I have been reading many of the boards and have found many threads to lead me to believe that my upcoming cruise on the Sapphire may not be all that I hope for. I have only sailed once on Celebrity (Millennium) and it was fantastic (great food!!!!, not crowded, and good entertainment). In your opinion, have you been satisfied with the Sapphire and what things should I beware of to make my cruise the best it can be. I wil go with an open mind and we have two great, fun friends going with us, so that always leads to a good time regardless. Thanks in advance.
I sailed on the Diamond Princess (virtually identical to Sapphire), and loved the ship. Very similar in size to the Millennium (which is one of my favorite ships).
Several nice things that Sapphire has going for it, that Millennium didn't.... 24 Horizon Court, Lido deck buffet, and fresh water pools. Plus you may enjoy Personal Choice AnyTime Dining, rather than the traditional assigned dining times.
The Sapphire is by far my favorite ship. I especially liked that the buffet served a large variety 24 hours a day, whereas the buffets on the other two Princess ships I have been on (Regal and Dawn) switched to just sandwiches in the late afternoons and just desserts late at night. I am a late night snacker and really loved that I could get a full meal at 2am.
Another high point of the Sapphire for me was Club Fusion. This is where you'll find most of the late night entertainment such as the Princess Idol contest, trivia games and the 50's dance party. During times when there is no entertainment there is music and dancing. This is one of the nicest cruiseship lounges that I have been in. The seating is very comfortable with plenty of areas for both large and small groups. There are even some video poker machines for those who just hate to leave the casino (myself included). Club Fusion was always very upbeat and lively and quickly became my family's favorite hangout. There was always enough going on there to keep even the kids interested!
I loved the Sapphire...it's a beautiful ship! Another great night club was Skywalker's but we didn't go there as often as Club Fusion, which always had something going on. They have an inside pool which we didn't care for because it was always hot and muggy in there, and then they have a few outside pools and hot tubs which were great! It doesn't sound like you will be traveling with children, but I will still mention that there were not many kids on our cruise last November. I think they said there were 50 kids total on that particular cruise, and 8 of them were with our group....so I don't think you will run in to too many children. I thought the food in the dining room was just ok, but we really enjoyed the buffet, and ended up eating dinner there more often than in the dining room. We had a balcony cabin...742 on the Caribe deck. It was fine for my 2 kids and myself, but if my husband had come along I think it would have been a bit crowded, however, the room was very nice and the balcony was great. The Internte Cafe was nice and cozy and you could get specialty coffee in there. The shops were just ok in my opinion, but still fun to browse thru every so often. I didn't spend a lot of time in the casino, but others from my group did and it always seemed to be hopping. The crew were extremely nice and helpful...no complaints at all about the service. The ship is HUGE so it took a while to get used to the layout, but once we did it was fine. I wouldn't consider it to be a "party" ship at all, but there is a lot of fun to be had. I definately sail on her again. Enjoy your cruise!
The Sapphire Princess is by far the best ship I have sailed for all round amenities. Food, service, dance floors (and yes all the venues have good dance floors and music) and shows. Definitely the best food afloat. I would sail her again in a heartbeat. There is no compairson, Zuiderdam and Mariner do not hold a candle. Maybe Mariner if it were not for the unruly kids that are allowed all over the ship.
Glad to hear all the input on the Sapphire as we are sailing this weekend on it. Does anybody have 1st hand experience with the kids club? We are on a family (20 of us) vacation and there are 5 kids (5-13) going with us.
We want their time to be as enjoyable as ours so I dont want to put her in something she will get bored with. Does anyone know how that works with days in port. I know the schedule says three hour shifts (9-12, 2-5 etc) does that apply on port days also? Just need to figure out if shore excursions will be interrupted.
My nieces (ages 3, 8 and 9) all LOVED the kids club on Sapphire and begged to be there from opening until closing each day. On our sailing, there wasn't a whole lot of kids onboard so they didn't divide them up by ages. They just had one group from age 3 to 12 and a separate teen club for the teenagers. I really didn't think it would work with such a wide age range, but the kids didn't seem to mind. If there's more kids than they will divide them up by ages. I'm not sure what the age ranges are though.
We didn't use the kid's club in port because we had excursions planned, but if I recall correctly, the club was open but you had to make reservations the day ahead of time so that they would know how many counselors to schedule.
Thanks for the info. We have excursions planned for PV and Mazatlan (until 1) and wanted take the kids back after that and go back out for adults only time (Senor Frogs and such) but were unsure about excursions on Cabo due to the short time there.
My daughter (8) loves little kids so if they dont split she will be in 7th heaven. Glad to hear that they enjoyed it.
We might do that. I heard about sea doo rentals also we might take the girls on. I remember being on our balcony and watching people come by the boat on those. Thought it would be fun for them to get to see the boat up close in the water. Sorry ship. My mother the TA would shoot me if she saw me type boat.
The Saphire Princess is great. Our 7 yr old son loved the Kid's Zone. When we were in Cabo we had an excursion for snorkeling that our son could not go on. The kid's zone was open until noon and I didn't know what time our excursion would get back and I was concerned that it would end after the Kid's zone closed. They asked if it was an excursion through Princess and we said yes. So they said no problem he is covered come back when it is over and enjoy your time.
We had first seating traditional dining which was nice especially for our son. The Kid's zone closes at 5:00 and re-opens at 7:00 - 10:00. So we would pick him up in the afternoon get ready for dinner and go. After dinner was over, but before desert, one of us would take a few minutes at 7:00 and run him up to the the kid's zone. Then come back and enjoy the desert and go to the show. The elevators are right there so all you would do is take the quick elevator ride up check him in and go back down and be gone maybe 5 min.
I'm a little confused by what I'm reading about the Fun Zone hours. Acording to the Princess "Answer Book", the Sapphire offers no charge supervision in the Fun Zone from 8am to 5pm with supervised lunch service. That makes it perfect for families doing the Jungle Canopy excursion and the like. This had better be true, since I don't want to pay $99 for my kids to go on this!
I think you just have to notify them in advance if you will be leaving the kids while you go ashore. We took ours with us so I could be shaky on those facts but from reading the patter you do just have to let them know so they will have staff available.