Good Cruise; Frustrating Embarkation: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by lifeisgood3
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Good Cruise; Frustrating Embarkation
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Once on board, the ship is in good condition. Our cabins were fine and the accessible cabin that my parents were in had plenty of room. The public areas are in good shape, but cabins can use some refurbishing...worn carpets and washroom fixtures. This was our second Princess cruise and the laundry facilities were much appreciated.
The buffet area had a separate area for desserts which helped to alleviate the usual congestion in the buffet area. This fix provides a better traffic flow in the Horizon Court. International cafe, as usual was good. The desserts here were fresher than those at the buffet. Anytime dining food was good. One tip: if you don't have a reservation, be in line before 6pm. Passengers showing up after 6pm were turned away and asked to come back after 7pm. They were told there was no table availability, regardless of party size. This happened to us and we made reservations every night after that. So, "anytime dining" is NOT really "anytime dining" unless you are in line at a certain time or have a reservation.
Can't really commend the entertainment. We attended two shows and the acoustics was not very good. We attended several dance classes, both of which were packed. We were able to take the lei making class and enjoyed that very much. Princess should schedule additional hula and lei making classes as these seemed to be the most popular. Tickets are required and most of the time, the tickets ran out within 5 minutes of distribution and many passengers were left disappointed.
We had great weather on our cruise and as always, Hawaii is beautiful any time of the year.
Disembarkation was smooth. No luggage problems and this time, there were wheelchairs for my parents. However, due to the embarkation problems and lack of concern from Princess during the process, we are hesitant to sail with my parents or recommend to others who need assistance to sail with Princess in the future. Less