Princess Cruises’ 2,670 passenger Diamond Princess emerged from a major makeover in April 2014 in anticipation of its redeployment to Japan for part of the year. Relatively unchanged during the makeover of the Diamond Princess was its main pool area, called Neptune’s Reef. Neptune’s Reef is home to a giant movie screen where movies are shown at night. Overlooking the Neptune’s Reef pool area are decks filled with lounge chairs. More lounge seating areas can be found at the front and back of the Diamond Princess. Also on the top deck of the Diamond Princess is the glass-enclosed Calypso Reef and Pool area. Just steps away from the Diamond Princess’ Calypso Reef pool is the Calypso Bar, which serves drinks throughout the day. The Calypso Reef pool area is home to plush lounge chairs. A third pool area is located at the back of the Diamond Princess, overlooking the ship’s wake. Located at the front of the ship, the Sanctuary is an extra-charge, adults-only area. A fourth pool is located at the front of the ship, adjacent adults-only Sanctuary area, and is open to adults only. The adults-only pool at the front of the ship features a handful of plush lounge chairs. Located on Deck 7, the Diamond Princess’ outdoor promenade wraps completely around the ship and features teak lounge chairs. The hub of the Diamond Princess’ interior is its three-deck-high central atrium, called the Piazza. The Piazza is home to a variety of entertainment throughout the day. The Lobby Bar at the base level of the Diamond Princess’ Piazza serves extra-charge espresso drinks throughout the day. One of the most popular nightspots on the Diamond Princess is the Wheelhouse Bar, which has a capacity of 147 people. The Wheelhouse Bar features comfy leather sofas and chairs. Live music and dancing are staples of the Wheelhouse Bar, which features a relatively large dance floor. Located at the back of the Diamond Princess on Deck 7 is its largest lounge, Club Fusion, which can hold 448 people. Club Fusion has a large dance floor and is a hub for live evening entertainment. The bar at the Diamond Princess’ Club Fusion. With a capacity for 705 people, the Diamond Princess’ Princess Theater is home to large evening production shows featuring singing, dancing, comedians and magicians. The Diamond Princess’ Grand Casino was updated during the ship’s overhaul in early 2014. The DIamond Princess’ Grand Casino features dozens of slot machines as well as table games. Located at the very top of the ship on Deck 17, the Skywalkers Lounge offers is the ship’s nightclub. The dance floor at the Diamond Princess’ Skywalkers lounge, which has a capacity for 169 people. With room for 298 people., the Explorer’s Lounge is one of the larger nightspots on the Diamond Princess. Featuring a large stage, the Explorer’s Lounge ishome to nightly karaoke singing, trivia contest and other entertainment. A seating area at the Explorer’s Lounge. The bar area at Crooners, a lounge located on Deck 7 overlooking the central atrium. Crooners is one of the smaller lounges on the Diamond Princess but still is the sight of live entertainment on most nights. A grand piano at the Crooners lounge. The 230-passenger Pacific Moon is one of five main dining rooms on the ship. The 230-passenger Santa Fe dining room. The Diamond Princess has 1,337 cabins, more than 500 of which are Balcony Cabins that measure 237 to 277 square feet including space on their balconies. Balcony cabins feature queen size beds that can be split into two twin beds as well as desk areas. A balcony cabin bathroom. Balcony cabins feature stand-up showers but no tubs. Balcony cabins have walk-in closets with room for hanging clothes and a floor-to-ceiling storage compartment. Built-in hair dryers are located above the desk area in most cabins instead of in bathrooms. The Diamond Princess also offers 186 mini-suites, which are larger than balcony cabins. They measure 354 square feet including an unusually spacious balcony. Each Diamond Princess mini-suites comes with a desk area with drawers and built-in lighting. The sofa area of a Diamond Princess mini-suite. The sofa pulls out into a bed. A television console is located in the center of Diamond Princess mini-suites. Nightstands with drawers, shelf space and built-in lighting are located on each side of the bed in Diamond Princess mini-suites. Mini-suite bathrooms are similar to balcony cabin bathrooms in decor but more spacious. Bathrooms in Diamond Princess mini-suites and suites feature Japanese-style, high-tech toilets that were added during a overhaul of the ship in early 2014. The high-tech toilets in Diamond Princess mini-suites and suites come with an electronic controller and feature a number of spray and dry settings. Bathrooms in Diamond Princess mini-suites feature full bathtubs that double as showers. The walk-in closet area in mini-suites contain floor-to-ceiling storage areas with shelving. The interior of the floor-to-ceiling storage closets found in mini-suites, which contain shelves, life jackets and a safe. Closets in Diamond Princess cabins contain safes. Cabins on the Diamond Princess come with minibars. Outlets in Diamond Princess cabins are configured for U.S. style plugs. Every Diamond Princess cabin has a telephone that can be used to make restaurant reservations on board and call other cabins. The overhaul of the Diamond Princess in early 2014 brought a new, 8,800 square-foot Japanese bath area called Izumi. The Diamond Princess’ new Izumi baths features multiple hot tubs located in two separate areas that are open to men and women on alternate days. In keeping with Japan’s long tradition of Onsen bathing, the Izumi baths feature cleaning areas when passengers soap and scrub before entering the hot bath area. Princess requires passengers to completely disrobe when entering the Izumi baths, as is the tradition in Japan. Small lockers are available for storing clothes. One of several hot tub areas in the Izumi baths. A shower area in the Izumi baths. The Izumi baths feature separate changing areas for men and women. Changing rooms in the Izumi baths include grooming areas. As is the custom in Japan, passengers leave their shoes in cubbies upon entering the Izumi baths and change into slippers. The Stone Bath area at the Diamond Princess’ Izumi baths features a Utaseyu, an area offering invigorating cascades of hot water that are meant to relieve tension in backs and shoulders. Hot baths in the Izumi bath area offer views of the sea through large windows. The Izumi baths also feature an outdoor hydrotherapy pool that is open to men and women at the same time. Passengers must change into bathing suits before entering the area. An outdoor lounge area at the Izumi baths. The Diamond Princess’ casual buffet eatery, called Horizon Court, is on Deck 14 just off the ship’s main pool area. Coffee and teas are available at no extra charge in the Diamond Princess’ Horizon Court buffet. The overhaul of the Diamond Princess brought new bakery areas in the Horizon Court buffet. Japanese rice with condiments is available with every meal in the Diamond Princess’ Horizon Court buffet. Japanese cuisine available in the Diamond Princess’ Horizon Court buffet includes miso soup and oshinko. In anticipation of the Diamond Princess’ new deployment in Japan, signage across the ship was updated to offer text in both English and Japanese. Even the Watch Your Step signs on the Diamond Princess are in English and Japanese. The Diamond Princess’ Passenger Services Desk is located on Deck 6 overlooking the central atrium. The Diamond Princess’ shore excursion desk is located on Deck 5 at the base of the ship’s central atrium. The overhaul of the Diamond Princess in early 2014 brought a revamped shopping area. Facets, a store on the Diamond Princess devoted to jewelry. The Diamond Princess’ shopping zone include a Coach retail area. The Diamond Princess’ photo gallery, located on Deck 7. An automatic teller machine is located just off the Diamond Princess’ central atrium. The Diamond Princess also has an electronic foreign currency exchange machine. Located at the base of the Diamond Princess’ central atrium, the Internet Cafe features more than half a dozen computer stations. Located on Deck 5, the Diamond Princess’ library has a range of fiction and non-fiction books that passengers can borrow at no charge. The library also stocks a supply of games such as Scrabble that passengers can borrow. The Diamond Princess’ gym is relatively small for the size of the ship but well-stocked with machines. The Diamond Princess has a hair salon adjacent to the ship’s spa. Japanese sake and sushi are available at Kai Sushi, a new eatery added to the Diamond Princess in a 2014 overhaul. Self-serve laundry rooms are located on each of the ship’s passenger decks and feature washing machines, dryers irons and ironing boards. Detergent is available via vending machines.