Just got off the Sapphire on April 12 in Sydney after a 12 day cruise around New Zealand, through the Fiordlands, over to Tasmania and then to Melbourne before we picked-up a week Cruise Tour in Sydney. Great ship and a terrific trip!
There are actually 5 pools! Although 2 are relatively small. The food ranges from good to excellent. We found that lunch was better in the Horizon Buffet, plus on sea days (we had 6 of them on a 12 day cruise) they had a different themed buffet each sea day near the pool area right outside the Horizon. These buffets always provided very good food with lots of choices. Also, in the pool area is a hamburger and pizza area. These are open from 11 AM until 6 PM, so you can even grab an early, light, dinner (or pre-dinner if have eat late!) The pizza was good (just a bit too much cheese for me) and the burgers were very good.
The dining rooms had limited menus for breakfast and lunch, but that changed for dinner. Plenty of choices. We found the chicken, pork, lamb and fish dishes to be the best. For some reason, the only beef (other than the hamburgers) I liked on the ship was in the Sterling Steakhouse. We also ate at Sabatinis Tratatoria -- well worth the extra money, and we didn't walk away too full!
The staff was great. Our room Steward, Lino, was excellent. Ask once, and he took care of our every need. The rest of the staff was very helpful and friendly. Always said hello, good morning, "good day, mate" (hey, we were on our way to Australia), good evening, etc.
The two formal nights were a bit more elegant than on our Alaska cruise last June. The food was just a bit better in the dining rooms on those nights as well. Even the entertainment in the Princess Theater seemed special those two nights!
The ship is only four years old, and is great shape. As Rick said, they keep her immaculate. There is plenty to do, especially if this is your first Princess cruise. We didn't do some things on the Sapphire since we had just done them on the Golden less than a year ago. I have all the Princess Patters (the daily newsletter listing the day's activities) from our most recent cruise. I'll scan them in, and post a link. You can then see the plethora of activities available, even on port days.
For Wine and other spirits, go to the Princess Cellars Web Page:
Hope all this helps.