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Feb 10

Sapphire Princess Returns With Upgrades

Sapphire Princess recently had an intense three-week renovation. This makeover will bring a well-needed face-lift to the Sapphire Princess adding some new sensational features and amenities.

Passengers can enjoy a brand new Piazza atrium with an International Café and Vines Wine bar, along with the new Alfredo’s Pizzeria during its current sailing to Hawaii.  If you are looking for more fun aboard the vessel, look no further than the large Movies Under the Stars screen. If you are looking for something more in the “adult” category, then venture down to the Pocket of Tranquility, which is an adult-only Sanctuary.

Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Princess Cruises Executive Vice President, Jan Swartz was interviewed about the new improvements to the Sapphire Princess. “Making these changes to Sapphire Princess was an important step to ensure that our signature shipboard features can be found wherever our passengers want to sail.”



Want to see more in depth views of the renovation process? Look no further than Princess Cruises Flickr page. You will be able to see the transformation single handedly.

When you venture onto the Sapphire Princess next time, be sure to look at the many changes that took place. For reference here are the changes that took place:

Piazza Atrium – The atrium on board the ship was redesigned to encapsulate the full essence of a Princess cruise. The European-inspired section of the vessel has many light meals and quick delectable bites of food to satisfy any hunger you might have. On top of food and beverages, shopping, entertainment and guest services are available. Inside the Piazza is the International Café. You can get fresh salads, Panini sandwiches, cookies freshly baked or a multitude of drinks at any moments notice. The new Vines wine bar is also featured in this area and should not be taken lightly with their selection of spirits. There is a selection of 30 wines by the glass along with sushi and tapas. If you do find the wine of your dreams, then you may purchase it from the wine shop and enjoy it later in your cabin.

Princess CruisesAlfredo’s Pizzeria – Expanding from its first location aboard Grand Princess, Alfredo’s has found a perfect fit on board Sapphire Princess to serve a mouthwatering meal while at sea. The menu can’t be described with its over abundance of options of individual-sized pizza that are hand stretched and freshly prepared just for you! Alfredo’s Pizzeria, named after the cruise lines master executive chef, Alfredo Marzi dose more than just feed you. It also has features an open kitchen where you see all the action in making a fresh pizza-pie with your own eyes.

Sapphire PrincessMovies Under the Stars – Looking for a nice enjoyable evening with family or friends? Then take in a film poolside aboard Sapphire Princess. The giant movie screen sits poolside and showcases the finest entertainment in feature films, awards shows, sports events and concerts. Enjoy this memorable moment while comfortably laying on one of the ship’s many padded loungers wrapped up in a cozy, fleece blanket. On top of these amazing shows are complimentary treats and popcorn.

The Sanctuary – A tranquil retreat for adults is exactly what Sapphire Princess needed to secure its place in cruising comfort. One of the most peaceful locations on board, many enthusiastic passengers can’t resist to try it for themselves. With Serenity Stewards attending to the passengers every need, giving them the most enhanced and enjoyable comfort with refreshing snacks and beverages. Along with a pre-loaded MP3 player and an Evian atomizer emitting a cooling mist, passengers are sure to see the hours melt by day after day.

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The Sanctuary

Other areas aboard the vessel that were renovated included the Internet Café, Library, Art Gallery and the Photo-Video Gallery. Along with that new carpet, upholstery and tile work were added all around the ship. Also, all staterooms now feature a new flat-screen television to help you unwind after a long day of shore excursions.

Sapphire Princess is re-releasing itself to the public with an exotic 14-day Hawaiian Island cruise, sailing February 4th roundtrip from Los Angeles. This will be only the first of many more comfortable journeys the Sapphire Princess will take with her new accommodations.