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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Mexico
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Sapphire Princess

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 18, 2012

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review Summary

This ship was just OK compared to other Princess cruises. It was a bit lower in quality. For instance, there was no Crown Grill, just a "Sterling Steakhouse" which was a chained-off area of the Horizon buffet and had a sub-standard specialty menu. Also, the pool with the Movies Under the Stars was always crowded, as it didn't have the stadium-type seating that other ships have around that pool deck. But they did just rennovate to add the wine bar and coffee bar on Deck 5, which was nice, and the rooms were lovely and updated with new TVs. The crew was especially lovely, and very friendly to us and helpful with our baby.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Sabatini's is FABULOUS. The Santa Fe dining room (which we stuck most of the week with as the head waiter Pedro was wonderful) had great food for dinner. Breakfast was slow in all restaurants, and the buffett was only ever "so-so" for breakfast and lunch. The best breakfast option is the bacon/egg/cheese sandwiches from morning room service!!

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: The waiters were very friendly to my 6-month old, and were great with setting up a high chair and pureeing veggies at meals. The ship provided Gerber food as well, which they say must be ordered before the trip. The dining room and room service had plenty of extra Gerber as well.

Cons: There are NO changing stations anywhere on the boat. Even in the family or handicapped restrooms, there was no place to change the baby. We ended up changing diapers in stairwells and went back to the cabin when necessary.

Recommends Sapphire Princess? Yes!

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