When is a suite not a suite.: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by drewpat

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When is a suite not a suite.

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Los Angeles
This cruise was not what I expected. First of all we had booked a mini suite because of the amount of sea days, so thought we would pay the extra, but really it was just an extra sofa, and because of that they call it a suite.
We are then charged the extra for gratuities for a suite (only a small amount), I might add, but we were informed we could have breakfast in Sabatinis, if we wished, but we were refused entry because they said that standard of suite did not allow us entry. Princess get it sorted if you sell this as a mini suite and charge accordingly, it should give you access to the places you state.
The entertainment on board was average, and the theatre is too small for a ship of this size, hence they have to put on 3 shows per night. On the final 3 evenings we missed all the shows the Crew show in the theatre which I understand was full at about 9.45pm, even though the show was at 10.15pm, it was 10pm by the time we finished dinner. The marriage game show held in the More explorers lounge, again no seats available by 10pm, and the final evening the talent show held in Club Fusion, not a seat to be had by 10pm.
The ship reminds me of some of the cruises I did many years ago, a bit dated in parts even though it is only 9 years old. You could not get access to some parts unless you went up or down, to get back to the same level (deck 6) for example.
The food overall was what you would expect of this standard of cruise line.
We did 2 organised tours with Princess, and 1 outwith Princess. They were all good and well run. The final port of call Ensenada in Mexico is not a port for our purposes this is purely for the benefit of the cruise lines but they still charge you if you want to do a tour, what we would call a rip off. Less

Published 03/31/13

Cabin review: AD

Mini suite not quite what you would expect. A lot of vibration around our cabin maybe because it was very close to the back of the ship.

Port and Shore Excursions

As I stated earlier this a port for the benefit of the cruise lines not for their guests.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Not the most exciting of tours, but not every day you get up close to a volcano.

Pearl Harbor

Highlight of the trip and could have spent more time there, but you are on limited time on a tour.

Waimea Canyon

Nice trip and the canyon is quite impressive, not of the Grand Canyon scale.

Very impressed by Maui, and along with Pearl Harbour, these were the highlights of this trip.
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