Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess current position

Sapphire Princess current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 59.45119 N / -135.32356 W) cruising en route to Skagway. The AIS position was reported 2 hours ago.

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Current itinerary of Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier. Prices start from USD 443 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 May, 2024 and ends on 01 Jun, 2024.

Date / TimePort
25 May 16:00    Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada hotels
27 May 06:00 - 14:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island Alaska
28 May 08:00 - 21:15    Juneau, Alaska
29 May 06:00 - 20:30    Skagway, Alaska
30 May 06:15 - 15:15    Glacier Bay, Alaska
01 Jun    Arriving in Whittier, Alaska hotels

Specifications of Sapphire Princess

Year of build2004  /  Age: 20
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries (Nagasaki, Japan)
ClassPRINCESS GRAND
Building costUSD 400 million
Speed22 kn / 41 km/h / 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 Refurbishment2023
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
2024 Apr 05 32 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $1899
2024 May 07 4 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $218
2024 May 11 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver
2024 May 11 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver
2024 May 18 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $426
2024 May 25 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $443
2024 May 25 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1494
2024 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $399
2024 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $1749
2024 Jun 08 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $825
2024 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $409
2024 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $588
2024 Jun 22 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $2765
2024 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $399
2024 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $538
2024 Jul 06 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $909
2024 Jul 13 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $449
2024 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $738
2024 Jul 20 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1156
2024 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $518
2024 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $588
2024 Aug 03 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1000
2024 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $498
2024 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $613
2024 Aug 17 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1011
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $458
2024 Aug 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $448
2024 Aug 31 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver
2024 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $448
2024 Sep 14 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $848
2024 Sep 24 4 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Francisco Vancouver $217
2024 Sep 24 20 days, one-way from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale Vancouver $1196
2024 Sep 28 16 days, one-way from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale San Francisco $977
2024 Oct 14 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean with Tortola Fort Lauderdale $707
2024 Oct 24 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean with Martinique Fort Lauderdale $757
2024 Nov 03 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean with Tortola Fort Lauderdale $697
2024 Nov 13 18 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires Fort Lauderdale $997
2024 Nov 13 35 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires Fort Lauderdale $2498
2024 Dec 01 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires $1777
2024 Dec 18 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires $1597
2025 Jan 04 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires $1597
2025 Jan 21 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires $1647
2025 Feb 07 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1327
2025 Feb 21 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $1197
2025 Mar 07 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1327
2025 Mar 07 32 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles Buenos Aires $2228
2025 Mar 21 18 days, one-way from San Antonio to Los Angeles San Antonio $1147
2025 Apr 08 32 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $2597
2025 May 10 7 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $427
2025 May 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $487
2025 May 17 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1036
2025 May 24 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $547
2025 May 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $527
2025 May 31 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1176
2025 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $647
2025 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $597
2025 Jun 14 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1316
2025 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $717
2025 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $617
2025 Jun 28 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1386
2025 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $767
2025 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $647
2025 Jul 12 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1396
2025 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $747
2025 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $647
2025 Jul 26 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1416
2025 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $767
2025 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $647
2025 Aug 09 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1346
2025 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $697
2025 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $577
2025 Aug 23 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1276
2025 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $697
2025 Sep 06 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1196
2025 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $567
2025 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $627
2025 Oct 11 4 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $347
2025 Oct 15 32 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $2647
2025 Nov 16 53 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires Los Angeles
2025 Nov 16 36 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires Los Angeles
2025 Nov 16 20 days, one-way from Los Angeles to San Antonio Los Angeles
2025 Dec 06 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio
2025 Dec 22 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires
2026 Jan 08 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires
2026 Jan 25 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Buenos Aires

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 (specialty restaurant for seafood, grills, steaks)
  • Alfredo's Pizzeria (complimentary)

In April 2024 Princess Cruises announced that starting September 14th (2024) fleetwide would be introduced 3 distinct main dining/dinner table service options – Traditional, Reservable, and Walk-in Anytime. By the new program (introduced with Sun Princess) on each ship are allocated 3 separate dining rooms - one for Traditional dining (offering early and late dinner seating), one with Reservable times, and one for Walk-in Anytime (open-seating). The new options are integrated with the OceanNow service, allowing anything to be ordered anytime, and delivered anywhere onboard.

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 Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden (now Pacific Adventure), Grand, Ruby, Star (now Pacific Encounter). Sapphire is the 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 afterward.

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

The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2018 (2-week project conducted in Singapore) resulted in a new bow livery.

All cabins were upgraded with custom-made Princess Luxury beds.

Also renovated were the wellness complex (Fitness Center and Lotus Spa), all retail shops, all corridors and hallways.

Princess Theatre (indoor show lounge) received a 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 a reserved dining area. Price-inclusive amenities also include expedited dinner seating, priority services (embarkation/disembarkation), complimentary wine, expanded menu, premium bathrobes.

The ship's last drydocking was in April 2023 (conducted at Vigor Shipyard in Seattle WA USA) and included mainly regularly scheduled maintenance works, as well as hull cleaning and painting.