Family holiday on sapphire princess

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Sapphire Princess

11 Night Canary Islands (London Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 08, 2019

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A110

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Second time on the Sapphire, ten years apart :) still love her. We were a multi-generational group. 2 x OAPS, 1x 35 and 1 x 42 year olds, 2 X teenagers and 1 x four year old and there was plenty to do for everyone on board. We all thoroughly enjoyed. She is a lovely ship, staff were fab and the food was beautiful. Cabin steward made my holiday travelling with three kids. Even refolded our pyjamas etc. I was so grateful for everything he did.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
There was a problem with the walkway at Southampton port. We were sat in departures for an hour. Alot of people moaned but we were kept well informed by staff. Better to be safe and delayed than someone have an accident. Check in itself was smooth and plenty of staff at drop off point collecting your luggage.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
My husband and I are not huge drinkers but enjoy the cocktails. We actually tried them all which is very unlike us. They were all very tasty and refreshing. Food was outstanding as always from princess. We didn't eat at the specialty restaurants on this trip but did use the buffet, pool side eateries, main dining rooms and room service. Good selection in the buffet. Main dining room had something for everyone including a children's menu. All food was fresh and of a good standard. We didn't have any complaints and this was my third princess cruise.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The pool areas were always clean and well attended, love movies under the stars. Gym has a great selection. Didn't use the spa this time but did have a peak and looked lovely, clean and inviting. Don't forget the little putting lawn which is fun and the panoramic view from on top of the bridge.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The shows are good. I do find the bars are lacking entertainment for people in their 30s and 40s. Couldn't find any music to suit us, unless we weren't looking in the right place??

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Outstanding!! Travelled with a 4 year old and two teenagers. We didn't plan to leave them at the club's but couldn't get them out of there!! I was apprehensive about taking children on a princess cruise due to other reviews saying "princess isn't for children". Don't be put off, my teenagers made 20+ friends on the first night and we hardly saw them after that and my five year old loved the itinerary in her aged area too. Princess is amazing for kids of all ages :)

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Plenty of room even as four sharing.

Ports of call

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Stunning. Catch the cable car up and toboggan down. So much fun. Don't walk back to the ship from bottom if toboggan run, get a taxi. We made this mistake, it's miles!! Footy fans: Ronaldo CR7 museum is an easy walk from ship

Vigo, Spain

5 out of 5
Book the segway tour with segmovi up to the fortress. It's very informative and you get to see the whole city.

Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
We caught a bus to Loro parque zoo from the bus station, was 45 mins on bus but saw lots of the island and had a great day out. When you get off bus, taxi straight to Loro parque.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

3 out of 5
There is a shopping mall on port. Bit boring port otherwise tbh.

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
There is a decent waterpark, €10 taxi ride away from port. Lots of taxis available in port.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and easy. We were early and didn't queue, just walked straight off.
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