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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by tulefogg

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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess
Member Name: tulefogg
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Hawaii
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: L204
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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The cruise started off nicely enough. We thought great we are on the top deck right near the Horizon Court and the swimming pools. What more could we ask for. Well, the first two days were horrible, because we were on the top deck the water was rougher than usual, we swayed back and forth until I finally got so seasick that after two days I went to Medical and requested the shot. After that I was great. The thing we noticed about having a room on the Lido Deck was not only did you feel the rocking more, but when you walked the hall way you could smell cigarette smoke. Since we aren't smokers it seemed very heavy. We talked to the desk about the heavy smell of smoke and we were told that every room is a smoking room and that they will spray the hall way for us. If they did spray, we didn't notice it. When we walked across the deck to the Horizon Court for breakfast, we had to encounter Gail force winds.

But that wasn't the worst of it. The theaters held around 1,000 people - but there were over 2000 on the ship, so if we wanted to get a seat and see the show, we would have to get there 30-45 minutes early. sometimes up to 1 hour just to get a seat. We did sign up for traditional dining and thought maybe we should sign up for anytime dining so that could meet more people.We cancelled our traditional dining reservations. We came to find out that anytime dining actually means - Anytime you can get up at 8 am and make reservations for dinner three days in advance, then you can get a seat. My suggestion is to make reservation for traditional dining, even if you decide to try the anytime dining go for it. Don't cancel your traditional dining reservations.

The ship didn't seem to have all that much to do. They did have a lawyer than gave some talks about the law (which was interesting) and a woman who talked about the Hawaiian Islands that was good as well). Other types of activities were limited.

Publication Date: 04/24/11
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