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1 Princess Sapphire Princess Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

My husband and I took the Princess Sapphire in December, 2005 from Los Angeles to Mexico. We flew in the day before from Chicago and stayed at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. This was wonderful - not having to worry about missing the ship ... Read More
My husband and I took the Princess Sapphire in December, 2005 from Los Angeles to Mexico. We flew in the day before from Chicago and stayed at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. This was wonderful - not having to worry about missing the ship on the day of departure due to weather. The Princess Rep was waiting for us at the baggage claim area and stayed with us till our luggage arrived. She escorted us to the vehicle that was taking us to Long Beach. We wished we had come in an extra day to see more of the sights in Long Beach. The Westin has the "heavenly bed" which is awesome. From the time we left the hotel to getting to our state room took last than an hour. There was a Princess Rep at the hotel on the day of departure who explained everything that would happen. Everyone was extremely helpful. Once we got to the ship, we were escorted to a line with only 2 people instead of the other line with approx 100 people. We found out this was because we had an upgrade (room with a balcony). It is worth the extra money to have the larger room. We had a balcony which was really great. We would spend time out there reading, etc. The other extra that I like - was the laundry on our floor. Only a $1.00 for washer and dryer (dryer - only 20 minutes) They also have irons set up in the area which was great. I have read reviews with much negativity. I believe nothing would make these people happy. Our steward and waitress at dinner were a "10". Polite, efficient, and trying to please us in any way. We thought most of the shows were just as good as a show in Vegas. We didn't care for "undercover" but enjoyed the comedians, the female singer, and the "Piano man" show. The food was extraordinary. We had the early sitting which my husband wanted. We did have to rush a bit but then we went to the 8 PM show then to one of the lounges to dance. We ate one night at the Italian restaurant and it was worth the extra $20.00 each. All in all, we really had a good time. Again the comments about everyone being older. We knew this before we left. I had did a lot of research about what ship we wanted to be on. If you are looking to party, go on Carnival. Our travel agent knew we wanted a quieter crowd which was on the Princess Sapphire. I would say most people were in their 40-60's. No one was drunk, or acting belligerent. We would definitely travel Princess again - but to a different location. I bought the Princess cookbook which has some beautiful photos and great recipes. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
Sapphire Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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