Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess current position

Sapphire Princess current location is at North Pacific Ocean (coordinates 24.86201 N / -135.82796 W) cruising at speed of 16.4 kn (30 kph/ 19 mph) en route to ENSENADA. The AIS position was reported 18 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess current cruise is 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands. Prices start from USD 1099 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Nov, 2022 and ends on 02 Dec, 2022.

Date / TimePort
17 Nov 16:00    Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach-San Pedro, California hotels
22 Nov 07:00 - 23:00    Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
23 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Nawiliwili, Lihue, Kauai Island, Hawaii
24 Nov 07:00 - 18:00    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island
25 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Hilo, Hawaii Island
01 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
02 Dec    Arriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach-San Pedro, California hotels

Specifications of Sapphire Princess

Year built2004  /  Age: 18
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries (Nagasaki, Japan)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 400 million
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 Refurbishment2021
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
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruise Lines Ltd (USA)

Sapphire Princess Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Oct 23 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $549
2022 Nov 02 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1099
2022 Nov 17 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1099
2022 Dec 02 17 days, one-way from Los Angeles to San Antonio Los Angeles $999
2022 Dec 02 33 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires Los Angeles $3129
2022 Dec 19 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $1899
2023 Jan 04 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso-Santiago Buenos Aires $1848
2023 Jan 20 16 days, one-way from Valparaiso-Santiago to Buenos Aires Valparaiso-Santiago $1898
2023 Feb 05 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1398
2023 Feb 19 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $1398
2023 Mar 05 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1348
2023 Mar 05 32 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles Buenos Aires $2802
2023 Mar 19 18 days, one-way from San Antonio to Los Angeles San Antonio $1398
2023 Apr 06 6 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $398
2023 Apr 29 11 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Vancouver $698
2023 May 10 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Vancouver $628
2023 May 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $548
2023 May 17 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1058
2023 May 24 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $598
2023 May 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $598
2023 May 31 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1148
2023 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $648
2023 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $648
2023 Jun 14 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1248
2023 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $698
2023 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $668
2023 Jun 28 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1298
2023 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $748
2023 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $698
2023 Jul 12 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1338
2023 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $748
2023 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $688
2023 Jul 26 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1328
2023 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $748
2023 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $688
2023 Aug 09 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1328
2023 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $748
2023 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $628
2023 Aug 23 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1198
2023 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $668
2023 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $628
2023 Sep 06 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1178
2023 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $648
2023 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Vancouver $648
2023 Sep 27 11 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Vancouver $998
2023 Oct 08 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $618
2023 Oct 15 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1248
2023 Oct 30 32 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $3188
2023 Dec 01 18 days, one-way from Los Angeles to San Antonio Los Angeles $1248
2023 Dec 01 34 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires Los Angeles $3698
2023 Dec 19 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $2448
2024 Jan 04 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $2398
2024 Jan 20 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $2548
2024 Feb 05 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1748
2024 Feb 19 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $1748
2024 Mar 04 32 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles Buenos Aires $3148
2024 Mar 04 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1848
2024 Mar 18 18 days, one-way from San Antonio to Los Angeles San Antonio $1298
2024 Apr 05 32 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $3188

Sapphire Princess Review

Review of Sapphire Princess

The 2004-built Sapphire Princess cruise ship is the 5th Grand-class Princess Cruises liner, with sisterships Caribbean, Crown, Golden (Pacific Adventure), Grand, Emerald, Ruby, Star (Pacific Encounter) and Diamond.

The vessel (IMO number 9228186) is currently UK-flagged (MMSI 235103357) and registered in Southampton.

History - construction and ownership

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

Sapphire Princess cruise ship

The 2700-passenger 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.

Decks and Cabins

Most Sapphire Princess staterooms (1339 total, in 33 grades) are 170-ft2 balcony cabins (522). Almost 75% of the ship's outside staterooms have private step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 27. The largest accommodation is the Grand Suite (615 ft2 / 57 m2, with terrace sized 115 ft2 / 11 m2).

The boat has 16 decks, of which 13 are passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

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 pm, and British pub lunch)
  • Pacific Moon Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 am, Lunch 12-1:30 pm, Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 pm; features Anytime Dining for Dinner between 5:30-8 pm or 8-10 pm)
  • Vivaldi Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; offers traditional dinner at 5:30 pm, as well as Anytime Dining between 8-10 pm)
  • 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 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, 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
  • 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 sundeck/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.

Itineraries

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 was to be homeported in Shanghai (May through October 2020) when was planned to depart for Melbourne to start an inaugural Australian season.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Sapphire Princess ship was paused for ~2,5 years (March 2020 thru September 2022). Operations were scheduled to restart on August 28, 2022 (repositioning voyage from Asia to Australia/Hong Kong to Sydney). However, this program was canceled (the liner was redeployed from Australia to the USA) as well as the summer 2022 season (Mexican Riviera and Hawaii) based on homeporting in Los Angeles/Long Beach California. The ship restarted services on Sept 24th.

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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 (now Pacific Adventure)GrandRubyStar (now Pacific Encounter). 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 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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