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2 Princess Sapphire Princess Expedition Cruise Reviews

For years I have wanted to go on a cruise, but my husband was very reticent. Finally, in this our 49th year of marriage, the decision was made and I found the cruise that fit us perfectly: Sapphire Princess to the Mexican Riviera.... and ... Read More
For years I have wanted to go on a cruise, but my husband was very reticent. Finally, in this our 49th year of marriage, the decision was made and I found the cruise that fit us perfectly: Sapphire Princess to the Mexican Riviera.... and what a treat it was! Right from the start things went well: parking right at the dock for a reasonable price and friendly porters to take our bags. Then getting to our stateroom and meeting our "caregiver." Lily was wonderful throughout the trip, doing her utmost to make us comfortable. We had decided on a balcony, and immediately knew that our choice was the right one. Even before we left the dock we were out there relaxing. In fact, we ended up spending a lot of time in our very comfortable cabin--more perhaps than some would, but that's what we liked, and that's what the cruise was all about: doing what we wanted. Of course we also spent time outside of our cabin, on excursions and in the buffet and dining rooms. The food was absolutely excellent, as was the service. We got to know some of our servers personally, especially the young Peruvian man whose Mexican wife also worked on the ship.... what a lovely couple they were! Seeing Ensenada and Puerta Vallarta by bus were also great fun, especially the visit to the tequila factory in the latter, where we learned that saying "mas tequila" could be dangerous--but fun--thing to do. We decided to "do" Cabo san Lucas on foot, perhaps not the best idea for a couple in our age range, but we survived and had fun doing it. Sailing back from Puerto we really relaxed and just enjoyed the Sapphire Princess.... which included the casino and the shopping facilities, as well as some of the entertainment offered. Reaching Los Angeles was a bit of a bummer.... I would have liked to start all over again. Still, we were left with wonderful memories, and my husband admitted that cruising was great, and that he'd like to do the same cruise again sometime. Whether it's your first cruise that you're planning, or the next in a list of many, you'll not regret choosing the seeing the Mexican Riviera on the Sapphire Princess.... the ship is beautiful and the people are amazing.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
The 28 day cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess was the longest cruise my wife and I have ever taken. I was afraid it might be too long, but much to my surprise,I was disappointed when we got back to Los Angeles. The main reason we ... Read More
The 28 day cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess was the longest cruise my wife and I have ever taken. I was afraid it might be too long, but much to my surprise,I was disappointed when we got back to Los Angeles. The main reason we booked this cruise was because we live near Los Angeles, we wanted to see Tahiti, and we hate the hassle of flying. This cruise was perfect for us. We were dropped off at the Port and were on board eating lunch within an hour. The Sapphire Princess was recently remodeled and had the appearance of a new ship. Our room was was the typical Princess interior, but everything was clean and fresh. The public areas were all nicely decorated. We enjoyed watching the Presidential debates, and the World Series "Under the Stars" on the big screen TV next to the pool. Being out to sea for as long as we were, I was surprised at the variety and quality of entertainment provided. I have to mention the Hawaiian Dancers and the Tahitian Dance troupe were exceptional, and a must see if you take this cruise. I want to remind everyone to book your excursions on line as soon as you can. I forgot to book an excursion in Moorea and by the time I remembered everything was filled. The ship did add a tour at the last minute, but I would have been lost trying to find something on my own. I never thought I would ever go to Western Samoa, but I have to tell you, it is the most friendly and beautiful island I have ever been too. The people are so proud of their island. They keep it amazingly clean and love to show it off. Every person we passed, waved and smiled. I would highly recommend a visit. I was surprised at the number of passengers we met that had taken this cruise, or the Hawaiian cruise before. Some of them as many as 6 times. They just enjoyed the ship and the cruise. My favorite on board activity was the Ukulele lessons. I hope they keep them. I thought the food was good, but I do have to say, if you have the anytime dining, you have to find a dining room you like. Until we found a Waiter and Maitre D you like, we felt ignored in some of the dining rooms. We finally ended up in the Pacific Moon Dining Room. Frances the Maitre D always had our table ready, and Simeon our waiter and Yahany, gave us excellent service. The only negatives on our trip was the casino, which needs updating, and the surprising number of plumbing problems we encountered. All in all this was a great cruise, and I would recommend it to the people like us, that cruise not so much for the destination, but because you love to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Sapphire Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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