Diamond Princess Offers Melbourne Shop and Spa Cruise

Princess Cruises is offering a pre-Christmas short break on its newly refurbished Diamond Princess, providing Sydneysiders with the chance to shop in Melbourne before relaxing in the largest Japanese bath area at sea on the leisurely cruise home.

Priced from $599* per person twin share, the roundtrip five-night itinerary departs Sydney on Sunday December 14 and includes a night and a full day in Melbourne, giving guests the chance to enjoy some culinary gems in the nation’s epicurean capital while also stocking up on some last-minute Christmas shopping without having to worry about excess baggage fees.

Following its $30 million dollar refurbishment earlier this year, Diamond Princess is now home to a stylish 817 square metre bath and garden complex offering a classic Japanese bath experience with unparalleled ocean views.

Made from stone and other natural materials, the bathhouse features an open-air hydrotherapy pool, an ocean view bath and a refreshing gentle mist sauna in a setting similar to a popular Japanese onsen, or hot springs.

“Diamond Princess’ bathhouse is the perfect antidote to a long day of Christmas shopping. This cruise offers a fantastic way for our guests to shop til they drop and then flop in the relaxing bathhouse as they cruise back to Sydney,” Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said.

During their cruise, guests can enjoy superb seafood at Diamond Princess’ new sushi restaurant, Kai Sushi, while the ship’s tasty new pastry shop provides the perfect opportunity for a post-shopping afternoon pick-me-up.

For any last minute purchases, onboard luxury shopping includes a watch boutique anchored by a special OMEGA shop, the Essence fragrance bar at sea, a full crystal Swarovski installation as well as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn collections at Meridian Bay and a new Limelight luxury boutique selling designer leather and accessories from the likes of Burberry, Fendi, Ferragamo, Coach and Ralph Lauren.

The 2670-guest Diamond Princess is also home to the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theatre, the Lotus Spa and an exclusive top-deck retreat - The Sanctuary.

One way fares are also available with two and three night options to and from Melbourne priced from $239* per person twin share.

For more information, visit a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 88 or

*Fares are in AUD, per person, twin share and subject to availability.