Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by connorfam
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Balcony
First the bad bits and that starts with the 14 hour journey to get to Singapore, we decided to split the journey with stop over in Dubai. This doesn't help as it is still 14 hours and although we were on board a Airbus A380 with Emirates it is still a long journey.
On board the only two bits that we didn't like were 1. the entertainment which apart from the showtime dance crew was a bit disappointing and 2. the usual bun fight at the buffet, and no matter what language you speak it is still a bun fight.
The cabin was quite a good size with usual storage and toilet facilities , it would appear that Princess far east have not yet got used to supplying tea and coffee as this seemed a too extreme for the steward (who ws otherwise good), and we had to keep a resupply from the buffet, and cups without handles (why).
Also the electrics in the cabin were standard american, although we were assured at great length from the Princes rep in UK that english connections were available..NOT so, you need an american adaptor.
Dining at the International dining was normal and we would not put it above any other cruise we have done always managed to feel reasonably satisfied after the meal. The timing of the early sitting was TOO early at 1745..and not the normal 1830 and just didn't feel right. Also as per previous cruises when you ate in the main dining room for breakfast it all seemed a bit slow.
Ports visited are really down to the individual and we enjoyed all the ports but made a point of changing our tour at Bangkok to Pattaya as the journey to the capital was too long whereas Pattaya was 45 mins and interesting.
All in all we enjoyed the first Princess experience and would rate it as a middle range cruise deal. The heat was as expected, very warm and you were always glad to nip into a shopping mall for some air condition.
Tips.. We stayed at the Pan Pacific hotel in the bay marina area and there are a good few same priced hotels in this area. Not Raffles to expensive and not Bugis st or Little India area unless you are backpacking. Orchard st for the shopping and hop on hop off for the best sights of the city of Singapore. (Kuala lumpur go to the Central market by subway.)
Also , as we have done a few P&O we were surprised to find we qualified for Preferred Boarding etc, a nice bonus.
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