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Sapphire Princess

Cruising gorgeous destinations in the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Canada and New England, Sapphire Princess is the second of only two Princess Cruises ships to have been built in Japan. She may boast a more exotic background than most of the Princess fleet, but she doesn't lose out on any of the cruise lines signature features, incredible food and personal choice cruising. She is the sister ship of Diamond Princess and the ships sometimes meet during the summer season while they cruise Alaska's stunning inside passage.

Many of the varying itineraries are enhanced by exciting celebrity guest speakers. Between April and October, guests will have the opportunity to see famous faces including Linda Gray, David Walsh, Ann Widdecombe, Duncan James, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Allan Dennis Rich, Des O'Conner, Tessa Sanderson CBE, Paul Burrell, Fatima Whitbread, Samantha Bond, and Gok Wan.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2004
Tonnage 113000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 27
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 14
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 4
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2670
Crew 1100
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

Dining onboard Sapphire Princess is as spectacular as can be found on any of Princess Cruise’s ships. Choose from traditional set dining in the International Dining Room or the personal choice dining option with the Anytime Dining restaurants. Treat yourself to Princess Cruise’s signature restaurant Sabitini's Italian Trattoria, or try out the Sterling Steakhouse for the finest steaks and freshest seafood.

For a quick bite, head to Horizon Court and take in the panoramic views from the buffet dining venue, or check out the outdoor pizzeria and hamburger grill on the deck. Whatever your mood, Sapphire Princess has the perfect eatery for you.

  • Traditional Fixed Dining: International Dining Room
  • Anytime Dining : Vivaldi Dining Room, Pacific Moon and Santa Fe
  • Horizon Court 24-hour international food court
  • Sabatini's Italian Trattoria
  • Sterling Steakhouse

Sapphire Princess offers a combination of elegant entertainment with the glamour of Broadway- inspired shows at the theatre, or other live performances such as cabaret at the Vista Lounge. Dress to impress at the Captain's cocktail party or sit back and enjoy the live music in the Wheelhouse bar each night. There’s even an onboard nightclub for anyone who doesn’t want their night to end early.

If your holiday spirit has got you feeling lucky, check out the ship’s casino and see if you can hit the jackpot on one of the many slot machines and games tables.

  • Princess Theatre
  • Explorer's Lounge
  • Churchill's Cigar & Spirits Lounge
  • Club Fusion
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Crooners Bar
  • Casino
  • Bombay Sapphire onboard

Princess Cruises have partnered up with well-known gin manufacturers Bombay Sapphire, to bring guests a bespoke new cocktail, the Sapphire Princess. Not only can guests order a glass of this extra-special drink onboard, but they can also learn how to make it while attending an exciting gin-tasting session. Available only on Sapphire Princess while she is based in Southampton, guests will have the opportunity to sample a range of different gins - both popular brands and some lesser known varieties - and learn about this tasty drink.

Spa and fitness

Treat yourself to an afternoon in the adult-only Asian inspired Lotus Spa for a selection of relaxing therapies and treatments or just to take in dip in the peaceful Lotus Pool. There is also a full beauty salon if some special holiday pampering is on the agenda.

For those looking to keep to their daily routine, or in need of burning off some of the incredible food, head to the state of the art fitness room. With the latest equipment and fully trained staff on call, there is everything you need to keep your fitness regime up, or even start a new one at sea. If you prefer to exercise in a group, there are various classes available, from yoga to spinning.

Recreation

Why not try out one of Princess Cruises enrichment programs or pop into the Art Gallery and enjoy the fabulous pieces on show? The Kids and Teens centre offers children great activities and a place to escape. For your duty-free shopping, head into the Boutiques on sea days.

Facilities:
  • Kids and Teens centre
  • Internet Cafe
  • Boutiques
  • Library
  • Writing room
  • Wedding chapel
  • Art Gallery
  • Laundry
  • Medical Centre

Dress code

Onboard Sapphire Princess, the dress code is both informal and formal, depending on the evening’s theme. Formal nights, such as the Captain's cocktail party, are often the highlight of the week while informal nights onboard are a smart casual dress code. On quiet evenings, where you don't fancy dressing for dinner,or you are tired after a day of shore excursions, you can head to the buffet restaurant.

Customer reviews for Sapphire Princess

Baltic Cruise was excellent. Loved that they went to Gdansk as it was charming and a complete surprise. Need to make Hop on Hop Off options clear - ie - which line is actually picking you up from the ship/ working with Princess Ship older but still good. Love the Rotunda area. Excursions expensive and need to be chosen selectively. Entertainment and food excellent.

Good holiday. First time I have booked through Iglu Cruises but was very satisfied with the booking and arrangements. Will certainly use Iglu in the future. Being an Elite passenger with Princess Cruises I was not disappointed. Everything went smoothly thanks to Iglu.