Picking the Best Cabins on the Sapphire Princess
A deck-by-deck analysis of the Sapphire Princess's best and worst cabins.
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Sapphire Princess Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary
Best Cabins onboard the Sapphire Princess: staterooms on Decks 10 and 11 - Caribe Deck and Baja Deck.
Cabins to be wary of onboard the Sapphire Princess: staterooms on Decks 5 and 8 - Plaza and Emerald Decks.
Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins onboard the Sapphire Princess
Deck 5 -- Plaza Deck
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Many cabins on this deck with potential problems.
Inside and outside cabins on Deck 5 of the Sapphire Princess are located beneath the forward stage area and the casino, so there will likely be noise issues for just about any stateroom available on this deck. Being in a cabin beneath the casino is likely more of a concern, because this venue is open later in the evening and could be a disturbance for travelers who are light sleepers.
- Forward on Plaza Deck of the Sapphire Princess, exterior staterooms P200- P246 port side and P201- P247 starboard are under the lower level of the theater. Noise generated from this area could occur during performances, and from staff prep work and tidying up before and after shows. Interior cabins in this area which will be most affected by the theater are P210- P242 and P215- P243.
- Staterooms under the casino area are exterior cabins P304- P334 port side and P301- P337 starboard, as well as interior cabins P316- P328 and P319- P331. Again, the inside cabins will be likely most affected because these are all directly under the casino. If you are light sleeper, you may prefer to find a cabin elsewhere on the ship, bring earplugs, or invest in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).
- Some of the worst cabins onboard the Sapphire Princess are on the Plaza Deck. While we are not suggesting the cabins on this deck should be completely avoided, there are staterooms on other decks which will be quieter.
Deck 8 -- Emerald Deck
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Several cabins on this deck with potential problems.
Along this entire deck, you should be aware that the Promenade Deck of the Sapphire Princess is right beneath your cabin. Noise could drift up from the theater, and lounges and bars which include the main lounge. Some of these venues feature live music and have dance floors, so there is a likelihood of after hours noise concerns. Also, Princess does offer good bargains for staterooms with obstructed views, and the windows in these exterior cabins do provide ambient light. However, if you are looking for a clear view of the ocean, you may want to confirm your preference when reserving a cabin on this deck!
- On the Sapphire Princess Deck 8, there are several cabins above the upper level of the theater but none are located directly above the stage. These are exterior cabins E200- E300 port side and E201- E301 starboard. There could be noise generated from performances, and the before and after show when staff are either preparing for a show or cleaning up after one. Noise from the theater is not likely to be much of an after hours concern.
- Interior staterooms E706, E707, E714, and E717 are wheelchair accessible
- Staterooms E300- E303 are also wheelchair accessible.
- On the Sapphire Princess Emerald Deck, exterior cabins E418- E732 and E421- E 735 are over the bars and lounges aft of the midship elevators, and this could mean noise concerns into the wee hours. This area also includes inside cabins E706, E707, E714, and E717. Once again, if you are a light sleeper, you may want to look for a cabin on another deck, bring along earplugs, or purchase a wave machine.
- There are several cabins with potentially obstructed views (E200- E316 and E418- E708 port side and E201- E317 and E421- E709 starboard). Again, if a view of the ocean is important to you we suggest this is clarified when you reserve a stateroom on Deck 8 of the Sapphire!
- Some of the worst cabins onboard the Sapphire Princess are on the Emerald Deck. While we are not suggesting the cabins on this deck should be completely avoided, there are staterooms on other decks which will be quieter.
Deck 9 -- Dolphin Deck
On the Sapphire Princess, Dolphin Deck staterooms have the advantage of cabin decks above and beneath, so there's a buffer zone from the noise generated from public areas. These accommodations are likely quieter than those on the lower decks! All of the exterior cabins on Dolphin Deck have balconies, but we do caution you that these balconies are not covered, and you can be seen from decks above.
- Forward on Deck 9 of the Sapphire Princess, Family Balcony Suites D104 and D105 boast up to 335 sq. ft. of interior space and have 92 sq. ft. balconies. However, given their forward location on Deck 9 of the Sapphire , be prepared for a rather windy view (unless there's a tailwind). Family cabins are in short supply and are very popular given their attractive sleeping arrangements. They sell out very quickly, so, it is best to book early to get a family cabin.
- There are over 30 interior cabins on this deck, and this is a great location for most of them. If you are interested in an inside cabin, we do suggest considering one on Deck 9 because these will be quieter than those you can find on lower decks of the Sapphire Princess. Least recommended is D706 because this inside cabin is right next the elevator and will likely have resulting noise issues.
- There are several mini-suites with balconies from which to choose on Deck 9 of the Sapphire Princess (D108- D736 port side and D109- D737 starboard). These have 277 sq. ft. of interior space and 46 sq. ft. balconies. Of these, D736 and D737 are located farthest aft and have larger balconies.
- Aft, Vista Suites D738 and D739 have on average 383 sq. ft. living space and over-sized balconies. They are the largest suites on Deck 9 of the Sapphire Princess, and have that beautiful (and less breezy) aft view of the ocean.
- Outside cabins with balconies (D740 and D741) are right next to the Vista Suites on Deck 9 of the Sapphire Princess, and will have that same highly sought after view of the ocean.
Deck 10 -- Caribe Deck
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The Caribe Deck of the Sapphire Princess is clearly one of the best decks for a stateroom or suite. There are 18 Penthouse Suites on Deck 10, and these are rivaled in luxury only by the Grand and Owners Suites. Since some of the high rent suites are on this deck, you will also be near where some of the best cabin stewards are assigned. The Caribe Deck's location between two cabin decks provides a sound buffer from public areas, which is always desirable, and the balcony staterooms and suites here are covered, which gives you more privacy! Some of the best cabins are on Caribe Deck of the Sapphire Princess!
- There are many interior staterooms on Deck 10, and all of them have that benefit of decks below and above. Once again, if you are looking for an inside cabin, this deck will be quieter than some of the others to be found on the Sapphire Princess.
- Interior cabins C416, C419, and C707 are next to the elevators, which could present a noise issue on Deck 10 of the Sapphire Princess. If you're looking for an interior cabin, there are many others better situated from which to choose.
- Of the inside cabins on Caribe Deck of the Sapphire Princess, C706 is wheelchair accessible.
- Port side and starboard, exterior cabins with balconies are C110- C742 and C115- C747, respectively. Of these, C742 and C747 are especially nice as both have larger balconies and are located by the Penthouse Suites aft on the Sapphire Princess Deck 10.
- Exterior balcony cabins C300- C303 are wheelchair accessible.
- All of the Penthouse Suites on Deck 10 have over 536 sq. ft. of living space and an over-sized balcony. Two (C104 and C107) are located forward, and 12 (C400- C422 port side and C401- C425 starboard) which are midship Deck 10 of the Sapphire Princess.
- Aft, Penthouse Suites C750, C752, C757, and C755 afford great (less breezy) views of the ocean.
- Also aft, two outside balcony staterooms, C748 and C753, located beside the Penthouse Suites have wonderful (and less breezy) ocean views on Caribe Deck of the Sapphire Princess.
Deck 11 -- Baja Deck
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Once again, a stateroom or suite on Deck 11 has that advantage of cabins below and above, making this a quieter location for a reservation on the Sapphire Princess. Baja Deck also has the most luxurious accommodations to be found on this ship, and will have the best stewards in the aft area where the Grand Suite and Owners Suite are located! Some of the best cabins are on Baja Deck of the Sapphire Princess!
- Forward, two Penthouse Suites, B104 and B107, are among the most spacious accommodations on Deck 11 of the Sapphire. We do caution that the view from a balcony here is likely to be quite breezy (unless there's a tailwind).
- Forward, located between the Penthouse Suites, ocean view cabins B100, B101, and B103 are a little larger than standard on the Baja Deck of the Sapphire Princess.
- Interior cabins B422 and B425 are right by elevators and could have resulting noise concerns.
- The most luxurious suites available on the Sapphire Princess are the Grand Suite (B750), with 924 sq. ft. of interior space and a 390 sq. ft. balcony, and the Owners Suite (B751), with 591 sq. ft. of living space. Next to the Owners Suite is a Penthouse Suite, B753. These three suites are all aft on Deck 11 of the Sapphire Princess, and will command a great (and less breezy) view of the ocean.
- Staterooms B300- B303 are wheelchair accessible.
- Inside cabins B748 and B749 are located aft in what is clearly a luxury zone, because these staterooms are nearby the aft Grand Suite and the Owners Suite on Deck 11 of the Sapphire Princess. Staff service here is likely to be excellent!'
- Aft, balcony cabins B746 and B747 have slightly larger balconies, and are respectively next to the Grand Suite and the Owners Suite.
Deck 12 -- Aloha Deck
Except for staterooms located forward most on this deck, the majority of cabins on the Aloha Deck of the Sapphire Princess are under the Lido Deck pools, bar, and casual eateries. Because many travelers enjoy the fun on Lido Deck, during the day there's probably not much of a noise concern.
- Forward on Deck 12 of the Sapphire Princess, spacious Penthouse Suite A104 has an expansive balcony! Views from this balcony are going to be on the breezy side unless there's a tailwind!
- Outside cabins with balconies A300- A303 are wheelchair accessible on the Sapphire Princess.
- Inside cabins A246 and A250 are also wheelchair accessible.
- The best cabins to reserve on this deck are all in the forward section. Exterior cabins A104- A306 port side and A201- A307 starboard, as well as interior cabins A106, A202-- A250 and A203- A257 are all located underneath the only section of Lido which has cabins. This will make these staterooms quieter than most of the other accommodations on Aloha Deck of the Sapphire Princess. If you are looking for an interior stateroom on Deck 12, we suggest reserving one in this area.
- Exterior cabins A308- A742 port side and A309- A747 starboard, as well as all interior cabins located from the forward elevators to the rear of the Sapphire Princess, are all generally under the Lido pool area and the casual eateries, where noise could be a concern at night. Staff clean these areas after hours, so you could hear the scraping of deck chairs as these are moved around in that process.
- Aft on Aloha Deck of the Sapphire Princess, outside balcony staterooms A744, A746, A751, and A749 are nearby the pool. While these cabins do have slightly smaller balconies, each has a great view of the ocean!
Deck 14 -- Lido Deck
Lido Deck features cabins in the most forward area of this deck on the Sapphire Princess. While there are spa facilities directly above this area, we do not think this will present much of a noise concern, especially late at night. These staterooms may be perfectly located for travelers especially like swimming, sunbathing, and proximity to casual dining on the Lido Deck!
- The staterooms on the Lido Deck of the Sapphire Princess are situated away from most of the noise Lido can generate, but if you want to take extra precautions, look for a stateroom farther forward than cabins L310 and L311!
- Staterooms L246 and L250 are wheelchair accessible.
- L200- L310 port side and L201- 311 starboard are all outside cabins with balconies.
- Inside cabins L248 and L250 are more spacious than the others on the Lido Deck of the Sapphire Princess.