sunday i made two trips to the airport to pick up my sisters and thier husbands from their diamond princess alaska trip. the neice, her husband and his parents flew to oklahoma city. i could not have gotten all of them in my car with all the luggage if they had came in at the same time. i cant beleive all the huge bags they took for all the clothes to wear ( and did not use ). they wish now they would have listened too me and taken under half of what they lugged around. they loved the diamond ship ( at the beginning of the cruise ). i did not get alot of details except it is huge and there are so many things to see and do they didnt get all the places visited. they did not like the open seating for diner. alot of the passengers reserved seats for all the nights so they might as well make it early or late seating (these are their words not mine ) and they finally did the same thing so they could all set together. there were 8 in the group. one poor solo passenger sat by herself the first night so she was invited to their table the rest of the cruies. and they had a very hard time setting together for the buffett or other eateries since there were 8 in the group. of course this would be a problem no matter what ship you were on i think. one sister had a inside cabin which was very nice but the room steward did not give them new towels or even come to their cabin for two days. also they never recieved any towel animals or the other ammenities they were so looking forward too. i told them i would have thrown a fit at the pursors desk!! when they spotted him in the hall way he said they were short handed and could get there when he could. NO WAY. i told her to call princess and complain up a storm. my other sister who had a balcony cabin mentioned what was happening to her room steward and he went to the inside cabin and did the room and finally they got towels and robes like they were supposed to have. he was very embarressed about it and apologied all over the place for the other steward. he got a very nice tip from both sisters for being so nice and going out of his busy schedule to take care of them. they loved the food and the rest of the service was excellant. they wished they had been inland more than out in the open water. they will know the next time to go a different route. and they did not have as long in some of the ports as say carnival does. they were glad i had talked them into the southeast horseback riding tour. they loved that but were sad they did not take a whale watching tour. and the junea salmon bake was excellant but they will not pay all the extra money the next time to eat off the ship. the last night of the cruise my nieces father-in-law who was part of the group triped over the towel that was on the edge of the shower step-up and broke his leg. they took exrays and put a cast on it . and he left the ship in a wheel-chair . the whole group were the first ones off the ship. was it a good cruise----yes, but there were a few things that happened that put somewhat of a '' i think i will try a different cruise line for the next trip '' in their heads. they loved alaska, the tours and ports and will be going back. on a different ship i am sure. also they would like to go back to seattle and spend more time there. sorry i will not be able to answer more specifics about the ship. i am just going by what they have told me in a short amount of time. i hope this is of interest to some of you for plans for a cruise. im sure the diamond is a wonderful ship, but there were a few glitches with this cruise for my family.