Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess (2004/115,875) has undergone an extensive three-week makeover at the Canadian west coast Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia. This is the latest in the ongoing refurbishment by the company of all its vessels to ensure uniformity in features and standards.
When the ship sailed from Los Angeles on 4 February on a 14-day round-trip Hawaiian Islands cruise, a Piazza-style atrium had been added, with a new International Café and Vines wine bar, Alfredo’s Pizzeria and other features. The vessel is the last in the fleet to be fitted with a giant Movies Under the Stars screen and The Sanctuary, a deck retreat for adults.
The refit also involved the relocation and redesign of a number of other venues, such as the Art Gallery, Internet Café and Library, and the Photo-Video Gallery. New carpeting and upholstery were fitted throughout, and all cabins now feature flat-screen televisions.