Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

A great time was had by all!

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

We just returned home from our cruise on the Sapphire Princess to the Mexican Rivera. We went with friends to celebrate a 50th birthday and I can only say that we had all kinds of fun. The ship was beautiful and it was kept that way the entire cruise. We had balcony cabins on the Aloha (12th) Deck in the 600 area. The location was excellent as you were just down the hall from the adult only swimming pool at the ships stern and one flight of stairs from the buffet dinning room; pretty convenient location. Since we were traveling with friends you can open up the dividers on the balconies between the cabins. That was pretty cool. There is any amount of things to do while on board. On this cruise, there are three full days of cruising which we really enjoyed. Pay attention to the daily Princess Patter newspaper as it detailed all the days activities, times and locations. The crew was wonderful and helpful and willing to help or assist you in any way. Polite treatment of the crew and staff was returned with above and beyond service. The shore trips were nothing compared to the fun we had on board. Our Alaska booking agent was very helpful but did drop the ball on the transfers from LAX to the ship and back. He offered the option but as it turned out, it was left off the contract. Also, please do some due diligence prior to booking your shore excursions. In Puerto Vallarta we booked a snorkel trip that was loads of fun for all except for a couple of our guests. In transferring us from the party boat to the beach, the crew needed to use transfer boats. They were running the boats up on the shore like sleds. It looked fun and was fun except for the last boat in which the pilot made a bad mistake and the boat became airborne before it hit the beach with a crash and at least two badly hurt passengers. I point this out because no one on the crew of the party boat had any emergency medical training. Fortunate for this group, there was a wonderful gentleman in our group, who is an EMT, swam back to the party boat to assist those injured passengers. Accidents happen, so I just offer this as a caution. In Mazatlan, we booked a shore trip that was supposed to be a fishing tournament. It was our opinion that the boat we were on was clean but very spartan in its appointments and the crew did little if nothing to improve the fishing. In eight hours the crew changed the bait twice and we are not sure they ever changed engine trolling speed. The boat was old and we felt that it was possible to break through the deck if you were to land heavy upon it. It was a very expensive boat ride.

Pros: Time on the ship with frineds

Cons: The shore trips

Recommends Sapphire Princess? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
THe stateroom had everything you could want but do not believe if someone tells you that you will not spend much time in your cabin, becasue you will and 300 feet will get small.
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Everything onboard was wonderful, the shore trips left someting to be desired.


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