Baltic cruise with Princess
Alan Carlton | July 30, 2018 | Princess Cruises | Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess 7th – 21st July 2018
Baltic cruise near identical to the one we did on Emerald Princess 4 yrs ago.
We are very comfortable when sailing with Princess, this being our 10th with them, and again we were not disappointed.
Couldn’t fault the service or the cleanliness of the ship, and the bed linen was exceptional.
Food was pretty good in the MDR despite not having quite as much choice as was available a few yrs ago.
Sapphire Princess does, however, have Alfredo’s Pizzeria situated in the International Cafe on deck 5 and this is a big plus. Freshly made pizza in a very smart restaurant setting, great service, all in all, a real treat.
We didn’t use Princess’ excursions, due mainly to the high cost and group size of ship tours. We used a local tour guide, ALLA, in St Petersburg having used them on our previous visit. Our son was with us this time and in addition to a huge price difference, we were in a group of 12, contrasting with 32+ on the ship tours. The two-day tour even surpassed the excellent one we did with ALLA in 2014.
This was a really good all-around cruise experience and we are reluctant to be critical; but the only point we would make is that the itinerary had 4 ports to take in on 5 consecutive days, (St
Petersburg) being in the middle. You don’t want to miss anything but we were flagging by the end and ready for a sea day!
However, a really enjoyable cruise.
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