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Sapphire Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Sapphire Princess

Year built2004  /  Age : 16
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
Sister-shipsCaribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure), Grand Princess, Ruby Princess, Star Princess (Pacific Encounter)
Christened byNancy G. Murkowski

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Review of Sapphire Princess

Launched in 2004, Sapphire Princess is the 5th Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with Caribbean, Crown, Golden (Pacific Adventure since 2020), Grand, Emerald, Ruby, Star (Pacific Encounter) 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 mi) from Nassau.

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

Sapphire Princess is scheduled to enter drydock in April 2020 and then to cruise on two “Grand Asia” voyages between Shanghai and Singapore. The liner will be homeported in Shanghai (May through October 2020) when departs for Melbourne to start an inaugural Australian season.

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.

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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.

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Princess Cruises Sapphire ship is of company's Grand-class vessels, with sistership Diamond. The other fleet mates from this class are CaribbeanCrownEmeraldGolden (Pacific Adventure)GrandRubyStar. 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 was Paolo Ravera - brother of Diamond Princess' Captain Stefano Ravera. Ship's current Captain (Master) is Paul Slight.

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
2020 May 12 10 days, round-trip Coral Coast Fremantle $329
2020 May 22 3 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway Fremantle $139
2020 May 25 10 days, round-trip Coral Coast Fremantle $329
2020 Jun 04 4 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway Fremantle $189
2020 Jun 08 15 days, one-way from Fremantle to Brisbane Fremantle $579
2020 Jun 08 17 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle
2020 Jun 23 2 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane
2020 Jun 23 16 days, round-trip Fiji Brisbane
2020 Jun 25 12 days, round-trip Fiji Sydney $539
2020 Jul 07 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $889
2020 Jul 09 15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Fremantle Brisbane $789
2020 Jul 24 3 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway Fremantle $239
2020 Jul 27 10 days, round-trip Coral Coast Fremantle $479
2020 Aug 06 4 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway Fremantle $299
2020 Aug 10 15 days, one-way from Fremantle to Brisbane Fremantle $929
2020 Aug 10 17 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $1099
2020 Aug 10 28 days, round-trip Round Australia Fremantle $1759
2020 Aug 25 13 days, one-way from Brisbane to Fremantle Brisbane $789
2020 Aug 27 6 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide Sydney $369
2020 Aug 27 11 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $669
2020 Sep 02 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle Adelaide $329
2020 Sep 07 5 days, one-way from Fremantle to Adelaide Fremantle $349
2020 Sep 07 12 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $679
2020 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Fremantle to Brisbane Fremantle $794
2020 Sep 07 29 days, round-trip Round Australia Fremantle $1919
2020 Sep 12 7 days, one-way from Adelaide to Sydney Adelaide $469
2020 Sep 12 24 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle Adelaide
2020 Sep 12 29 days, round-trip Round Australia Adelaide
2020 Sep 19 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $1379
2020 Sep 19 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane Sydney
2020 Sep 19 26 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney
2020 Sep 19 30 days, round-trip Round Australia Sydney
2020 Sep 21 15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Fremantle Brisbane $1219
2020 Sep 21 28 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane
2020 Oct 06 5 days, one-way from Fremantle to Adelaide Fremantle $369
2020 Oct 06 9 days, one-way from Fremantle to Melbourne Fremantle $559
2020 Oct 06 13 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $799
2020 Oct 11 8 days, one-way from Adelaide to Sydney Adelaide $409
2020 Oct 11 4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $209
2020 Oct 15 6 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne
2020 Oct 15 4 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $239
2020 Oct 19 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney $139
2020 Oct 19 7 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide Sydney $399
2020 Oct 21 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $389
2020 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $469
2020 Oct 26 2 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $169
2020 Oct 28 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1194
2020 Nov 10 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $507
2020 Nov 12 4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide
2020 Nov 16 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1309
2020 Nov 29 14 days, round-trip Queensland Melbourne $1438
2020 Dec 13 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $367
2020 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $510
2020 Dec 18 17 days, round-trip New Zealand Adelaide
2020 Dec 20 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1601
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $724
2021 Jan 04 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $534
2021 Jan 09 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne $412
2021 Jan 14 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $891
2021 Jan 27 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1359
2021 Feb 09 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $1359
2021 Feb 22 6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $507
2021 Feb 22 4 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne $479
2021 Feb 26 17 days, round-trip New Caledonia & Vanuatu Adelaide
2021 Feb 28 13 days, round-trip New Caledonia & Vanuatu Melbourne $1205
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer Melbourne $899
2021 Mar 15 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne Adelaide $649
2021 Mar 20 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne $629
2021 Mar 25 3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $299
2021 Mar 25 20 days, one-way from Melbourne to Fremantle Melbourne $2162
2021 Mar 28 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $1789
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 $1873
2021 Apr 14 15 days, one-way from Fremantle to Brisbane Fremantle $1902
2021 Apr 14 17 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $1824
2021 Apr 29 4 days, round-trip Australia Getaway Brisbane $329
2021 May 01 10 days, round-trip Queensland Sydney $869
2021 May 03 10 days, round-trip Queensland Brisbane $869
2021 May 11 22 days, one-way from Sydney to Shanghai Sydney $1789
2021 May 13 20 days, one-way from Brisbane to Shanghai Brisbane $1679
2021 Jun 02 21 days, one-way from Shanghai to Vancouver Shanghai $1869
2021 Jun 02 14 days, one-way from Shanghai to Whittier Shanghai $1199
2021 Jun 16 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $769
2021 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1439
2021 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $769
2021 Jun 30 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $819
2021 Jul 07 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1439
2021 Jul 07 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $769
2021 Jul 14 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $819
2021 Jul 21 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1439
2021 Jul 21 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $769
2021 Jul 28 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $819
2021 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1439
2021 Aug 04 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $769
2021 Aug 11 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $819
2021 Aug 18 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $719
2021 Aug 18 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1289
2021 Aug 25 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $719
2021 Sep 01 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1189
2021 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $669
2021 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $669
2021 Sep 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) Vancouver $999

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