27 night Indian Ocean and Europe Grand Adventure
To set the scene, in September 2018 my wife and enjoyed a very enjoyable 14 day cruise on the Sapphire Princess from Southampton to Livorno Italy calling in at the ports of Vigo Spain for Santiago de Compostela, Livorno for Pisa and Florence, Toulon for Marseille, Barcelona, Ceuta, Lisbon and Southampton. Facilities on the ship were excellent, great food, excellent service, spacious comfortable cabin and courteous, helpful and friendly staff. At the time of the cruise we were informed that in November 2019 this cruise ship would reposition from Southampton to Singapore and there were great deals available during this repositioning. So we signed up for a 27 day cruise joining the ship this time in Rome on its journey to the Far East. Once again everything on the ship was excellent, food, service, comfort, balcony cabin, excursions, entertainment etc. We visited a large number of ports including Naples, Santorini, Rhodes, transit through the Suez Canal, Aqaba in Jordan for Petra, Red Sea, an unscheduled stop in Jeddah emergency medical disembarkation. Then after Jeddah, followed a large number of days at sea before sailing through the Straits of Hormuz into the Gulf for Abu Dhabi and Dubai both of which are very interesting cities to visit. The voyage continued after leaving the UAE back through the Straits of Hormuz for Oman and the port of Muscat. Long days at sea again before arriving at Colombo in Sri Lanka which offers a complete contrast to the many other ports visited on the voyage. After Sri Lanka, a few more days at sea before arriving in Port Kelang Malaysia which offers great excursions from the ship to Kuala Lumpur. A day later arrived in Singapore where the cruise finished. Overall a great cruise and one to be highly recommended. On the ship particular recommendations go to the International Cafe for great coffees and pastries, the International Dining Room for wonderful meals and service, Horizon Court for buffets and the Pizza restaurant in the Piazza and the Grill on Deck 14.
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