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Old October 4th, 2006, 01:27 AM
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I have finished uploading 205 pictures of my cruise. Departing 9/23/06 out of the port of Los Angeles (San Pedro); stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan & Cabo San Lucas. We had cabin A228 - the topmost of 3 levels of balcony cabins.

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Here are some thoughts on the cruise -- I will also try to answer any questions you may have.

Cabin key card - when you first arrive, you will get a key card (like a credit card) for your cabin. Go to the pursor's desk and have them punch a hole in it (they do this all the time). Attach a lanyard to it so you can carry it around your neck. This will elimnate any need to carry a purse or wallet. EVERYTHING on the ship is purchased by swiping your key card as your credit card will be on file with them. The morning you depart, you will get an itemized list of your purchases for your records. If you prefer to, you can give the pursor cash on embarking, and your key card will be set to that limit.

Cabin - plenty of storage space. The balcony has a small table and 2 chairs (not lounge chairs). The door is a very heavy sliding glass door that locks. Shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, soap and lotion are all provided.

Weddings - there were 3 weddings on this cruise. The chapel is lovely and they decorate it just before a wedding. The room has a piano in it and seats 34.

Cabin safe - yes, there is a small safe about 12" square. You select your own 4-digit code and it is free.

Library - besides the MANY books you can check out, they also have a lot of games, cards and dice.

Lotus Spa - you can get a pass for the week ($70 for one, $109 for two). This will let you into the private area where you have a pool and hot tub, several saunas, several different showers, and heated stone beds. There is a changing room, lockers, robes, towels.
This is all separate from whatever spa treatment you might get.

Tender - the only tender port is Cabo San Lucas. It's a quick little trip to port. I was surprised to find out that the tenders come WITH the ship. They double as the lifeboats and at the end of the day, they are hauled back on the ship.

Things that cost $$ - bars, casino, specialty drinks, special meals on your balcony, 2 restaurants (Sabatini's, $20, and Sterling Steak House, $15), the ice cream stand, Lotus Spa treatments or weekly pass, wine in the dining rooms; internet connec (50 cents a minute); Bingo; laundromat (one on each cabin level); photos taken by their photographers onboard ($20 for each 8x10); the Arcade.

Free - food and non-alcoholic drinks from the buffet or dining rooms (you can pop into the buffet anytime for soda, coffee, tea or water); pizza stand (absolutely delicious by the way); hamburger/fries stand; poolside buffets; standard room service; library books or games; afternoon movies.

Kids - I took photos of the kids' area. There is one room for ages 3-8 and another for ages up to 17. I do not know if there is any charge here as I didn't have occasion to use it. I rarely saw kids on the ship as they were kept busy all day by their own activities directors in these rooms. By the way, the rooms were really amazing and had all sorts of things to keep the kids busy. I think they had their own little pool also.

Midnight chocolate buffet - this seems to have been phased out. In it's place, they do an afternoon dessert buffet around the main pool area.

Dining Rooms - this ship had 2 dining rooms that required a surcharge (see above). There was also the Horizon Court Buffet (always available); 5 dining rooms available for dinner (all with the same menu). One of those 5 - the International Dining Room - was also open for breakfast from 7:30am until 9am, and lunch from 11:30am to 1pm. I tried them once for breakfast (same food as the buffet, except you sit down and they serve you -- less choice, though). I also tried them for lunch, but was quite dissappointed in the limited menu choices. The dining rooms all had marvelous food for dinner - choice of 3 appetizers, 3 soups, 1 salad, 5 entrees, and about 5 desserts. In addition, they had quite a few entrees and desserts that were standard and available all the time.

Medical needs - the liquor store onboard carries small packages of quite a few things - aspirin, Motrin, Rolaids, Dramamine, etc. Surprisingly, the only thing I did not see was Immodium, or any kind of medicine for the bowels. There is a doctor onboard that will happily give you an injection for about $100, so be sure to bring your own meds for Montezuma's revenge!

Water - the water onboard is probably more pure than any you can get in the world - bottled or otherwise. It goes through quite a number of filtrations. I took a water bottle and refilled it as necessary to carry around with me. If you take a tour in port, there is always bottled water you can purchase - my tours provided it for free at our stops.


Well, I know I will think of more later, but please let me know if you have questions.
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Great review! We sail the Diamond October 7th. How was the weather?
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Old October 4th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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The weather in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta was about 95 deg., 100% humidity.... thunderstorms were threatening, but we had maybe 3 drops in one port. Hot, sticky, but we dressed properly (all cotton) and did just fine. Be sure to tote your water bottle around with you.

By the time we got up the coast to Cabo (last port), it was getting cooler. Back in L.A., downright cold in comparison.

Just be sure to pack long pants and a jacket - they keep the indoor areas at about 68 degrees and sometimes cooler -- we froze in the Princess Theatre one evening.

In the Pacific Moon Dining Room, ask to sit at Marco's station -- what an amazing waiter, absolutely a doll (plus, he's from Portugal and has a great accent). Every dining room (except the ones you pay for) have identical menus, so it doesn't matter which one you use. If you are doing "freestyle" dining, I suggest you dial up the concierge as soon as possible and book a dinner time for every night you are on the ship -- sometimes we had to wait awhile to sit.

Have a great time!
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Cheezz: DH would like to know if it would too hot to use the stone beds in the spa. 95 degrees....yikes! I'll pack more cotton clothing. Thanks for the tips.
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awesome pics and info, ill be on there in december with my friends i cant freakin wait now.


Just wondering, how was the noise on aloha? we're gonna be close to where your room was
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Lotus Spa - you can get a pass for the week ($70 for one, $109 for two). This will let you into the private area where you have a pool and hot tub, several saunas, several different showers, and heated stone beds. There is a changing room, lockers, robes, towels.
I thought you could use the non-treatment areas of the spa without a charge. I've read where people use the spa showers on formal nights instead of the "mini-showers" in the cabins. Also thought the pool, hot tubs, saunas were free. I always thought there was a charge for the stone beds since that's only free if you have a full suite.
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Default jkrav - Aloha deck is VERY quiet.... no problem there ....

unless you have party animals next door like we did
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None of it is supposed to be used unless you are there for treatment or have the pass. If you know where you are going (it's like a maze), and can sneak past the front desk, then you could conceivably use the showers. You will have no place to stow your stuff though, as you need a key from the desk to get a locker space. The 'fancy' showers, pools, hot tubs, saunas, and stone beds are all behind a door marked "For Guests Only".
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Cheezz: DH would like to know if it would too hot to use the stone beds in the spa. 95 degrees....yikes! I'll pack more cotton clothing. Thanks for the tips.
Hi Janice, That was my thought, also. While in the 2 hotest ports, you probably would not find it appealing. But on the trip down and coming back from Cabo, it gets pretty cool. Also, if you spend a lot of time on the ship, you get pretty frozen in the public rooms and going to lay on that stone bed, even for 10 minutes, felt like heaven!

All I took were sandals and wished I had packed a closed shoe as my toes got pretty chilled. Be sure and go online to Princess website, to your "Cruise Personalizer" and put in your request for robes in your room.

Oh, just remembered - as soon as we got into our cabin, we grabbed the room steward and had him get us down pillows.... SO much more comfy than the flat ones they have in the room.
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unless you have party animals next door like we did
well we plan on being the party animals so i was worried about being woken up by movement above during the late morning haha
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Default Just keep in mind, "party animals"...

that the cabins next door can hear everything you say! Don't be surprised if they retaliate by banging on your door at 6am. Remember to be courteous - party around the pool instead of in your neighbor's backyard, so to speak
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Hi Cheezz: Just returned from the Diamond on Saturday. Had Stateroom B508. Great location! We purchased the Spa pass and didn't regret it. Used the stone beds even though temps in Mazatlan, PV and Cabo were in the high 90's with almost 100% humidity. The ship made an unplanned stop at Cabo on the way to Puerto Vallarta due to a medical emergency. A passenger needed hospitalization. I hope all went well for the lady.

Diamond has had a change in captain's since we sailed on the Diamond last September. He's Master Captain Tony Yeomans. Very personable, with a great sense of humor.

We put down a deposit for another cruise while on board. Now we just have to make up our minds on where to go next!
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Old October 16th, 2006, 09:37 PM
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I wonder if ANY of the staterooms are bad?! It was nice to have the spa pass just to have a little more quiet in the pool areas and yes, the stone beds were heaven. I'd pop in there and warm up after being in the Princess Theatre for a movie - they keep it FREEZING in those places. We had the same temps in port as you did.

Glad you had a good trip!
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