Diamond Princess to get more Japanese amenities

By Tom Stieghorst
Princess Cruises said its Diamond Princess ship will undergo a renovation that will add a sushi restaurant and the largest Japanese bath at sea.

The $30 million refurbishment is intended to get the ship ready for its second year of seasonal sailings in Japan, Princess said.

Other improvements include enhanced shopping areas, a revitalized Horizon Court, 14 more staterooms, new interior furnishings and finishes, fresh hull paint and exterior refurbishment, and contemporary and Asian-style touches.

The most dramatic new feature, the 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex, will include indoor and outdoor bathing areas. The 66-seat sushi restaurant will feature table seating and a sushi bar.

Princess said onboard shopping would be restyled to fit Japanese tastes, including the addition of a luxury watch boutique. The work is scheduled to be finished April 2 ahead of the start of the summer season in Japan on April 17.