December to the Mexican Riviera via Sapphire Princess: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by uriengill

Sapphire Princess 5
Member Since 2009

Overall Member Rating

December to the Mexican Riviera via Sapphire Princess

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles

We were on the Sapphire Princess to the Mexican Riviera from December 12-19. The embarkation process was smooth, handled professionally, and we were on the ship very quickly.

Ship Info

The ship itself was big, but had narrower hallways, staircases, and deck walkways than the Dawn Princess I had previously sailed on. Maybe the shrunken places are due to having more cabins, rooms in the buffet, theatre, etc to accommodate all 2600 people.


There were various activities at sea, but I noticed there were fewer Scholarship @ Seas or other programs than before. Maybe the economy played a part in this.


The service was not as good as I had on the Dawn. The buffet stewards basically stood around more than assisting people with drink orders and plate cleaning. The waiters in the main dining room, since we had Anytime Dining, some were fast, attentive and hard working, while some also worked More slowly. The room stewards seem to be always hard working, though. I had never had a bad service anywhere on the ship.


Our room steward worked hard every time we saw him. Every time we returned to our room, it was clean and neat. We had a balcony room, which was nice for the climate of the Mexican Riviera.


The buffet was good, just like the kind you would see at an average Vegas hotel. Just don't expect Bellagio or Wynn Buffet, and you will be satisfied. The dining room food was good as well. Expect Coco's, Carrow's or Chili's and you will be satisfied. Sabatini's was better, but I didn't think it was worth $20 per person. The Sterling Steakhouse had great steaks, and was better than Sabatini's


The magician was excellent. The dance and singing shows were good. If you expect a school drama play, and not 5-star Broadway, you will be satisfied.


This was handled smoothly, considering 2600 had to get off the ship within 2 hours. We had the express walk-off, which looked like most people had this as well. We were off the ship by 8:00 AM.


The Mexican Riviera cruise on the Sapphire was not as good as Alaska on the Dawn. Maybe it is because this cruise cost much less. Either way, I will sail with Princess again. Less

Published 12/23/09

Cabin review: B114

Port and Shore Excursions

This was by far the best port, but also priciest, and had the least time in. The beach atmosphere was great, as was the marina with its restaurants and shops. The trip to El Arco was worth it as well. I did feel there were too many people trying to sell tours here, compared to other ports.

We were docked at an industrial port, so a tram was required to take us to the public areas. We went to the Golden Zone, which was OK, and saw a Papantla Flyers show, which was great. The waterfront had scenic views, and the cliff divers were skilled as well.

Read 496 Mazatlan Reviews

This was our 1st stop. The waterfront had great scenic views of beaches and statues, and was great for a stroll around. We also went to a ranch for tequila sampling and a fiesta with shows, and lunch. This was a great overall port to visit.

Compare Prices on Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera Cruises

Read more Sapphire Princess cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Sapphire Princess Review >>

Compare Prices on Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera Cruises

Member Since 2009
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Sapphire Princess deals up to 82% off:

November Deals
Sapphire Princess 78% Loved It

14 Night Vietnam & Thailand
See all Sapphire Princess Deals >>