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Two Tumbleweeds
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« on: November 27, 2011, 04:15:55 PM »

We have just returned from a 28 day cruise to the South Pacific aboard the Sappire Princess. Although it is a beautiful ship and our 3rd trip aboard, we were again very disappointed in the venues for all of the different shows. Will never complain about the Princess Theater but the other shows of any consequence were held in the Explorers Lounge where only the front rows of seats were able to fully watch the show. Also, unless you arrived at least 1 1/2 hours before a show in the Explorers you could not find a seat so it was either standing in the aisles (not appreciated by those seated) or in the passageway where you could only hear what was going on. A huge waste of space was the Club Fusion, because it does not lend itself to anything except bingo and trivia. Even the Captains party was held in the atrium(on 3 deck levels), so in actuality the invitation we received was not needed. We do not plan on ever sailing aboard the Sapphire again even though the Captain and crew were splendid. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 03:29:17 PM »


 Do you have anymore detail about the actual cruise and not the problems . We are planning going on a similiar cruise on the Star in 2013.

 I would like more info about ports , excursions , weather etc.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 11:05:34 AM »

The ports of call were very good, but once you get to the French islands, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti, be aware that they are very expensive in comparison with the Hawaiian islands and the Samoan islands. The Samoan islands are lush with vegetation and the people are very friendly, be sure to check out Tisa's Barefoot Bar in Pago Pago for scenery and native food. Bora Bora was also Beautiful but not half as nice as Moorea which is truly spectacular (we loved it). The port of Papeete, Tahiti was just a big modern city, but we took a tour inland which was well worth it. You do not need to change your money at any of the ports, just use American dollars because changing your money aboard ship and then changing it back is a rip off. You may encounter rain (we did) but it was warm and we had no problems with it. We loved the native foods, and the coconut juice from immature coconuts, including the tasty soft inside. You will cross the equator and that was a fun day as you become true Shellbacks. Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 10:53:57 PM »

Having sailed on a few of them (Star, Diamond, Crown,Ruby) I reckon all Grand Class ships have similar problems, such as you described. Sad
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CHEERS..Les from Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia

Princess Elite Cruiser, (480 days,) also cruised with Celebrity, P&O Australia and P&O UK, Carnival, Cunard and Sitmar.

Last Cruise:   March 2017 - QM2 - Sydney to HK - 18 nights.

Future Cruises:
May/June 2018 - Sapphire Princess - Scandinavia B2B with Sapphire - Baltic Heritage.  Total 21 nights.
June 2018 - Royal Princess - British Isles - 12 nights.
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