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Old September 21st, 2004, 06:54 PM
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We just returned from a very tiny one night cruise on the Saphire Princess and had a great time. The ship is quite beautiful and has a lot to offer. Here are our impressions based on less than 24 hours aboard...


Overall ship finish & quality level...................................... A-
Cabins............................................ ....................................... A
Cabin Service........................................... .............................B+
Lunch Buffet layout and food quality................................ C+
Dining room breakfast......................................... ............... B
Cocktail/bar service........................................... .................. D
Sabatini's Dining Room (food &srvice)............................ B+
Entertainment..................................... ................................... A
Embarkation and Debarkation....................................... .... B-

All in all we had a great time. Sabatini's was not as good as our previous visit on the Star Princess but was still a solid experience, but a bit spotty in many areas. We loved our farthest aft mini suite with the gigantic oversized veranda. It was outstanding in quality.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 09:16 PM
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just returned also from sapphire and it was indeed a beautiful ship embarkation i would give a c just because when you have 2600 passengers going through 2 doors something must improve how about opening up 4 doors 2 hours to get on the ship is a bit much other than that it was great im booked on her next november to the mexican riviera and im in a suite no more windows for me
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 10:36 AM
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I was just wondering, how did you find out about this Mini cruise?? When did you book it? ( I am from Vancouver and this is something that we might like to do in the future. I have cruised Princess once.) Thank-you for the info. Brenda in Vancouver

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Old September 22nd, 2004, 12:30 PM
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Chuck, welcome back ... we're off on the Diamond Oct 30th in a mini-suite (our first ever). Curioius why you rated bar service so low??

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Old September 22nd, 2004, 07:42 PM
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Brenda, we booked the cruise about 4-5 weeks prior. I just typed in Pacific Coastal Cruise on one of the major cruise sites and up it came, pricing starting at $59 p.p. inside and $69 p.p. outside.

Harry, the bar service was poor to say the least. We had to do handstands and acrobatic flips to get cocktails before the show as well as before dinner. The servers were busy chatting with their peers and ignoring patrons most of the time.Cocktails were also almost not available on deck for sail away. Also cocktail waiters and waitresses were very poorly trained. (Or should I say untrained!) Our first drink was served with the caviat "I'll go and get your drinks now so that you will be all liquored up!" At that point we had had nothing to drink and didn't find his comments to be funny at all.

A side note is that the locations of lounges on this ship were a might strange as well, but that wouldn't have mattered if service was even passable, but it wasn't.
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Thanks for that ... hope it's better on the Diamond. But man, what great rates for a cheap cruise -- and it counts toward your passenger status!

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