Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by Lynger67
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We chose this cruise because , as Elite members, there are very few locations we have not visited before and this Cruise offered a few new ones. Unfortunately, a lot of the ports were several minutes from the ship and, more so, were several hours from major centres. We did take a couple of the ship’s tours but generally stayed within an hour’s distance of the ship. We enjoyed the ship itself. Because we were travelling over New Year’s the decorations were extra nice. We were also celebrating our 50 th wedding anniversary and Sapphire had balloons ready for us and a dessert on our day of choice. The meals were delicious, as usual. Service was always great. Even the medical centre was very welcoming and followed through. Dr Lynn Smith was particularly kind and efficient. The maître d’hôtel, François, went out of his way to recompense us for a minor dining room incident. A highlight for us is always the Port Lectures and Debbie was phenomenal with her clear voice and very valuable information. We had no children or grandchildren with us, but the Sapphire offered all kinds of activities and the teens we saw around the ship seemed very busy and happy. The daily Patter, Sudoku, and quizzes are a welcome staple. The library and its contents, however, are very minimal, particularly for a ship of this size. Evening entertainment was very good, and bravo for having a couple of new acts. Mauricio had a huge following and could have been given a larger venue so that people could dance to his music. I found there was very little to buy on this cruise. The jewelry seemed to be limited to Effy, the clothing to Joseph Ripkoff. I have previously bought necklaces, earrings and sportswear, especially on the big sale days, which was non-existent this time. My total bill was $20 for 2 sets of “upgraded” free earrings and pendants from Effy. We love playing Bridge while on board but this time , the hours conflicted with the Art Auctions as well as Debbie's lectures. All in all, a very relaxing Cruise.
Lynger67’s Full Rating Summary
The cabin was fine. Bed was very comfortable. Our “ Obstructed “ View was okay. We were able to see the ocean and some great sunsets.
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