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Sapphire Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Great Christmas Break!

Review for Sapphire Princess to Asia
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Bladerunner1965
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Cabin: Balcony

This was a last-minute(ish) decision to go cruising somewhere guaranteed to be warm & intetesting over the Christmas break. Iglu was offering a decent package at a competitive price so we went for it!

We'd not been on a Princess ship before and were pleasantly surprised by the overall standard of entertainment, the informal yet classy vibe, mix of fellow cruisers (mostly 50+ age group but also with some intergenerational family groups), the general presentation of the ship and service provided by the staff.

Our balcony suite was very good, with lots of wardrobe space (which suited my partner!) and a reasonably private balcony area (on deck 12 forward) where we could relax and enjoy the warmth of the tropical climate, whilst sipping a drink and being serenaded by the gentle sounds of the ocean as the Sapphire Princess cut majestically through the benign, blue, ocean waves.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Spacious, clean & well presented. Whilst it is obviously not a new ship (launched in 2004) we had no complaints about the cabin or balcony area. It was kept spotlessly clean & tidy by our steward. Unlike some, the balcony was not overlooked (we were on deck 12 Aloha forward) so there was a welcome sense of privacy whilst we enjoyed a relaxing drink in the evening warmth, watching the spectacular sunsets.

The walk-in wardrobe space was a big hit with my partner and the bathroom was satisfactorily adequate.

Port Reviews

Singapore

Singapore has a proper cruise terminal with adequate facilities. There's lots to do in Singapore and for this, our first visit, we took in Raffles (twice) Chinatown, Little India, a river walk & some shopping. We will be back to do more in the future.

Nha Trang

Loved this place. Had an excellent mix of authentic & modern delights including a great beach. Locals were friendly and we felt completely safe.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

As with many trips, the long, long bus ride was the low point, but on this occasion it was well worth it!

We saw both the ancient, historical & modern aspects of the city.

Sihanoukville

Unforgettable experience but the grinding poverty must be seen to be believed.

Koh Samui

Best trip of the cruise. Elephants, monkeys, local shops & food & Buddahs.

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Took hours to get there, no time to take in the city and then dumped in a designer shopping mall that could have been in any modern city in rhe world.

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