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Balcony Stateroom - Ship same design as P&O Azura and Ventura with balconies jutting out below. A kettle but no tea and coffee available but can take from buffet to use. Kettle so old and rusty decided to avoid using. Balcony large enough to be very comfortable. Staff were excellent and helped make this a memorable cruise. Friendly, helpful, respectful throughout the ship every day. Restaurant food as good as any at sea. Restaurant quality, with time to enjoy a leisurely dinner over a couple of hours. Not rushed. Dine at own pace. Staff responsive to timing requests. Buffet not to same standard. Plenty of choice but quality not as good as other ships and nowhere near as good as the restaurants. Small buffet area but staff controlled the area well. Dining - Freedom Dining. Could not access all restaurants on Freedom. Despite staff admitting Savoy and International restaurants were “no where near full”, access was denied. Resulted in huge queues at other restaurants. Freedom dining hampered by allowing telephone reservations from 9am for tables and people then did not turn up. Reluctance to use pager system when busy. So bad we switched to International restaurant not usually used for Freedom. Average bar options compared to other lines. No draft beer at any bar. Ran out of 3 choices of beer during cruise. Sabbatinis - USD29 per person. Underwhelming pay option when compared to other ships. Chose this option on nights one and three because of the Freedom Dining access problems. Enjoyable but many tables too close together when restaurant half empty. Reluctance to use available tables, preferring to cram everyone into the same section. Steakhouse - Total joke for a paid restaurant option at USD 29. It is located in the Buffet at the end and roped off. No ambiance. Totally dreadful idea which deserves to fail. Casino - No craps table. No poker table. Roulette table. Table card games. Bubble Sic Bo (a form of “bubble” craps). Fruit machines. Nice atmosphere. Inexplicably - no bar. Good waiter service but no bar at a casino is a strange decision. Ship is tired and I understand having a refit in 2018. It needs it. Great itinerary Hong Kong to Singapore. Passengers a real mix of nationalities. Formal nights not particularly observed. More of a Thomson Cruises and Wetherspoons type of passenger, who sneak Gin and Vodka on board in water bottles - these were adults acting like teenagers. Very few owned a Dinner Suit on Formal nights let alone a tie. Shorts and tee shirts everywhere. Lots of moaning people from the UK and New Zealand - I have no idea why they bother travelling. The staff, itinerary and restaurant food were the winners and we had a fantastic time.

Excellent Cruise, Great Itinerary

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by Los-Zorros

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Asia
Balcony Stateroom - Ship same design as P&O Azura and Ventura with balconies jutting out below. A kettle but no tea and coffee available but can take from buffet to use. Kettle so old and rusty decided to avoid using. Balcony large enough to be very comfortable.

Staff were excellent and helped make this a memorable cruise. Friendly, helpful, respectful throughout the ship every day.

Restaurant food as good as any at sea. Restaurant quality, with time to enjoy a leisurely dinner over a couple of hours. Not rushed. Dine at own pace. Staff responsive to timing requests.

Buffet not to same standard. Plenty of choice but quality not as good as other ships and nowhere near as good as the restaurants. Small buffet area but staff controlled the area well.

Dining - Freedom Dining. Could not access all restaurants on Freedom. Despite staff admitting Savoy and International restaurants were “no where near full”, access was denied. Resulted in huge queues at other restaurants. Freedom dining hampered by allowing telephone reservations from 9am for tables and people then did not turn up. Reluctance to use pager system when busy. So bad we switched to International restaurant not usually used for Freedom.

Average bar options compared to other lines. No draft beer at any bar. Ran out of 3 choices of beer during cruise.

Sabbatinis - USD29 per person. Underwhelming pay option when compared to other ships. Chose this option on nights one and three because of the Freedom Dining access problems. Enjoyable but many tables too close together when restaurant half empty. Reluctance to use available tables, preferring to cram everyone into the same section.

Steakhouse - Total joke for a paid restaurant option at USD 29. It is located in the Buffet at the end and roped off. No ambiance. Totally dreadful idea which deserves to fail.

Casino - No craps table. No poker table. Roulette table. Table card games. Bubble Sic Bo (a form of “bubble” craps). Fruit machines. Nice atmosphere. Inexplicably - no bar. Good waiter service but no bar at a casino is a strange decision.

Ship is tired and I understand having a refit in 2018. It needs it.

Great itinerary Hong Kong to Singapore.

Passengers a real mix of nationalities. Formal nights not particularly observed. More of a Thomson Cruises and Wetherspoons type of passenger, who sneak Gin and Vodka on board in water bottles - these were adults acting like teenagers. Very few owned a Dinner Suit on Formal nights let alone a tie. Shorts and tee shirts everywhere. Lots of moaning people from the UK and New Zealand - I have no idea why they bother travelling.

The staff, itinerary and restaurant food were the winners and we had a fantastic time.
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