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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by TrnrMom

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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess
Member Name: TrnrMom
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: British Columbia
Cabin Category: BB
Cabin Number: C252
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Party All Night or Just Chill
We had taken a flight into Seattle that arrived around 11 AM, and took the light rail to the Westlake Center - easy, and about 30 minutes. It is a longish walk from the baggage carousels but level, and well sign posted.

We left our suitcases at the Mayflower Park Hotel (with some discussion - we had e-mailed but they couldn't find it) since we were staying there on the return from Vancouver - and went off to Serious Pie for lunch & a little shopping.

The cab dropped us off close to 2:45 PM which I guess was cutting it a bit close - there was no line & we ended up dragging our suitcases the whole time, since as others have posted, there is apparently no baggage drop off on one nighters. We dodged the photo line just inside the gangway, and were directed to the atrium elevators. Arriving at our cabin we discovered twin beds despite our cruise personalizer clearly stating "queen". The room steward was adamant that we had specified twin, until we showed him the print out. Once that was taken care of, we read in the Patter that Muster was scheduled for 3:15PM, not 3:30 as we had guessed....so really not much time to unpack if we had wanted to.

After Muster, we dropped off the life jackets and headed topside, since the weather was great and we had never done a Sail Away from Seattle with sun. The Sail Away Party was going great guns with drinks, music and line dancing around the central pool area.

We decided to explore the ship and ran into DS-in-law who was taking the one nighter in an interior cabin as an inexpensive way to get to Vancouver. While topside DH grabbed an ice cream cone - a favorite Princess amenity - and we got some food from the Horizon Court. The food was ok - not particularly outstanding, but not terribly awful also. Later we found out the menu was essentially the same in the Dining Room, so we passed on dinner.

The entertainment didn't appeal, and we were tired from the pre-trip & pre-cruise preparations & travel, so we just enjoyed our cabin with a little music, reading & knitting. We didn't feel the need to try everything although I did check out the shops & found the Princess Sea Witch bead & spend my remaining on board credit (from being a CCL shareholder).

Embarkation was delayed due to Canadian customs & the fact that there were several other ships in port. One big snafu was holding us on 6, and then having us disembark on 7.....not good planning. You either relayed your bags up one flight, or waited for the jammed elevators.

Once off, there was another line up just to get to the Customs desk, but once past that you were out. We took a taxi to the rental car company & headed out to Whistler, via the Sea to Sky highway with a detour to Grouse Mountain. The weather was sunny, but turned cloudy on the way.

Final Sapphire grade - ok as transportation to Vancouver. Nothing really outstanding - service, food or entertainment-wise. Ship-wise - smaller than the Crown & Star but still very nice. No International Cafe which we missed. Passengers were a mix of Canadians & US citizens, with quite a few families, and a few bachelor, girlfriend weekend parties. Despite the party atmosphere, there was minimal noise in the hallways late at night.


Publication Date: 10/01/11
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