Inaugural Cruise: March 2004
Diamond Princess Delivered and Christened in Japan
Princess Cruises Ship Launched with Traditional Japanese Ceremony
Under sunny skies in Nagasaki, Japan, the new Diamond Princess was named in a colorful ceremony which featured traditional Japanese festivities set against the state-of-the-art ship. The ship was delivered to Princess Cruises by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), builders of the 116,000-ton vessel.
Diamond Princess was named by Mrs. Yoshiko Tsukuda, wife of Kazuo Tsukuda, president of MHI. Dressed in a traditional kimono, Mrs. Tsukuda officially launched the ship in a ceremony that included such Japanese touches as a taiko drum performance, a traditional dragon dance and a Shinto-style blessing. Hundreds of guests from around Japan and other Asian regions attended the ceremony, which also featured a spectacular fireworks display and other touches designed to bring the ship good fortune.
The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess launched a new ship design for Princess and made history as the first large cruise ship built in Japan in more than a decade. The vessel incorporates Princess' trademark design philosophy -- including an abundance of balcony cabins, flexibility in dining and entertainment options, Princess' renowned service and a variety of intimate spaces -- giving the ship all of the choice of a large ship with the feel of a much smaller vessel. The ship offers passengers a unique dining program with four themed dining rooms complimenting the main dining room and Sabatini's trattoria -- Princess' trademark alternative restaurant; a new Princess Concierge Service; the fleet's largest Internet Café, and the debut of Club Fusion, a new high-tech dance lounge.
Diamond Princess departed Nagasaki on a trans-Pacific crossing as it positioned to Los Angeles for its inaugural season of Mexico cruises, which began March 13, 2004. The ship will be based in Seattle during summers for seven-day round-trip Inside Passage cruises to Alaska.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Builder of Diamond Princess
Diamond Princess was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) at the company's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. For more than 140 years, this yard has built passenger ships, oil tankers, cargo ships, and other maritime vessels for use all over the world.
The shipyard was established in 1857 as the Nagasaki Yotetsusho Foundry and served as Japan's first warship repair facility. In 1884, Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi, took a lease of the government-owned shipyard. He named it Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, and started the shipbuilding business on a full scale. This shipbuilding business was later turned into Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and was again launched as Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries, Ltd. in 1934, establishing its position as the largest private firm in Japan, manufacturing ships, heavy machinery, airplanes, and railroad cars.
Following the end of World War II, MHI was divided into three entities: West Japan Heavy-Industries, Ltd., Central Japan Heavy-Industries, Ltd. and East Japan Heavy-Industries, Ltd. It was later consolidated in 1964 and reborn as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. In 1970, MHI's automobile department became independent and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation began manufacturing and marketing automobiles.
Over the years, the yard has developed the two related businesses of shipbuilding and machineries, producing not only many of Japan's greatest ships but also a range of power generating plants and other machinery.
Today, Mitsubishi's engineering efforts are focused on the construction of high-technology/high-quality, or high-value-added ships, fuel-efficient ships, super-modern ships, and luxury cruise ships, the last being increasingly in heavy demand.
Diamond Princess Fact Sheet
||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan|
||March 13, 2004|
|| Los Angeles, Seattle|
||158 feet (including bridge wing)|
123 feet (excluding bridge wing)
||1,337 (960 outside/377 inside) total: |
28 Suites with private balconies
(Square footage: 535 -- 1329*)
2 Family Suites with interconnecting cabins
(Square footage: 522*)
186 Mini-suites with private balconies
(Square footage: 354*)
532 Outside cabins with private balconies
(Square footage: 237 -- 300*)
212 Standard outside cabins
((Square footage: 183)
377 Inside cabins
(Square footage: 168)
|Wheelchair Accessible Cabins:
||27 including 16 outside/11 inside (Square footage: 249 - 412)|
|Cabins with Private Balconies:
||748 (78 percent of all outside cabins) |
|Dining and Snacks:
||Five main dining rooms |
Trident Grill -- poolside hamburger grill
Prego -- poolside pizza bar
Sundaes -- poolside Hdagen Dazs ice cream creations
Horizon Court -- 24-hour buffet/bistro
24-hour room service
||Princess Theater -- main showroom |
Club Fusion -- high-tech lounge with Wake View bar below
Explorers Lounge -- lounge and disco
Wheelhouse Bar -- Classic nautical-themed lounge
Skywalkers -- disco/lounge in the sky with outdoor balcony
||Casino, 4 duty-free shops, fitness center and spa, sports deck, children's and teen's centers, library, Internet Cafi, wedding chapel, art gallery, golf putting course and simulator. |
|Number of Crew:
||British/Italian: deck, engineering, electro technical,
and medical officers |
International: hotel officers; dining and bar staff,
reception, cruise staff, accommodation staff and others
||Gas turbine/Diesel/Electric |
||22 knots |
||16 lifeboats, 6 tenders, 2 rescue boats|
||Lloyd's Register of Shipping|
||Mexican Riviera and Alaska |
Diamond Princess At-A-Glance
The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess launched a new ship design for Princess, incorporating Princess' trademark design philosophy -- including an abundance of balcony cabins, flexibility in dining and entertainment options, Princess' renowned service and a variety of intimate spaces -- and giving the ship all of the choice of a large ship with the feel of a much smaller vessel.
. Themed Dining Rooms -- Diamond Princess offers guests five main dining rooms -- one traditional seating dining room and four smaller restaurants for those choosing Princess' Anytime Dining option. These four dining rooms will each feature a unique theme and menu -- Vivaldi (Italian cuisine), Sterling (steakhouse), Santa Fe (Southwestern) and Pacific Moon (Asian). Diners in these four dining rooms will have the option of ordering from each restaurant's themed dishes in addition to the day's regular dinner menu. Guests who choose traditional dining won't be left out of the culinary fun either, as they will enjoy a changing array of options including items from the themed restaurants' specialty menus.
. Club Fusion -- The latest in seagoing high-tech entertainment venues, the multi-function Club Fusion serves as a dance club, theater and gaming room. With 42 high-definition video screens mounted on columns around the room, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and table-top slot machines, this space offers passengers a variety of ways to enjoy their leisure time at sea. A dramatic spiral staircase leads to the intimate Wake View Bar below, the perfect gathering place for pre-dinner cocktails for passengers eating in the International Dining Room.
. Princess Concierge Service -- Passengers can make reservations for any of the ship's dining rooms and Sabatini's through the new Princess Concierge Service, which debuted on Diamond Princess. Staffed by dedicated onboard concierge representatives using a new computerized reservation system, this new level of service will enable passengers to easily plan their dining choices through a special telephone number or in person at each dining venue.
. Princess' Largest Internet Café -- Featuring 29 computer stations, Diamond Princess' Internet Café will become the largest such facility in the Princess fleet, and one of the largest at sea. The café not only offers passengers more space for surfing the web or sending email back home, but also serves up coffee and pastries for those who work up an appetite while on line. In addition, the ship's atrium will offer wireless Internet access for passengers who bring their own laptops. Internet Café time is available for 35 cents per minute and wireless access accounts are offered at $10.50 for 30 minutes.
. New Shows Debut - Two new production shows will debut on Diamond Princess. Continuing the line's longstanding tradition of developing elaborate original productions which offer some of the most unique entertainment options at sea, the two new shows, "Piano Man" and "Undercover" make full use of the ship's technically advanced Princess Theater. The energetic new offerings represent diverse musical choices, treating passengers to, respectively, the melodic sounds of keyboard luminaries or the excitement of the shadowy world of spies through secret agents movies and television shows.
. Environmental Systems -- Diamond Princess will operate with diesel and gas turbine propulsion, allowing for efficient and environmentally sound operation. The gas turbines are located in an unusual place -- the ship's funnel -- which opens up extra space on lower ship decks. A further key feature will be the incorporation of the latest environmental concepts. These will include low emission power generation systems and the latest low emission waste treatment technology.
. Skywalkers Lounge -- Diamond Princess will take Princess' trademark Skywalkers disco/lounge concept a step further with a 35 percent larger room plus new 125-foot wide balcony that provides commanding views over the aft end of the ship where passengers can enjoy stargazing, or an al fresco break from the action inside.
Personal Choice Features:
. Lotus Spa -- Passengers can pamper themselves at the ship's state-of-the-art spa, featuring Asian-influenced decor and treatments based on ancient therapies and rituals. The center's lineup of massages, body wraps, facials, and other relaxing services provide passengers with the opportunity to refresh body, mind and spirit during their cruise. Fitness offerings include a swim-against-the-current pool, full gym and a selection of classes from yoga and Pilates to aerobics and pulse cycling.
. Sabatini's Trattoria -- Imagine having a favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant with attentive waiters who present your first course the moment you sit down -- and follow that with a tantalizing parade of dishes, one right after another, with an emphasis on fine seafood. This is the dining experience at Sabatini's, a favorite alternative restaurant with Princess passengers, available for a nominal $20 per passenger charge.
. Wedding Chapel - Unique in the cruise industry, Princess' wedding-at-sea program is the only one that allows couples to be married in international waters by the ship's captain. The bride and groom may choose from several different wedding and reception packages, and can share their happy day with loved ones at home through Princess' unique live "Wed Cam" on www.princess.com.
. Balconies -- More than 70 percent of the ship's cabins will be outside and more than 75 of these will feature the luxury of a private balcony. Princess pioneered the concept of affordable balcony cabins and will continue to offer more standard rooms with balconies than any other cruise line.
Diamond Princess Fun Facts
What does it take to build and provision a cruise ship such as Diamond Princess? From place settings in the restaurants to amenities in the staterooms to supplies in the kitchen, these are just some of the things needed for smooth sailing:
| 21,160 ||Tons of steel used in building |
| 3,000,045 ||Man hours to build, excluding outfitting |
| 410 ||Steel construction workers |
| 3752 ||Workers during peak outfitting period |
| 74,125 ||Gallons of paint used |
| 1895.2 ||Miles of wiring installed |
| 11,000 ||Highest voltage used on board |
| 51,821 ||Square yards of carpet |
| 2,220 ||Tons of water produced daily by ship |
| 268 ||Refrigerators |
| 68 ||Stoves |
| 67 ||Coffee Machines |
| 97,300 ||Dishes used per day |
| 9,100 ||Linen Napkins used per day|
Food Supplies used or prepared per week:
| 420 lbs. ||Smoked Salmon|
| 1,673 lbs. ||Pasta|
| 2,718 lbs. ||French Fries|
| 5,056 lbs. ||Steak|
| 2,493 lbs. ||Bacon|
| 2,259 lbs. ||Shrimp|
| 5,259 lbs. ||Salad|
| 2,286 lbs. ||Ground Beef for Hamburgers |
| 450 lbs. ||Beef Wellington|
| 282 gal. ||Ice Cream|
| 1,278 lbs. ||Lobster Tail|
| 8,428 lbs. ||Potatoes|
| 9,561 lbs. ||Seafood|
| 24,000 ||Bread Rolls|
| 37,203 lbs. ||Fresh Vegetables|
| 38,709 lbs. ||Fresh Fruit|
| 57,500 ||Eggs |
| 8,400 ||Slices of Pizza|
| 42,000 ||Breakfast Pastries|
| 4,139 lbs. ||Cheese|
| 8,600 ||Canapis|
| 3,600 lbs. ||Ice used for Ice Carvings|
| 7,667 lbs. ||Poultry & Game|
Onboard Hotel Supplies:
||Boxes of Facial Tissue|
| 24,000 ||Rolls of Toilet Tissue |
| 68,000 ||Hangers|
| 18,672 ||Dinner Plates|
| 4,998 ||Table Cloths|
| 21,216 ||Sheets|
| 5,664 ||Blankets|
| 300,000 ||Toothpicks|
| 14,400 ||Balloons
Diamond Princess Stateroom Amenities and Public Room Overview
Standard Outside/Inside Cabins (1,096)
. Twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed
. Private balcony on 711 outside cabins
. Color television with remote control featuring movies, CNN, ESPN, TNT, CNBC, BBC and Discovery Channel programming
. Multi-channel music system
. Spacious closet
. Bathroom with shower
. Turndown service with pillow chocolates
. Hair dryers
. Private safe
. Multi-function telephone
Suites/Mini Suites (22/180) -- additional features
. Separate sitting area with sofa bed
. Private balcony
. Two televisions
. Walk-in closet
. Bathroom with tub and shower (whirlpool tub in suites)
. Terrycloth robes
Grand Suites (1) -- additional features
. King-size bed
. Separate sitting room with sofa bed
. Separate dining area
. Large private balcony
. Bathroom with whirlpool tub
. Wet bar
Family Suites (2)
. Special suites include two self-contained staterooms that connect through living room
. Two bathrooms -- one with tub/shower, one with shower
PUBLIC ROOM OVERVIEW
PLAZA: Deck 5
The heart of the ship is this dramatic three-story Gland Plaza atrium featuring a spacious foyer, warmly lit marble and glass-sided marble staircases, panoramic glass elevators, specially created artwork and separate reception facilities on two different levels. Wireless Internet access is also available in the atrium area for passengers with their own laptops. Seats 26.
Passenger Services Desk
A reception desk for passenger services and information.
The center of Princess' extensive Adventures Ashore offerings where passengers can learn more about available tours and book excursions.
Princess Fine Arts Gallery
Dedicated art gallery where guests can purchase high-quality reproductions and original artwork.
A convenient location to meet with friends and watch the world go by. Seats 52.
Reading room with an extensive book and CD collection, listening chairs and computer terminals for web browsing. Seats 8.
A cozy place to compose letters and postcards. Seats 18.
Sterling Dining Room
One of five main dining rooms on board, the restaurant -- for passengers choosing the Anytime Dining option -- features a specialty menu of prime rib and other English club favorites in addition to the day's standard menu. Seats 234.
Vivaldi Dining Room
Themed main dining room for Anytime Dining passengers, featuring a specialty menu of Italian favorites in addition to the day's standard menu. Seats 230.
FIESTA: Deck 6
Princess Theater (Lower level)
True Broadway-style theater with proscenium arch stage is the dramatic venue for Princess' trademark production shows. Seats 705.
Memorabilia-filled cigar lounge and sports bar features satellite broadcasts of various sporting events, when available. Seats 43.
A jungle-themed casino featuring the latest in Las Vegas-style casino games, including popular table games and 269 slot machines.
Passenger Services Desk
A second reception desk for passenger services and information.
A tax- and duty-free boutique featuring fashion jewelry, watches and accessories.
Boutique featuring tax- and duty-free liquor, tobacco, sundries, snacks, souvenirs and Princess logo apparel.
Pacific Moon Dining Room
One of four themed Anytime Dining restaurants on board, the dining room features a specialty menu of Asian favorites in addition to the day's standard menu. Seats 230.
Santa Fe Dining Room
Specialty main dining room for Anytime Dining passengers, featuring a specialty menu of Southwestern favorites in addition to the day's standard menu. Seats 230.
International Dining Room
A traditional-seating dining room featuring elegant artwork and warm furnishings. Will also serve a selection of specialty items from the ship's themed dining rooms. Seats 518.
Wake View Bar
Intimate bar situated below Club Fusion at aft of the ship, linked with a spiral staircase. Convenient place for pre-dinner cocktails for passengers eating in the International dining room. Seats 47.
PROMENADE: Deck 7
True Broadway-style theater with proscenium arch stage is the dramatic venue for Princess' trademark production shows. Seats 705.
A classic, private club atmosphere filled with the company's maritime history and nautical memorabilia. A great spot for music or cocktails with evening dancing. Seats 147.
Hearts and Minds Wedding Chapel
An intimate wedding chapel used for Princess' weddings-at-sea program and for renewal-of-vows ceremonies, featuring unique internet "wedding cam" capabilities. The space can convert to a meeting room. Seats 34.
A classic 1960s-style martini bar based on the Las Vegas "Rat Pack" era. Offers a full menu of more than 50 creative specialty martinis. Seats 52.
One of four tax- and duty-free boutiques on board, offering fine jewelry and gifts.
Tax- and duty-free boutique featuring branded fragrance and cosmetics for men and women.
A lounge where Indiana Jones would feel at home, designed to evoke the wonders of the Far East and Africa. Entertainment includes cabaret acts, singers, magicians, comedians and dancing. Seats 298.
A coffee bar/communications center with 29 state-of-the-art computer stations featuring access to the Internet and a café serving coffee drinks and snacks.
Features display area for photos taken during the cruise as well as a retail area offering film processing, supplies and specialized photo services.
Upscale Italian restaurant serving a remarkable eight-course meal featuring seafood specialties and other regional favorites served up with true Italian flair in an authentic trattoria setting. Seats 92.
One of three main lounges onboard, this nightclub/cabaret features a high-tech look and capabilities, including 42 high-definition video screens and spiral staircase leading to Wake View Bar below. Seats 448.
EMERALD: Deck 8
DOLPHIN: Deck 9
CARIBE: Deck 10
BAJA: Deck 11
ALOHA: Deck 12
A secluded pool area at the aft end of the ship.
LIDO: Deck 14
Freshly made pizza served by the slice at this poolside pizzeria.
Casual outdoor midship bar adjacent to Neptune's Pool.
Poolside grill serves up hot dogs, hamburgers and other lunch favorites.
Neptune's Reef and Pool
Spacious pool area with sculptures, colorful mosaics, whirlpool spas and sunning areas.
Poolside ice cream bar serving custom-mixed frozen treats.
Calypso Reef and Pool
Pool area with simulated coral reef, covered by a retractable crystal dome.
Outdoor bar at Calypso Reef and Pool.
Horizon Court (24-hour restaurant)
.Round-the-clock dining with indoor and outdoor seating (on connecting Horizon Terrace). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style, with a full-service bistro menu offered from 10:30 pm to 4:30 am. Seats 592.
Serves up drinks on Horizon Terrace overlooking Terrace Pool. Seats 109.
SUN: Deck 15
Asian-themed spa features a full range of treatments options and facilities, including an extensive thermal suite, dry floatation baths, thalassotherapy, chakra-balancing capsule and full beauty salon. The spa fitness center offers a swim-against-the-current pool, exercise machines, weights, aerobics room and outdoor track.
A relaxing outside area, perfect for unwinding high above the waves.
An indoor/outdoor activity area overlooking the Calypso pool.
Fun Zone/Off Limits
Fully equipped centers for children and teens with outdoor and indoor play areas, games, video arcade, teen disco and a full schedule of activities. Includes deck area and kids' pool.
SPORTS: Deck 16
Sports court for paddle tennis, volleyball and basketball with space for spectator seating.
Two computerized simulators let passengers try their luck "playing" famous golf courses.
Golf center featuring a nine-hole mini putting course.
Top deck bar for relaxing above the waves.
SKY: Deck 17/18
Skywalkers Disco & Observation Lounge
A futuristic club perched high atop the ship. By day, a spectacular observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows. After dark, it is transformed into a lively nightclub with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and video effects. An adjacent balcony offers extra space for passengers to enjoy the ocean air as they take a break from the action. Seats 169.
Diamond Princess Sparkles with Personal Choice Options
Ship Debuts with Themed Dining Rooms, Expanded Facilities
Princess' largest and most amenity-filled vessel yet, Diamond Princess, made its debut in March 2004. The new ship, which expands upon the design of the company's extraordinarily popular Grand Princess-class vessels, offers new dining options, more spacious facilities and a wide range of amenities.
"Diamond Princess represents an exciting new generation of Princess vessels," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We've taken a ship design our passengers love and added some extra touches to make one of the finest resorts at sea."
The 116,000-ton vessel was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki, Japan. The ship's 2,670 passengers will enjoy cruises to the Mexican Riviera beginning March 13 and, starting May 8 summer cruises from Seattle through Alaska's famed Inside Passage.
New Dining Options
One of the primary features that sets Diamond Princess apart is its innovative themed main dining rooms. Passengers will find a total of five main dining rooms on board -- one traditional fixed-seating dining room and the four smaller themed restaurants for those choosing Princess' Anytime Dining option, Vivaldi (Italian cuisine), Sterling (steakhouse), Santa Fe (Southwestern) and Pacific Moon (Asian). Diners in these four dining rooms will have the option of ordering from each restaurant's themed dishes in addition to the day's regular dinner menu. Guests who choose the traditional dining room will have also have the option of ordering items from the themed restaurants' specialty menus.
Passengers can make reservations for any of the ship's main dining rooms and alternative venue Sabatini's through the new Princess Concierge Service, which also debuts on Diamond Princess. Staffed by dedicated onboard concierge representatives using a new computerized reservation system, this new level of service will enable passengers to easily plan their dining choices through a special telephone number or in person at each dining venue.
Personal Choice Features
In addition, Diamond Princess will feature the wide array of Personal Choice options that passengers have come to expect from Princess, with a few new twists. The distinctive Skywalkers Lounge/nightclub has been move forward and features additional floorspace and an outdoor balcony with commanding views over the aft end of the ship where passengers can enjoy stargazing, or an al fresco break from the action inside. The ship's popular Internet Café has been expanded, making it the largest in the Princess fleet, and the signature Wheelhouse Bar has been enlarged to showcase a fascinating collection of nautical memorabilia.
And the aft lounge has become an exciting new venue, Club Fusion, a multi-function, high-tech space that serves as a dance club, cabaret theater and gaming room. With 42 high-definition video screens mounted on columns around the room, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and table-top slot machines, this space offers passengers a variety of ways to enjoy their leisure time at sea. A dramatic spiral staircase leads to the intimate Wake View Bar below, the perfect gathering place for pre-dinner cocktails for passengers eating in the International Dining Room.
Diamond Princess also offers passengers a wide variety of entertainment venues and 24-hour dining options, including the line's signature Trattoria Sabattini and Horizon Court buffet/bistro. Couples can get married on board in the ship's wedding chapel as part of the only program where the ship's captain conducts ceremonies at sea. Guests who wish to pamper themselves will love the extensive Lotus Spa with its Asian-based treatments and therapies, plus fully equipped fitness center.
Diamond Princess will launch with weekly Mexican Riviera sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles on March 13. These fun-filled sailings take in the flavor of Mexico with calls at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. In summer, the ship travels to Seattle for seven-day roundtrip Alaska Inside Passage sailings featuring visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruising through the dramatic glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Diamond Princess will offer 19 voyages from Seattle's brand-new Terminal 30 departing on Saturdays between May 8 and September 11, 2004.
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