sailing on Diamond Princess, roundtrip from Tokyo. Departing September 9, 2019, ports of call include Ishinomaki, Hakodate, Maizuru, Busan, Kanmon Straits and Hiroshima. Prices from £998 per person.

For more information or to book, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to more than 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England and World Cruises. Itineraries range in length from three to 111 days.

Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship, Sky Princess, under construction scheduled for delivery in October 2019. Princess recently announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests with expected delivery in 2023 and 2025. Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 & 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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