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Old 12-08-2006, 08:20 PM
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We're looking to book the Diamond Princess in Feb to Mexico. Any comments from past cruisers on this ship. We've alwyas been on Royal and Carnival.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:21 PM
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Hello Bo1331,
Have not been on Diamond Princess yet but did the 7 day Mexican Riviera last March on Sapphire Princess, her identical twin. I haven't yet been on RCI or Carnival so I can't make a comparison; but we had an absolutely terrific time on Princess. We tried a mini-suite for the first time and we're spoiled forever; that sunrise coffee and sunset cocktail on your own balcony is just priceless; and the larger bathroom, closet and sitting area are more than worth the slightly higher fare.
The ship was immaculate, the crew genuinely cheerful and attentive, the dining rooms and entertainment excellent, and the shore excursions well organized and punctual. I could go on and on, and usually do, but I'll just say I've cruised princess for over 30 years and haven't been dissapointed yet; and Sapphire Princess was definitely one of the highlights.
But however you go, have a great cruise.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:24 PM
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I don't know if this is dated yet, but click below for my review of our Diamond Princess Mexician Riviera cruise taken February 2005:

Lisa's Diamond Princess Review

We were more than pleased with the ship and itinerary. I agree with f-mattox's assessment, as well (although we are Princess newbies).
Happy cruising!
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:38 PM
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your review is not dated at all; I felt like I was reading the review I wish I could have written of the trip I took last March.
Even had the same Cruise Director--Billy Hygate. I really respect your opinions so I'm so glad you had a good experience.
Happy cruising to you too, LisaP.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:40 PM
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Just want to clarify something;
when I said "...review I wish I could have written...", I didn't mean in the sense that I didn't have a good trip and therefor couldn't write a good review; I meant I wish I could write as clearly and objectively as LisaP!
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