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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess
Member Name: cruzcpl
Cruise Date: October 2013
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: South Pacific
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Cabin Number: D500
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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South Pacific - LA - 28 day - Sapphire Princess

Most people were between 70-95, about 15 kids, maybe a dozen adults below 40, a skattering of adults between 40-60. Polite people, lots of wheel chairs, walkers, and canes. Quiet. Cruise director and staff were excellent for all ages!! Shows and performances were all very good! Lots of interesting lectures ahead of visiting many South Pacific places. The gym was surprisingly crowded all the time - all ages ... a surprise! But a good on in some ways! They allowed 2 bottles of wine - FYI. Line, ballroom, and hula dance lessons were great, and for the last 8 days they FINALLY had some professional dance instructors on board.

 

Cabin Sufficient ... everything. The balcony chairs were uncomfortable and our steward could not swap out our chairs for comfortable deck chairs as other cruise lines often allow. This deck's balconies are larger than average, but there is NO overhang to keep rain out or to offer shade, and there is NO privacy on this deck's balconies. We were close to the steps and elevators, which was nice, as was it's amid-ships location.

They had more to do than we expected - we needed a break from all the shhip activities when we started hitting some islands. You can lounge around, but if you want, you can certainly stay busy, even had some trouble doing the things we wanted to do. The Mrs could NOT get into the stretch class first thing in the morning - too crowded! Anytime seating in the dining rooms left service on the slack side, the only poor thinig about the trip really. They also ran out of port specific items in the gift shops (surpringly) but stock probably needs to be limited. Shore excursions sold out quick, islands with limited tour offerings. We did better winging it.

1) This rating is for Apia, Western Samoa (New Zealand) because there is no port selection for this island, in this program
The ONLY stop where the locals met the ship with a singing/dancing cultural welcome!! The Main Samoan city is a large town, but they have a very nice, entertaining, and very informative cultural center where you can learn about Samoa in one place and not have to tour the island, but the island is available. Some people wanting hand outs or selling cheap trinkets, but not a problem.

2) This rating is for Pago Pago, American Samoa because there is not port selection for this island, in this program.
Smaller than the main Samoan island, deep mysterious harbor, more run down looking. American version of a cultural center for Samoa, similar things offered but less realistic. Storm damaged buildings in the area - not repaired. Less inviting, but the island is mysterious looking.


Publication Date: 01/05/14
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