Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Sapphire Princess

Year built2004  /  Age : 14
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries (Nagasaki, Japan)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 400 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)290 m / 951 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage115875 gt
Passengers2678 - 3214
Crew1100
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks16
Cabins1339
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byNancy G. Murkowski

Current itinerary of Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Interlude. The itinerary starts on 22 Sep, 2018 and ends on 06 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
22 Sep      Departing from Southampton, England   
24 Sep 12:00 - 20:00     Vigo, Spain   
28 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
29 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
30 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Barcelona, Spain   
02 Oct 07:00 - 16:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
03 Oct 10:00 - 22:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
06 Oct      Arriving in Southampton, England   

Review of Sapphire Princess

Launched in 2004, Sapphire Princess is the 5th Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with CaribbeanCrownGoldenGrandEmeraldRubyStar and Diamond.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is an US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 ml) Nassau.

Sapphire Princess cruise ship

The 115,875-ton, 2,674-passenger cruise ship Sapphire Princess and nearly the same sister Diamond Princess have some Grand-class variations in terms of size and facilities. Distinctions aside, over the past half decade, Princess has been busy standardizing this class of vessels - adding poolside jumbotrons (Movies Under the Stars), "Piazza-style" atriums and adult-only deck areas (the Sanctuary) originally found only on the line's newest vessels, Crown, Emerald and Ruby. Sapphire Princess emerged from a month-long overhaul in February 2012, gaining signature facilities. The formerly dull atrium has been reorganized into the effervescent Piazza, a public zone with a wine and tapas bar, bakery, pizzeria and performance place. And after years of dedicated service, the rest of the vessel benefited from the refurbishment, too. Throughout Sapphire Princess cruisers will find new bar countertops, tiling, teak decking around the major swimming pool, furniture in the casino, an upgraded buffet and a new top-deck "lawn court" (artificial grass) for putting, bocce and croquet.

Cruise itinerary program

Sapphire Princess itinerary program is based on year-round Asia cruises departing from Singapore and China (Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong). The list of visited ports of call includes Bali, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon, Nha Trang, Phuket, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Sihanoukville. Itineraries lengths vary between 3- and 13-nights.

Cabins

Most Sapphire Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (522). Almost 75% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1337 staterooms in 33 categories. 27 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Sapphire Princess are the Grand Suites (615 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Nearly all dining options onboard Sapphire Princess are complimentary, including the five main dining rooms: Vivaldi, Pacific Moon, International, Santa Fe and Savoy Dining Room. There is also a free of charge buffet, pizza place, ice cream counter and grill. All main dining rooms offer the same menu items, though each has a small selection of signature items, most of which can be made in appetizer size. On cruises that are not full, certain main dining rooms will not be open. On some of the sea days, Savoy opens for a special British-Style pub lunch featuring fish and chips, steak and kidney pie. 

Follows the complete list of Diamond Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Savoy Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; offers traditional dinner at 5:30pm, as well as “Anytime Dining” between 8-10 p.m., and British pub lunch)
  • Pacific Moon Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Vivaldi Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; offers traditional dinner at 5:30pm, as well as “Anytime Dining” between 8-10 p.m.)
  • Santa Fe Restaurant (forward Dining Room, “Anytime Dining” dinner only)
  • International Restaurant (aft Dining Room, with 2 dinner seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant for seafood, grills, steaks)
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The 2-deck Princess Theater serves as ship's main entertainment venue. There, guests can catch one of the traditional song-and-dance Princess Cruises' production shows. The theater also offers a variety of other acts, including magicians and juggling comedians. At night, virtually every bar offers some kind of music and enough room for dancing: from Latin and ballroom music in Club Fusion and DJ dance music in the Skywalkers Nightclub to light piano at Crooners. Theme nights (50s rockabilly, Country & Western and Caribbean deck party) are also common. 

Sapphire Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Sapphire Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Diamond Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Churchill Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Sapphire Grand Casino
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Club Fusion Lounge (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Vines Bar; Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar; Wake View Bar
  • Sapphire’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Conservatory (recreation area); The Oasis relaxation area
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area)
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • Jogging Track; Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Deck Chess, Shuffleboard; Princess Links mini golf course, Cybergolf simulator
  • Skywalkers Disco Nightclub.

Sapphire Princess 2018 refurbishment review

Following the 2018 drydock refurbishment (2-week project, done in Singapore ), the liner now features:

  • new bow livery
  • All cabins were upgraded with the custom-made Princess Luxury beds.
  • Also renovated were the wellness center (Fitness Center and Lotus Spa ), all retail shops, corridors and hallways.
  • Princess Theatre (indoor movie lounge) received new LED screen (15x5 m / 49x16 ft). Theater's show program was upgraded with the new production show "Bravo". The musical is offered on formal nights.
  • A new category cabin (Club-Class Mini-Suite) was introduced with VIP amenities and reserved dining area. Price-inclusive amenities also include expedited dinner seating, priority services (embarkation / disembarkation), complimentary wine, expanded menu, premium bathrobes.

Sapphire Princess wiki

  • The Princess Sapphire ship is of the line's Grand-class vessels. Her sister is Diamond Princess. The other Princess ships in this class are CaribbeanCrownEmeraldGoldenGrandRubyStar.
  • Princess Cruises Sapphire ship is the second in the fleet built by a Japanese company. This is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, subsidiary of the giant Japanese corporation Mitsubishi. Both vessels have no spoilers across the rare. The ship's construction was completed in 2004. Godmother was Nanci Gore Murkowski, at that time first lady of Alaska. The ceremony took place on the 10th of June, 2004 in Seattle WA. Sapphire cruise ship was the first ever to be named in that port. Then she sailed on her inaugural voyage on May 16, 2004 almost a month before her christening.
  • The hull of what is today Diamond Princess was first named "Sapphire Princess". Fire damaged the decks of the other ship in the Japanese shipyard with name "Diamond Princess". The Princess company wanted to have first a ship called Diamond, so Sapphire was renamed to "Diamond Princess" and completed first. Diamond was renamed to Sapphire and completed soon afterwards.
  • The ship's engines can work with either HFO (heavy fuel oil) or MGO (marine gas oil). MGO emissions are much lower, but it is also rather costly. However, some cruising destinations, as Alaska for instance, have very high emission standards, so MGO is a necessity.
  • Princess cruise lines changed the Sapphire's registry from Bermuda (Hamilton) to UK (London) in 2014.

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Sapphire Princess Itineraries

The below listed Sapphire Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 26 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton$1905
2018 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun Southampton
2018 Jul 07 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton
2018 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2018 Aug 18 14 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun Southampton
2018 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton
2018 Sep 08 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton
2018 Sep 22 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Interlude Southampton
2018 Oct 06 3 days, round-trip European Sampler Southampton$626
2018 Oct 09 12 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1999
2018 Oct 21 38 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore Southampton
2018 Oct 21 27 days, one-way from Southampton to Dubai Southampton$2999
2018 Oct 21 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton$2987
2018 Oct 31 28 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Singapore Civitavecchia$3699
2018 Oct 31 17 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia
2018 Nov 17 11 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai$2489
2018 Nov 28 20 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$1599
2018 Nov 28 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$899
2018 Dec 08 13 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Grand Adventure Singapore$1199
2018 Dec 08 10 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore$849
2018 Dec 18 3 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$449
2018 Dec 21 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai Singapore$1699
2019 Jan 05 14 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai$1399
2019 Jan 19 11 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1199
2019 Jan 19 4 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$629
2019 Jan 23 11 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1069
2019 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore$959
2019 Jan 30 11 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1599
2019 Jan 30 4 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$509
2019 Feb 03 12 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1599
2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore$1354
2019 Feb 10 5 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$769
2019 Feb 15 13 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Grand Adventure Singapore$1799
2019 Feb 15 3 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$409
2019 Feb 18 20 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$2699
2019 Feb 18 10 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore
2019 Feb 28 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$999
2019 Mar 10 37 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore$5894
2019 Mar 10 27 days, one-way from Singapore to Civitavecchia Singapore$2899
2019 Mar 10 11 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore
2019 Mar 21 26 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai$4378
2019 Apr 06 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton Civitavecchia$2198
2019 Apr 16 11 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1899
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton$1149
2019 May 04 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton$2098
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1399
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Spain & France Southampton$1399
2019 Jun 01 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton$2298
2019 Jun 15 14 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun Southampton$2698
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton$1449
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1549
2019 Jul 13 14 days, round-trip Iceland & Norway Southampton$3098
2019 Jul 27 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Explorer Southampton$2699
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1549
2019 Aug 17 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Adventurer Southampton$2749
2019 Aug 31 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton$2498
2019 Sep 14 24 days, round-trip Canada & New England Southampton$3999
2019 Oct 08 11 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1899
2019 Oct 19 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton$2199
2019 Oct 31 37 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore Southampton$4249
2019 Oct 31 26 days, one-way from Southampton to Dubai Southampton$2999
2019 Oct 31 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton$1563
2019 Nov 10 27 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Singapore Civitavecchia$3049
2019 Nov 26 11 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai$1249
2019 Dec 07 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse Singapore$3199
2019 Dec 07 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$1399
2019 Dec 17 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse Singapore$3599
2019 Dec 17 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia with Solar Eclipse Singapore$1899
2019 Dec 28 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$3399
2019 Dec 28 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$1799
2020 Jan 07 14 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1999
2020 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore$1699
2020 Jan 18 3 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$399
2020 Jan 21 12 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore$1699
2020 Jan 21 5 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore$699
2020 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore$1099
2020 Feb 02 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$2999
2020 Feb 02 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore$1699
2020 Feb 13 17 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Grand Adventure Singapore$2299
2020 Feb 13 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$1399
2020 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore$999
2020 Mar 01 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$2899
2020 Mar 01 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore$1599
2020 Mar 12 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore$2899
2020 Mar 12 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore$1399
2020 Mar 22 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore$1599
2020 Apr 16 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai Singapore$2299
2020 May 02 16 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai$2299
2020 May 18 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai Singapore$2299