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Sapphire Princess

Capacity
2670
Crew
1100
Tonnage
116 000
Length
290 m (950 ft)
First voyage
2004
Decks
13

Sapphire Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises that entered service in 2004 as the twin sister ship of Diamond Princess. At the time she was one of the world's largest cruise ships, with a capacity of 2,670 passengers and is the sixth Gem Class ship built by Princess Cruises. Sapphire Princess was christened on June 10, 2004 in Seattle—the first cruise ship ever to be christened in that port.

Design

Sapphire Princess is technically a sister ship to Grand Princess,... Read more

Sapphire Princess

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
2670
Crew: 
1100
Tonnage: 
116 000
Length: 
290 m (950 ft)
Beam: 
37 m (121 ft)
First voyage: 
2004
Decks: 
13

Sapphire Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises that entered service in 2004 as the twin sister ship of Diamond Princess. At the time she was one of the world's largest cruise ships, with a capacity of 2,670 passengers and is the sixth Gem Class ship built by Princess Cruises. Sapphire Princess was christened on June 10, 2004 in Seattle—the first cruise ship ever to be christened in that port.

Design

Sapphire Princess is technically a sister ship to Grand Princess, but has several differences. The most notable of these is that the nightclub suspended across her stern was moved to the back of the funnel, which opens up the terrace pool area.

Construction

Sapphire Princess was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the second Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard. Her only sister ship is Diamond Princess, with whom she swapped names during construction.

The name swap occurred because a major fire swept through the original Diamond Princess (presently sailing as today's Sapphire Princess) during construction, leading to a construction delay. Both sister ships were being constructed at the same time, so the original Sapphire assumed the role of Diamond. This name swap assisted in keeping the delivery date of Diamond Princess on time, and kept Sapphire Princess on schedule as it was nearing completion early. Sapphire Princess was the second Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard, and lacks the "wing" or spoiler across the rear which can be seen on Golden Princess.

2012 Refit

At the beginning of 2012 Sapphire Princess was refitted which included the addition of a poolside theatre to the top deck.

Machinery

Her diesel-electric plant includes four diesel generators and a gas turbine generator. The diesel generators are Wärtsilä 46 series common rail engines, two of the straight 9-cylinder configuration, and two of the straight 8-cylinder configuration. The 8- and 9-cylinder engines can produce approximately 8​12 and 9​12 MW of power respectively. These engines are fueled with heavy fuel oil (HFO or bunker c) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO) depending on the local regulations regarding emissions, as MGO produces much lower emissions but is much more expensive. The gas turbine generator is a GE 2500, producing a peak of 25 MW of power and being fueled by MGO. This generator is much more expensive to run than the diesel generators, and is used mostly in areas, such as Alaska, where the emissions regulations are strict. It is also used when top speed is required to make it to a port in a short time period. There are two propulsion electric motors which drive fixed-pitch propellers and six thrusters used during maneuvering; three bow and three stern. The propulsion electric motors (PEMs), are conventional synchronous motors made by Alstom Motors, driven by synchroconverters made by Alstom Power Conversion (now GE Power Conversion). The two motors are each rated to 20 MW and have a maximum speed of 154 rpm. (Rated speed of 0-145 rpm.)

Areas of operation

Sapphire Princess previously sailed on the west coast of the United States but in 2014 the ship undertook Asian cruises from Shanghai in the summer months and in the winter cruises out of Singapore. After her Singapore season concluded in 2016, the ship will be sailed from China year-round until 2017. The winter sailings from Singapore resumed during the 2017-18 season.

On 28 March 2018 she re-positioned to Southampton UK with a 38-day cruise where she was based until 21 October 2018 when she returned to Singapore with another 38 day cruise. Sapphire Princess will again in 2019 reposition to Southampton for the northern summer before returning to Singapore later in 2019. She will be home ported in Singapore for 2020.

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Sapphire_Princess

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Attractions on Sapphire Princess


Steam Room

Average: 6 (1 vote)
Relax and feel how the hot air carries away all your stresses.
Photo by Princess Cruises

The Piazza

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Different performances and entertaining show programs, dancing and, of course, relax drinks can make you happy today!

Sauna

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Relax and feel how the hot air carries away all your stresses.
Photo by Princess Cruises

Vines Bar

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Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea", this is a charming corner with extensive collection of wines, like Opus One, Super Tuscans and regional offerings for purchase. The menu also includes wine...
Photo by Princess Cruises

Shore Excursions

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The best way to get the information about shore excursions and to book your best one is just to ask us!

Meridian Bay

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Meridian Bay offers you the ideal gifts to create a lasting memory of your cruise. We offer a wide selection of sunglasses, scarves, hats and handbags, from well-known brands such as Calvin Klein, ...

The Mermaid's Tail Bar

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Want to maximize your pool time and minimize your mealtime? Get a quick and satisfying bite whenever you like at our eatery, or get take-out and dine by the pool. It also sells a small selection of...

Lotus Spa

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The Lotus Spa offers everything you need pamper yourself, from facials, scrubs and massages to body therapy, body wraps, and Botox and Acupuncture, including a full-service salon.

Bar Piazza

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This place can provide you with refreshments and food. Bon appetit!
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Library

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We've stocked our ships with an extensive library, including contemporary titles in a wide range of categories and books related to specific cruise itineraries. Princess onboard libraries have coll...