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Sapphire Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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972 reviews
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FIRST CRUISE SOMEWHAT MARRED BY CONSTANT UPSELLING

Review for Sapphire Princess to the Baltic Sea
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Raqs Max
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2019
Cabin: Oceanview
Traveled with children

I chose this cruise as I was travelling with 2 teenage kids and there seemed to be a lot for the family to enjoy together. Also, I am not a great fan of very hot weather, so the Med in August was out.

This was a first cruise for us all. I was interested to see the wide variety of people travelling from families with very young babies/children to the quite elderly. People who were working class to upper class from many different nationalities, so I could appreciate that there must be difficulties catering to every taste.

On formal nights, dress ran from dinner jackets and full-length dresses to not bothered to dress up at all!

Cabin Review

Oceanview

Cabin OC

Cabin was well-appointed with oodles of room for clothes, cupboard for shoes, etc. Shower space was compact, but adequate. Room service twice a day by our excellent steward who replaced all dirty towels and restocked.

Port Reviews

Southampton

Smooth embarkation procedures. The queues looked daunting, but moved very quickly.

Stavanger

We had poor weather this day and so visited the Museum. Very interesting collection of Viking jewellery.

Olden

Again, poor weather. We took the land train trip around the lake area; highly scenic and good commentary.

Geiranger

Absolutely stunning. Highlight of the trip. Found the ship excursions to be very overpriced when there were far chaper and better options on shore. The local economy is geared to tourists from the cruise ships. They know exactly when you arrive/depart and will make sure you are back on board. We did the City Bus trip up the mountainside for panoramic views of the Fjord. We hopped off at the Norsk Fjordsenter. Excellent museum showing how men lived in the harsh fjord landscapes through the ages. Wonderful theatre presentation of photos taking through the seasons. Walked down the Cascade trail from the Museum back to the ship. Stunning waterfalls all the way down.

Bergen

Bergen looked to be an interesting port, but our stay was too short to do much and there was stiff competition from the hordes of other tourists from the multiple cruise ships docked at the same time. There must have been 500 people queuing for the Funicular, so gave it a miss!

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