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 - 3: UK to Singapore
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Singapore and make your way to your four-star hotel for your three-night stay.
Day 4: Singapore
After check out be privately transferred to the port to board Sapphire Princess for your Thailand & Vietnam Cruise.
Day 6: Koh Samui, Thailand
Explore Thailand's third-largest island — Koh Samui. Formerly known for its coconut plantations, the island is now famous for its white-sand coastline and exciting water sports. You can see Wat Phrayai and its 39-foot Buddha monument or head further inland to admire the stunning Na Muang Waterfalls. Pay a visit to the unique Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks (the Grandpa and Grandma rocks). Get up close to indigenous marine and animal life at Samui Aquarium with Tiger Show. View the most famous poisonous snakes in Asia at the Snake Farm.
Day 7: Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
Disembark your ship at Laem Chabang — the gateway to Bangkok. Thailand is a country of ancient culture and traditions, and its capital city blends these perfectly with modern influences. Visit Grand Palace beside Chao Phyra River or float along the canals to see the city. Bangkok is home to stunning temples and pagodas that you can see during your time here, too. Wat Traimit is home to a 700-year-old Buddha statue crafted from solid gold, while the city's oldest temple — Wat Pho — houses Bangkok's largest Buddha figure whose feet are decorated with mother-of-pearl. There's also the beautiful Wat Benchamabophit, which is otherwise known as the Marble Temple. Stroll through colourful markets, sample Thai noodles and relax at the many cafes and bars that create Bangkok's energetic atmosphere.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam
Dock at Phu My and travel to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam's capital city has a strong heritage and vivid culture with plenty of modern twists. Explore French colonial architecture, shop at a designer mall and sample some street food as you wander around the energetic avenues. You can visit the colourful floating markets of Mekong Delta, before heading to the city's famous landmarks — including Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Discover wartime Vietnam at the Cu Chi tunnels and Independence Palace, then treat yourself to port, sticky rice and seafood dishes flavoured with lemongrass, coconut milk and peanut dipping sauce!
Day 11: Singapore to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be privately transferred to the airport for your flight home to the UK.