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Specifications of Sapphire Princess
|Year built||2004 / Age: 16|
|Builder||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Nagasaki, Japan)|
|Building cost||USD 400 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||290 m / 951 ft|
|Beam (width)||48 m / 157 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||115875 gt|
|Passengers||2678 - 3214|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure), Grand Princess, Ruby Princess, Star Princess (Pacific Encounter)|
|Christened by||Nancy G. Murkowski|
Sapphire Princess Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|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||4 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide||Melbourne||$479|
|2021 Feb 22||6 days, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer||Melbourne||$507|
|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||2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane||Sydney||$219|
|2021 Mar 28||17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle||Sydney||$1789|
|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||14 days, one-way from Shanghai to Whittier||Shanghai||$1199|
|2021 Jun 02||21 days, one-way from Shanghai to Vancouver||Shanghai||$1869|
|2021 Jun 16||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$769|
|2021 Jun 23||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$769|
|2021 Jun 23||14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure||Vancouver||$1439|
|2021 Jun 30||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$819|
|2021 Jul 07||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$769|
|2021 Jul 07||14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure||Vancouver||$1439|
|2021 Jul 14||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$819|
|2021 Jul 21||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$769|
|2021 Jul 21||14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure||Vancouver||$1439|
|2021 Jul 28||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$819|
|2021 Aug 04||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$769|
|2021 Aug 04||14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure||Vancouver||$1439|
|2021 Aug 11||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$819|
|2021 Aug 18||14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure||Vancouver||$1289|
|2021 Aug 18||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$719|
|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|
Sapphire Princess Review
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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 Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden (Pacific Adventure), Grand, Ruby, Star. 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.
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