Sail Date: June 01, 2007 Ship: Sapphire Princess Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 10 years ago
The ship still felt new even though it is now a couple of years old. Even though there were almost 2700 people on the ship, it never felt overly crowded. The crew was friendly, helpful, prompt, and with the exception of one missed room service breakfast, they were reliable. The food was usually very good and plentiful. There were all sorts of activities that appealed to a wide audience.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was usually excellent and the service was impeccable. Traditional dining was wonderful in that the same waiters served the same passengers each night. It also meant no waiting. Room service was good, however there was one morning where we never received the breakfast we'd ordered the night before. The Trident Grill items were very good (hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, etc), but the Prego Pizzeria was not so good. Overall, the hot dogs were the best snack foods, and the sorbets were the best desserts.
3 out of 5
The shows were kinda goofy, and some of the singers weren't all that good, but it was still entertaining. The onboard naturalist was ok, but we found some inconsistencies with her facts. She was also somewhat boring.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Everyone was wonderful.
3 out of 5
The ship was very clean and in great condition. It was pretty easy to learn your way around, but those in wheelchairs would find that certain routes through the ship were easier than others. This is due to the fact that there were no buttons to auto-open doors for the handicapped. Of course this may have been for safety reasons, but the doors were very heavy and it made it very difficult for the person pushing the wheelchair. It would have been impossible for someone in a manual wheelchair to do it themselves.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had minisuite E-728 on the Emerald Deck. I feel that we had one of the best rooms on the ship. Although it was a standard minisuite and cost the same as the others, our balcony was at least twice the size of all the others since it was the very last balcony at the back of the ship and gave views not only on the port side, but to the rear of the ship as well. You could also listen to the ship's wake which was very soothing.. Since we were traveling with a group, this made for an excellent gathering space. A few times you could hear Club Fusion from below, but it was not for a very long time, and if you had your TV on, it would drown out the noise. It was a small price to pay for such a great room.
Pros: Lots to do, but it never felt crowded.
Cons: Doors not easy to use for a wheelchair passenger.
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