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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by vvacation: Meets Expectations

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Meets Expectations

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver

This was our third time on the Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, so I knew what to expect.My first time on Sapphire Princess. Have been on Crown, Coral, Island (twice)and Grand Princess previously.Ship was newly refurbished, clean, BA balcony cabin was what I wanted and expected. Balcony seemed a little bigger than the other ships.I really liked the layout of Sapphire, not weird passages or dead ends to get from one end to the other. Enjoyed the fitness center in the front of the ship. Great whale watching area on the bow.Sapphire has a large covered pool area and many weather protected common areas making it great for the cool Alaskan cruises.

Food was usual Princess fare. We had anytime dining(party of 6)and tried each of the anytime venues.Never had to wait for a table. Each venue has the regular menu, then one special entree. Savoy- grilled pork chop(none of us tried). Santa Fe had fajitas which were good,Pacific Moon had an Asian noodle dish we liked, Vivaldi-lasagna. The More service seemed rushed. The waiter in Santa Fe was cordial, but the waiters in the other dining venues didn't seem happy. In fact most of the ship's personnel didn't seem happy,(but never rude) in contrast to our other Princess cruises where the crew seemed happy to be there.

We avoid the buffet. Frequented the International Cafe several times daily, for pastries, small panini, salads, coffees and desserts, which were all excellent.The pizza in the Prego pizzeria was good, but not the Trident Grill pizza.

We saw more whales from the ship than our two previous Alaska cruises, the naturalist tried her best to point them out for all to see.

The entertainment was okay, we missed the comedian who, by reports of others, was very good. Less

Published 07/17/12

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