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  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Sapphire-Princess-Keelung-Taiwan - Sapphire Princess in Keelung Harbor, Taiwan.
  • Sapphire-Princess-Ketchikan-Alaska - Sapphire Princess docked in Ketchikan, Alaska.
  • Sapphire-Princess-Los-Angeles - Sapphire Princess leaving the port of Los Angeles.
  • Sapphire-Princess-at-dusk - Sapphire Princess is always buzzing with fun at dusk, from live performances to Movies Under the Stars to upbeat dance clubs and glitzy casinos.
  • Sapphire-Princess-at-sea - Sapphire Princess has itineraries to Alaska, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and China.
  • Sapphire-Princess-at-sea - Sapphire Princess has itineraries to Alaska, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and China.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska - Sapphire Princess during an idyllic sailing through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-3 - Take in the snowy caps and immaculate terrain of  College Fjord, Alaska, during a cruise on Sapphire Princess.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-2 - One of the many beautiful destinations that Sapphire Princess cruises through is scenic College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-Sapphire-Princess-College-Fjord - Sapphire Princess sails through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess Cruise to unwind with a drink or to meet new people. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Sapphire-Princess-Akaroa-New-Zealand - Sapphire Princess in Akaroa Harbour, New Zealand.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Alfredos-Pizzeria-Princess-Cruises - Watch the chefs prepare Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones, flatbreads and baked pasta in an open kitchen at Alfredo’s Pizzeria aboard Sapphire Princess. (This is a shot of Alfredo's aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Pub-Lunch-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a taste of British pub grub and lift a pint with a friend at the Pub Lunch on your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Taste-of-Alaska-buffet - While cruising through Alaska, passengers aboard  Princess can try regional seafood specialties in the Taste of Alaska buffet.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • Glacier-Bay-Princess-Cruises - A Princess ship cruises through scenic Glacier Bay, Alaska.
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-mousse-princess.jpg - Bittersweet chocolate mousse with caramel cream and milk, available on your Princess cruise.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess Cruise to unwind with a drink or to meet new people. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises-2 - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess cruise to unwind with a glass of wine that suits your palate. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • naturalist-Alaska-Princess-cruise - On its Alaska itineraries, Princess Cruises gives guests the chance to hear and ask questions of expert naturalists, giving passengers a better understanding of the places they're encountering.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-group-fitness.jpg - An instructor leads a fitness class on Princess Cruises.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska - Sapphire Princess during an idyllic sailing through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-2 - One of the many beautiful destinations that Sapphire Princess cruises through is scenic College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Sapphire-Princess-in-College-Fjord-Alaska-3 - Take in the snowy caps and immaculate terrain of  College Fjord, Alaska, during a cruise on Sapphire Princess.
  • College-Fjord-overlook-Princess-Cruises - Take a one-of-a-kind voyage through scenic College Fjord, Alaska, and experience a glacier up close on a Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-Sapphire-Princess-College-Fjord - Sapphire Princess sails through College Fjord, Alaska.
  • Sapphire-Princess-Akaroa-New-Zealand - Sapphire Princess in Akaroa Harbour, New Zealand.

Sapphire Princess: Family fun at sea

Have you sailed on Sapphire Princess? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Sapphire Princess was built in Japan and completed in 2004, fitted with more than 700 balconies from which passengers can step out and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Warm, welcoming crew members will enhance your experience on board, with the friendly attentive service from the stateroom stewards to white-gloved waiters during Afternoon Tea to sommeliers recommending the perfect wine to accompany your dish.

Who will like sailing Sapphire Princess

Cruise passengers wanting a wide choice of shipboard activities, but still that touch of personalized service, will enjoy sailing on Sapphire Princess. The ship's programs for children and teens also make this a family-friendly cruise.

Where Sapphire Princess sails

With a home port in Singapore, the Sapphire Princess sails through Asia, with cruises in and around Southeast Asia and China. However, itineraries for this ship are also available in South America and the Caribbean.

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Dining

At Princess, you can look forward to freshly prepared, delicious fare on your voyage. At any hour, chefs are busy baking, grilling and sautéing the ingredients of your next meal. Bread and pastries are baked fresh three times a day, and sauces are prepared by hand.

Whether you feel like a multi-course meal in a formal dining room or a hand-tossed pizza by the pool, Princess obliges your every mood. From elegant specialty restaurants to themed buffets on deck, the variety of venues and dining options is certain to satisfy you no matter the time of day. 

Traditional

Princess offers you the choice of Traditional Dining with fixed time and seating or Anytime Dining with the flexibility to dine when and with whom you choose. Traditional Dining is the classic cruise experience, allowing you to dine at set times with the same table mates and wait staff each evening. Anytime Dining allows you to dine with whom you want at flexible hours. Eat early with new friends one night, and enjoy a later evening dinner for just the two of you the next. Both options offer menus featuring creatively prepared appetizers, entrees and desserts that change each day of your voyage as well as several healthy Lotus Spa selections.

Specialty restaurants

Additional costs apply at these alternative restaurants:

  • Sabatini's: With a menu specializing in Italian cuisine and premium seafood, Sabatini's offers a refined yet casual atmosphere that includes extensive personal attention from the wait staff and is sure to leave you feeling like you just stepped into an Italian ristorante.
Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
Courtesy of Princess CruisesSabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes. 
  • Sterling Steakhouse: The sophisticated Sterling Steakhouse features premium, cooked-to-order aged beef, along with other steakhouse favorites. Passengers even enjoy the unique option of choosing their own cut from a presentation tray and watching as the chef cooks their selection. 

Casual fare

  • Horizon Court: A wide selection of buffet meals or snacks are offered with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring stunning sea views as a backdrop for your quick breakfast or casual dinner.
  • Pub Lunch: Step into the Wheelhouse Bar for a taste of British tradition. You'll find a menu of favorites advertised on chalkboards and displayed on counters for an authentic pub feel including fish & chips or a hearty Ploughman's lunch.
  • Afternoon Tea: Indulge in afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, cookies, music and white-glove service.
  • Room Service: The complimentary room service menu includes sandwiches, salads, a selection of hot dishes and delicacies from the pastry shop; plus, coffee, iced tea and milk are available 24 hours a day.
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining: Dine alfresco style, with a multi-course dinner, served on your balcony by a dedicated waitstaff. Or if you prefer, a refreshing breakfast option is available.

Onboard activities

Princess offers everything you could need for a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat with innovative experiences all designed to help you escape completely. 

  • [email protected]: From enrichment lectures to cooking demonstrations, digital photography workshops to wine tasting, [email protected] programs are designed to make learning fun.
  • Lotus Spa: The goal at Princess is to return you to the world renewed in body, mind and spirit. The Lotus Spa and Fitness Center features spa treatments, beauty salon services and the latest in equipment, as well as personal trainers and a variety of different classes throughout the day.
Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
 Courtesy of Princess CruisesRediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Poolside activities: Swim, sun and enjoy yourself in the ship's many pools. Relax effortlessly underneath a retractable glass dome, on a terrace above the rolling wake or work up a sweat and make some of your own waves in a swim-against-the-current pool.
  • Library: This ship features an extensive library, including contemporary titles in a wide range of categories and books related to specific cruise itineraries. Princess onboard libraries have collections up to 2,000 books.
  • Princess Cruises Book Club: The book club offers an opportunity for fascinating literary discussions among passengers.
  • Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour: Get an exclusive glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action onboard a Princess ship — an industry first. 

Nightlife entertainment

  • Production shows: Princess Signature Shows are featured on every cruise, entertaining passengers with lively music, stunning choreography and some of the largest casts at sea.
  • Dancing, karaoke & comedy: Move to the rhythm of the disco beat or take a spin in the ballroom. And, for some belly laughs, catch a stand-up comedy act or belt out a song in the karaoke lounge.
  • Bars & lounges: Evening cocktails in one of the ship's cozy lounges or swanky bars is a perfect place to meet up with shipboard friends.
  • Casino: Games of chance worthy of Las Vegas beckon including blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines.

For youths under 18

With Princess, young kids and teens have their own kind of fun — and their own place to hang out. The fully equipped Youth Centers and Teen Lounges are fully equipped with everything from the latest video games and movies, to arts and crafts, fooseball tables, board games and jukeboxes. And for the littlest ones, activities like kids' karaoke, pizza parties, pajama nights and more are available.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Sapphire Princess
  • Where: Alaska

  • What: Lotus Spa
  • Where: Sapphire Princess
  • Rest and relaxation in the Lotus Spa

Top dining options on board

Sabitini's

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Alfredo's Pizzeria

  • Style: Pizzeria
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

International Cafe

  • Style: International
  • No additional cost
  • Open: 24 hours a day

Fast facts

2,670 Passengers [?]
1,238 Crew
13 Decks
2004 Maiden voyage
115,875 Tonnage [?]
952 Length in feet
121 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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