Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by hennipeni: Relaxing coastal itinerary
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Relaxing coastal itinerary
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We took the 10-1 Sapphire Princess coastal cruise and it was very nice. We are from CA so we have been to all the ports but it was fun to see them by sea.
The mini-suites were very spacious; bathroom had a tub but you almost need a stepstool to get out of it! Balcony had 4 chairs and table and was very spacious. Deck 9 has most of the mini-suites but is open and can be viewed from all balconies above. Food was good/not great/but consistently good. We ate at Sabatinnis one evening and it was delicious ($20.p/p) but the absolutely fabulous event was the CHEFS TABLE. Only 12 people were accepted for the dining event and there were over 40 wait listed. It is $95 p/p and well worth it. After a multi-course meal specially prepared for the table by the exec. chef, and free-flowing wines with each course, you also get a 8x10 photo; souvenir menu and the chef's cookbook. I have been on 35+ cruises and this was the most unique dining experience/highly recommend. Must make More reservations the minute you get on the ship/cannot prebook.
Sapphire P. is going in for extensive dry-dock in January and yet the ship looked very clean and well maintained. Will definitely do this cruise again next year. As a side note, there were many seniors on board with varying levels of disability (scooters, canes, walkers) and don't really think it would be a good cruise for children (even though the facilities looked very nice). Less
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Cabin review: AC9724
Cabin 9724 is aft and convenient to pools and buffet areas. Midship is more convenient but this works too. The closet was big/closet had safe/ balcony was large and very nice but open. Would have preferred balcony cabin on 11 or 12 since they look down directly on this cabin. Room was very nice and mini-suites have two tv's - one in bedroom and one in sitting room. Also have small refrigerator. Only complaint about the cabin was the bathtub. It is very high and although it has grab bars, you almost feel like a step stool would be helpful.
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