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Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Sapphire Princess

12 Night Canary Islands (London Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 09, 2018

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Sapphire does not look like an older ship. She is spotless, up to date, interesting. Lots ofd space, variety. Excellent food, and a friendly staff. You can't go wrong with this one. Our mini suite was wonderful. I can't comment on the other cabins, but ours was top notch in every respect. We hope we are lucky enough to be aboard her again someday.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation in Southampton was especially quick and painless. We were checked in and in our spotless mini suite in minutes. We are Platinum members, and that helps of course.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The Sapphire is not like the other Grand Class ships. The dining rooms have a lot of individual style, they are spotless, and seem more quiet that other ships. Better sound control. We loved the staff in the Savoy dining room, especially Eugene & Mario. We did not use the speciality dining rooms on this trip. The anytime dining options were varied and interesting enough. The rolls, butter, and many components of the selections are all made fresh from scratch each day, and it is very good! The buffet was fine, and there always seemed to be enough tables and chairs most of the time.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We did not spend too much time seeking it out. Some music acts were excellent. It is a mix and changes of course. We enjoy the reason we like cruises, the sea. We love walking around the full classic promenade deck, taking in the fresh air, looking at distant ships and looking for dolphins, etc.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
It was a mix of amazing, enthusiastic and interesting, and uneven. The cruise director was extremely good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Sapphire's design is different than the other Grand Class ships we have been on. It felt very different really. The layout is different here and there. Easy to get from point to point on the ship. Decor is very good! Quality materials, colors textures and materials. The ship was refurbished in March '18 I think, and it shows. Everything looked very good. Clean, fresh, updated. She does not look like an older ship at all. All new looking carpeting, furniture, surfaces fresh& clean. She is now our favorite Grand Class ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Our mini suite was fantastic. Clean, new carpeting, and the new super bedding is so comfortable! The walls are not banged up or dirty as some cabins on other ships were. The balcony is very spacious. The old tube TVs are gone, replaced by big flat screen smart TVs mounted to the walls. The locations were the old tube tvs were now provide much more shelf storage space with them out of the way. Being pretty far forward, there is a bit more motion, but I like that (more than my wife does). A ship should move, and not be motionless like a (dull) hotel.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5

Vigo, Spain

4 out of 5

Funchal, Madeira Did not visit port

Because of a hurricane, rain, and high seas, the Capt. wisely decided to bypass and spend an extra day in Lanzarote.

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
Exotic, volcanic island. Loved riding the camels, and exploring the exotic interior. We did not find Arrecife that interesting to walk around.

Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

4 out of 5

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

4 out of 5

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
The ship docked right downtown fortunately. We just walked off, and were right there in the center of everything! Beautiful, exotic city with a long history.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
It was so simple. Tag your bags the night before, relax, walk off, easily find your bags, ad off you go.
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