The Sapphire Princess is one of the largest cruise ships in the world, at 952 feet long, and 205 feet high. A twin of the Diamond Princess, she’s equipped to accommodate more than 2,500 passengers and 1,100 crew members. The Sapphire Princess has been cruising the world since 2004, and was refurbished in 2012, with a wide range of berthing options for passengers—interior and ocean-view cabins, including more than two dozen wheelchair-accessible cabins; mini-suites of 350 square feet, and family suites with interconnecting cabins, in addition to the standard luxury suites of up to 932 square feet. Of the approximately 1,000 outside cabins, 750 have their own private balconies, providing passengers with a private outdoor sanctuary in which to relax any time of the day or night.
From the interior cabins to the luxury suites, every berth on the ship is decorated to a high standard, and all include daily housekeeping service, satellite TV, and luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Suite passengers will enjoy a few extra benefits, including access to an exclusive spa and thermal suite, afternoon tea and canapés delivery upon request, complimentary laundry service, and a “Welcome” pack from the ship’s Chef on embarkation day.
Year round, the Sapphire Princess travels the Asian coastline, with cruises out of Shanghai between March and October, and out of Singapore between November and February. On the Sapphire Princess travelers can choose from short three-day cruises from Singapore to Penang, mid-range journeys of one to three weeks, and grand month-long adventures that include ports in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
There’s a wide range of dining options on board the Sapphire Princess, with several casual and formal rooms and restaurants. For casual dining—including takeout options—choose from the Horizon Court Buffet, the pizzerias Alfredo’s and Prego, an icecream bar, the International Café for coffee and snacks, and the Trident Grill, for great hotdogs and burgers. Of course, there’s also 24-hour room service, so any time you’re feeling the urge for a snack or a meal, you can always just pick up the phone.
There are just as many dining room options, with traditional formal dining rooms that serve meals at specific times, and dining rooms for “Anytime” meals, so you don’t have to schedule your activities around the ship’s designated dining times if you prefer a more relaxed approach. For a special dining experience, book a table at traditional Italian restaurant Sabatini’s, or at Sterling Steakhouse, with a fabulous menu of beef, seafood, and lamb.
From morning to night, there’s always something to do on board the Sapphire Princess, whether it’s getting an early-morning workout at the well-appointed gym, a relaxing mid-morning coffee at the International Café, a swim in one of the ship’s pools, or a rejuvenating massage or body wrap at the Lotus Spa. Night-time is just as busy, with indoor and outdoor movie theatres showing first-run films, and evening cocktails at one of four bars, each with its own unique décor and mood. Place a bet or two at the magnificent Grand Casino, see a show at the Explorer’s Lounge, or dance into the early morning hours at Club Fusion or the Skywalkers Nightclub.
There’s plenty for children and teens to do too, with a great range of activities designed especially for the younger passengers, and their own onboard club room with movies, games, music, educational activities, and evening events.