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  1. Hi Thinking of changing this till next year does any one know if that is possible without charger Thanks Carol
  2. Princess has cancelled the Feb 13 and Feb 23rd Sapphire Princess sailings out of Singapore. Booked passengers woke up to find notices from Princess today on the cancellations Good that they have finally acknowledged that Singapore is being impacted by Coronavirus almost as much as Hong Kong. But very poor of them to wait until the last minute to do this. Question is, how much longer is Princess going to continue to sail in Asia? There is a lot of stress and tension amongst passengers with bookings over the next few months. Some clarity of the situation and forewarning would be appreciated vs cancelling on short notice subjecting passengers to financial loss for cancellation of airfares or hotels. This is turning into a real PR nightmare for them, question is how much longer are they going to continue to sail in Asia vs cancelling all cruises like other lines?
  3. In 2018 we circumnavigated AU and enjoyed it so much, booked another cruise on Sea Princess in 2021. A few weeks ago when looking at AU cruises I noticed the redeployment of Sapphire and all these new AU cruises. Since Sapphire is larger than Sea, saw a different itinerary which interested me so I booked, Sept 2020. My question....... when looking at my cruising history....for my first sailed and Feb. booked cruise only 1 credit shows but for the Sept. cruise why do 5 credits show? I understand about segmented cruises, but our past ones were segmented as well, just not sold in the states. The Sept. cruise segments are sold on the U.S. site, is this the reason why my history shows 5, even though I only booked the 30 day cruise? If this cruise does sail...are there any other benefits besides the 5 credits, that one might receive?
  4. Detailed review of Sapphire Princess, 10 Day Orient Indonesia, 28 Dec – 6 Jan So I have a dilemma, should I go for brief and breezy or detailed and descriptive? As I am starting to record this post quite late, I have a preference for the former but aspire for the latter. Let’s see what happens. In either case, I will be posting the review ex-post as I had no internet package on this trip. A veritable digital detox is in order! What would become my regular blog spot – Crooners! There will be lots of these! A bit of background I am currently on a 10 day cruise from Singapore to Singapore via Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket (at least that was the plan) on Sapphire Princess. Three days after spending Christmas at home in wet and windy Dublin, Ireland, I now find myself on Day 1 of an Asian odyssey in wet and windy Singapore, albeit 20 degrees warmer, it’s a balmy 30 degrees. We left Dublin on St. Stephens Day (as we call it in Ireland) or Boxing Day (for our UK neighbours). Having hosted the Christmas feast of turkey, ham and all the trimming just the day before, it felt very surreal to pack up and fly to Singapore the next day. But that is what we did. Who are the ‘we’ I speak of? Well, my sister (DS), my mother (DM), and I. My cruise partners in crime and I go away together at least once a year. Our land-based trips tend to be in Europe such as Provence in the South of France or Tuscany in Italy. When on cruises we always share a cabin because we love each other, hell no, because it cheaper, alot cheaper! DM, me, and DS on Sapphire This is my sixth cruise, and DM and DS’s fifth, as I managed to a pack in a sneaky two-day cruise on the Queen Mary II in October of this year on my own, just to tide me over until this one, excuse the pun. It’s our first time sailing on Princess, having sailed twice on Celebrity (Millennium and Reflection) and twice on HAL (Oosterdam and Nieuw Statendam). So we are very much cruise novices compared to many of you on this board. I have wanted to try Princess for some time now, and having already sailed in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean we were ready for a new continent to explore by water. This cruise ticked almost all the boxes, apart from the ship itself. After sailing on the beautiful HAL Nieuw Statendam last year on its almost maiden voyage, I discovered that I am a new ship kind of girl, and Sapphire Princess is 15 years old. In general, I am not ageist, but I fear, when it comes to ships, I possible might be. So we chose this cruise for its itinerary and timing and our expectations for the ship itself were pretty low. Were we mistaken, well let’s find out. But first a sneak peek of Sapphire.
  5. Hi all, we are looking to sail on Sapphire Princess travelling with a one year old. I know Princess policy that we can’t have a queen where upper bunks are used. We would not be using upper bunks but instead a cot provided by Princess or one we bring onboard ourselves. The response from Princess is in a 3 berth we can’t have queen but it’s not making a lot of sense we don’t see why it can’t go to one side of the queen instead of between 2 twins. The balcony cabins seem to have a different bed direction sideways and not under the window so wondering if this would work. Has anyone had any experience with what is possible onboard short of booking a suite which we can’t afford. Princess call centres have been rather unhelpful to provide info on cabin configuration. Many thanks
  6. I am interested as to what happened to the Sapphire Princess since we got off on the 13th. Is she anchored somewhere? What happened to the crew and officers? Were they all sent home?
  7. So some of you may have noticed that I had a couple of other threads asking questions so we could book for an Alaskan one way with land tour. Now I have the Sapphire 11 night, southbound, booked for June 2021. We do not want to spend the additional $1,000/pp for a balcony cabin. We rarely spend time in our cabin, and prefer to be on deck anyway. We did the Seattle round trip to Alaska in 2018 and had an obstructed oceanview on the Ruby that really wasn't obstructed, and it worked out amazing for us. One of the things I really liked about it was that the bed was not under the window, so there was room to stand at the window to look out, or even set up a chair there. I am familiar with Renwar's website (I think that's what it's called) and I have checked to see what the views out of the windows are. But now two questions - 1. how do you find a cabin with the bed away from the window? And 2. if you are going southbound, is it best to be port side to face the land? I would guess so, but I am double checking with you fine folks. Thanks, as always.
  8. I cannot now find the roll call for the 16th April sailing on Sapphire Princess. Anyone else having the same problems
  9. Which side has noise above in Cabins? portside or starboard side, reading conflicting reports? What side is Bandstand on?
  10. If you were booked on the Sapphire for Asia cruises over the next few months, check your email. Princess has sent out notice that they are cancelling the sailings. An excerpt of the announcement below
  11. I am looking at booking a suite for an upcoming cruise and am leaning towards one of these D738 / D739 / C750 / C755. However, it says on the description that the balcony is partly obstructed due to support beam. Can anyone give me any information as to how much this intrudes on the view. This will be our first time in a suite so would like to make the most of it so thinking maybe we should just pay more and go for one of the penthouse suites mid-ship on Caribe Deck. Are they substantially better than the less expensive Vista suites? Any details would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Posted on Princess website the MODIFICATIONS & CANCELLATIONS are listed for the Sun Princess, Sapphire Princess & Diamond Princess. Here: 02/10/2020 Health Advisory on Coronavirus 02/10/2020 Letter from CDC to Diamond Princess 02/10/2020 Caribbean Princess Itinerary Change 02/09/2020 Updates on Diamond Princess 02/08/2020 Guest Experience on Diamond Princess
  13. Hi All About to book a cruise on the Sapphire, and having not travelled on her before. A couple of questions :- Is Club Class dining in the santa fe dining room or else where ? Is Nightly Canapés at Skywalkers ? and is suite breakfast at Sabatinis ? We have only does cruises on the Golden and now that it is going to P&O thus the Sapphire we have enjoyed the Golden for 78 nights and from what one has seen the Sapphire is very similar ? Any other tips on the differences between the Golden and Sapphire would be appreciated. Cheers Don Ps we need to book another cruise as we have been a shore for 24 days with no cruise booked...... arrrgh
  14. Has anyone done the Asia cruise on Sapphire Princess lately and know if they had the gold wine package available to purchase, I think they usually have small tables set up when you board to purchase the Gold wine package, not sure if it is 10 or 12 bottles of wine, thank you. Marlster
  15. Some people will be aware of this if they are in their cruise Roll Call but Princess have announced by email to passengers that the cruise leaving Singapore on 16 April and due to disembark in Shanghai on 2 May 2020 will now be disembarking in Yokohama and the two prior ports Busan and Nagasaki will be swapped. I assume the cruise that was due to depart Shanghai on 2 May would also be affected but I am not on that cruise and not certain. Mods - please move if this shouldn't be in this thread.
  16. Does anyone know what time the shows are staged on Sapphire Princess. We have a 7.15pm dining time and I'm not sure whether we will have a pre-dinner or after dinner show.
  17. Can anyone tell me if the balconies on Caribe deck on the Sapphire are the bigger half covered ones like the Grand?
  18. I will be on the Sapphire Princess in March in SE Asia. I will have a small amount of currency of the local countries, but what if I go spending crazy and need some more!? Do they have cash machines onboard that will give you the local currency? Will they do it at the Guest Services?
  19. I'm getting close to finalizing my booking for Alaska and choosing between the Star and Sapphire (the Coral did not have the room configuration our party needed). The itinerary is exactly the same for both sailings. Anything I should know when choosing between the two ships?
  20. Does anyone have an update on repairs to Sapphire Princess after Lightning strike? We Leave January 7 out of Singapore.
  21. I was on FB and I saw a post that said that the Sapphire Princess mast was struck by lightning during a storm this morning. It incapacitated the ship's radar. They are anchored off of the eastern part of Singapore Straits, as they can't navigate through the Straights without it. The Captain said it was the first time in his career that he has seen this happen. They are working to get it fixed.
  22. I have just returned from a wonderful five weeks in Europe which included a couple of days in Rome, four days in Malta, a great two weeks on Sapphire Princess on the Land of the Midnight Sun cruise to Norway and followed by ten days in the UK. We are a couple in our fifties who love to travel and usually travel a month or so combining a cruise and independent travel. We don't particularly like large bus shore excursions and try to organise independent tours or DIY where possible. We were blessed to be part of an active roll call where many members shared information, ideas and advice. There were also a number of members who organised independent tours. We even had a member who was on last year's Land of the Midnight Sun cruise who was wonderful with her advice and personal experience. I will start with a brief overview of our Rome and Malta visits as they are both cruise ports before I go on to the Norway cruise. We flew from Australia to Rome via Doha and arrived in Rome after nearly 24 hours of travel. We love Rome and have been there a number of times for up to a week at a time. This was just a quick visit on our way to Malta. As we had been there before there was no need to go into any of the big sites such as the Colosseum or St Peters but we just wandered around seeing some of our favourite places and visiting some of the less visited churches and sites. We popped into or past the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and Piazza Navonna. I also had to visit my favourite statue in Rome - the elephant obelisk in Piazza Della Minerva just near the Pantheon.
  23. Is anyone interested in sharing indepenent shore excursions, i.e Viator, on the April 16 - May 2, 2020 Sapphire Princess Singapore to Shanghai cruise? We are 2 senior citizens from Florida.
  24. Does anyone know why Sapphire Princess is alongside at Jeddah Saudia Arabia today 20th November 2019. May have missed scheduled port of Aqaba.
  25. When we are in a regular inside cabin on Princess we usually opt for twin beds rather than a queen as it seems more spacious this way. Just wondering if it is the same for the sideways inside cabins on Sapphire Princess. Are these more spacious with twin beds or a queen?
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