Sapphire Princess: Sapphire Princess Cruise Review by hugored

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Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We just returned from the Mexican Riviera and had a nice cruise experience. However there are some things to keep in mind if you choose this cruise.

First Mexico is not safe. Matzalan was removed as a stop and the crew did not encourage you to go inland alone. That kept you among the hawkers and the cheap souvenir stores.

Secondly, the excursion folks were probably the least knowledgeable of all the cruises we have been on. Virtually no help to make decisions on how you were going to spend time in the ports. The shopping lady was all jewelry. If you weren't in the market to buy diamonds she was no help.

Thirdly, although the food was outstanding in our view, the service at dinner was rushed in anytime dining and they had poor accommodations for dining for two. You were forced to sit at a small table very close to others who can overhear your conversation and even respond to it. RCI and Celebrity have individual tables for two. Princess has to More correct that issue.

On the positive side, Sabbatini's their specialty Italian rest. served us one of the best meals we have ever eaten. The international cafe and the coffee card they offer for purchase were great bargains and great food. The pizza nearby was to die for. The wine bar was excellent and covered by a very friendly and knowledgeable person and the sommeliers were knowledgeable and very personable as well. The food in the dining rooms were great. If we could have enjoyed our dinner without eating it with others it would have been nearly a perfect ship experience. They gave us an individual table for breakfast and lunch but were relegated to the bench and chair seating in rows for dinner.

A week of relaxation on the ship was great. The spa was nice but expensive. We used it four times though. Look at this cruise as a week away without worries, usually great service and not for the ports. Pictures at Cabo was the only highlight. Less

Published 03/06/12

Cabin review: BA Balcony

What can I say the balcony rooms are small but better than an inside cabin. Mex. Riv. go on the port side. You see the ports on the way down,including El Arco and wonderful sunrises. If you come from the East you will be up early anyway. On the way back great sunsets.

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Port and Shore Excursions

The excursion to see El Arco and then a bus to the beach and lunch was good. Lunch was slow however and the beach is very crowded and the hawkers almost keep you in stitches. I have never seen any human carry that much stuff at one time. To save money you could take a water taxi or charter out to see the rock formations and then back on the ship for relaxation. Cabo is not much to see, unless of course you want to shop with the lady for diamonds and jewels. We found that rather offensive after a while. She must make a nice commission with those stores.

We were going to go to the beach but the excursion was cancelled. Just as well it started early and it went until approx. noon and it was cloudy all am. You can really enjoy the ship with less people on and there are spa deals on port days. Stay away from the detox. Waste of money.

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