Nippon Maru - Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)

Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)

Nippon Maru


Berlitz’s Ratings

Ship: 377 out of 500

Accommodation: 147 out of 200

Food: 307 out of 400

Service: 301 out of 400

Entertainment: 78 out of 100

Cruise: 288 out of 400

Overall Score: 1498 out of 2000

Nippon Maru Statistics

Size: Small Ship

Tonnage: 22,472

Lifestyle: Standard

Cruise Line: Mitsui OSK Passenger Line

Former Names: none

IMO Number: 8817631

Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Original Cost: $59.4 million

Entered Service: Sep 1990

Registry: Japan

Length (ft/m): 546.7/166.6

Beam (ft/m): 78.7/24.0

Draft (ft/m): 21.4/6.5

Propulsion/Propellers: diesel (15,740kW)/2

Passenger Decks: 7

Total Crew: 230

Passengers (lower beds): 408

Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 55.0

Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 2.5

Cabins (total): 204

Size Range (sq ft/m): 150.6-430.5/14.0-40.0

Cabins (for one person): 6

Cabins (with private balcony): 27

Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 2

Wheelchair accessibility: Fair

Cabin Current: 100 volts

Elevators: 5

Casino (gaming tables): Yes

Slot Machines: No

Swimming Pools: 1

Hot Tubs (on deck): 4 (Japanese baths)

Self-Service Launderette: Yes

Dedicated Cinema/Seats: Yes/54

Library: Yes

Onboard currency: Japanese Yen


Modern styling for Japanese mature-age cruisers

Overview. Nippon Maru is really for Japanese-speaking couples and single travelers who want very comfortable surroundings, and who enjoy decent food and good service, all at a decent cost.

The Ship. Nippon Maru had an ambitious four-month refit in 2009-10, when a new hydraulic tender loading platform was created. Deck extensions created space for more public rooms such as a new dining room for suite-class and deluxe-grade passengers, a piano lounge, and a health/fitness facility.

The interior’s focal point is an atrium lobby that spans six decks. Public rooms include a showlounge, piano lounge, a 54-seat screening room/lecture room (Mermaid Theater), a gaming corner with give-aways rather than cash prizes, and a Chashitsu tatami room within the Horizon Lounge. The Neptune Bar has probably the most extensive assortment of Scotch whiskies (including many rare single malts) at sea.

Accommodation. The newer suites, on Deck 6, are large and have a separate sleeping and living areas. A sofa, two chairs, and coffee table occupy one section of the lounge; there is also a writing desk with Nespresso machine and tea-making facilities. The two beds can be pushed together. The bathroom includes a ‘washlet,’ but the step into the bathroom is high, at 8ins (21cm). Slippers and bathrobes are provided. Nine suites include two with huge balconies. Suites and deluxe-grade cabins are nicely decorated, and the living area has a table and two chairs, and two beds; there’s also a personal computer.

All standard cabins have blond wood cabinetry and good drawer space. Many have a third (or third and fourth) pull-down upper Pullman berth. Tea-making sets are provided, as is a good range of personal toiletry items.

Dining. The Mizuho dining room, which seats around 320, serves both traditional Japanese cuisine and Western dishes. There is one open seating. The ship is known for its high-quality food. A premium dining room, Kasuga, has been added for suite- and deluxe-grade occupants; adjacent is the excellent Shiosai sushi bar - always with some very high-quality sashimi and sushi.

Entertainment. The Dolphin Hall has a proscenium-arched stage, wooden dance floor, and seating on both the main and balcony levels of this two-deck-high room. There’s social dancing, with gentlemen hosts available as partners, and a rich program of lecturers and musicians.

Spa/Fitness. The Terraké Spa includes beauty and nail treatment rooms, three body treatment rooms, and a small fitness room. There’s a traditional Japanese Grand Bath (one for women, one for men, open until 1am), with washing stations and a sauna. Adjacent is a sports massage room.