Diamond Princess (Escape Completely) Day 1

We woke up this morning, anticipating that we would see the Diamond Princess at her berth across the road from the hotel but she didn’t arrive into port until about 6.30am.  What a magnificent site,

watching her back into her berth, from our window.

The Diamond Princess began operation in March 2004 and cruises mainly in Alaska during the summer.  She was built in Nagasaki, Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

After breakfast, we all met downstairs in the lobby and walked over together to Canada Place to the Ship terminal to go through the process of immigration into America as our first port of call is in Alaska.  The process was very painless – they took our fingerprints, checked our passports and boarding passes and within a couple of minutes we were both cleared to enter the USA.  There had been a medical evacuation from one of the ships in dock and so they had to stop the disembarkation process of the previous passengers until the evacuation had cleared, which meant that the embarkation process had to be delayed for a while. We left the hotel at 9.45am and somehow we finished up almost at the head of the queue for boarding and we were walking up the gangplank at 12.00 midday (the only people ahead of us to board were the Platinum and Elite return Princess passengers).

We were shown straight to our mini-suite, which we are delighted with.  We have a king size bed, a 3 seater lounge and arm chair, two TVs (one in the bedroom and one in the lounge room), a fridge, a walk-in wardrobe, a bath as well as a shower in the bathroom and our own balcony and we received a large cheese platter as a welcome gift.  We headed up to the buffet for a leisurely lunch and then started to explore the ship.  We are sure that we will eventually be able to work out where the heck we are and how to get to where we want to be, but probably not until the last day.

Our luggage arrived mid afternoon and so we put on a load of washing in the laundry room, before going up to watch the Sail-away and be part of the celebrations.  We stood out on the front of the promenade deck and watched the ship slip her moorings and gently glide away out into the harbour and under the Lion’s Gate Bridge.

We had dinner at the Savoy Dining Room and it was delicious – everyone there was so friendly and made us feel very special.  We returned to our stateroom to find our bed turned down, two chocolates on the bed and a tray of giant chocolate covered strawberries on the table.

The day went very quickly and we stood out on our balcony and watched the sun set on our first day at sea.


5 Responses to “Diamond Princess (Escape Completely) Day 1”

  1. Janet says:

    Wow your ship is amazing! Not like the one we had for the Greek Islands. Love the photo of the two of you ready to sail – you look so happy 🙂

  2. Selle-Belle says:

    Hi lovely,
    I’m just loving your holiday snaps & reading ALL about your amazing adventures!!! Your stateroom looks AMAZING…you two will get lost in it…lol!!! You’re both looking VERY relaxed & like you’re on your 30th Honeymoon!!!!
    Looking forward to the next Dalzells installment!!!
    Miss you heaps & sending you big hugs & kisses!!
    Shell-Belle 🙂 xxoo

  3. Maria says:

    How magnificent everything looks – and you both look so happy – looking forward to hearing more adventures as you dock each day, not to speak of your time on such a luxurious ship, love you xoxo

  4. Katharine says:

    Ditto

  5. Katharine says:

    Mum, I really like the one of you on the balcony

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