As one of the largest cruise ships at sea, Sapphire Princess was conceived with an array of public areas.
Public areas for lounging were mostly found at the ship’s bars, several of which—Explorer’s Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Club Fusion—were used for other events through the day and evening. Crooner’s was a fun spot for people watching, while Skywalker’s Nightclub was a great perch for enjoying the sea panoramas, though it was unattended till evening.
The Sanctuary is a new area for the ship, on Deck 16 forward. Using this space requires a surcharge, but we never found more than a dozen people here, and the ambience and service were relaxing.
The Deck 4 lobby of Sapphire Princess, also known as The Piazza, got a facelift during the ship’s 2012 renovation. The attractive and inviting space bustles with activity most hours of the day and evening, and a number of special events are conducted here. Among them live music (some of it geared to light ballroom dancing) and the captain’s welcome aboard party that includes Princess’ champagne waterfall (tinted blue for Sapphire Princess). Cue the photo op!
On the lowest level of the lobby you’ll also find the Vines Bar and Bar Piazza, the International Café and Alfredo’ Pizzeria. Deck 5 of the lobby includes the ship’s main passenger services desk.
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