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
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board Sapphire Princess.
Day 3: La Coruna (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 4: Bilbao, Spain
Discover the cosmopolitan Basque city and lively port of Bilbao. Surrounded by verdant green mountains, this city in northern Spain is home to the breathtaking modern and contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sample authentic tapas dishes in the family-run restaurants that line Casco Viejo, Bilbao's vibrant old quarter, and shop for handmade souvenirs at quirky independent boutiques. The modern transport links provide easy access to the two other capitals of the Basque Country — Vitoria and San Sebastián.
Day 5: Bordeaux (for Le Verdon), France
The port city of Bordeaux sits on the Garonne Rive in south-western France, at the heart one of the country's wine-growing regions. Take a stroll around the UNESCO listed Old Town and climb the 229 steps of Pey-Berland Tower at Gothic Cathedrale Saint-Andre. Stop by Place de la Bourse – home to the Miroir d'Eau reflecting pool and the Three Graces fountain. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux or admire the artworks at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Discover all things wine-related at La Cite du Vin cultural centre, before following one of the six wine routes through Bordeaux Wine Country.
Day 7: St Peter Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.