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We chose this cruise for the itinerary: from Europe and the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and the Middle East and over to Southeast Asia. The entire process of embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and surprisingly glitch-free, it was a well-organized ship. Some pluses: Good quality and variety of food Safety drills/pirate drills were informative and reassuring Comfortable beds and hot showers. Indoor stateroom was plenty big for the two of us, and the live ship camera made it feel like we had a balcony view. Some really nice crew members, and a great captain Emphasis on hand washing Cleanliness throughout the ship The down sides: Boring/silly activities better suited to a nursing home. Library was nearly empty when we boarded in Rome. Bad idea when there are six days straight at sea. Sneaky charges (use of the term “complimentary” when things weren’t free) Bombarded with ads for jewelry, spa treatments, etc. It was overkill, and very annoying. Waste of so much paper – ads, daily schedules. Dubai excursion was awful (but guide was good) We had only 8 min to visit the spice souk, and Dubai Museum was lousy (dark, crowded, uninteresting) Recommendations: Have a check-out system for library books Paper recycling system Smarter, more engaging activities – teach about wildlife in the area, or the geography and history of places as we pass by them. Use stateroom TVs to post schedules unless paper is requested, stop with all the ads Bigger and better variety of music for longer cruises versus the same songs over and over for a month Keep sick people out of dining areas, off tour buses (require masks?)

Rome to Singapore in 28 days

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by SameTimeNextYearOrBust

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We chose this cruise for the itinerary: from Europe and the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and the Middle East and over to Southeast Asia. The entire process of embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and surprisingly glitch-free, it was a well-organized ship.

Some pluses:

Good quality and variety of food

Safety drills/pirate drills were informative and reassuring

Comfortable beds and hot showers. Indoor stateroom was plenty big for the two of us, and the live ship camera made it feel like we had a balcony view.

Some really nice crew members, and a great captain

Emphasis on hand washing

Cleanliness throughout the ship

The down sides:

Boring/silly activities better suited to a nursing home.

Library was nearly empty when we boarded in Rome. Bad idea when there are six days straight at sea.

Sneaky charges (use of the term “complimentary” when things weren’t free)

Bombarded with ads for jewelry, spa treatments, etc. It was overkill, and very annoying.

Waste of so much paper – ads, daily schedules.

Dubai excursion was awful (but guide was good)

We had only 8 min to visit the spice souk, and Dubai Museum was lousy (dark, crowded, uninteresting)


Recommendations:

Have a check-out system for library books

Paper recycling system

Smarter, more engaging activities – teach about wildlife in the area, or the geography and history of places as we pass by them.

Use stateroom TVs to post schedules unless paper is requested, stop with all the ads

Bigger and better variety of music for longer cruises versus the same songs over and over for a month

Keep sick people out of dining areas, off tour buses (require masks?)
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Our cabin was just the right size for the two of us. Everything worked well, beds were comfortable, and there was enough storage space. Tea kettle was a nice touch. We liked being able to see where the ship was on the television's map application, and to see where we were headed on the live cam.
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