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Sapphire Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Just as the Grand Class ships were instantly recognizable for their shopping-cart handle, so the 116,000 gross ton Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess (launched just a few weeks apart) were distinguished by their trademark funnel, which sported two side-mounted pods that most people likened to jet engines. They really served no purpose, other than to tell the world about a unique power plant inside—a hybrid system of diesel-electric and gas-turbine propulsion designed to run cleaner in the pristine environments where the ships operate, such as Alaska.

Sapphire Princess Dining
Based in large part on the highly successful Grand Class platform, the Sapphire Princess took the concept a step further, especially in dining. The ship has multiple dining venues including the casual buffet, alternative steakhouse, and Sabatini’s trattoria. Traditional Dining with fixed times for early or late seating is offered in two main dining rooms, while Anytime Dining is accommodated in four smaller themed dining areas—which really is one larger dining room that’s been subdivided to create a more intimate feel.

Public Rooms aboard Sapphire Princess
Public rooms are similar to other Princess ships, but the centrally located Wheelhouse Bar, just aft of the atrium, is a delightful refuge of Old World luxury, cushy leather couches, comfy chairs and nautical artwork. While much of the ship exudes a West Coast look and feel, the Explorer’s Lounge—an open-floor-plan cabaret lounge—offers up an exotic blend of African and Middle Eastern-inspired décor.

Like many other ships in the Princess fleet, the Sapphire Princess has two big pools amidships, one a conservatory space with a sliding glass roof for cover in inclement weather, as well as a tiered pool at the stern overlooking the sea (an upper level of the amphitheater-style design has outdoor seating for the casual buffet restaurant).

Despite its immense size, the Sapphire Princess is designed with nooks and crannies where you can curl up with a good book. A rather unique little spot is the Wake View Bar, a hidden retreat of dark wood, leather seating, oil paintings, and six portholes overlooking the back of the ship. The Internet Café, meanwhile, offers sea views and a selection of coffee drinks—kind of like a seagoing Starbucks. Kids are also catered to with their own private, and very well equipped, play rooms designed just for them.

Sapphire Princess Cabins
Cabins are a bit bigger than aboard similar ships in the Princess fleet, but with the same basic layout and California-inspired décor of earth tones, off-whites, and light woods. The mini-suites are among the largest of its kind, featuring a full sitting area with a large sofa, a comfortable chair, and a second TV. Mini-suites also have large balconies that extend further out than other balconies. The design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but it also does not offer much in the way of privacy.

Sapphire Princess cruising the College Fjords Ship Information
Sapphire Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Diamond Class of cruise ships. The ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Lotus Spa, Movies Under the Stars®, nearly 750 balcony cabins and an entire deck of Mini Suites, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2004 ♦ Ship's Class: Diamond Class ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 116,000 ♦ Length 951 ft - 289 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,670 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,286 ♦ Passenger Decks 14 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,100 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 1,337 ♦ Suites with Balcony 216 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 532 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 212 ♦ Inside 377 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 23 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Sterling ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Putting Course

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center

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