I am going on the Diamond's sailing Nov. 20th. I've never sailed on Princess before, but know we will have a fabulous time. My question is in regard to PC dining, and events. Our TA has our group booked for personal choice. Is it necessary to book for all of our nights that first day onboard? This trip is a celebration for my mother's 75th birthday, and a member of our group is planning a cocktail party. Are there shipboard rooms that anyone would recommend for a group of about 15?
I very much appreciate all the great advice I've read on these boards, and will welcome any thoughts on the Diamond. I've gone on 2 inaugural cruises before, never on Princess and truly think cruising is the way to travel, whether a family or couple. I'm so excited for my family to see what I've been going on and on about.
The issue of whether to make reservations is a difficult one. But , particularily because you are cruising over Thanksgiving, and are with a large group.... I would DEFINITELY make your reservations for the full week during the first day onboard.
As for the cocktail party... if you want a private spot, try the Wake View Bar. It's aft below club fusion.
If privacy doesnt matter so much.. the WheelHouse Bar is a great spot. Sure they could just reserve a small section for you.
I just got off the Diamond on Sat. we had personal choice, four different resturaunts, all good. we got on board and made reservations for the first night and the next night that was all they allowed, then you had to call everyday, for the next day to make reservations so when I got up first thing I would call. it seems like it would be a pain, but they made it very easy. When you go to the steakhouse make sure and order the onion rings they were yummy. And if they have the mini cream puffs don't pass.
Have fun Sandra
I will definitely order onion rings ! Love them anywhere. I am currently dieting to prepare for the cruise so my clothes will still fit if I gain 5 pounds. When I was on the QM 2, in 3 days, I gained as many pounds. But it is worth it.
Where was your cabin on the Diamond? We have balconies on the Aloha deck. Any other thoughts you'd like to share would be most appreciated. It does sound as though you very much enjoyed your cruise, so your insight is of great value to me. Who were you traveling with? What did you enjoy most? Did you take any excursions?
Just got back from the Diamond on Saturday. I was on the Aloha Deck cabin A429 if was great right off the elevators. One flight up was the pool. Had a balcony which had 2 chairs and a small table. Was just right for us. We had 3 women in the room. Orfered coffee for the morning and just sat out on the balony and it was beautiful.
As the others said you can only make reservation 2 days in advance and had no problems getting reservations any night. Make sure they know you are a large group maybe you will be able to make your reservations for the week because you are a large group. They are pretty accommodating. Order your robes for the room nice to have them.
I had no complaints but I am not a fussy person. Any questions I will be glad to answer. I am sure you will have a great time.
What was your favorite dining experience? We are planning on doing Sabatini's one night.
Were there any shows or activities that you found particularly fun? I can't wait. We are in A606, and also all have balconies. I think it will be nice to have the extra space there to relax.
I've been so interested in reading all the different opinions on each ship. I too am not fussy, and really try to always make the best of everything. You know, the self-fulfilling prophecy notion. I read one review on another board of the Diamond, and they were very harsh. It just seemed to me that every little thing set them off. It is good to get perspective.
We didnt eat in Sabitinis so I cannot comment on that. Although I read the menu and it was a nice menu.
Each restaurant has its own menu and also the main dining room menu.
I enjoyed all four restaurants, but we did eat in Sterlings and Vivaldis twice.
Lobster tails was served on Thursday night 2nd dress-up night which we all were waiting for and they were very good.
We didnt do much in activities but they have many different ones. We did Bingo, Horse Racing and Casino..........They do have much more but just really wanted to relax more than do anything. The pools are great and the jacuzzi was nice.
We had one bad day going out and one very windy day coming home so it keep you inside more. They have movies, different types of classes like knitting, ceramics, etc.
We saw 2 shows both was nice (small theater for such a large ship) so get there early so you can sit. Missed the comedian which I did want to see but forgot about it. lol.....