This was to be a short cruise of seven nights on Sapphire Princess, taking in Guernsey, Bordeaux, Bilbao and La Coruna. Unfortunately, the itinerary changed as we embarked, the French were on strike in La Verdon (port for Bordeaux) and we were going to La Rochelle instead. Sapphire Princess had just completed a refit and this was her first season based in Southampton.
The ship was using the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton. The terminal works very well at getting people through as quickly as possible. Porters take your luggage from you in the drop off lanes, next time you see it is outside the cabin. We literally flew through the terminal, w have Priority Boarding but this was amazing. We arrived at 11:50 and stepped onto the ship at 12:15.
Our cabin was port rear on deck 11 (B227), this is a balcony cabin, starboard side, just forward of the forward stair tower. It has some very recent updates such as a large LED TV, a new mattress and topper along with soft new pillows. The bed is extremely comfortable, and we did get very good night’s sleep on it, The décor and fittings were in reasonable shape. Between the bathroom and main room is a spacious hanging area that really works well. The beds are high enough to take some pretty big suitcases underneath. Our steward Enzil looked after us well, and was always keen to do more. The carpet did look in need of replacement, and the doors onto the balcony creaked at night. This cabin was quiet.