Another Great Princess Experience: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by dollywood

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Another Great Princess Experience

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We arrived in LA the day before the cruise and took the Primetime Shuttle to the Clarion (ie Holiday INN) San Pedro. Have stayed here before when it was the Holiday Inn. No changes and it is just fine for an overnight. Not the cleanest but ok. The price is right and they take you to the ship. It is also two blocks from the Gaffey St. Diner. Which is famous if you watch the Food Channel and Guy's Drive in-Diners and Dives. Great home cooking.

We have been on the Sapphire before on a repositioning cruise and found it to be in good condition. It is going in for retrofit later this year they were telling us. It could use some paint etc. plus the upgrades like on the newer ships. Movies under the stars and Vines should be added they say.

We love the way Princess brings you on the ship. It is well organized and fast. This time we were actually on board by 11:30 and in our room.

We had great service as usual on all Princess ships. The shows we saw were fun and More entertaining. We especially liked Steve Moris his comedy had us in stitches! We do not do formal nights which there are 2 of. But room service was good one night and the other formal we found a jacuzzi totally free just for us. Did not do alternative dining this trip but I have never had a bad experience on other ships. We were on this trip to relax and be casual the Horizon Court had good food and never had a problem getting a table. Remember to find that table first then go up for food one at a time. This way you are not walking around with a plate of food and no table!

Leaving the ship was also well organized and fast. We were one of the last groups off and we were off the ship by 9:15.

I have not done another cruise line since back in the mid nighties and will continue to stay with Princess. We like the product and the service they provide. Already planning our next trip. Less

Published 02/06/10

Cabin review: BAL209 Balcony

We were in Lido 209 this is 3 cabins from the front. I love the feel of the ships motion so this suits me fine. Being the end of the hall it was very quiet. Lido is great if you want to be near the Horizon Court and the pools. It is all on your floor no stairs. But lots of stairs or elevator to go anywhere else.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Just took the tinder to town. Did a lot a walking. Been here before and was not totally impressed last time or this time.

We took the Sierra Madre Village and Hacienda tour. It was fun to get out of the tourist areas and see real Mexico. The village we went to was La Noria (the well). A real village with real people working and going to school. The Hacienda was beautiful and away form the world. Had a traditional Mexican lunch and time to kick back and enjoy the area.

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We did no excursions here. But took the taxi for $5 each to town. Walked around took pictures. Had lunch at the Blue Shrimp. We ate here last time we were here and loved it. They have giant shrimp made about a dozen ways and you must have the guacamole. They make it at your table and it is from their grandmothers recipe.

When time to return to ship find another cruise couple and get your cab together. It is $10 for a group of 4. We had to remind the cabbie of this price. He tried to charge us each $5. Just be firm.

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