Sapphire Princess Review and Specifications
Specifications of Sapphire Princess
|Year built||2004 / Age : 15|
|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|
|Christened by||Nancy G. Murkowski|
Current itinerary of Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Canary Islands, themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 16 Apr, 2019 and ends on 27 Apr, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Apr 16:00||Departing from Southampton, England|
|18 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Vigo, Spain|
|20 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|21 Apr 09:00 - 22:00||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands|
|22 Apr 08:00 - 22:00||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands|
|23 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|27 Apr||Arriving in Southampton, England|
Review of Sapphire Princess
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.
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).
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.
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
- 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
Princess Cruises Sapphire ship is of company's Grand-class vessels, with sistership Diamond. The other fleetmates from this class are Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Ruby, Star. Sapphire is fleet's second liner built by a Japanese company - MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, 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 Princess - user reviews and comments
Photos of Sapphire PrincessAdd Photo
Sapphire Princess ship related cruise news
- Cruise Industry
Princess Cruises revealed plans to operate cruises to and from Adelaide over 2020-2021 summer season, in a move representing the largest ever cruise...March 21, 2019
- Cruise Industry
In a royal rendezvous marking the end of the Princess Cruises' ship Singapore homeporting season, Sapphire Princess berthed alongside Cunard's RMS...March 11, 2019
- Cruise Industry
For the first time, two Princess Cruises’ liners (Sapphire and Diamond) docked in several Southeast Asian ports on the same day. The...January 20, 2019
- Cruise Industry
Diamond Princess arrived today, December 19, in Singapore from Japan and joined sistership Sapphire Princess for their homeporting season through...December 19, 2018
- Cruise Industry
Sapphire Princess is heading to Singapore from Southampton UK after she completed her inaugural homeporting season in Europe during the summer. The...October 22, 2018
- Cruise Industry
Sapphire Princess embarked on her maiden 38-night voyage from Singapore to Southampton following a 2-week dry dock refurbishment after the...March 29, 2018
Princess Cruises has confirmed the information about a woman missing after jumping overboard from Sapphire Princess on Saturday evening, September 10...September 13, 2016
Over a dozen Chinese passengers have disappeared during a sightseeing tour in Busan, South Korea with their purpose remaining mysterious, police said...October 22, 2015
- show more news
Other Princess Cruises cruise ships
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Mar 10||37 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton||Singapore|
|2019 Mar 21||26 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton||Dubai|
|2019 Apr 06||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton||Civitavecchia|
|2019 Apr 16||11 days, round-trip Canary Islands||Southampton|
|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||$2259|
|2019 May 25||7 days, round-trip Spain & France||Southampton|
|2019 Jun 01||14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage||Southampton||$2398|
|2019 Jun 15||14 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun||Southampton||$2199|
|2019 Jun 29||7 days, round-trip Scandinavia||Southampton||$1173|
|2019 Jul 06||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton||$1099|
|2019 Jul 13||14 days, round-trip Iceland & Norway||Southampton||$2899|
|2019 Jul 27||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Explorer||Southampton||$2199|
|2019 Aug 10||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton||$1269|
|2019 Aug 17||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Adventurer||Southampton||$2099|
|2019 Aug 31||14 days, round-trip Baltic Heritage||Southampton||$2199|
|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||$2591|
|2019 Oct 31||37 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore||Southampton||$3479|
|2019 Oct 31||47 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore||Southampton|
|2019 Nov 10||16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai||Civitavecchia||$1999|
|2019 Nov 10||27 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Singapore||Civitavecchia||$2579|
|2019 Nov 26||11 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore||Dubai||$1439|
|2019 Nov 26||21 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore||Dubai||$2319|
|2019 Dec 07||10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia||Singapore||$1339|
|2019 Dec 07||21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse||Singapore||$2959|
|2019 Dec 17||11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia with Solar Eclipse||Singapore||$1839|
|2019 Dec 17||21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse||Singapore||$3379|
|2019 Dec 28||10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia||Singapore||$1739|
|2019 Dec 28||21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure||Singapore||$3159|
|2020 Jan 07||11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia||Singapore||$1619|
|2020 Jan 07||14 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam||Singapore||$1609|
|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||$1049|
|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||$949|
|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||$1979|
|2020 May 02||32 days, round-trip Circle Asia||Shanghai||$4499|
|2020 May 02||24 days, one-way from Shanghai to Hong Kong||Shanghai||$3349|
|2020 May 02||16 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore||Shanghai||$1979|
|2020 May 02||8 days, one-way from Shanghai to Hong Kong||Shanghai||$1149|
|2020 May 10||24 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Shanghai||Hong Kong||$3349|
|2020 May 10||16 days, round-trip Southeast Asia||Hong Kong||$2334|
|2020 May 10||8 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1149|
|2020 May 18||16 days, one-way from Singapore to Shanghai||Singapore||$1979|
|2020 May 18||8 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1149|
|2020 May 26||8 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Shanghai||Hong Kong||$1149|