Sapphire Princess sailed into the Princess Cruises Fleet in 2004 as the twin sister ship to Diamond Princess. Sapphire Princess brings together a range of facilities for a wide range of cruisers, including family holidays, couples and luxury cruising. She can often be found cruising the exotic waters around the coasts of Asia, keeping full steam ahead with the Princess Cruises flare for perfection, whilst bringing together some of the best facilities from across the fleet.
Receiving a full refurbishment in 2012 only reinforced and developed her appeal within the fleet, with the addition of a number of new facilities that have been established on the newer ships such as Movies Under The Stars and the adult only area The Sanctuary. Sapphire Princess has a quintessential charm that offers a desired mixture of the old and the new that is rarely seen on ships anymore, and it is this that will keep you coming back for more.
Princess Cruises are passionate about the food they serve, and this is clear throughout the fleet. Chefs serving the finest ingredients to create the most inspiring flavours and culinary masterpieces, there will be something different each day to tickle your taste buds. With the option to dine your way, at your time in the restaurant of your choice means total flexibility to enjoy your cruise your way. Dine traditionally at a set time, exceptional service provided by your waiter throughout the cruise, and share your experiences with like similar like minded people on your table. If you prefer something more flexible, Sapphire Princess offers you the chance of Anytime Dining allowing you to dine at a time that suits you and meet new friends each day. Speak to your consultant about the best option to suit your needs.
Fancy something a bit different one night? Then why not book yourself into one of the speciality restaurants found on board Sapphire Princess. Sabatini's Italian restaurant is a firm favourite on ship, showcasing rustic, authentic cuisine from around the Mediterranean in a casual and relaxed environment. The Crown Grill is the place to be at sea to receive tender succulent steaks cooked just how you like them, being awarded 'Best Cruise Ship Steakhouse' by USA today. Not only does this restaurant cook your favourite steak, try some of the fantastic seafood on offer here, from a wide range of grilled fish, to whole lobster. Take a look and be wowed by the quality.
Whether it's a quiet place to relax or a nightclub to party into the early hours you're looking for, you will surely find that special place on Sapphire Princess. Take some time and relax over some exquisite wine conversing with new and old friends in one of the many lounge bar areas such as Wheelhouse Bar or Crooners Bar or even relax with a fine brandy in Churchill's Lounge whilst watching some of the latest sporting events. For the young, and young at heart, head up to the top deck where you can find Skywalkers Nightclub, a place where you can let loose and dance the night away.
If you haven't been enticed into one or more of the bars on ship then why not head down to the theatre? Have a seat an enjoy some Broadway style productions with a nice glass of wine, or head up onto top deck with a warm blanket and watch Movies Under The Stars in the outdoor theatre. Or try your luck on the roulette under the bright lights and electric atmosphere of the Asian themed Grand Casino, and then afterwards take in a more intimate performance in Crooners Lounge, showcasing stand up comedy and some of the best singers at sea.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Make your way to Southampton Cruise Port ready to embark Sapphire Princess and set sail for Portugal.
Day 4: Portimao, Portugal
The Port of Portimao is situated on the southern coast of Portugal, through the river mouth of the Arade River. The long strip of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants along the promenade offer a selection of cuisines in a variety of themes. Heading inland, you’ll find plenty of shopping streets and a series of historic buildings. 3km to the south of Portimao city lies Praia da Rocha; a modern town packed with the facilities you’d expect from a beachside resort. The Port of Portimao is also just 20km away from nearby town Lagos. Learn about the history of the region with its charming buildings and peaceful ambience. Also situated in Lagos is the Praia do Anna, a small cove regarded as one of the most scenic beaches in the world.
Day 5: Seville (for Cadiz), Spain
Seville is situated in the south-western region of Spain; 60km north along the Guadalquivir River. The highlight of Seville is certainly its culture and heritage, which can be seen in the gothic architecture still prevalent throughout the city. Various landmarks are dotted throughout, such as the Giralda Bell Tower. Visit the royal palace Alcázar of Seville or the Plaza de Espana; a plaza built in 1928 for the World Exposition. Head to the narrow streets in the Santa Cruz quarter to discover various shops that sell bespoke, traditional goods, as well as restaurants that serve a variety of local dishes.
Day 6: Malaga, Spain
Nestling at the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol, Málaga is a chic and cosmopolitan city. From its lively port and historical buildings to the mouth-watering cuisine and stylish shopping streets, Malaga offers something for everyone. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from Gibralfaro Castle and explore Picasso's birthplace, found in Plaza de la Merced. Unwind in the idyllic Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion, or view the paintings at the Picasso Museum. Explore the majestic cathedral or shop on the traffic-free Calle Marques de Larios. Relax with a coffee at Plaza de la Constitucion or spend the morning on La Malagueta beach. Venture further afield and admire the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada or the amazing underground caves in Nerja.
Day 8: Ajaccio, Corsica
Ajaccio is a jewel on any Mediterranean cruise, one of the easiest destinations to navigate on foot and one of the most characteristic ports you can see. Around the harbour you can find a bustling world of French and Italian influence, with traditional Mediterranean restaurants and local artists on every street corner. Visit the ancestral home of French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and see the 16th-century Notre-Dame cathedral which is home to paintings by Delacroix and Tintoretto.
Day 9: Sete (for Carcassonne), France
The cosmopolitan town of Sete nestles at the foot of Mount St Clair, between the Etang de Thau and the Mediterranean on the southern French coast. The town is gateway to the Languedoc region and comprises two areas - the low town with its port, canals, bridges, and Pointe Courte fishing village; and Quartier Haut, home to artists' ateliers and picturesque hillside villas. Take a stroll around the heritage buildings of Place Leon Blum, Place Aristide Briand, and Place de la Republique in the town centre. Pay a visit to La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette and admire the artworks on display at Musee Paul Valery and Le Musee International des Artes Modestes (MIAM).
Day 11: Ceuta (Spanish Morocco), Spain
Ceuta is an 18.5 square kilometre Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa; separated from the Spanish province of Cadiz by the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the charming Plaza de Africa and admire Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Africa, Palacio de Asamblea, and also Cathedral Santa Maria de la Ascuncion. Explore the fascinating history of the Spanish Legion at Museo de la Legion; discover the underground Museo de la Basilica Tardorromana, and also the artworks at Museo de los Muralles Reales at the heart of the Royal Walls. Enjoy family-friendly fun in the lagoon and two saltwater pools at the Cesar Manrique-created Parque Maritimo del Mediterraneo.
Day 12: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end, disembark the ship and make our way home.