Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by bobindelta_ca: Sapphire Twice a great time - but we miss Mazatlan!
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Sapphire Twice a great time - but we miss Mazatlan!
Living on the west coast there is an ease with travelling out of the California ports. In this case we spent a day exploring Los Angeles sites that we had never made a priority when visiting previously. So, driving through the Beverley Hills and Hollywood, having dinner at Beverly Hills, lunch at In/out burger was all doable!.(and purchasing wine for on board pleasure was a snap!)
We became Prince Platinum members and we were very appreciated of the quick check in and entry to the ship. We had an Aloha deck balcony cabin which meant ease to the Sun deck! There had been much hype around the upgrades to the Piazza, and since it had only occurred three weeks prior, we were very pleased with the service the new features presented. Simply said the execution at The International Cafe and Vines were flawless and at a level we enjoyed on the Emerald last year. (Good on the Rui, the Maitre D', for having that accomplished)
We do anytime dining and choose the Savoy as our More restaurant of choice. We were very welcomed by a team of two great Waiters; Gabrielle and Milan. These two were very intent on making our meals enjoyable, great suggestions, good conversation and flawless execution. Gabrielle also worked the International dining room at breakfast where he served us, but Milan would visit from his work area to say Hi. Great guys- great employees and we gladly gave the accolades!.
This itinerary is great except for missing Mazatlan. Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas have activities and weather anyone can enjoy. The ports have less hassle from Vendors than you have at the Caribbean.
I recommend the itinerary to first time cruisers as a number of sea days allows you to enjoy the ships offerings. We enjoy the "Pub lunch (Fish and Chips)" and afternoon tea, the aforementioned are traditions on Princess that are important to many passengers. The ship is smaller than other Princess ships so it allows more freedom to move!
We did take in Sabatini's, but did not enjoy the new service. Previously you could choose portions and selections as presented but they have moved to an Ala carte service that is slower and does not provide ease to try items. Regardless the offerings were good and service was exceptional!
Disembarkation was flawless and we have learnt there is no need to rush to the airport. We arranged Super Shuttle to take us and their pick up, service and delivery was great. Less
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