1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Sapphire Princess
We chose this 14 day cruise because of the itinerary covering the entire west coast of Norway traveling all the way to the North Cape. Not too many cruises go that far north or cover so many ports. We have taken about 10 Princess cruises and are platinum status giving a few perks such as free internet. This cruise receives mixed reviews from us. The ship on this cruise was completely full with every cabin booked. Of course that places a heavier burden on the ships facilities. We had 3 days at sea and very cool weather most of the trip which means that everyone is inside. It was difficult to find a table in the buffet and in order to get a seat at the 8:00 pm show we had to be there at 7:15 and eat at 5:30. The entertainment was very good and one of the highlights of the cruise. Princess food has gone very far downhill. Our first Princess cruise was in 2006 and the menu selections were much better than now. A number of people we spoke to agreed with that. Beef entrees were terrible. The television news offering for U.S. news was only Fox which we don't consider news. Previously Princess offered MSNBC and CNN. The library on the ship had very few books and most of those were checked out. It was very inadequate for the number of passengers. Our cabin E521 was worn and shower had some mold in the corners. It needs a thorough renovation. I think some new carpet and refurbishing of public areas had been done fairly recently but our cabin needed a complete renewal. Princess tours are too expensive and we went on our own or arranged our on tours in a couple of ports. Our female cabin steward was required to do 18 cabins and was completely overworked. Bergen was my favorite port and we were only there until 2:00 in the afternoon-very unfortunate use of time. I would not go on this ship again. Norwegian fjords are beautiful and we were lucky to have a few days of very nice weather. We have booked a Mediterranean cruise in October on the smallest Princess ship, the Pacific Princess. I hope the food is better otherwise it may be my last Princess cruise.

Beautiful Norway Scenery, Below average food and cabin

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by redtag

4 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We chose this 14 day cruise because of the itinerary covering the entire west coast of Norway traveling all the way to the North Cape. Not too many cruises go that far north or cover so many ports. We have taken about 10 Princess cruises and are platinum status giving a few perks such as free internet.

This cruise receives mixed reviews from us. The ship on this cruise was completely full with every cabin booked. Of course that places a heavier burden on the ships facilities. We had 3 days at sea and very cool weather most of the trip which means that everyone is inside. It was difficult to find a table in the buffet and in order to get a seat at the 8:00 pm show we had to be there at 7:15 and eat at 5:30. The entertainment was very good and one of the highlights of the cruise. Princess food has gone very far downhill. Our first Princess cruise was in 2006 and the menu selections were much better than now. A number of people we spoke to agreed with that. Beef entrees were terrible. The television news offering for U.S. news was only Fox which we don't consider news. Previously Princess offered MSNBC and CNN. The library on the ship had very few books and most of those were checked out. It was very inadequate for the number of passengers.

Our cabin E521 was worn and shower had some mold in the corners. It needs a thorough renovation. I think some new carpet and refurbishing of public areas had been done fairly recently but our cabin needed a complete renewal.

Princess tours are too expensive and we went on our own or arranged our on tours in a couple of ports. Our female cabin steward was required to do 18 cabins and was completely overworked.

Bergen was my favorite port and we were only there until 2:00 in the afternoon-very unfortunate use of time.

I would not go on this ship again. Norwegian fjords are beautiful and we were lucky to have a few days of very nice weather.

We have booked a Mediterranean cruise in October on the smallest Princess ship, the Pacific Princess. I hope the food is better otherwise it may be my last Princess cruise.
redtag’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Sapphire Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OV E521
Princess cabins are smaller than similar category on Holland America. There was no room for even a small table and bed blocked window. May be smallest cabin we've every had
It was very worn and needs refurbishment.. Also, shower and bathroom are very tiny.
Emerald Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews