Princess Cruises is one of the world’s top luxury cruise lines. It is also considered one of the most affordable. In addition to exclusive amenities, a wide variety of destinations and ports of call, 17 vessels and dozens of excursions to choose from, there is always something new to explore at Princess Cruises. In fact, just recently, Princess Cruises announced its new Pacific Coast Routes. So what does this mean for potential guests? The opportunity to take anything from a short overnight coastal cruise to a week-long cruise around Wine Country.
For 2010-2011, Princess Cruises will offer Wine Country Coastal Cruises, California Coastal Cruises, Pacific Coastal Cruises (Los Angeles/Vancouver), Pacific Coastal Cruises (San Francisco/Vancouver), Pacific Coastal Cruises (Los Angeles/Vancouver), and Pacific Coastal Cruises (Vancouver/Seattle). Wine Country Coastal Cruises feature seven days aboard Sapphire Princess as she travels through California wine regions of Santa Barbara and San Francisco. The cruise will also visit the microbreweries of Astoria, Oregon. Guests can expect wine tastings, demonstrations, and special meals. This cruise departs from Los Angeles and sails to Vancouver with calls at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Seattle, and Victoria.
The California Coastal cruise sails for five days. Guests will stay aboard Sapphire Princess as they sail from Vancouver to Victoria, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Besides visits to exciting destinations, Princess Cruises’ California Coastal journeys offer variety in pricing and itineraries. If you cannot afford a five day or seven day cruise, you can take an overnight cruise starting at only $99 per person, based on double occupancy.
About Sapphire Princess
At 115,178 gross tons, Sapphire Princess has the capacity to hold 2,670 passengers. The vessel is 945.964 feet (288.33m) long, it features 18 decks, and 1,337 staterooms. Nine-hundred and sixty are outside and 377 are inside. Twenty-eight suites have private balconies and two family suites offer interconnecting cabins. Sapphire has 186 mini-suites with private balconies and 532 outside cabins have private balconies. Seven hundred and forty-eight cabins have third and fourth berth accommodations and most suites have amenities such as balconies with hot tubs, fireplaces, wet bars, dining rooms, computer stations, and marbled bathrooms.
Guests aboard Sapphire can choose from a large selection of nightlife activities. Sapphire is home to a casino, Club Fusion, Skywalkers Nightclub, Wake View Bar, Churchill Lounge, Crooners Martini Bar, Terrace Pool, and Wheelhouse Bar. Dining options are endless and include the International Dining Room, Santa Fe Dining Room, Pacific Moon Dining Room, Savoy Dining Room, and Vivaldi Dining Room.
Sapphire is also home to the Fun Zone. The Fin Zone is a place where children can play board games and video games. Children can also watch movies, and participate in arts and crafts. Outside of the Fun Zone, activities for adults include the Calypso Reef Pool (with hot tubs), Neptune’s Reef and Pool, Terrace Pool, and Oasis hot tubs.
Guests will also enjoy a jogging track, nine-hole golf simulators, Lotus Spa, gym and fitness area, art galleries, 24 hour Internet Café, and a library and writing room. The ship also offers a number of high end boutiques and other retail shops.
How to Book a Princess Coastal Cruise
If you would like more information about Princess Cruises New Pacific Coast Routes, you may contact the cruise line directly at 1-800-PRINCESS. If you are ready to book, you may make arrangements online at www.princess.com or contact your local cruise travel agent.
FYI: Pre-reserving for cruise tours and excursions is highly recommended, as spots tend to fill up rather quickly. You can pre-reserve shore excursions up to 120 days before your departure date.
Princess Cruises Fleet
Princess cruise ships are ranked among some of the most luxurious vessels in the cruise industry. The Princess Cruises fleet features 17 vessels that appeal to people of all backgrounds. Princess Cruises’ fleet of 17 ships include: Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, Sun Princess, and Tahitian Princess.