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Old 08-24-2011, 03:42 PM
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We are trying to decide if we should pick a specific cabin or just a category. We are planning an Alaskan cruise on the Sapphire Princess in 2012. We will be doing a land tour first, followed by the southbound cruise.

We are considering a BC category balcony room on the Baja level. Does anyone have a room recommendation?

We donít know if we are prone to sea sickness or not. We have been on short excursions on the ocean without problems, but this will be our largest ship and longest trip yet. Our first cruise!
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:08 PM
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Welcome to Cruise Reviews!

Your first cruise...how exciting! Usually the waters for an Alaskan cruise are calm, but they can be less so in the open ocean area on the trip from the main part of Alaska to the more placid waters of the inside passage.

We have an active thread right now discussing the merits of a balcony cabin versus an inside. It can be viewed here.
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The balcony cabins on Baja Deck (and Aloha Deck too) are all identical; the only difference is location. If you have had no problems on the ocean in smaller ships you have nothing to worry about on a ship like Sapphire Princess; she is a very stable ride.

If you want a catagory BC cabin on Baja Deck you would need to book a specific cabin because there are BC cabins on Aloha Deck also and if you book a "Guaranteed" you could be assigned to either deck. Or you could save $50.00 pp by booking a Catagory BD on Baja Deck and you would know you'd be on Baja Deck as it is the only deck with BD balconies. But you don't save any more money by booking a Catagory BD "Guaranteed" so you might as well go ahead and pick your cabin. I would suggest one close to the forward or aft stairs/lifts, but not too close; somewhere around B240/B243 or B714/B715.

You will love Sapphire Princess; she is my favorite of the large ships--of course I say that about all of them. And she is scheduled for a refurbishment early next year so she will be sparkling when you go to Alaska.
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Are there things to consider when choosing between forward or aft?
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Being your first cruise, you probably don't know yet where you will be spending the majority of your time onboard. What you could do is study the deckplans and see which venues appeal to you and where you think you might spend most of your time. For instance, the Spa and Fitness Center and court games, the Casino, the Princess Theater and the main lobby are all near the front. I prefer an aft cabin because my favorite place on the ship is the Terrace pool, where you are just steps away from the Horizon Court buffet and the Outrigger Bar. But the ship isn't THAT big that it makes a huge difference; no matter which end your cabin is on you are going to have to walk to the other end sometimes :-) The first time on any new ship is a learning experience; you will just naturally gravitate to certain areas; then the next time you cruise her, you will know exactly where you want to be.
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I would agree with f-mattox; we did the Crown (our first Princess cruise) in Jan of this year and although not quite the same deck plans as Saphire, we had a Cat BD balcony on Baja deck, cabin 612, aft and we loved everything about our location. We spend lots of time on the Terrace Deck and enjoyed the pool and the quietness as opposed to the pool deck area. Enjoy your Alaskan cruise.

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I would agree with f-mattox; we did the Crown (our first Princess cruise) in Jan of this year and although not quite the same deck plans as Saphire, we had a Cat BD balcony on Baja deck, cabin 612, aft and we loved everything about our location. We spend lots of time on the Terrace Deck and enjoyed the pool and the quietness as opposed to the pool deck area. Enjoy your Alaskan cruise.

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When I look at the Sapphire Princess deck plans, it appears that cabin 612 (Baja Deck) is on a part of the ship that juts out. Is this correct for Baja Deck? Does that impact your view?
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This is a photo taken on Sapphire Princess from a Baja Deck balcony on the portside looking forward. As you can see, the Baja Deck balconies are covered by the Aloha Deck balconies above; and both are covered by the overhanging Lido Deck above that. The balconies on Caribe Deck below jut out a little and the mini-suite balconies on Dolphin Deck jut out even more.

I don't think you could say that your view is obstructed in any direction. And the overhang above can protect you from rain or direct sun.


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Old 08-25-2011, 07:52 PM
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Thank you so much for the picture.

From the deck plans drawing, it looked like a few rooms (B602 - B702) were "pushed" out a little further than other rooms. And, I wasn't sure how this would impact a room that may be close to them.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:54 PM
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Maybe the part I see on the drawing is actually representing the 2 decks below Baja...
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