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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I was surprised that I had a great time on this cruise, even though I was told by friends that the average age of guest on the Princess would be 65+ (I’m 38). The entertainment was fantastic, great shows every night and never the same, ... Read More
I was surprised that I had a great time on this cruise, even though I was told by friends that the average age of guest on the Princess would be 65+ (I’m 38). The entertainment was fantastic, great shows every night and never the same, they also have outdoor movie sessions at night, great service from staff, variety of food choices from buffet to fine dining. The Princess also had art gallery exhibition which also included art auction. My tip is that make sure you buy a drink package bacuse the cost is in US dollars. We were a party of 8, and the gym on the Princess is better then most hotels! Shopping was average, the ship has 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. Day spa and treatments were great but pricey, best time to book day spa treatment is the day they have shore excursions as the prices drop. The casino was always busy. Didn’t like the shore excursion, would of rather stayed on the boat! Read Less
Meh
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Of all the princess cruises I’ve been to, this ranks one of the lowest. The food was mediocre. Service mediocre. Tour excursion disappointing. We booked the phi phi island excursion ahead of time because of the famous maya bay. We were ... Read More
Of all the princess cruises I’ve been to, this ranks one of the lowest. The food was mediocre. Service mediocre. Tour excursion disappointing. We booked the phi phi island excursion ahead of time because of the famous maya bay. We were told that it’s closed and the excursion will stop at Bamboo island instead. We cancelled that excursion and booked James Bond island tour instead. Found out that they substituted the buffet lunch with box lunch. The box lunch comprised of a tiny cold burrito (yuk), an apple (not sure if it’s washed) and orange (dry and tasteless). The chip was the only thing that tasted ok. We found out they changed to box lunch more than two years. Princess continues to advertise as buffet lunch. James island was beautiful. But the bus and long tail boat ride to get there was more than 3 hours each way. I was feeling light headed by the time we were there. Excursion in Ko Samui Peace Resort was nice and relaxing. Actuhad a buffet lunch. Taste of Penang was on. The only thing I recommend to buy is the coffee. I wish I bought more. My major complaint about this cruise is the visa fee that princess charge each person. $56 whether you get off in Vietnam or not. That’s a rip off. Vietnam charges less than $10, princess kept the rest. Other cruise lines don’t rip off their customers like that. We didn’t know when we booked the no refundable cruise. Only found out when we log in to provide personal info. By then it’s too late. The one thing I highly recommend is the Zumba and ballet dance classes. Rachel was great! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this new, exotic destination for my husband and I and I believe it was our best cruise ever (we have cruised 6 times with Princess, a few times with Celebrity and once with Viking). Our upgrade to Princess Clubclass with its private ... Read More
Chose this new, exotic destination for my husband and I and I believe it was our best cruise ever (we have cruised 6 times with Princess, a few times with Celebrity and once with Viking). Our upgrade to Princess Clubclass with its private dining, daily cocktail events and spacious mini-suite were the highlight of our trip - largely due to the outstanding service and wonderful relationships we were able to develop with the staff...hats off to Sapphire Princess for the excellent training of their club class staff. We also enjoyed another outstanding Chef’s Table - both the Chef and Pastry Chef are excellent on Sapphire Princess. We enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody on the giant “Movies Under the Stars” screen. We had many shore excursion options and did one at each port...all were well co-ordinated with very good guides and drivers. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and very well organized. Princess did an outstanding job of dealing with the various customs for all countries, making our visits hassle-free, including in Vietnam where Princess procured our visas for us. Sapphire Princess is a beautiful ship with many dining rooms, eateries, stores, pools, bars, lounges and daily activities and this cruise was a beautiful, tropical cruise where even the weather co-operated. We wish we could do it again...tomorrow! The only painful part of our journey was the very long travel time from Calgary to Singapore. We flew United and upgraded to their Premium Economy seats on the Dreamliner, thinking it would be like Air Canada’s Premium Economy on their Dreamliner. Suffice it to say I will never fly United again - we were squished into our seats (we are only average size) and service was remarkably poor (non-existent) on the flight from San Fran to Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We started planning this trip two years ago to coordinate 10 of us .. and then ended up with two more joining. Asia was a mystery to me and taking a cruise to an area I don't know much about is very appealing. The trip did not ... Read More
We started planning this trip two years ago to coordinate 10 of us .. and then ended up with two more joining. Asia was a mystery to me and taking a cruise to an area I don't know much about is very appealing. The trip did not disappoint and we had an amazing time both on and off the ship. The ship: We have been on about 6 Princess cruises and this was one of the best. We had set dining time and our two table of 6 were well taken care of. The service in general, from the cabin stewards, to bar tenders , to deck staff etc was excellent. The entertainment was by far the best I have ever seen on a ship. The tenders and the port disembarkations were all organized and handled so well. The port talks were interesting and catered both to those taking Princess excursions as well as private ones or doing a port on your own. The Ports: Singapore- We started off with 4 nights at the Holiday Inn Express at Clarke Quay. This was one of the more modest priced hotels and was in an excellent location, with great amenities. A full buffet breakfast, a nice pool and deck, unlimited bottled water, cell phones for your use during the stay. Would definitely recommend. Singpore is the most beautiful city. Very easy to get around on the MRT and we felt safe everywhere. Check out the Lua Pau Sat Hawker market. We went to others but this was the best. Some of the musts: Gardens by the Bay (do the domes and the light show), a trip up Marina Bay Sands (don't do the observation deck- buy a ticket to the bar and $22 dollars buys you a drink and a view as opposed to the $28 for just the view), Sentosa cable car, take the MRT to Chinatown, Little India, Bugis street and Arab street. Nowhere in this city is the same. The Marina Bay water/light show is great too. Really loved everything about this city. Koh Samui- We took a taxi to Bophut and enjoyed looking in the markets and the beach is lovely. Had an amazing massage on the beach for the equivalent of 10 Canadian dollars. If you feel like a beer- don't go into a restaurant- buy it at 7-11. The water was nice to swim in but later found out about sea lice, which are harmless but wondered what was nipping at us. Bangkok- We did a private tour rebooked with Thai Tour Guide. This was a great day with a very knowledgable guide Ms Aom. All my communications with this company were fantastic and we were well looked after. Saw the Grand Palace, The reclining Bhudda, took a long tail boat ride and went for lunch.. Ho Chi Min City- We had booked a private tour with Tour by Xuan. It really was a highlight. Our guide Mr. Lee just made our day.. so fun. We walked through markets, saw historical sites, did a trip shaw ride, crossed the road (which in itself is an excursion!) had vietnamese coffee, a really tasty lunch, visited the war museum. Highly highly recommend this company. Penang- We did this on our own as the boat docks right in Georgetown. It was an extremely hot day when we were here. We went to the Peranakan Museum which showed the lifestyle of the rich over a century ago. We really enjoyed this - not expensive to get into and very good tour guide. The rest of the day was spent trying to get out of the heat. A little hard to get around- no sidewalks in most places. The place comes alive after dark and we found fantastic food on Chulia street night hawker stalls. We then grabbed a Tri Shaw back to the ship. Phuket- Here we did the ships tour to Phi Phi Islands. I prefer private tours, however, there are some places I feel more comfortable with the ship's tour. This is definitely one of those if headed out to Phi Phi. Our boat had 35 people and I would not have wanted to be on anything smaller. This trip is marked as strenuous and as soon as I saw the dock with had to walk to get to the boat I understood why. About 15 of us headed out on a rolling dock with very little handrails until they stopped us and decided to bring boats in closer. I have the video to prove I braved the walk. haha. About an hour of hitting waves - but it was all worth it. The beauty of this area is astounding. We snorkelled for about 45 min and swam... then stopped in at a couple other bays for photo ops. Then to Bamboo island to spend time on the beach. We also had lunch at a resort we had to wade into which was pretty cool. This tour is definitely not for anyone with any mobility issues. or perhaps sea sickness. For us it was very good, and again worth the travel time. I was not aware that this voyage was considered two different cruises when I booked. One was a 7 day and one was a 4 day. Not sure I would knowingly do that again, as everything repeated itself on the four days... but we did get bonus internet time being platinum and it refreshed for the 4 day cruise. Make sure you plan all your stops ahead. It would have been overwhelming had we not known what we were doing in these ports. Most were far away from where the ship docked. For those who want to see Asia but are not too sure of how to do that... this is the perfect way to go! Enjoy! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was the perfect trip for us as we wanted to get a taste of the Far East to enable us to decide where we wanted (and didn't want) to go next. Because the incoming boat was late arriving due to bad weather, we were very late ... Read More
This was the perfect trip for us as we wanted to get a taste of the Far East to enable us to decide where we wanted (and didn't want) to go next. Because the incoming boat was late arriving due to bad weather, we were very late embarking. We had to wait in the terminal for about five hours and didn't board until 9pm. There was nothing to do in the terminal although some biscuits and cake were eventually sent from the ship. Once we boarded it would have been nice if some gesture of apology was made (a glass of wine maybe) but nothing. We were very tired and didn't want to go anywhere for dinner. We tried many times over the course of the next hour to get room service but the phone number was constantly busy. We went to bed on the few crisps and a chocolate bar we found in our luggage. When we wandered around the ship the next day we were very pleasantly surprised by the standard of the public rooms. All of the staff we encountered, including those at the customer service desk were very pleasant and well trained. We had chosen anytime dining and although we read we could reserve a table as it operated just like a restaurant that wasn't strictly true. When we called to book a table we were always given either a 5.30 or 7.30 slot (the same times as regular dining). If we wanted any other time, we just had to turn up at the dining room of our choice. All of the dining rooms were elegant and well appointed. We went to tea once in the Santa Fe dining room and this was a very strange affair. The waiters were beautifully attired, down to white gloves. We were given a plate and a choice of tea - first along came a waiter with an assortment of filled small rolls and immediately afterwards another waiter with scones, jam and cream and yet another waiter with cakes. So even before I had started eating I had a small plate with a cheese and tomato roll, scone, jam and cream plus a cake. All on one plate!!!!! We didn't go again. My biggest disappointment was the entertainment, both in the theatre and around the ship. The resident band was simply awful and drowned out the guest pianist, there was a female singer who was excellent but she was the exception. I think the worst was a balloon person - you know the sort of thing - the person who makes balloon animals at a children's party. I thought I had gone to hell when I noticed that one of the activities during the day was a 'Men's sexy legs competition'. 60 years ago I went to Butlins with my grandparents and saw a knobby knees competition - not much different. The trivia and competitions that seemed to be on every day were very amateurish and aimed at the lowest common denominator. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We picked the cruise (Far East Explorer) as something of an afterthought... We are very frequent cruisers but hadn’t been to the Far East previously and therefore took the opportunity. The itinerary was the attraction, Shanghai, ... Read More
We picked the cruise (Far East Explorer) as something of an afterthought... We are very frequent cruisers but hadn’t been to the Far East previously and therefore took the opportunity. The itinerary was the attraction, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Busan, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Min City, Bangkok, Koh Samui, then Singapore... It was a fabulous itinerary. We hadn’t sailed with Princess before but had been told it was comparable with Celebrity and therefore set our expectations about the ship on our past Celebrity experiences. that proved to be unfulfilled. The cabin (an interior on deck 11) was excellent. We almost always have a balcony but we were very happy with our cabin. It was much more spacious than we expected, and worked perfectly, the cabin steward was superb. Food which is so important on cruises was extremely underwhelming. It was far far behind Celebrity and out review grading in based largely on that shortcoming. We really didn’t care for the breakfast buffet at all, and the dining room options at breakfast didn’t inspire us either. Finding an unoccupied table at breakfast in the buffet was also quite a challenge. The buffet was divided into two pretty much identical section but with only a fraction of the selection options we’d had on say Celebrity, Cunard or Norwegian. Lunch in the buffet wasn’t much different although occasionally there was a pleasant surprise. I suspect the food had been prepared for a different guest mix than was on our cruise. We found it extremely odd that poppadoms and Indian breads were invariably available but there were few (if any) Indian dishes to go with them. There just wasn’t the space available in the buffet to provide the sort of buffet choice we have experienced on dozens of other ships. Evening menu I found OK. We had anything dining (which we liked) and could use any one of 3 restaurants (all served an identical menu). Over and above the someone dull ‘always available items’ the menu offered 6 choices daily, two vegetarian, two apparently local to where we were, one fish, and one meat... I was OK as I usually picked on of the interesting and spicy local dishes, my wife was far less satisfied, and often said there was nothing she particularly fancied on the menu... The food was usually pretty good (steak we had one night was awful) but in our cruising we have been used to reading menu where deciding which of several dishes to select was the challenge rather than, do I want any of these dishes... Entertainment across the ship was pretty good. The theatre shows were watchable, and when a new cast boarded for our last few days had a marked improvement. The speciality acts were the usual cruise fare, OK to pass on an hour or so. Daytime activities, trivia etc was fine, much as could be expected.. The music on the ship was really good. a band of young people (The Drop) we excellent as was a young piano singer. A classical duo were very good too. The ship itself. It seemed really dark to us, for a few days we thought some of it need a lick of white paint to brighten the place up, that said we eventually got use to the experience of often feeling you were in an old haunted mansion... There was plenty of social space, and we usually had no difficulty in finding seating wherever we wanted to be, including on the deck. We liked the deck set up and thought the decent sized pool was a bonus particularly as it was too deep for people to stand and clutter the water whilst enjoying cocktails (as you see on many newer ships). I haven’t mentioned the bar, on this trip we took the soda package (dry January) it worked just fine and made a pleasant change to our usual full drinks package. The ports of call were the definite highlights of the trip. We got off to an awful start in Shanghai where everything was severely delayed, we were told it was weather related but it seemed perfectly obvious that the delay related more to the current dispute between the USA & China in terms of trade.... After an almost 10hr delay (where bottled water and potato chips became the food for day 1 of the cruise) all was plain sailing.. We were rather surprised guests weren’t compensated with onboard credit to reflect the totally lost first day of the cruise as by the time boarding was achieved it was too late to get to the restaurant for most guests. Nagasaki was great, interesting, thought-provoking and emotional, Busan was a hive of interesting activity, Hong Kong we had a decent length stop but probably needed at least another 48hrs, Ho Chi Min City was probably our favourite port of call, we took the ship’s excursion to the city and again would have liked longer, we took a ship’s tour to Bangkok and maxed out our few hours there too, on Koh Samui we rented a car and toured the whole island, and we had a great short stay in Singapore... The ship organised numerous tours for every port of call, we thought the trips we took were well organised and fairly priced. Would we tour the area again, absolutely we would; will we sail Princess again, the answer is yes as we already have a reservation made with them not least because they offer some of the most interesting moderately priced itineraries... All in all a very enjoyable trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We just got home from our cruise. We really enjoyed this cruise, particularly because of the itinerary and people we met. The entertainment was sub par...first time ever on a Princess ship. They had a guy making balloon sculptures one ... Read More
We just got home from our cruise. We really enjoyed this cruise, particularly because of the itinerary and people we met. The entertainment was sub par...first time ever on a Princess ship. They had a guy making balloon sculptures one evening in the theater...very disappointing. Also the music offered in the lounges was limited. Few opportunities to dance. However, the food was good and we liked our room...can’t have everything. The staff in the dining room was very good. We felt recognized and well taken care of. They also did a good job with gluten free toast...no small task. On this trip Princess even did a good job with the excursions. They seemed reasonable for what we got., The biggest weakness was entertainment. They could have improved the onboard experience by offering their enrichment lectures in the afternoon instead of at 9:00 a.m. when most people want breakfast. The activities director could use a lesson from some of their other ships. Other than crew games and top deck games there were few options for afternoon activity on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The Sapphire Princess met most of the needs of those that were on the cruse. Staff tried to help with any problems addressed. They were friendly, courteous, and pleasant to deal with from the room service, customer service, and Horizon ... Read More
The Sapphire Princess met most of the needs of those that were on the cruse. Staff tried to help with any problems addressed. They were friendly, courteous, and pleasant to deal with from the room service, customer service, and Horizon kitchen staff. They kept the ship clean and tried to make sure no one got sick on board. The food became routine after a few days, but you did have some choices on what to eat. Fresh fruit could have been better and a wider choice. Since we made several stops at other counties, it would have be nice to have some of the fruits from those countries. The entertainment and activities were limited on board. Having someone making animals from balloons were more in line for a children cruse than an adult cruse. They did have some current movies to watch, which helped to pass the time. They had trouble with embarkation due to the ship not being allowed to dock on time. The embarkation was delayed several times. People weren't allowed to start loading until after 7 PM. Some people had to wait at the dock for hours with little support for food or drinks. However, everyone that flew in on the morning of embarkation was given a tour of Shanghai with lunch prior to going to the dock, which was appreciated. Disembarkation went smoothly. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The January 5th Southeast Asia Cruise from Shanghai to Singapore aboard the Sapphire Princess began with the worst boarding fiasco I have ever experienced, and I expect that holds true for most the other 2600+ arriving passengers as well ... Read More
The January 5th Southeast Asia Cruise from Shanghai to Singapore aboard the Sapphire Princess began with the worst boarding fiasco I have ever experienced, and I expect that holds true for most the other 2600+ arriving passengers as well as an untold number of those trying to disembark and catch a flight home. I started to get the impression that this was not going to be a ‘smooth’ embarkation while checking the whereabouts of the Sapphire Princess on the MarineTraffic.com website the morning of our scheduled boarding. Though it was originally due dockside by 7:00 AM, it was listed as ‘at sea’ with a speed of 3 knots. Around 10 AM I received an email from Princess advising of a ‘delayed’ boarding time by two and a half hours. Fortunately, I was able to extend our hotel checkout by two hours along with our scheduled private transfer to port. I consider ourselves lucky, as it was Saturday and the hotel was fully booked for the night. Right towards the end of our ‘extension’ I received an ‘update’ informing us that the boarding time had been ‘pushed back’ by another hour or two depending on cabin location. By that time our room keys did not work and it was too late to reschedule our re-scheduled transfer, so down to the lobby we went. As luck would have it, our driver was 15 minutes early. Weekend traffic was light and we arrived at the terminal at about 4 PM for wat was an original 2 PM boarding that was now pushed out to 5:30 PM. The Sapphire Princess was the only ship docked at the International Cruise Terminal, but our driver was directed to another terminal at the other end of this huge complex. Once inside, we found ourselves amidst hundreds of people waiting in row after row of ‘banquet’ chairs. As we were ‘Elite’ level passengers we were directed to a designated area near the other end of the terminal. Trouble was, there was no one overseeing this area, so there were very few chairs available. We stood. While standing we noticed what appeared to be an impromptu ‘check-in’ area near us consisting of a bunch of folding tables lined up near the escalators at our end of the terminal. They were staffed, but no one was being processed. We wait. As we chatted with fellow passengers, we found out that some had been in this otherwise closed terminal since early morning. Remember we are in China. Our phones don’t work. (who buys a sim-card expecting to be in the country for a day or so?). Google products (gMail, Google Search, youTube) as well as Facebook and Twitter are all banned and blocked in China. Unless you have made prior arrangements through a private VPN, land communication (especially if you have an Android phone) is limited. Your ‘Smart Phone’ is little more than a camera and a calculator. There were a couple of Princess staffers doing their best, wandering the crowd giving any update status they could, but by now there were well over a thousand passengers in queue and the bottom level of the terminal was overflowing. Somewhere around 6:30 or so, they began the ‘check-in’ processing. Mind you, we were merely processed, not boarded. A cruise card was issued, but we were instructed to return to the terminal floor and wait. When we tried to return to the area where we were previously, we quickly noticed there were no open chairs, so Cruise Card in hand we stood and chatted with others in a similar situation. While standing, an official looking gentleman approached us an said it would probably be awhile. It turns out he was one of the Chinese officials in charge of coordinating this chaos. We asked what the problem was, and he related that, though we would probably hear different from Princess, the delay was primarily due to passengers boarded on the arriving Sapphire Princess that did not meet the strict (and somewhat confusing) `144 hour’ Chinese Visa requirements and were not being allowed to disembark in Shanghai. OK, I must admit, we had some difficulty boarding our flight from LA to Shanghai at LAX, but the United Airlines Rep. called the Chinese embassy and made sure our documents and travel plans met the somewhat complicated Chinese criteria before issuing our boarding passes. I guess Princess missed that step. (As it turned out, dozens of passengers were unable to disembark in Shanghai and had to stay onboard for two more days, disembarking at our first port of call, Nagasaki, Japan.) Since the ship was full, I wonder where they slept… Somewhere around 8:00 PM we noticed some passengers being escorted through a door behind the ‘check-in’ area. Though no one had made any announcement, we grabbed our carry-ons and joined in because it looked like they might be headed towards the other terminal where the Sapphire Princess was docked. They were! It was a long trek in the rain to the other terminal, but we were a bit more agile than many and wound up being among the first handful of passengers through Chinese Customs. The queues at that time were minimal and we were on-board before 8:30 PM. Once on-board our first thought was a warm meal, but we were told by our Cabin Steward that there would be a required Muster at 9:00 PM. We wait… Even though we knew that there was no way the passengers would be boarded by then. As we stood on our balcony and watched as the boarding queue on the gangway grew ever longer. 9 PM came and went as the line continued to grow. When the ship was finally boarded, they called for us to report to our Muster Stations. After which, we went to the only venue available for a warm meal… The Horizon Court. As our Muster Station was the Princess Theater (Deck 7, Forward) and the Horizon Court is Deck 14, Aft. When we got there, we joined about 2,000+ other passengers (some of which hadn’t eaten a real meal all day). It was chaos! Lines four wide, out the doors, winding around and past the pool. Once you were able to get to something, there were no open tables or cutlery available to go elsewhere (room?) and find a spot to sit. Things could certainly have been worse. After all, we were inside and there were occasional trays of cookies, plain cheese sandwiches and the random boxes of potato chips, but it certainly was far from ideal or what one would expect from a world renowned international travel corporation and/or a ‘First World’ country trying to promote international tourism. I have waited until near the end of this cruise to submit this recap of an Epic Fail, hoping (expecting?) Princess to offer some sort of ‘compensation’ to offset or appease our ‘day of discomfort’, but none has been offered. I went to the Passenger Services desk to find out the status of the situation and was told ‘It has been reported to the Main Office and we are awaiting a response’. Well, I guess 12 days of no response is a response… Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for its itinerary. To be upfront we are usually Celebrity cruisers, but decided to try Princess. Embarkation in Shanghai was a pure day, and evening, from hell. This was not the fault of Princess, but the Chinese ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary. To be upfront we are usually Celebrity cruisers, but decided to try Princess. Embarkation in Shanghai was a pure day, and evening, from hell. This was not the fault of Princess, but the Chinese Port Authority who randomly closed the port to the inbound ship and refused to provide customs and immigration facilities. Princess sent emails, updating the times to come to the pier, but things quickly spiraled out of control. We did not board the ship until 9pm. Princess supplied snacks while we were all kept in a very hot and uncomfortable waiting area dockside, but there was no communications from any Princess reps to keep us updated. Easily the worst cruise experience ever . We found, overall, the ship to be OK, but nothing special. Our premium balcony cabin was small compared to Celebrity, and the bath/shower was a joke. I will give top marks to the bed : very comfy. The food overall, was very poor. In the buffet, it was the same things, over and over and over, with almost no variation over the two weeks. They had the worst bacon I have ever had, completely dried out ham, many breads were stale and the cantalope was, and continued to be unripe.One night I was surprised to see, and obtain, what looked like a large and delectable slab of prime rib. I took it to the table and asked the staff for a steak knife to deal with this 1 inch thick cut of meat. The answer : no, you cannot have one, we do not have any { this despite the fact that Sterling Steakhouse was only 30 ft. away - more on Sterling later ). I struggled to cut the meat with the butter knife supplied, and eventually gave up. That whole slab became waste. The one bite I did manage I spit out because all I could taste was hot mustard : apparently the whole prime rib had been rubbed with hot mustard - WHY ? Who would do that to such a beautiful cut of meat ? The buffet food service area was small, chaotic, and extremely hot due to the very low ceilings. I held out hope until the end, hoping they would do a special Grand Buffet on the final night of the cruise a La Celebrity. NOPE. More like a boarding house weekly review. We ate twice at Sabatinis. Service was good, the meal - mediocre. We then tried Sterling Steak House. What a JOKE ! This extra cost venue is simply a portion of the Horizon Buffet curtained off and presented as fine extra cost dining. No wonder it was empty most nights. SHAME on you Princess. The staff were mostly excellent. The ports and excursions were good - although the excursions were overpriced and of low value like most cruise lines. I had ordered the Premium Beverage Package only to discover onboard that there was a daily 15 alcoholic drink limit, and yes the bar staff knew exactly how many you had had to date each day : Big Brother was surely watching. Leaving the ship was efficient in Singapore. For the small size of the cabin and the torture of the bath and especially the shower,, the drinks limitation ( although I never used 15 on any day, I find that monitoring offensive ) but mostly for the extremely poor food, I am sure this will be my first and last Princess cruise. If their fees were half of Celebrity I could understand, but they are not, so value for money is not good. It was interesting to sail on a ship where the majjority of the guest were not American but Aussies. Very different dynamic K Read Less
Sapphire Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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