Diamond Princess (ship)

The Diamond Princess at the Port of Vancouver ( Canada ) on September 15, 2012

Lloyd 's Register of Shipping

IMO no. 9228198

The Diamond Princess is a Postpanmax cruise ship of Princess Cruises. It was the first of two, at the shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ( MHI) in Nagasaki ( Japan) built ships of the Gem class put into service on 26 February 2004. Your sister ship is the put into service on 27 May 2004 Sapphire Princess. The Diamond Princess is measured with 116,000 gross tons and is thus one of the great vessels of the shipping company.


Construction and commissioning

In February 2000, MHI received an order to build two cruise ships for Princess Cruises. As a completion date of July 2003 and May 2004 were agreed for the second for the first ship. Was started in June 2001 with the construction of the Diamond Princess. On 1 October 2002, there was a fire on deck 5 of the ship, as a result about 40 % of the fuselage burned. A timely completion could not be guaranteed because of the damage caused. In order to meet the delivery date approximately the client and shipyard agreed to exchange and torso of the second vessel also under construction ( provided as Sapphire Princess ) as Diamond Princess continues to build the names of the ships. Thus, the delivery of the Diamond Princess was delayed by only seven months. The Sapphire Princess ( the damaged hull of the original Diamond Princess ) was planned handed over to the shipping company

Area of ​​application

From Vancouver, the Diamond Princess performs in the waters around Alaska in the summer season cruises. In the winter season it is used in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Machinery and drive

The diesel-electric drive consists of four diesel generators and a Gasturbienengenerator which drive two electric motors. The diesel generators were built by Wärtsilä and heavy fuel oil (HFO ) operated. The gas turbine generator LM2500 available from General Electric used marine diesel oil ( MgO). The system is used in which for reasons of cost only in areas stringent emission guidelines apply or if the vessel is to reach top speed. In order to maneuver in the harbor, there is a cross- beam control system with three 2,200 -kilowatt thruster (English bow thruster ) and three 1,728 -kilowatt stern thruster (English sternthruster ).

Cabins and onboard facilities

The Diamond Princess can accommodate 2,670 passengers on 13 decks. Over half of the 1,337 cabins are equipped with a balcony. The cabins and suites are between 14 m² ( inside cabin ) and 123 sqm ( Grand Suite with balcony) in size. There are several main dining rooms and a 24 - hour dining buffet, four swimming pools and a children's pool. Other onboard facilities include the theater at Broadway and Las Vegas - style rooms, a casino, the atrium with shops and art gallery and the Skywalkers disco / lounge.