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Others can tell of the food (good), but I will tell of some surprises. 1. "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is a Britney Spears song that featured early in the first stage show. No matter what the meaning of the song lyric is meant to be, as soon as the male dancers/performers began mock hitting (punching; closed fists) the female dancers, there was a feeling of repugnance in the audience that meant that the song "fell flat" and got almost no applause. Sorry, Princess, let's not condone "domestic violence", in any way. 2. There was a 'courtesy bus' at almost every port, not that you'd know it from pre-cruise literature OR in email exchanged with Princess. If we'd known that, then we'd have done the shore excursions differently, in several but not all ports. 3. We chose to pay the gratuity charge, in the hope that some of the unseen folk will get some disbursement; the cleaners, cooks, 'greasers' in the engine room, etc. 4. Easter was not commemorated with any special food (not even "Hot Cross Buns" on the bread servery) nor with any religious services or gatherings. We asked! (Jewish passengers were catered for with a Sabbath gathering each week.) 5. An Australian BBQ evokes a certain atmosphere in the imagination. The one during this cruise was designed by someone who had no idea; it was 8.30-10.30pm (a stupid time, let alone clashing with the entertainment schedule); the food bore scant relationship to Australian BBQ fare; it was held on a somewhat chilly night around the pool. Is it any wonder that it was poorly attended? 6. Passports were returned between 7-9pm. How ridiculous! It clashed with the entertainment schedule. Then, the line at the Service Desk was poorly organised and then confused by the announcement of a staff member that sent the orderly line into melt-down. (AND, why should the ship keep passports, anyway? We missed getting stamps on our passports!) 7. Enrichment lectures: NIL. The offerings on the internal TV channel were out of date, poorly videographed (plain slide with talking over it, until some maps at the end), and the speaker(s) was seemingly uninterested or unengaged.

Princess surprises and not all good.

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by 1PE

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Interior
Others can tell of the food (good), but I will tell of some surprises.

1. "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is a Britney Spears song that featured early in the first stage show. No matter what the meaning of the song lyric is meant to be, as soon as the male dancers/performers began mock hitting (punching; closed fists) the female dancers, there was a feeling of repugnance in the audience that meant that the song "fell flat" and got almost no applause. Sorry, Princess, let's not condone "domestic violence", in any way.

2. There was a 'courtesy bus' at almost every port, not that you'd know it from pre-cruise literature OR in email exchanged with Princess. If we'd known that, then we'd have done the shore excursions differently, in several but not all ports.

3. We chose to pay the gratuity charge, in the hope that some of the unseen folk will get some disbursement; the cleaners, cooks, 'greasers' in the engine room, etc.

4. Easter was not commemorated with any special food (not even "Hot Cross Buns" on the bread servery) nor with any religious services or gatherings. We asked! (Jewish passengers were catered for with a Sabbath gathering each week.)

5. An Australian BBQ evokes a certain atmosphere in the imagination. The one during this cruise was designed by someone who had no idea; it was 8.30-10.30pm (a stupid time, let alone clashing with the entertainment schedule); the food bore scant relationship to Australian BBQ fare; it was held on a somewhat chilly night around the pool. Is it any wonder that it was poorly attended?

6. Passports were returned between 7-9pm. How ridiculous! It clashed with the entertainment schedule. Then, the line at the Service Desk was poorly organised and then confused by the announcement of a staff member that sent the orderly line into melt-down. (AND, why should the ship keep passports, anyway? We missed getting stamps on our passports!)

7. Enrichment lectures: NIL. The offerings on the internal TV channel were out of date, poorly videographed (plain slide with talking over it, until some maps at the end), and the speaker(s) was seemingly uninterested or unengaged.
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Cabin IB B233
Clean, adequate for our needs, and a tiny shower was expected.
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