Jump on this rare chance to enjoy a mini cruise on a Princess Cruises ship from the UK.

Sapphire Princess will sail on a three-night cruise from Southampton to Guernsey and France in early October 2018.

Weighing in on the larger side of the mid-sized cruise ship category, Sapphire Princess is big but not enormous, making it ideal for a first-time cruise. If you are a seasoned sailor who has tried lines like Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, and Holland America, this would be a great opportunity to see how Princess Cruises compares.

The cruise begins on a Saturday, so it is also a great excuse for a long weekend break, returning early on Tuesday morning. You will board Sapphire Princess in Southampton and sail overnight to Guernsey. It will be a slow meander to St Peter Port, where the ship will anchor offshore. Tender boats will ferry passengers back and forth from the picturesque island.

In the evening, the ship will start its journey to its next port of call of Cherbourg in France. Again, this should be a very gentle sailing as the distances covered are not so great.

Spend the day immersed in French culture. Take an optional shore excursion, enjoy lunch in a bistro, or for a lazy day, head next door to the La Cité de la Mer Maritime Museum and spend the rest of the day on the ship. After all, the following morning it will arrive back in Southampton so you will want to make the most of being on Sapphire Princess.

The Route

The map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Do not worry, your cruise ship will stay on water all the way! Mapping is approximate and the markers are based on city locations and not necessarily the ports. The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

DayDatePortWhen
1Saturday 6th October 2018Southampton4pm
2Sunday 7th October 2018St Peter Port7am to 5pm
3Monday 8th October 2018Cherbourg7am to 6pm
4Tuesday 9th October 2018Southampton7am

Times are estimates, and itineraries are subject to change. Occasionally, cruise lines alter itineraries based on the weather or prevailing events at the time of the cruise.

The Price

When I last checked, prices for this cruise started from £428 per person, based on two sharing an inside cabin. This price excludes gratuities, shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed). As prices change far too quickly for me to keep up-to-date by hand, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

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Last updated on 17th May 2017 by David Fiske

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