We arrived at Kansai International Airport just south of Osaka using Singapore Airlines’ red-eye flight. We did have a bad start in the form of an extremely long immigration queue just to clear customs and that took 1.5 hours off our time table. Imagine the lack of sleep and then face a huge bunch of people in a pretty stuffy corner of the airport. Cruise Arena, our agent promptly got us on the buses and make our way to Kobe Port Terminal Hall where the Diamond Princess was docked. We did miss the visit to the Osaka Castle though it is not the fault of the agents but it was a missed opportunity nevertheless.
Built in 13 March 2004, the Diamond Princess is one of only two ships built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Nagasaki and is registered as a British ship. It was refurbished in 2010 so the interior is fairly new. It is not exactly a small ship at 952 feet in length and 205 feet in height with 18 decks that holds a total of 1337 Guest Cabins.
If you are interested to know what’s on board the ship here’s the link to its various amenities and guest services: http://www.princess.com/learn/ships/di/amenities_publicrooms/
Here’s the timelapse sequence of our departure from Kobe heading to our next destination – Hakodate, Hokkaido
Next Stop: Hakodate, Hokkaido.