“A day in the life of Sapphire Princess”
Cruise review of Sapphire Princess

Sangamo Sapphire Princess 4 A day in the life of Sapphire Princess
Sangamo
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We took this cruise to upgrade our Captain's Circle status. This is our third cruise on Sapphire Princess (Australia, Alaska) and it is our favorite ship and feels like home. We have now had balcony, oceanview and interior staterooms. Princess upgraded us to a higher deck but stateroom was midships adjacent to the stacks - didn't bother me but some might prefer a different location.

Embarkation was a disaster - they said the ship was late arriving and the Canada Place setup was chaos. They sent us down an elevator, across a parking lot and up the back way, even though we didn't start the line until after 3. Leaving on Saturday, the ship was packed as were the two others sailing that day (Holland America and Celebrity). Sailing and boat drill were delayed. Once on board, though, we were quickly relaxed by the familiar surroundings. I particularly like the fact that the anytime dining is split into 4 smaller restaurants rather than 2 big ones. Same menu as the night before on Golden Princess, but with subtle variations. The show was Piano Man - an excellent cast with the best rendition of the four times I've seen it, and always enjoyed it. Disembarkation went smoothly. Would definitely sail this ship again.

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  • Sail Date: May 2010
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Vancouver
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Cabin review:

B537
Right next to the stacks. Lots of ambient noise and heavy vibration; this lulled me to sleep but might bother some people.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Unfortunately the Holland America/Princess pier is not close to downtown. The exit area is poorly organized and none of the personnel seemed to have good information. Once downtown, downtown Seattle is walkable but a bit hilly, so you will not want to be dragging luggage. There is a convenient train line to the airport for just $2.50, so from downtown no transfer is needed. There is a bus from pier to downtown but there are some stairs to get there, so probably worth taking a cab if you have much luggage. Norwegian uses a closer in pier that is walkable to Pike Place market.

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Port
We liked Vancouver and have been here before; little time here this time because our flight was delayed. There is now a convenient train line from the airport right downtown and you can easily walk to the Canada Place cruise terminal - no need to pay for airport transfer. Embarkation on this cruise was a chaotic disaster, even though we'd sailed through two days before. They don't seem to be able to handle three ships in port.

Published 06/04/10
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