Diamond Princess undergoes multimillion-pound refit
Sembcorp Marine recently completed a multimillion-pound, two-week refit on Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess at its Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The ship, which will be based in Japan for the 2019 and 2020 seasons now features an Izumi Bath and a Japanese garden. During the refit, the yard added improved surround sound on the top-deck ‘Movies Under The Stars’ outdoor cinema, as well as other audio enhancements in the Princess Theatre, Explorers Lounge and Club Fusion. Interior work saw the replacement of carpets, light fixtures and flat-screen TVs in the Casino, as well as furnishings in the Horizon Court buffet. Staterooms have also been updated to new offer Princess Luxury beds that were created in collaboration with Michael Breus, a board-certified sleep expert and WebMD consultant.
Diamond Princess joins Sapphire Princess in Singapore
Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess has arrived in Singapore to start a new homeporting season alongside sister ship Sapphire Princess, marking the first time the cruise line has based two ships in the country at the same time. Arriving from Japan on 19 December, Diamond Princess will operate a 10-day Christmas sailing from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Bangkok and Ko Samui, Thailand. The ship will also offer a 10-day New Year itinerary that includes calls in Bali; Port Klang and Penang, Vietnam; and Phuket, Thailand. Sapphire Princess began her fifth homeporting season from Singapore on 28 November, sailing three- to 13-day cruises to Southeast Asia ports. The vessel will also embark on a ‘Grand Asia’ voyage trip from Singapore to Shanghai over the Christmas and New Year period.
Passenger died on board
An elderly passenger on board the "Diamond Princess" died suddenly in the afternoon of Dec 27, 2017, while the ship was berthed in Napier. The man believed to be in his eighties suffered a medical event. Police and ambulance attended, but he was unable to be revived. The "Diamond Princess" medical team allso had assisted the man.Upload News