Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by SummerTraveler: International Cafe and International Dining Room
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International Cafe and International Dining Room
This was our second 3-night Ensenada cruise within two months. We drove to Long Beach the day before embarkation and stayed at Super 8 in Long Beach (E Pacific Coast Hwy). Prices were very good and only about 20 minutes away from World Cruise Center at San Pedro.
Arrived in San Pedro and checked in by 11:30 am. Plenty of parking and no long lines for check in. We waited in the waiting area and our group #3 boarded about 12:30 pm. Dropped off luggage in our cabin and went to lunch in the International Dining Room on Deck 6 AFT. (Most of the passengers went to the Horizon Court Buffet for lunch.) It was nice to sit down and start our cruise with an enjoyable meal with friends and family. After lunch we went by the International Cafe to check out what was being offered for snacks. They have very good desserts, sandwiches, and soup.
Art auction is now be directed by PARK WEST. I have seen a lot of the art before on previous cruises. The free champagne given out at the More first auction was flat and didn't give me a buzz. Both auctions on this cruise started LATE. The second auction started almost 30 minutes late. You had to register and turn in your bid card at the end of the auction in order to receive a free print.
We ate dinner in a different dining room each night. Each had its own theme. If we checked in at 7:00 pm for anytime dining, our wait was usually 30 minutes for a table for 6 people. Hint: Phone early in the morning and make a reservation for 6+ people in your group to avoid a long wait. After dinner we would stop by the International Cafe to pick up another dessert to take back to our cabin. We even went down to IC to pickup some cheese to go with our wine we had in our cabin.
Disappointed that this cruise did not have a galley tour nor Fish 'n Chips at the Pub on sea day.
We were group #19 Walkoff on disembarkation day. Our time slot was 10:15 a.m. DH decided we should vacate the cabin before 8:00 a.m. to give the cabin steward, Jose, lots of time to clean for the next occupants.
Went down towards Club Fusion, our meeting place, and no large group to disembark so we were told we could leave. We were off the ship by 8 a.m. Our friends were group #20 (went to meeting place at 8:30 a.m.) and didn't get off until after 10:30 a.m. Long holdup at Immigration and Customs.
Sapphire Princess is in good shape. Staff is very good and helpful. I didn't see any of the evening productions/entertainment this cruise, so I cannot comment on them. Less
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