Our family went on a cruise around Japan and Korea last month, and it was so amazing that I had to make an entry about it right away. I’ll be posting detailed entries about each day we spent there, but this is just a quick summary of our experience on the ship. I did something similar for when we went on the Golden Princess last year (read blog entry HERE). We had such a magical time back then that my parents immediately booked another cruise with them again last October. Unfortunately, Ezra and I couldn’t come with them because of classes, so they booked another one this May for the entire family. Both the Golden Princess and Diamond Princess are owned by Princess Cruises, so there were a lot of similarities between the two.
Our cruise started in Yokohama, at the Osanbashi Pier
Ezra and I were so excited to be going on another Princess Cruise. This year, Princess is celebrating its 50th anniversary, yay!
Since we already had our luggage tags prepared, we just headed over to the luggage drop off counter and left our bags there. After this we sat down and waited for the ship to start boarding.
Bags at the pier waiting to be delivered to the guests’ rooms
Ezra and I were assigned to stateroom C724, which was the room my parents had when we went on our Alaskan Cruise – though that was a different ship of course. But still, we thought it was a funny coincidence.
Our room looked pretty much identical to the one we had last year.
Since this was our second cruise with them, Princess upgraded us to gold card status :)
(The blue card at the bottom is from last year’s cruise)
We also found this “Welcome Back” card in our room
Aren’t they sweet? Since we are now repeat passengers, we were invited to the Captain’s Circle Membership Event
It’s a simple event with cocktails and a raffle draw. The ship’s captain thanked everyone for choosing Princess Cruises again. They also gave recognition to people on board that have spent the most days with them. The winning couple spent over 1000 days at sea already! I can’t imagine how they did that. That’s over 3 years of cruising! So far Ezra and I have a total of 15 days with Princess. We’ve got a looooong way to go.
This year, my parents got a room with a balcony, so we hung out there a few times during our stay
This trip was meant to celebrate my parent’s 31st wedding anniversary, as well as Ezra’s birthday. When you book your cruise, they ask you if there are any special events they should be aware of, so they can prepare a special gift for you. You can specify the date you want that event celebrated, in case you are celebrating late or early. In our case, my parents chose to celebrate their anniversary 4 days late, and Ezra celebrated her birthday exactly 1 month later.
The wonderful crew at the Sta. Fe dining hall presented my parents with a cake on their “anniversary”
And gave them this card
Ezra also received a card in our room on the morning of her “birthday”
As well as a cake and birthday song during dinner (again from the Sta. Fe crew)
The staff also decorates your stateroom door with balloons on your special day. This is what ours looked like since my parents’s room and our room were facing each other:
(Ezra and I decided to wear matching dresses for her “birthday”)
Our cruise consisted of 4 shore excursions and 2 sea days. We maximized our sea days (as well as our nights on the ship) by participating in various events and watching shows at the Atrium or Princess Theater.
On our first sea day, the ship organized a $1000 treasure hunt. To participate, you had to go to different areas of the ship and have your card stamped before dropping it off at the Atrium for a chance to win.