Built in Japan, the Sapphire Princess set out on her maiden voyage in 2004. Since then this vessel has dazzled passengers with her comfortable rooms, exquisite cuisine and impeccable service, not to mention her array of activities and entertainment options.
She is one of nine 'Grand' Princess vessels and shares many similarities with her near-identical twin vessel, Diamond Princess (also built in Japan). Both ships were constructed in the Mitsubishi shipyard and debuted a few original features, such as the Club Fusion nightclubs.
At 952 feet long and 205 feet high, the Sapphire Princess is on the larger end of the spectrum. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 2670 passengers and 1100 crew.
Last refurbished in 2012, the Sapphire Princess' interior decor is elegant and contemporary. The dining rooms and public spaces are warm and welcoming and often feature sculptures, murals and paintings, while the cabins are of a tasteful understated design, with cream and blue colourings and wooden finishings. The vessel's Japanese heritage is also prevalent in certain rooms, especially the Grand Casino and Lotus Spa.
With four dining rooms, one main restaurant, two pizzerias, a buffet and several specialty eateries, there's no shortage of places to enjoy a meal on board the Sapphire Princess. Most restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing guests with ample choice day and night. The menus tend to be relatively traditional, offering one or two standouts per restaurant. For something truly special, reserve a table at Sabatini's or try Ultimate Balcony Dining.
There are also several bars and lounges to choose from, with each venue catering to different tastes and interests. Those who enjoy live music and entertainment will do best to claim a seat at Club Fusion or the Explorers Lounge, while those who prefer a quiet, relaxed atmosphere will feel right at home in the Churchill's Lounge.
With four freshwater pools, a spa and fitness centre, a lawn court, a library, an internet cafe, a casino, a sports court and more, guests will be well entertained in one of the Sapphire Princess' many public rooms.
Passengers can also choose from many organised activities, such as the Scholarship@Sea programme, ceramic classes, card games and trivia competitions. When in doubt, the Piazza is always a good starting point. Known as the heart of the ship, the Piazza is often buzzing with live entertainment and is the gateway to a selection of boutique shops.
The Sapphire Princess primarily travels to ports in Southeast Asia, including but not limited to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Shore excursions therefore vary depending on your destination, but are likely to be centred around food, culture or scenery. For example, in Singapore you could opt for a trip to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, or in Ko Samui you might like to visit the Na Muang waterfall.
The ship has a total of 1,337 guest cabins, the majority of which offer a sea view. Staterooms are a comfortable, affordable option, with interior cabins measuring at 168 square feet. Those looking for more space and a view of the sea will find the oceanview and balcony cabins more than adequate.
The next step up from a balcony cabin is a mini-suite, of which there are 186. Alternatively, guests may prefer a larger suite with a private balcony, or a family suite with interconnecting cabins.
All rooms are equipped with basic amenities such as a mirror, mini-fridge, private safe, desk area and flatscreen television.
Dining included in your Sapphire Princess ticket:
Specialty dining (not included in your fare):
Where to begin? The range of daytime activities available to Sapphire Princess guests is nothing short of impressive. From the ship's extensive Scholarship@Sea programme through to public rooms such as the library, internet cafe and art gallery, there are plenty of places to pass the time.
One area of particular interest is the Sanctuary, an all-day retreat open exclusively for adults. Make yourself comfortable in a plush lounge chair and listen to an array of relaxing soundtracks on a private mp3 player. Also home to a great cafe serving light, healthy meal options, you won't even need to leave the Sanctuary for meal times.
Each of the four freshwater pools on board offer something slightly different. The Neptune Pool doubles as the venue for Movies Under the Stars, creating a relaxed atmosphere during screenings. The Calypso Pool has a retractable roof, the perfect retreat for rainy days. When the sun is shining, however, you can't beat the Terrace Pool, which offers stunning views from the back of the ship. Last but certainly not least, the Lotus Spa Pool is the ideal spot for relaxing.
Near the Lotus Spa Pool you will also find the Lotus Spa itself, home to some of the best treatment options at sea. Guests can also make use of a fitness centre, a ping pong court, a jogging track, a mini-golf course and a range of other recreational facilities.
Of the several bars and lounges on board, there are a few standouts. The Princess Theater is home to some amazing hallmark production shows, a must-visit during your cruise. Another great option is the Vines Wine Bar, where you can sample a range of high quality whites and reds in a warm, relaxed setting.
However Club Fusion is where the night really comes alive. Featuring 42 video screens and a large dance floor, this is the place to be if you're in the mood to bust out some of your best moves. Alternatively, take your dancing shoes to the Wheelhouse Bar; this nautical-themed watering hole plays host to some of the best live jazz bands at sea.
The Sapphire Princess is the perfect cruise to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. Families are often found by the poolside, at the sports courts or perhaps enjoying a film at Movies Under the Stars. These are just some of the many activities that everyone can enjoy together.
Children have their own designated areas to hang out. They can choose from The Fun Zone, the Splash Pool and the Teen Center, depending on their age group. The Princess Sapphire also offers several organised activity programmes; the Princess Pelicans for ages 3-7, Shockwaves for ages 8-12 and Remix for ages 13-17. From video games and jukeboxes to pizza parties and pajama nights, there are activities to suit all ages and interests.
Our first time on a Princess cruise & we were looking forward to the comparison to other cruise lines, having heard good things about the line.
The embarkation process was very straight forward with not too much of a wait to board. On board we found our cabin easily but unfortunately that where the excitement began & ended. The entertainment on board was next to nothing, the casino was tiny with no bar facility even close by & no other entertainment around the area not even music playing. Shows in the showroom were very low budget & boring, people leaving during shows. The biggest disappointment on board was at the main swimming pool, every afternoon at 5.00 passengers were asked to leave the pool (by a crew member who was clearly embarrassed to have to do so), due to preparation to pool lounges for 'Movies Under the Stars' mind you movies & recorded concerts had been screening all day while the pool was still open, & by 5.00 especially after a day in port it was very relaxing to lounge around or in the pool in the beautiful warm weather. Many passengers were confused by this process. Our other disappointment was the fact that each port we docked at was 1 & half to 2 hours away from the actual port of call.
We have enjoyed the cruise very much . It was very very relaxing holiday. Everything you need it was there. We had a very good weather thanks to our God . We have enjoyed a beautiful views of things God has created for us. The food was really good and lots of variety to choose from. The crew were
helpful. The ship is very clean . The entertainment were not really good but was okay.
The places we visited with really good we wish if we could stayed there longer. I love to go again and visited the same placess again and again.
I was happy as a Christian to find a bible study group in the ship and I wish if were more people coming and join us.
My husband involved in the ping ping tournament and he won 3 times that was fun for them even the price was only a little souvenir but most importantly the fun the he had.
My 12 years old son tried the kids club once but he didn't like it much
Overall it was a good cruise thanks to our lord .
Princes has a good customer service and membership award program. We will go with them again
Cruising is the best way to see the world. Once on board a cruise ship - you can have a really enjoyable holiday without spending another cent if you wish. Your accommodation, meals, travel and entertainment are all included in the price of your fare. You don't have to spend another cent if you
don't wish to, any additional spending is totally discretional. You get to go to different destinations. If you don't like it, you are only there for a day. If you love it, you can go back for a longer holiday if you wish - but at least you aren't stuck in a destination, on a holiday, that you hate.
There are always plenty of activities being conducted on board a cruise ship. You can do as much or as little as you want - the only problem is you do have to leave your cabin.
There is such an array of food and dining options to suit all needs. You can eat buffet style, you can eat in a dining room and order off the menu, you can just go for pizza if you want. You can choose anytime dining, or you can have set dining times, or reserve a table.
There are always activities being conducted throughout the ship, from trivia and games events, art auctions, dance lessons, bingo, destination talks, movies, live productions, fitness sessions, educational sessions â€“ the possibilities are endless.
If you donâ€™t like being held to a timetable of activities, you can grab a board game to play, a book to read from the library, meet up with friends for a coffee, do a gym workout, meet friends for a game of cards, or watch a movie in your stateroom. You can just lie around one of the many pools and sunbake or swim.
There are always a number of bars and restaurants and they all have their own unique style, so you do have variety.
For me, cruising is the best way to holiday as it offers such fantastic value for money. I love it. Next cruise, Iâ€™ll be off to New Zealand.
This was our best cruise so far andfIns we look forward to sailing with Princess again as they looked after us and treated us special from start to finish. Booking the cruise was simple and we were kept well informed prior to our travels. The entertainment, the presentation of the ship, the quality
of the venues, the magnificent staff/crew and the great ports of call made this near enough to perfect in every way, so our thanks to everyone from booking, to boarding to sailing to disembarking, exceptional.
Food variety was not great too many items were on the menu every day not enough new menu items\ but overall cruise was good to very good. the the dance troupe and ship singers were great but shows on all other nights were poor to good for my taste
Available on Sapphire Princess from 07 Jan 2017. Club Class Mini-Suites feature the same great amenities as the standard Mini-Suites, but with exclusive VIP touches. This includes the delicious temptation of exclusive Club Class Dining privileges, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and the new Princess Luxury Bed, designed by leading experts in both the science and beauty of sleep.
Upgraded Amenities & Services
Plus the Standard Mini-suite Benefits
Food & Beverage
Anytime dining is a fantastic feature on any Grand Class Princess Cruise ship. What this means is that you can dine with whom you like, when you like, and where you like in a choice of four different restaurants..