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This cruise started in Singapore. We flew in a two days before and got a chance to see the city. Our hotel was a decent walk to the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay. Great location. the Gardens were some of the prettiest anywhere and the view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands was beautiful. We also did a general tour of the city that went to other districts. But I think we were in the prettiest area. Embarkation was very smooth. We got to the cruise terminal very early, so there was almost no line. We walked right up, got our room cards, went through security, and were in our room a few hours before the ship left port. Having been on the Regal, the Sapphire seems a little small, especially the buffet area. But it was easy to get around and had everything you need. We had a Club Class mini-suite, which was a very spacious cabin for the two of us. The extra space is nice, but the huge upgrade from a balcony to a mini-suite is that you have a real tub and a decent amount of counter space. Being Club Class also meant we had a special area of the dining room to eat in and an extra meal option every night. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch, but had dinner in the dining room. We had a great waiter. The food in the buffet was average, almost the same breakfast choices every day. The food in the dining room was excellent. Just about everything we got was really flavorful and was absolutely beautiful to look at. I'm not normally a person who takes pictures of food, but some of those I had to. Portions were small, but enough for us. If it wasn't, our waiter was happy to bring a second or third of anything we wanted. Our waiter was the nicest guy. One change I was happy to see was that there were some local dishes on the menu each night. On previous cruises, the food was always American, no matter where in the world we were sailing. This time there were Asian style dishes that reflected where we were. The main reason we chose this cruise was the ports - all of them new to us. We hadn't been anywhere in Asia before. On Bali, we hired our own driver, arranged before the cruise. It is a tender port, and it took us a long time to get off the ship. Which meant we had to skip some of what we planned. We did get around the south and west part of the island. Tanah Lot is a temple right on the ocean, incredibly beautiful. We also went to a palace, and to some of the villages surrounding Ubud, each specializing in a different craft. We love woodwork, so we spent the most time with that. We ended the day at a small Balinese cafe on the beach. It is interesting to drive around. The roads are small, only two lanes. Almost every house has it's own temple, some simple and some very elaborate. And they're right next to modern stores and restaurants. There were two stops in Malaysia. On day in Kaula Lumpur. We did the ship's tour that included going up into the Petronas Towers and walking on the bridge between them. That was definitely worth doing. The bridge is at floor 41. After that, you go up to floor 83, which is where the visitors center is. Other than that, the city is just a city. It's very metropolitan. The next day was on Penang. We did a private tour with another couple, arranged on the Roll Call for the cruise. The highlights of the day was the funicular to the top of Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si temple, and the reclining Buddha temple. Kek Lok Si was amazing. It is enormous, and so pretty and so peaceful. We stopped at a food court. We all ordered things we recognized and our guide got us some local dishes for the table, something with yams and Malaysian ices. Both good, although they looked pretty strange. The last stop was Phuket. We took a bus to get to a smaller boat dock, where we boarded a speed boat, which took us out to the Phi Phi Islands for swimming, a lunch, and then some snorkeling. There are no words to describe how beautiful these islands and the ocean around them are. The days on the ship were relaxing and fun. Depending on your interests, there are lots of activities all day. I like the games and arty stuff. My brother did more of the exercise and sport stuff. We're not really show people, so I can't comment on that. We saw a comedian one night, who was pretty good. This was a really nice cruise, and I'd definitely recommend it.

Absolutely loved this cruise

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by Amster12345

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
This cruise started in Singapore. We flew in a two days before and got a chance to see the city. Our hotel was a decent walk to the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay. Great location. the Gardens were some of the prettiest anywhere and the view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands was beautiful. We also did a general tour of the city that went to other districts. But I think we were in the prettiest area.

Embarkation was very smooth. We got to the cruise terminal very early, so there was almost no line. We walked right up, got our room cards, went through security, and were in our room a few hours before the ship left port.

Having been on the Regal, the Sapphire seems a little small, especially the buffet area. But it was easy to get around and had everything you need. We had a Club Class mini-suite, which was a very spacious cabin for the two of us. The extra space is nice, but the huge upgrade from a balcony to a mini-suite is that you have a real tub and a decent amount of counter space.

Being Club Class also meant we had a special area of the dining room to eat in and an extra meal option every night. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch, but had dinner in the dining room. We had a great waiter. The food in the buffet was average, almost the same breakfast choices every day. The food in the dining room was excellent. Just about everything we got was really flavorful and was absolutely beautiful to look at. I'm not normally a person who takes pictures of food, but some of those I had to. Portions were small, but enough for us. If it wasn't, our waiter was happy to bring a second or third of anything we wanted. Our waiter was the nicest guy. One change I was happy to see was that there were some local dishes on the menu each night. On previous cruises, the food was always American, no matter where in the world we were sailing. This time there were Asian style dishes that reflected where we were.

The main reason we chose this cruise was the ports - all of them new to us. We hadn't been anywhere in Asia before.

On Bali, we hired our own driver, arranged before the cruise. It is a tender port, and it took us a long time to get off the ship. Which meant we had to skip some of what we planned. We did get around the south and west part of the island. Tanah Lot is a temple right on the ocean, incredibly beautiful. We also went to a palace, and to some of the villages surrounding Ubud, each specializing in a different craft. We love woodwork, so we spent the most time with that. We ended the day at a small Balinese cafe on the beach. It is interesting to drive around. The roads are small, only two lanes. Almost every house has it's own temple, some simple and some very elaborate. And they're right next to modern stores and restaurants.

There were two stops in Malaysia. On day in Kaula Lumpur. We did the ship's tour that included going up into the Petronas Towers and walking on the bridge between them. That was definitely worth doing. The bridge is at floor 41. After that, you go up to floor 83, which is where the visitors center is. Other than that, the city is just a city. It's very metropolitan. The next day was on Penang. We did a private tour with another couple, arranged on the Roll Call for the cruise. The highlights of the day was the funicular to the top of Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si temple, and the reclining Buddha temple. Kek Lok Si was amazing. It is enormous, and so pretty and so peaceful. We stopped at a food court. We all ordered things we recognized and our guide got us some local dishes for the table, something with yams and Malaysian ices. Both good, although they looked pretty strange.

The last stop was Phuket. We took a bus to get to a smaller boat dock, where we boarded a speed boat, which took us out to the Phi Phi Islands for swimming, a lunch, and then some snorkeling. There are no words to describe how beautiful these islands and the ocean around them are.

The days on the ship were relaxing and fun. Depending on your interests, there are lots of activities all day. I like the games and arty stuff. My brother did more of the exercise and sport stuff. We're not really show people, so I can't comment on that. We saw a comedian one night, who was pretty good.

This was a really nice cruise, and I'd definitely recommend it.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD D409
This is a mini-suite with balcony in the middle of the ship. The mini-suites in the center are now Club Class, which means extra dining privileges and champagne waiting for you when you get to the room. The cabin was really comfortable and quite spacious for two adults. The mini-suites have a full tub instead of a tiny step-in shower, which is nice, and more counter space as well.
There are two televisions, one in front of the beds and one in the sitting area. But you can't really run them at the same time. Sapphire now has on-demand tv, so you can choose movies or tv shows to watch any time you want.
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