If it appeared that last week’s blogs were a bit canned, there’s a good reason. They were. I wrote them a week in advance and scheduled them for automatic posting because I was headed out of town.
Friday after work we loaded onto a flight to Los Angeles. Saturday found us aboard Princess Cruises’ recently refurbished Sapphire Princess. This was our second voyage aboard this particular ship, with the previous cruise taking place in May of 2009 for a Costco Wine Cruise. Alas, this cruise had little to do with wine and a lot to do with nonstop sightseeing — San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Catalina Island, San Diego, and a trip to Mexico’s Northern Baja Peninsula and the quaint little town of Ensenada.
I must say that she’s a handsome ship.
One of the first things I sensed upon boarding was the unnerving realization that either the crew lists to port or the ship lists to starboard:
And if that realization weren’t startling enough, we then stumbled upon the Black Box (which are never black, by the way).
At any rate, the retrofit that the Sapphire Princess underwent earlier this year really shows in the ship’s interior, most notable in the massive three-story Piazza.
Here are a few other scenes from around the Sapphire Princess: