love that California coast: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by Thoth
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love that California coast
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Embarkation: I utilized Princess air and hotel package where I stayed at the LAX Marriott. The hotel stay more than met my needs. There is a restaurant in the lobby and fast food within an easy walking distance. My balcony room over-looked the fabulous swimming pool area. There was a representative greeting me at the airport and the more representatives at the hotel to assist me to the ship via a Princess coach. I found the embarkation process to be very simple and speedy.
The ship: after 15 cruises all the ships seem about the same to me...however I can say More that the Sapphire met or exceeded my expectations. The 1730 fixed dining was standard cruise food which met my expectations ...not that I'm a discerning gourmet. One night I did dine at the Sterling Steakhouse and I truly enjoyed the Filet Mignon > Yes.....it is $20 extra but well worth it. My room was an inside on deck 12 Aloha ( A 314) which certainly was close to the Lido facilities. The various service people were excellent to me and I had no issues.
The Shows/entertainment: There were three production shows and I enjoyed Born to be Wild and Do You Want To Dance. Sorry to say I missed the comedy and other shows, being on a busy port intensive schedule. I absolutely loved the live band in the Explorer's Lounge & Club Fusion. The Skywalkers Disco way up high was a trill to visit. The trivia and Karaoke activities on-board were sufficiently to my liking.
Ports: San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Catalina, San Diego, & Ensenada. ~~ Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge and the night lights made San Francisco an excellent port of call. There is plenty to see in walking distance, but I opted for the Muir Woods/Sausalito tour, then the Alcatraz tour the next day. A word of advice...if one wishes to visit Alcatraz do book the ship tour since otherwise it will sell out. ~~ Santa Barbara is best done on your own without a shore tour. I found the 1786 mission and Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse to be most fascinating. Also of note is perhaps the world's biggest ficus tree. ~~ On Catalina I did the ship's back-country off road tour and saw wild bison and other wildlife. This is an interesting place being mostly a nature preserve of native California flora. ~~ The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has to rank as one the nation's premiere animal parks. I opted for the behind the scenes Caravan tour where I was allowed to feed giraffes and rhinos. ~~ In Ensenada I enjoyed the ship tour out to the Baja wine country where we toured two wineries. Shopping for bargains in town was a hoot.
Disembarkation was as quick and simple as embarkation and I was at the airport in a timely manner. Less
Cabin review: IIA314
A314 is an inside on Aloha deck 12. The location is conveniently one deck down from the Lido facilities. The room was large enough for my solo traveler's needs.