Sapphire - Amazing Crew!!: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by klb777

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Sapphire - Amazing Crew!!

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
My husband and I flew into LAX the morning of our cruise arriving at 9:30 am and even though we were early Princess was there to meet us. We were told that the early arrivals were being taken to a hotel until we could start boarding the ship. To our surprise we were the 1st bus to go straight to the terminal. Getting on board was very well organized and we were on board my 11:30 am!! Being able to board so soon (actually 2 hours after the last of the passengers from the previous cruise left) speaks very highly of the Princess crew to quickly turn the ship over for newly arriving guests.

As with our last cruise on Caribbean Princess, we were impressed with the lack of crowding. The only crowding we saw were 1st the muster drill and 2nd a very popular show in the Princess Theater, we actually sat on a stair to watch the show and that was fine with us. The show was good and so were the cast.

The food on Sapphire was as good as we remembered. My husband actually gained More a few pounds which he needed. I refuse to get on the scales but think I did fairly well. A fellow Cruise Critic member told me a "secret" about the Santa Fe---items NOT on the menu, Fajitas. The best ever and beats out my favorite restaurant here at home. Each dining room has a speciality that is not on the menu, so ask your waiter what the dining room has to offer. Sabatini's was very good and takes 2 hours. Since we had not dined there before they asked us to choose an entree and they bring samples of everything else. We were definitely very full by the end of that meal. The wait staff make sure you understand the cost is $20 pp so there are no surprises. We also dined at Sterling Steakhouse also very good. The steaks are very big, and cooked to perfection. The crew was amazing! We did not encounter any problems with crew and our room steward Ruel was very kind and most appreciated by us. We were on the Dolphin deck in a mini-suite and never had an issue with our cabin. Room service in the morning for coffee was great and amazingly quick considering the number of requests.

Passanges aboard seemed for the most part a happy group. I only saw a few grumps one of which had a point. There are hand sanitizers everywhere that there is food. In the buffet one morning a passenger saw quite a few people ignore the sanitizers when entering. Princess does have crew members reminding passengers to clean their hands and some just ignored them. It is up to the passengers to keep the germs at a mininum as the crew is unable to force those not into hand cleaning to follow the suggestions.

The weather was not very cooperative and consequently a little cool but Princess carried on and there was fun for all.

All in all, a great cruise with wonderful Cruise Critic memebers. Less

Published 03/16/10

Cabin review: ACD225

We had a mini-suite on both the Caribbean and Sapphire and are pleased with the layout and room to move about. We loved the balcony and spend quite a bit of time watching the world go buy. The one thing I would suggest is that the lights outside on the balcony have a timer to shut off. Some passengers leave their lights on all night and for those of us who enjoy the dark for stargazing it can be an annoyance.

Port and Shore Excursions

Cabo has no port so we tendered in. Again, Princess has the system down and all went well with no waiting. Once on shore we walked around the marina, saw the swimming with dolphins show. If you are not swimming with the dolphins, you can watch for free by asking at the desk and they will give you a wrist band to watch. After the show they cut the band off and you are on your way. We went to Cabo Wabo just to see and have a drink. We found it to be a pretty cool place but not one were we would party. Then on to Lorenzillo's Lobster and Oyster house. The best lobster tacos ever, but a little pricey. Cabo is beautiful and we would like to be able to see more of it. Princess leaves Cabo at 2 pm and there was a wait for tenders at 1 pm so there is not enough time to see much. It was rough seas getting back to the ship, but we love the rockin and rollin so we had a great time.

Mazatlan - how beautiful! Again easy getting off of the ship. We grabbed a Primia (spelling not sure) to go into Old Town. Our driver Freddie said he would show us around for $20 usd and we went for it. What a wonderful tour. We spent 2 1/2 hours touring the city and found it to be clean, and absolutely beautiful. We had our own private show of a cliff diver that was wonderful to watch. Our driver took us to places that the tour buses could not get to due to size. Old Town was wonderful, with historic buildings, hotels and the church. Freddie took lots of pictures and knew the places to take them. It was well worth the $60 for the both of us. We would highly recommend a private tour. We may spend a week in Maztalan in the future.

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We pulled into Puerto Vallarta on our 3rd day and at first I had a good impression of the port. We saw whales and flying fish which was fun. Then came the docking...ugh the smell of sewage was not what we expected. Getting off of the ship was easy with lots of people handing out maps of the city. We walked to the Malecon and strolled past lots of shops. Quite a lot of aggressive beggers with children and vendors, so we became weary of saying "no thank you" every 3 or 4 steps and headed back to the ship. We had forgotten something that was not in the ships store, and found a Wal-Mart across the street for the pier, very convenient. Would not to Puerto Vallarta on purpose again.

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