Just back from the Sapphire. It was a very smooth cruise. It was cold and windy the first day out and started getting warmer our 2nd sea day. We stayed on board in PV (we've done this itinerary many times) and we had the 2 jacuzzis and pool in the back all to ourselves for over 3 hours. Mazatlan we did the Pacifico Brewery tour and like it, must wear pants. They had nice t-shirts from $3 to $5. We bought 2 cases of beer; Pacifico and Coronas, and when we checked in we were ready to have them store it for us and they just looked at us and said No, you have to take it to your cabin!!! Again, stayed on the ship in Cabo and enjoyed a very quiet ship. Met many who did the Canapy tours, horseback riding, ATV's and loved them all.
Our cabin on Caribbe was nice. I did like the half covered/half open large balcony. Many ppl on the Dolphin decks were disappointed because they were totally open balconies.
The service was good. We had a nice cabin attendant who we enjoyed getting to know. He is going home in 2 weeks to Romania. If you do Any Time Dining, try to get Rommel in the Sante Fe, Manuel in the Pacific Moon and Ricky in the Savoy. Each dining room has the same menu as Traditional dining but offers a unique specialty. Fajitas, Chicken Chinese noodle dish or pork chop in the restaurants listed above in order. But I found out you can ask for any of them at any restaurant. The NY cheese cake was surprisely good. The Horizon Court is still very unorganized and no flow. It really brings out the rudeness in ppl...lol...Many people asked to share tables and were told no...seeing that, we made sure to sit on one side and look for others in need.
One of the biggest complaints we heard was the Bingo. Attendance was great but they only offered $100 for the 1st 2 games, then $125, $175 and $500. Even on the last day, over 1000 played at $20 or $30 each and they still had the same prize amounts.
Soda card was the lowest we have seen...$3.95/day or $27.65/week. They also had a Capicino (sp) card but it was only for 15 drinks at a small discount price.
We arrived at the port at 10:30 am then on board at 11:45am. The earliest ever. We were surpized Platinum members don't have priority disembarkment but they did have a nice room and food for us.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
Teresa and Larry
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