Sapphire Princess welcomes its guests to Los Angeles
Resuming service after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Sapphire Princess is once again welcoming guests today.
Departing from the World Cruise Center in Los Angeles, the Princess Cruises ship begins a series of cruises from four to 15 nights to Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast.
For her first post-pandemic cruise, the Sapphire is sailing to the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez.
The 10-night cruise includes visits to La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas – where the ship is anchored for an entire night.
Other ports that will be visited by the 2,600-guest ship during its West Coast schedule include San Diego, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Ensenada and more.
Extending through November, the operation marks not only the ship’s resumption of service, but also its return to the United States after an eight-year hiatus.
Before returning to North America in August, the Sapphire spent the past eight years cruising in the Asia/Pacific region.
In December, the 2004-built ship heads for South America for the first time with a 17-night repositioning trip to Chile.
Until the end of March, it offers a series of cruises in Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falklands.
Sister to the Diamond Princess, the 113,000 ton ship was built in Japan by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard.
According to Princess, the ship offers more than 700 staterooms with balconies, in addition to “world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options.”
In 2018, during her last major refit, the ship was also outfitted with Princess Luxury beds and saw upgrades to her fitness center, spa and retail stores, among others.
The Sapphire Princess also offers Princess MedallionClass technology, which allows guests to personalize their cruise through contactless experiences and personalized service.
After the Sapphire, the Diamond Princess should resume service in November. After having its return postponed, the ship will mark the return of the entire Enterprise fleet.