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Sapphire Princess

Sapphire sparkles in Seattle

Nancy Murkowski, the First Lady of Alaska, became the godmother of the new 116,000-ton Sapphire Princess in an elegant ceremony in the port of Seattle in June 2004.

A traditional ceremony kicked off an evening of festivities, with an exhibition of the world’s largest carved sapphire, the Millennium Sapphire, adding extra “sparkle”.

The 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princes, which follows in the wake of sister ship Diamond Princess, also summer based in Seattle, incorporates an abundance of balcony cabins, flexibility in dining and entertainment options, and a variety of intimate spaces.

She offers passengers a unique dining programme with four themed dining rooms, a new concierge service, the Princess-operated Lotus Spa, the fleet’s largest Internet Cafe, and a new high-tech entertainment lounge, Club Fusion.


Vital statistics

Operated by Princess Cruises
Entered service: June 2004
Registered: Bermuda
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Nagasaki, Japan
Cost: $430 million
Speed: 21 knots
Gross tonnage: 116,000 tons
Crew: 1,100
Passenger elevators: 14
Decks: 13
Passengers: 2,670
Passenger decks: 13
Cabins:1,323 including

Length: 952 ft
Width: 123 ft


Five main dining rooms, casino, four swimming pools, one with sliding magradome cover, steam rooom, fitness center, library, casino, cinema, wedding chapel.

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