Relaxing get away: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by sueajp
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Relaxing get away
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Cabin review: A517
Good location.. convenient but needed some cosmetic work. This was our first time on this level and it was pretty much mid ship. On our last cruise we had the Caribe larger deck which I liked but thought we would go for the location. Some folks complained of noise from the pool or the Horizon Court of chairs being scraped but we only heard it once. It was very convenient to the pool, Horizon and mid ship lobby! A quick run up the stairs and you were there! Our cabin had a few issues. The rug below the bathroom was soaking wet. We put a bath mat on it but told the steward and it was addressed with more rugs until they could bring in a fan later when we were out of the cabin. The toilet stopped flushing twice, but was quickly fixed from outside the room. (somehow). The room needed some cosmetic work. The rugs were frayed on all edges. They are replacing many of them on the ship. The lamps next to our bed were rather rickety and scratched up. We had been on the Ruby in Sept and it was in better shape. We requested robes but they were never showed up.
Port and Shore Excursions
We had a fun guide who gave us a nice running commentary on the way to the first winery. It was a nice ride up through the changing countryside. The first winery was very picturesque and their tour guide gave us a description of their process. It was a Sunday in March and there was not much going on there. We went inside and saw all the tanks and barrels. Then we walked to a nice tasting room to try various wines and munch on delicious bread and olives and cheese. We had a little time to purchase some very inexpensive wine. We drove just down the road to the next winery. Here we were confused about what to do. We got a ticket and you could go up to this table and get 3 different wines to try. He said something about food but we did not know what to expect. Suddenly there was some cheese and later Pizza! There was quite awhile of just kind of hanging out. It was an enjoyable day all in all but not spectacular. You do each get a bottle of free wine too. There was no issue bringing it back on the ship.
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