Princess Cruises of Santa Clarita announced today that one of its ships, the Sapphire Princess, set sail after a three-week makeover that included a new atrium, a café and wine bar, a new pizzeria and a movie screen that will allow cruisers to watch movies under the stars.
The ship was also outfitted with a new adults-only sanctuary.
“Making these changes to Sapphire Princess was an important step to ensure that our signature shipboard features can be found wherever our passengers want to sail,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president said in a statement.
The changes to Sapphire Princess include:
New Piazza Atrium – The ship’s atrium space has been redesigned to a European-inspired social hub where guest can get a quick bite and light meals while shopping. The Piazza features an International Café for pastries, fresh panini sandwiches, salads, fresh-baked cookies and a variety of coffee drinks. Passengers can also enjoy a new Vines wine bar offering a selection of more than 30 wines by the glass, plus a selection of tapas and sushi, and a wine shop where they can purchase their favorite bottle.
Alfredo’s Pizzeria – The sit-down pizzeria serves up a menu of freshly prepared, hand-stretched, individual-size pizzas. The pizzeria features an open kitchen where passengers can watch chefs create their custom-made pies.
Movies Under the Stars – The giant poolside movie screen showcases feature films, concerts, awards shows and sports events, and passengers can enjoy their viewing on padded loungers under fleece blankets. Complimentary popcorn is part of the experience.
The Sanctuary – This is a retreat exclusively for adults. Guests can get beverages, light snacks, pre-loaded MP3 players, and the cooling mist of an Evian atomizer.
Also part of the ship’s renovation were several relocated and upgraded venues, including the art gallery, an Internet café and library, and the photo-video gallery. The ship was also outfitted with new carpet, upholstery and tile work. Staterooms now feature new flat-screen televisions.
Sapphire Princess set sail on Feb. 4 on a 14-day Hawaiian Islands cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles.