I toured the Sapphire Princess recently and she looks really good. Clean, fresh, well maintained. She was out of dry-dock earlier this year, one of the last to get all the enhanced upgrades.
I was impressed with the look of the base of the Piazza – more posh and polished and deluxe in appearance than other Princess ships.
My favourite feature onboard is still there! Exclusive only to Diamond and Sapphire: the Wake-view Bar. This is a tiny spot tucked underneath the Club Fusion – very private and not everyone knows about it nor find it at all! Accessible only by a spiral staircase from the Club Fusion dance floor… I don’t even think it is wheelchair-accessible, nor is there much room down there among the very few tables. Lovely and notably nautical porthole windows are featured here too, looking out the back of the ship.
Though a good space, I am not a fan of the Skywalkers disco on these ships, the way it is set back and the view from which being interrupted by staircases and other scaffolding outside.
Granted it is a great nightspot, but my qualms are mainly for daytime use and views in Alaska! The other Grand-class ships, with their “handlebar” Skywalkers disco right out the back are superior (in Alaska anyway).
Great for families and pleasing to all walks of life – this is where Princess excels.Matthew Vaughan
Cruise & Travel Specialist
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