Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises
Fact File - Sapphire Princess
Vessel: Sapphire Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Star Rating: Not yet rated
Tonnage: 115,875 grt
Max Passenger Capacity: 3286
Entered Service: June 2004
Description: Sapphire Princess uses its size well to provide plenty of space and diversions for passengers. The vessel's 18 decks offer three show lounges, a casino, disco, Internet cafe, nautically themed bar, martini bar, patisserie, wedding chapel, library, art gallery, and facilities for children and teens.
Princess Cruises - Sapphire Princess
The Sapphire Princess was manufactured and launched in 2004 and consists of 18 decks and has a total tonnage of 116,000. The Sapphire Princess can accommodate up to 2,670 passengers and 1100 crew members. The Sapphire Princess looks exactly like the Diamond Princess plus external looks put aside their internal décor is pretty much the same and can be defined as having that Grand class type style which is common with larger Princess’ vessels but with a few distinctions.
Both the Diamond and its twin sister the Sapphire Princess were in launched one year after the other (2003 and then 2004) and follow in the footsteps of other vessels such as the Golden Princess, Star Princess and the Grand Princess. The design of both the Sapphire and Diamond vessels tend to show a design shift from the traditional triumvirate, more of this evolution is evident in the Crown Princess, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess.
The Sapphire Princess was originally built at Mitsubishi’s shipyard located in Nagasaki, Japan. Sapphire had a number of innovate new features for its time, which included a secondary lounge, a gamming table and also a number of flat-screen TVs the idea was to try and use these innovations to attract a younger audience, people who would actively engage in nightlife. The ship’s concept was successful to the point where a number of future ships followed in its footsteps.
During the week-long cruise, you come across two formal nights where you’ll need to wear cocktail dresses, dark pants suits, tuxedos and gowns. During the day, the mood is mostly casual, and you can wear pretty much anything.