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I chose it because a) the price was right, b) the itinerary fit what we hoped to see and our schedule, and c) it was regarded as 5.0 or above by VacationsToGo. We got our money's worth, but I found it to be more like a 4.5 experience. Buffet at the Horizon was a crowded serving area, no exciting food offerings, most seemed like "cafeteria food", and even though we were in Asia we had the same basic fruits everyday (only dragon fruit offered to acknowledge we were in Asia). The no-charge coffee was very weak everywhere. Dinner meals were OK, but nothing to get excited or rave about. On past cruises I always looked forward to dinners as something stimulating (Celebrity, Crystal, Holland America). Most dishes were served warm but not hot and servings on the small side. Wait staff was professional but under-manned (sometimes 25 min between courses, and waiting for dishes to be cleared). We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants because we didn't expect them to meet our expectations, given what we found in the rest of the ship. No destination speakers or events during our cruise. Day time activities had too much trivia quiz and bingo type activity, which were too often done in the atrium plaza which cluttered up one of the few indoor non-bar lounges. We usually retired to our room to watch movies we wouldn't otherwise watch. Evening shows were excellent, but in the back rows the sound was poor. (They often ran only 30 to 45 minutes then a little talk from the cruise director.) Cabins and beds and service was excellent, this met my idea of 5.0. Be aware, on many of these Asian ports that the major cities and sites can be a long commute from the port. So a cruise may not be the best way to see a lot of the countries. Sorry to seem so critical, but we have had much better food and activities on other cruises and that is what we were expecting. We had 14 nights

Not really a 5.0 ship

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by larrymcd

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
I chose it because a) the price was right, b) the itinerary fit what we hoped to see and our schedule, and c) it was regarded as 5.0 or above by VacationsToGo. We got our money's worth, but I found it to be more like a 4.5 experience.

Buffet at the Horizon was a crowded serving area, no exciting food offerings, most seemed like "cafeteria food", and even though we were in Asia we had the same basic fruits everyday (only dragon fruit offered to acknowledge we were in Asia). The no-charge coffee was very weak everywhere.

Dinner meals were OK, but nothing to get excited or rave about. On past cruises I always looked forward to dinners as something stimulating (Celebrity, Crystal, Holland America). Most dishes were served warm but not hot and servings on the small side. Wait staff was professional but under-manned (sometimes 25 min between courses, and waiting for dishes to be cleared). We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants because we didn't expect them to meet our expectations, given what we found in the rest of the ship.

No destination speakers or events during our cruise. Day time activities had too much trivia quiz and bingo type activity, which were too often done in the atrium plaza which cluttered up one of the few indoor non-bar lounges. We usually retired to our room to watch movies we wouldn't otherwise watch.

Evening shows were excellent, but in the back rows the sound was poor. (They often ran only 30 to 45 minutes then a little talk from the cruise director.)

Cabins and beds and service was excellent, this met my idea of 5.0.

Be aware, on many of these Asian ports that the major cities and sites can be a long commute from the port. So a cruise may not be the best way to see a lot of the countries.

Sorry to seem so critical, but we have had much better food and activities on other cruises and that is what we were expecting. We had 14 nights
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