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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by dazmanga: Overnight Adventure

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Overnight Adventure

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Cruise to Nowhere
Embarkation: Vancouver

Arrived at the Port of Vancouver extra early for our one-night repositioning cruise to seattle. We have learned our lesson from previous one-night cruises. They call it 'Black Saturday'. Four large ships in port at the same time. Although there is a bit of disorganization, the staff did their best. We were told our ship was late in disembarking, and actually departed late. Vancouver is an incredible port in a perfect location - right downtown and close to transport and shopping.

The one-night cruises got us hooked on cruising, and are great to try out for first-time cruisers to see if you would like it. The only downside is this tends to be a party cruise.

What we love about Princess is they put on their best show - even on such a short cruise; right down to the food and entertainment. Speaking of food, we love to eat in Vivaldi. My wife and I can get a table for just the two of us and enjoy a romantic meal. The menu does not tend to change much, but we enjoy the option More of selecting items that are a healthier option, indicated on the menu.

The cabin was on Baja deck - a balcony. We always get a balcony as we enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the views. Baja is great as your balcony is private, and cannot be seen by decks above you. Our cabin steward - Nilo - was great.

The production show 'I got the music' was a great improvement on previous cruises that we have seen it on. The quality of singing was great. One of the lead female singers had an amazing voice. Make sure to arrive at the theatre early to get seats, as it fills up quickly.

Seattle did not put on a great show for our arrival - it was raining heavily. Actually disembarkation can be a bit dangerous in the rain at Seattle, as the gangway was saturated and slippery. We got through the terminal fairly quickly, and were on our way to Pike Place Market in a taxi. In Seattle to get downtown, you are basically stuck taking a taxi ($10-15).

All in all a great weekend getaway. We simply catch a Quick Shuttle bus home to Vancouver from around the Space Needle, at the end of the day. Less

Published 05/19/11

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