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Sapphire Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises that entered service in 2004 as the 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 second Gem-class ship built by Princess Cruises.

Sapphire Princess was christened on 10 June 2004, in Seattle—the first cruise ship ever to be christened in that port.

The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships in Princess Cruises’ wide-ranging Grand class. While it is the largest of the Grand-class ships by volume, it carries more than 400 fewer passengers than its youngest siblings.

In 2018, ahead of a two-year stint in Europe for the first time since it was built (in Japan, incidentally), the ship went through a significant refurb. Though less far-reaching than a 2012 makeover, the two-week dry dock did see the addition of a new kids’ club — Camp Discovery — and Club Class Mini-Suites, as well as new carpeting and furnishing.

Sapphire Princess is a jewel on the high seas – filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of four sparkling pools, shop the boutiques, or get a massage in the Lotus Spa.

Dine casually on pizza and burgers or more elegantly in one of the many formal dining rooms and specialty restaurants. And with nearly 740 balcony staterooms, there’s a room with a view for you.

On-board entertainment and facilities are state-of-the-art for cruise ships. The ship itself is a cruise destination. She has two decks of public spaces and plenty of lifts and staircases that make for ease of movement. The Alaskan cruises tend to attract more families and multigenerational groups.


Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess

Full Specifications

Name Sapphire Princess
Owner Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator Princess Cruises
Port of registry 2004–2014 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda 2014–present United Kingdom London, England
Builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Cost US $400 million
Christened 10 June 2004 in Seattle
Completed 2004
Status Service suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
General characteristics
Type Gem-class Cruise ship
Tonnage 115,875 GT
Length 290 m (951 ft 5 in)
Beam 37 m (121 ft 5 in)
Decks 13
Speed 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity 2,670 passengers
Crew 1,100


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