Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by sckal: Coastal California Cruise
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Coastal California Cruise
First of all, this itinerary was wonderful! San Pedro to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada was enough to entice us to fly cross country from SC to take this trip on the Sapphire Princess! The ports were everything we hoped they would be and the weather was awesome!
Now, the Sapphire Princess is showing her age, but there are some wonderful touches that all Princess ships should adopt. The 4 smaller dining rooms are a welcome change from the 2 big ones. The Internet cafe is finally large enough and the Horizon Court is too. They are going to drydock and update many things about the Sapphire, but I hope that's not one. Other than adding the Movies under the stars I can't thing of a single thing I'd change!
The bad, Princess has changed their policy about people borrowing wheelchairs. My mom can walk but has limited mobility. We were not able to sign for a wheelchair so she could disembark ship and take some tours of the beautiful ports we went to. More And everyone we went to to try to figure out what to do to fix this gave us a different answer even though we had noted on all the papers we filled out that she in fact would need a wheelchair. This was highly disappointing! And if it weren't for the fact that we've taken many Princess cruises and built up many perks, it would be enough to make us not take another Princess cruise. Less
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Cabin review: Sapphire Princess Mini-Suite with Balcony Emerald E710
Cabin E710/. Would book again in a heartbeat! Very quiet! On one side were the lifeboats. The only morning this was a problem was the morning in Santa Barbara, they used the lifeboats right beside us for the tenders and lowered them to the water at 6:30 am. Otherwise this was the cabin to have! Nice bathroom w/ tub and no neighbors below or on one side. Never heard a sound from Club Fusion below us.
Port and Shore Excursions
Anyone who has the time, walk around and visit the Merchant Marine museum, old town San Pedro and walk along the wonderful shops and restaurants along the channel.
don't miss the opportunity to see this amazing place (Alcatraz). I would not mind having a San Francisco city drive replacing the Sausolito drive for the 2nd half of this trip.
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