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#1
1,501 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
My review of our 1/19-2/2 HI cruise on the Sapphire is now posted on the review board.
Oh how I wish we were cruising again as the weather here in DE is extremely cold and windy.
We had a wonderful, relaxing cruise on the Sapphire and look forward to another Princess cruise!
#2
Coastal North Carolina
7,072 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
HI,

Just went over and read your review...thank you. We sailed on the Sapphire in October and at that time I said it was my favorite Princess ship. Just got off the Emerald for a wonderful ten day cruise and I still say...the Sapphire is still my favorite Princess ship. It has a better set-up piazza area, a better setup for the International Cafe', we love Alfredos pizzaria and the Horizon Court buffet area flows so much better on the Sapphire with the dessert/pastry area separated. I have always disliked the buffet setup on the larger Princess ships and hope they have made changes to it on the Royal. The buffet always feels so congested...And we loved the four smaller dining rooms on the Sapphire!

We had a very large meet and mingle group from our roll call and no one from the ship was there either which I consider a missed opportunity as we were a large group with many Elites, Platinum, etc and loyal Princess cruisers. Someone said Princess has a separate cruise critic M&M set up for those on their facebook page and officers are present at that. I just join my roll call and have never been aware of anything else until now.

Thanks again for your review!
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#3
Montreal, PQ
156 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
Thanks for your review, although I prefer the ones from angry travelers full of complaints... they are so much more entertaining, I love to read about the silly non-issue things that people complain about while they're on vacation and supposed to be enjoying themselves...

But in all seriousness, kudos to you for writing such a positive review after all the things that went wrong. Goes to show, you enjoy life a lot better when you stay positive. I am going on the Sapphire in two weeks and reading your review makes me wish I was there now!
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#4
Palmdale, Ca
33,941 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
OP;

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review. I enjoyed reading it which got me even more excited and motivated for our Sapphire to Hawaii cruise on March 9th.....

Bob
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#5
1,501 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
One thing I didn't mention was our TA sent us a card for a bottle of red/white wine. When we returned I thanked her. She asked if we received any chocolate covered strawberries or canapes...I said no. Apparently, she not only requested the wine card but also strawberries and canapes which we never received. So, Princess did make mistake by not honoring her request which she paid for. She was going to call them.

For those anticipating their Sapphire cruise....you will have a wonderful time with a great crew!
#6
Maine
1,046 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Thanks for a nice review! We board the Sapphire in 2 weeks.
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Doreen



Previous Cruises
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9/2016 - Mexican Riviera - Grand Princess
3/2017 - Caribbean B2B - Crown Princess
#7
Palmdale, Ca
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Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by dcruisers
One thing I didn't mention was our TA sent us a card for a bottle of red/white wine. When we returned I thanked her. She asked if we received any chocolate covered strawberries or canapes...I said no. Apparently, she not only requested the wine card but also strawberries and canapes which we never received. So, Princess did make mistake by not honoring her request which she paid for. She was going to call them.

For those anticipating their Sapphire cruise....you will have a wonderful time with a great crew!
I'm so ready to go. March 9th can't come soon enough.....

Bob
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Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

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#8
Newbury Park, CA
2,852 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by dcruisers
One thing I didn't mention was our TA sent us a card for a bottle of red/white wine. When we returned I thanked her. She asked if we received any chocolate covered strawberries or canapes...I said no. Apparently, she not only requested the wine card but also strawberries and canapes which we never received. So, Princess did make mistake by not honoring her request which she paid for. She was going to call them.

For those anticipating their Sapphire cruise....you will have a wonderful time with a great crew!
Thanks for the review!
My parents were on your sailing and had a great time as usual.
I am so excited for our cruise on her in March!!!!
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#9
Chicago
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Joined Aug 2009
Thanks for the great review. Excellent writing, concise and to the point.

Wonderful!

Aloha and mahalo
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#10
Raleigh NC
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Joined Oct 2007
Thanks for the report!
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#11
Diamond Bar, California
104 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Thanks for the review. Living here in Southern California, we consider Sapphire our "home" ship. Our experience with her has been like yours. Glad to hear all is still good since we board next Saturday for 7 days to Cabo. Cheers.
#12
San Diego
4,704 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Good to hear your Sapphire cruise is as great as ours was.

We love this itin and are planning our 4th one.

Pat
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