“Great ship, good times for Valentine cruise”
Cruise review of Sapphire Princess

mhuber1000 Sapphire Princess 4 Great ship, good times for Valentine cruise
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My wife and I left on Saturday February 13th from LA. As we came from the east the time change made for a long day on Saturday. If we were to do this cruise again or any with large time changes we would arrive a day early to adjust some. We had the transfer from the Airport included with the package. Princess had people waiting for us at baggage claim. We removed the bags from the carousel and Princess took care of loading them on the bus, taking them to port and bringing them to the room.

We had a balcony room on level 11, Baja deck near the aft of the ship. This location was great for us as we just went up two levels to the Horizon Court buffet. This was our breakfast spot everyday as well as lunches during sea days. Excellent selection of very tasty food with a few changes for breakfast. Lunch changed allot from day to day with a different theme (mexican, italian, etc.) but always included a great salad bar.

We had dinner at several of the restaurants but did not try Sterling Steakhouse or Sabatini's (the 2 pay restaurants). Nice choices for dinner. Food quality and taste were very good except for the steaks which were just okay. I had a strip steak that was a little tough. Good flavor though. Call early for the best reservations if you choose anytime dining like we did. Took earlier travelers advice and requested two lobsters on lobster night, no problem and they were delicious.

They had a very interesting golf pro who gave daily presentations and golfed with some of the passengers. Went to see one of the comics and he was pretty good. Went to one show in the theater but left after a few minutes. Not really our thing. But always 2-3 different things going on to suit people of all ages and tastes. We went to two wine tastings. The first was $25/person that included tastings of several very pricey wines. The wines were paired with food (appetizer size) that included caviar, lobster, prosciutto, smoked salmon, shrimp, different cheeses, pate. It was nice but again not really our thing. The second tasting was $9.95 and included a souvenir shot glass. The wines were very good. There was some cheese and crackers to cleanse the pallet between wines.

As others have said the ship is very large and you can always get away from the crowd. We also liked the "adult only" pool since we weren't traveling with any. The casino was nice and never too crowded especially on Non Smoking night. The girls working the tables were very friendly and happy to help you learn new games.

Overall, the staff of the ship and restaurants were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this cruise, we had a great time!

Sapphire Princess Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
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Cabin review:

Large closet, small shower, nice balcony, good closing sliding door kept the wind sealed out. Good location near aft of ship.

Port and Shore Excursions

On the way to the airport we overheard someone say that part of their group disembarked the ship in Cabos, stayed their for a couple of days and flew home. If we do this cruise again, we seriously consider doing that. Cabos was the most beautiful of the three ports with plenty to see and do. Plus Friday we were at sea all day, the weather was cold and cloudy. And you are only there until 1:00 pm Thursday compared to 4:40 for the other ports.

We wish we would have done one of the excursions here. Went to town and shopped. All the stores start looking the same after awhile. This was our least favorite of the ports.

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We did the swim with the sea lions at Dolphin Adventures. This is a must do if you have never tried it. I wasn't excited about it beforehand but my wife talked me into it. What a blast!

Published 02/23/10
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