Cruise line: Princess Cruises, Sapphire princess
Destination: Alaska (Inside Passage – 7 Days Roundtrip Seattle)
Every travel agent’s dream is to hear your client cheer with excitement and pure happiness after a successful cruise experience. As Rose was telling me about her journey with such detail, I was imagining her laying by the pool, going to dinner, watching the production shows, and dancing the night away at Sky Walkers Night club.
I have a secret love; YES ladies and gentleman it’s the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS! I have cruised twice on this special ship. Every staff member is professional, courteous, and most of all memorable. I don’t remember one bad thing about this ship and it’s staff. I am so gad that Rose and her family took their first cruise on this ship!
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The whole family had such a special and unforgettable cruise. The embarkation was smooth, quick, and painless. If the embarkation goes well and is well organized, it’s a good sign that the rest of the cruise will go well with the same attention to detail and all other events will be well organized as well.
The family was overwhelmed (in a good way) with so many activities on board. When you are a first time cruiser, this usually happens because everything is new and you want to try EVERYTHING. Some of the many activities: Yoga, pilates, rock climbing, ballroom dancing, pool games, and so much more. Rose and her husband took advantage of the fitness center and indoor pools (they were able to enjoy the indoor pools, even though they were in Alaska) and Ryan loved the kids club. I was so proud of Rose for getting a spa facial; it’s a vacation and she deserves some time for her self to get pampered!
One of the most important aspects of the cruise experience is…FOOD (you can admit it)! The buffet was not as packed as she expected, they were able to try so many different types of food. They choose anytime dinning and it was the perfect fit for them because they were able to come to dinner any time they wanted and get seated right away. The only con to this option is not being able to build a relationship with your waiter because you tend to get a new staff of waiters every time. IF this is not as important to you then anytime dinning is for you. My family, on the other hand, enjoys making that connection with our servers. Every night in the dining room, there is a new themed menu for guests to choose from. The English menu was most memorable for the family. The servers and the rest of the staff were very friendly and one server even remembered that Ryan loves root beer. This is what I personally love about this ship—the staff! Everyone actually tries to remember the guests and make their trip special by building a relationship and just paying attention and making you feel like you are the only guest onboard. They want you to be happy and satisfied. Who can ask for more?
The theater was beautiful with plentiful seating and the shows were spectacular. Rose and her husband took advantage of the babysitting service onboard where Ryan stayed while they ventured up to Sky Walkers lounge to have some time together and dance on the highest level of the ship.
Ports of call:
All of the ports were interesting. I recommended the family try the Juno helicopter glacier tour and dog sledding with professional huskies. This tour is pretty expensive, but an amazing memory to have with your family! Rose tried the helicopter tour and loved it. When in Skagway, the family’s tour guide turned out to be a photographer and mentioned that he took pictures of a bear earlier and took the tour to check if the bear was still roaming the same area and guess what—he was! The whole group got a chance to see nature at it’s best. They wished that they were given more time in British Columbia, but an overall good experience.
Rose and her family stayed in the beautiful 4 Star Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel. It’s perfectly located one-half mile from Seattle Center. They thoroughly enjoyed the hotel because of its location and comfort. The hotel was clean and a good size, big rooms, located near a plaza area and whole foods was downstairs (very convenient for a quick snack). The hotel was very accommodating and gave the family an upgrade so Ryan had his own pull out couch. They toured the many beautiful sites of Seattle and they can’t wait to come back to see more! 1 night is definitely not enough for this city!
Now that they are back home and browsing their thousands of pictures, they can’t wait for their next cruise!