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Old May 4th, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Default Diamond Princess - Hawaii - Jan. 2008

o.k. I am really getting confused!!!! Please describe the balconies on Aloha Deck - do they have any shade at all??? If I want a cabin with some privacy and shade - what deck should I look at?? Is there a charge to use the pool in the Spa area?? I also read that Princess tends to "nickel and dime" passengers in regards to the little extra touches like ice cream, juices, etc. We really like the itinerary of the Diamond and wonder if we
should just "bear with it" so to speak. We sailed on Celebrity Summit in Jan. through the Panama Canal and were TOTALLY IN LOVE with the entire trip.
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For Grand Class Princess ships ( Grand, Golden, Sapphire, Diamond, Star, Caribbean, Crown and new Emerald) - regular balcony cabins on port or starbord side of ships on decks Lido, Aloha, Baja, Riviera decks are sized 9 ft. wide x 5 ft. deep and are fully covered by ceiling overhang. No one can look down on you but those below can look up at you if you are standing at balcony rail.

Caribe deck cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft wide x 9 ft. deep and are covered by ceiling overhang for first 5 ft. When sitting under this cover, no one from above can see you.

Dolphin deck (mini-suite) cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft. wide x 7 ft. deep and have no ceiling overhang. No privacy from those standing on balconies above you.

Aft facing Category BB balconies on Baja decks, Caribe deck and Dolphin are regular balcony cabins but the balconies are sized about 11 ft. wide x 10 ft. deep and are fully covered by ceiling overhang. No one above or below can see you.
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Default Lotus Spa Pool and Thermal Sanctuary Suite

There is a price to use the Thermal Sanctuary Suite – the adults only area. The pool has no charge but it is down the stairs from the actual sanctuary. There is a $15 charge to use the sanctuary for ½ a day on sea days and $10 for the whole day when in port. You can enter The Sanctuary for free with a spa treatment.

It is very peaceful and quiet. They have extra thick cushions on the over-sized chairs and ‘serenity stewards’ who serve you anything you may need to make you comfortable. They have a separate healthier menu for eating or they will happily get you anything from the grill or pizzeria if you prefer. (They will go to all three if you chose.) Of course soda and cocktails are no problem.

There are no children allowed – not even to come talk to their parents. The child can come to the rail or a steward will come get them and the adult can go to the kid if need be. On that same line smoking is no allowed in the area either. You can sit either in the sun or the shade and they also have ‘tents’ in there where you can get a massage.
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Default Juice and Ice Cream

Juice is only available for free at breakfast at the Horizon Court and in the dinning room.

Tea and regular coffee are all free and readily available in the Horizon Court and in the dinning room. You have to pay for sodas and specialty coffees, either for each purchase, or you can get a soda card and/or a coffee card for a set fee for unlimited soda or coffee on board.

Ice cream is offered in the afternoon(around 3:30 or so) in the Horizon Court for no charge on whichever side of the buffet is closed. Other than that, there is a small fee for ice cream.

At lunch and dinner in the dinning room the ice cream is free.
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Thank you for your excellent information. Have you sailed HAL Zaandam?? and if so, how would you compare the two ships especially
as to quality of food, evening entertainment - I am pretty sure the HAL
cruise would be more "subdued" as I think more older ages are attracted to that company - we are in our early 60's and enjoy a mixture of ages and interests - don't really stay up into the wee hours but as we are going
with others - would be nice to see some great entertainment and enjoy
the smaller lounges into the evening.
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No we have never been on a HAL cruise. Sorry, I can't give you an help there.

On our Princess cruises, we have found that (depending on the cruise), the age is 70's to 50 -60's. There are some younger folks in there and some kids also. However, what we have seen is a bit more "mature" crowd.

I think that the Princess food is excellent. Never had a bad meal.

For entertainment, I give it an "F". It is just plain awful. Every once in a while, you get a so-so act.

The lounge acts are much better than the "feature acts".
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We will also be on the Diamond Princess! Are you leaving on 2nd ? We have been before but it was on the Island Princess.
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