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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 21, 2011
Ship: Sapphire Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

In seeing other ships, it was obvious that the Sapphire Princess was what I would call upper middle class, but for a first-timer that was alright. The port calls for this particular trip were excellent, although I got a bit tired of the "diamond hawking". The balcony suite we had was a perfect size for two people and afforded excellent views and quiet/private time when needed. I really liked the casual/laid back ambiance of the cruise. Would definitely do a cruise again.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We dined "traditional" and really liked it. It afforded predicability with a set time to meet with our fellow travellers and the same wait staff. The food overall was what I would call average/outstanding. The wine list was a wee bit limited but overall - EXCELLENT.


5 out of 5
I personally didn't take advantage of the "activities" as this was a defusing time for me - although the one entertainment venue I thoroughly enjoyed was the crew's talent show.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Here's where the Sapphire Princess shone ! Attentive without being obtrusive, appropriately charming & congenial and took the time for personal touches that, given the number of cabins our steward was assigned, was amazing!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean, roomy and plenty of storage (which surprised me). Tastful decor and maximum use of limited space. Our location (Caribe Deck) was perfect in that there was a bit of an overhang which was wonderful on rainy days.
3 out of 5
Our docking area was not "ship convenient". One of my fellow travellers did the Tram and marvelled at the views.
5 out of 5
Of all the ports, Skagway was the most "less touristy" (if that's a word). While not "ship convenient", Skagway offered yet another feel for everyday Alaska and the shopping was much more diverse. Nice galleries.
Don't Miss: White Pass Railway - definite "Must Do" !
5 out of 5
Of all the ports this was the most "ship convenient". Charming city with a wonderful atmosphere. Loved the working port feel of the city - The Artic Bar was a HOOT !!!!!
Don't Miss: Artic Bar - if you want a feel for what the working folks' side of Ketichikan is like this is a
1 out of 5
This port call was advertised as 1600 - 2359....it didn't arrive until 1900 and didn't afford enough time for what we had hoped for - hence we cancelled two (2) excursions.....

Pros: The Food & Folks I met

Cons: The unexpected VERY short Port Call in Victoria

Recommends Sapphire Princess? Yes!

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