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We have been on 8 cruises so far-Princess, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, length of cruise and the way the days at sea were distributed between the port days. It worked out very well. We love the overall design of the ship. Many nice areas to sit, listen to music, have a drink, or be alone (on our balcony). The crew was IMPECCABLE from start to finish! Everyone greeted you with a smile, even if just passing in the hall. The bar areas (our favorites were Crooners, Explorers, and Outrigger) lacked in seating, but the drinks were good, bar menu consistent, and staff made the entire experience. The food was adequate. Seated dining is Savoy was a bit disappointing because of wait times for our food, and our lack of interest in the menu. Tables for two are a joke-it feels like you are sitting in your neighbors lap. The Horizons buffet was decent for lunch/dinner. Breakfast was a bit tiring. And it could be crowded at times. But the staff was right on top of getting drinks for guests and cleaning tables. The entertainment was sub par. We never actually made it through an entire singing/dancing show. The piano/violin duo were good. The rest of the music was medium. The DJ in Skywalk was fun! There was a good comedian and a ventriloquist as guest entertainers—they were fun to watch. Our shore excursions were good-staff helpful, guides knowledgeable, bus drivers kept us safe. My only criticism is that we had to pay extra in the ports of Barcelona (5 euros) and Lisbon (16 euros) if we wanted to take the bus into the city center. Not worth it at all-and we ended up only doing our excursion in Lisbon even though we were in port for an extended period of time. Very disappointing. It felt like Princess was nickel and diming the passengers. And we are physically fit-but the ship was so remote we couldn’t walk into the city center. Overall, we had a great time. We would sail on Princess again, but it is not our favorite.

Great crew, tired cabins

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by Mainelyprincess

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have been on 8 cruises so far-Princess, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, length of cruise and the way the days at sea were distributed between the port days. It worked out very well. We love the overall design of the ship. Many nice areas to sit, listen to music, have a drink, or be alone (on our balcony).

The crew was IMPECCABLE from start to finish! Everyone greeted you with a smile, even if just passing in the hall. The bar areas (our favorites were Crooners, Explorers, and Outrigger) lacked in seating, but the drinks were good, bar menu consistent, and staff made the entire experience.

The food was adequate. Seated dining is Savoy was a bit disappointing because of wait times for our food, and our lack of interest in the menu. Tables for two are a joke-it feels like you are sitting in your neighbors lap. The Horizons buffet was decent for lunch/dinner. Breakfast was a bit tiring. And it could be crowded at times. But the staff was right on top of getting drinks for guests and cleaning tables.

The entertainment was sub par. We never actually made it through an entire singing/dancing show. The piano/violin duo were good. The rest of the music was medium. The DJ in Skywalk was fun! There was a good comedian and a ventriloquist as guest entertainers—they were fun to watch.

Our shore excursions were good-staff helpful, guides knowledgeable, bus drivers kept us safe. My only criticism is that we had to pay extra in the ports of Barcelona (5 euros) and Lisbon (16 euros) if we wanted to take the bus into the city center. Not worth it at all-and we ended up only doing our excursion in Lisbon even though we were in port for an extended period of time. Very disappointing. It felt like Princess was nickel and diming the passengers. And we are physically fit-but the ship was so remote we couldn’t walk into the city center.

Overall, we had a great time. We would sail on Princess again, but it is not our favorite.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BF C603
No refurb here! The bathroom is old and very tired. Looks dirty and dingy even after being cleaned. Shower had a bit of pink mold in it, and the shower curtains are a disappointment as I dont like them clinging to my legs as I try to shower. Water pressure good!! Lack of storage in the bathroom. Room small but adequate. Balcony very nice-but people can see you from their balcony when you are at the edge. Carpet not even completely installed. We had a teapot to make coffee or tea every morning-very nice feature.
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