Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Sapphire Princess

Year built2004  /  Age : 15
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 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords. Prices start from USD 996 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 May, 2019 and ends on 25 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
18 May 16:00    Departing from Southampton, England hotels
20 May 10:00 - 18:00    Bergen, Norway
21 May 08:00 - 14:00    Geiranger, Norway
21 May 16:00 - 18:00    Hellesylt, Norway
22 May 07:00 - 16:00    Olden, Norway
23 May 08:00 - 17:00    Stavanger, Norway
25 May    Arriving in Southampton, England hotels

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 a 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-days.

In summer 2019, the liner is relocated to Europe via 37-day Suez Canal repositioning cruise from Singapore to Southampton UK (homeport). After ending the summer European season, the ship returns back to Asia for a 6th Singapore-homeporting season (2019-2020).

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 is 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 5:30 pm, 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 5:30 pm, 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 speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (speciality 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 theatre 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 speciality 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, game shows)
  • 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 centre (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

Princess Cruises Sapphire ship is of company's Grand-class vessels, with sistership Diamond. The other fleet mates from this class are CaribbeanCrownEmeraldGoldenGrandRubyStar. Sapphire is fleet's second liner built by a Japanese company - MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation). Both vessels have no spoilers across the stern. Ship's godmother was Nanci Gore Murkowski (First Lady of Alaska between Dec 2002 - Dec 2006). The christening ceremony was on June 10, 2004, held in Port Seattle WA. Sapphire cruise ship was the first ever to be named in that port. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 16, 2004. nearly a month before the naming ceremony.

The hull of what is today Diamond Princess was initially named "Sapphire Princess". Fire damaged the decks of the other ship in the Japanese shipyard (with hull name "Diamond Princess"). Princess Cruises 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.

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.

Sapphire ship's flag-state (registry) was changed from Bermuda (Hamilton) to UK (London) in 2014. Ship's Captain is Paolo Ravera - brother of Diamond Princess' Captain Stefano Ravera.

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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
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton
2019 May 04 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton $996
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Spain & France Southampton
2019 Jun 01 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton
2019 Jun 15 14 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun Southampton $1993
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia Southampton $1225
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton $1099
2019 Jul 13 14 days, round-trip Iceland & Norway Southampton $2499
2019 Jul 27 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Explorer Southampton $2099
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton $1199
2019 Aug 17 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Adventurer Southampton $2179
2019 Aug 31 14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage Southampton $1999
2019 Sep 14 24 days, round-trip Canada & New England Southampton $3699
2019 Oct 08 11 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton $1679
2019 Oct 19 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton $2039
2019 Oct 31 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton $1589
2019 Oct 31 26 days, one-way from Southampton to Dubai Southampton $3679
2019 Oct 31 37 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore Southampton $3224
2019 Oct 31 47 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore Southampton $4529
2019 Nov 10 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $1699
2019 Nov 10 27 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Singapore Civitavecchia $2239
2019 Nov 26 11 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai $1139
2019 Nov 26 21 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai $2289
2019 Dec 07 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1059
2019 Dec 07 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse Singapore $2579
2019 Dec 17 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia with Solar Eclipse Singapore $1659
2019 Dec 17 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse Singapore $3079
2019 Dec 28 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1469
2019 Dec 28 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2979
2020 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1669
2020 Jan 07 14 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore $1559
2020 Jan 18 3 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore $399
2020 Jan 21 5 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula Singapore $699
2020 Jan 21 12 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore $1599
2020 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore $1149
2020 Feb 02 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1619
2020 Feb 02 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2759
2020 Feb 13 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1339
2020 Feb 13 17 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Grand Adventure Singapore $2139
2020 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore $849
2020 Mar 01 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1519
2020 Mar 01 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2659
2020 Mar 12 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1339
2020 Mar 12 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2659
2020 Mar 22 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1519
2020 Apr 16 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai Singapore $2029
2020 May 02 32 days, round-trip Circle Asia Shanghai $4629
2020 May 02 24 days, one-way from Shanghai to Hong Kong Shanghai $3579
2020 May 02 16 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai $1929
2020 May 02 8 days, one-way from Shanghai to Hong Kong Shanghai $1189
2020 May 10 24 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Shanghai Hong Kong $3809
2020 May 10 16 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Hong Kong $2529
2020 May 10 8 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1114
2020 May 18 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai Singapore $1929
2020 May 18 8 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1529
2020 May 26 8 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Shanghai Hong Kong $1189
2020 Oct 07 21 days, one-way from Shanghai to Melbourne Shanghai $2099
2020 Oct 07 19 days, one-way from Shanghai to Adelaide Shanghai $1949
2020 Oct 07 15 days, one-way from Shanghai to Fremantle Shanghai $1499
2020 Oct 22 6 days, one-way from Fremantle to Melbourne Fremantle $789
2020 Oct 26 17 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide $1849
2020 Oct 26 2 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $219
2020 Oct 28 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1499
2020 Nov 10 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $799
2020 Nov 12 4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $569
2020 Nov 16 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1499
2020 Nov 29 14 days, round-trip Queensland Melbourne $1449
2020 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $899
2020 Dec 13 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $639
2020 Dec 18 17 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide $2249
2020 Dec 20 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $2099
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $999
2021 Jan 04 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $759
2021 Jan 09 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne $749
2021 Jan 14 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1699
2021 Jan 27 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1549
2021 Feb 09 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1549
2021 Feb 22 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $799
2021 Feb 22 4 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $539
2021 Feb 26 17 days, round-trip New Caledonia & Vanuatu Adelaide $1799
2021 Feb 28 13 days, round-trip New Caledonia & Vanuatu Melbourne $1449
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $999
2021 Mar 15 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $719
2021 Mar 20 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne $699
2021 Mar 25 20 days, one-way from Melbourne to Fremantle Melbourne $2399
2021 Mar 25 3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $339
2021 Mar 28 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $2049
2021 Mar 28 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane Sydney $219
2021 Mar 30 15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Fremantle Brisbane $1849
2021 Apr 14 17 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $2049
2021 Apr 14 15 days, one-way from Fremantle to Brisbane Fremantle $1849
2021 Apr 29 15 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea & South Pacific Brisbane $1699
2021 May 01 15 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea & South Pacific Sydney $1699
2021 May 14 4 days, round-trip Australia Getaway Brisbane $389
2021 May 16 22 days, one-way from Sydney to Shanghai Sydney $2149
2021 May 18 20 days, one-way from Brisbane to Shanghai Brisbane $1999