Sapphire Princess cocktail in partnership with Bombay Sapphire

Princess Cruises has partnered with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery to create a bespoke gin-based cocktail, inspired by the 2,670-guest ship Sapphire Princess and her Mediterranean ports of call.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to be one of the first to taste the new cocktail onboard the Sapphire Princess and visit the home of Bombay Gin and what a pleasure it was!

The new Sapphire Princess cocktail enjoyed in the Wheelhouse Bar

Influenced by the dazzling blue hues of the Mediterranean sea and sky, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ is the newest addition to the vessel’s cocktail menu. The drink includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, which is itself made with botanical ingredients sourced from several of the countries and destinations Sapphire Princess sails to.

The cocktail’s mixers include Blue Curacao to evoke the sea, and a splash of Prosecco to signify the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.

The Bombay Sapphire cocktail, created by Sam, Brand Ambassador for Bombay Gin Distillery

Intended to appeal to Brits who have a long-standing love affair with gin, the ‘Sapphire Princess’ will be available on sailings departing from Southampton between April and October 2019. The cocktail launch marks the vessel’s return to the UK after sailing around Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) Market Report, show that in the 12 months prior to June this year, gin sales in the UK were worth over £1.6 billion and up 38% on the same period last year. Brits bought almost 60 million bottles in the UK, worth an extra £516 million.

In the last 12 months guests onboard Princess Cruises ships have consumed approximately 1.6 million gin and tonics based on a 35ml serving, the equivalent to 28 hot tubs filled with gin.

The Bar Manager on Sapphire Princess has even introduced Gin Tasting Masterclasses onboard the ship to offer passengers an insight into a range of gins available on the ship.  The masterclasses are offered to guests for $20 and are limited to ten guests per sessions to sample a range of gins, including Bombay Sapphire, in the Skywalkers Nightclub.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “We’re excited to offer this brand new cocktail which is bursting with flavours. Guests can enjoy a glass or two in one of the many bars onboard Sapphire Princess, or sitting in the sun on the top deck watching the world sail by.”

The twin glasshouses at the Bombay Distillery house the ten botanicals that make Bombay Sapphire so special

Sam Carter, Senior Brand Ambassador for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, said: “The Sapphire Princess cocktail is a silky smooth, well-balanced libation that takes its inspiration partially from the deep bright blue colour of the Mediterranean Sea and also the countries that the Sapphire Princess sails around. A little splash of Prosecco is added to finish off the cocktail to evoke the fizz and bubbles created by the waves in the sea.”


The new cocktail is available on sailings including:

  • A 7-day Spain and France cruise, departing May 25, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, ports of call include La Coruna (Spain), Bilbao (Spain), Bordeaux (France) and St. Peter Port (Guernsey). Prices from £999 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).
  • A 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing August 17, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, ports of call include Seville (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (Provence – France), Livorno (Florence/Pisa – Italy) Civitavecchia (Rome – Italy), Alghero (Sardinia), Ceuta (Spanish Morocco – Spain). Prices from £1,949 per person (free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony stateroom).

To book visit, call 0344 338 8663 or contact your local travel agent.

For those of you who can’t wait until spring 2019 to taste the new Sapphire Princess cocktail, I can reveal the recipe!

Sapphire Princess Cocktail Recipe

45ml Bombay Sapphire Gin

15ml Blue Curacao

15ml MARTINI Bianco Vermouth

15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Splash of Prosecco

Glassware: chilled martini cocktail glass

Method: Squeeze the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and add all other ingredients (except the sparkling wine) including lots of cubed ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Using a fine tea strainer, strain the cocktail into a martini cocktail glass and add a splash of Prosecco. Garnish by squeezing and orange peel disc over the drink, allowing the oils from the orange skin to rest on the top of the drink. Then using a knife, make a cut 1/3rd of the way through the orange peel disc and then place on the rim edge of the glass.
Sapphire Princess cocktail 1.jpg

About Bombay Sapphire

 Based on a secret recipe from 1761, Bombay Sapphire is produced by passing spirit vapour through the botanicals, which are held separately from the spirit in a perforated copper basket. This process, known as vapour infusion, allows the gentle absorption of each of the aromatic flavours, resulting in a wonderfully balanced, crisp yet delicate finish; creating a versatility unmatched by other gins that can be savoured with tonic, in a classic martini cocktail, or in mixed cocktails. The ten botanicals that make Bombay Sapphire so special are carefully sourced from all around the world:

  • Spain – Lemon Peel
  • Spain – Almonds
  • Italy, Tuscany – Juniper Berries
  • Italy – Oris Root
  • China – Liquorice
  • Indo-China – Cassia Bark
  • Morocco – Coriander Seeds
  • Saxony – Angelica Root
  • West Africa, Ghana – Grains of Paradise
  • Java – Cubeb Berries

My Verdict

The Sapphire Princess cocktail is a deliciously sophisticated cocktail that I predict will be very popular with British passengers.  It has a smooth taste that encapsulates the distinctive Bombay Sapphire flavours with citrus notes and the sweetness of Martini Bianco.

Related post: Sapphire Princess Review

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Related post: Princess Cruises 2020

Happy cruising!

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Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
Last port visited: Bridgetown, Barbados
Next port of call: unknown, but she can’t wait for cruising to resume safely!

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  1. December 6, 2018 / 4:11 am

    That is a pretty cool idea, and targetted really well towards the British population cruising from UK ports! I love Sapphire Princess Cruises, I took one in Asia a few years back and it was absolutely amazing. I’m not a fan of gin personally but I loved reading how much gin gets consumed onboard Princess cruises (28 hot tubs equivalent!). I do like the lovely blue colour of the cocktail, quite chic I’ve to say!

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 6, 2018 / 6:54 am

      Yes I agree, a great idea from Princess Cruises to partner with Bombay Sapphire especially as gin is very popular at the moment.

  2. Blair villanueva
    December 6, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Sipping a cool drink like Princess Sapphire while enjoying the cruise is one awesome experience. I wish to do cruising to the Carribbean soon. What do you love most while cruising!

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 6, 2018 / 8:15 am

      I love to cruise because it enables me to see many places in one trip, there are so many places I want to visit in the world and this is the best way, with a little luxury and a cocktail in one hand!

  3. December 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Looks like an excellent cocktail! As a huge gin fan myself, I usually opt for a classic gin and tonic, but would absolutely love to try this! The color makes it look so yummy! 🙂

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 7, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Thanks Courtney, I also like a gin and tonic so I was excited to try this gin-based cocktail. It was very tasty and the colour comes from the Blue Curaçao.

  4. December 6, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    This looks like a really fun drink. I worked in a bar for years, and “blue” drinks always sold well. There is something so eye-catching about them. 🙂 I imagine that this one will do great as well! The “Sweetness” and “Citrus” flavors you described sound delicious.

  5. December 7, 2018 / 7:09 am

    The blue color of the cocktail is so impressive. It’s interesting to know about the consumption of Gin on board and I am sure Sapphire Princess is here to stay. The cocktail does look appealing and has a lovely name too! Being made from Bombay Sapphire that itself is created from Botanicals being sourced from around the world makes it all the more special.

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 7, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Yes as part of my day I was lucky enough to visit The Bombay Sapphire Distillery where I learnt about how the gin is made and about the different botanicals that go into the gin.

  6. Elena
    December 7, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Wow, it’s crazy how much gin gets consumed onboard Princess cruises! These cocktails sure look appealing though and would definitely want to try it. The color makes it look so yummy!

  7. December 7, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    What an interesting kind of cruise! I love that they incorporated the cocktail and it’s origin because it gets passengers jazzed about the upcoming stop! I think could translate well to other kind of liquor as well like wine cruises, etc. What a fun trip! Also, the “Sapphire Princess” cocktail sounds divine!

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 7, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Hi Martha unfortunately this was not a cruise, it was just a ship tour so I had to get off at the end of the day but it was nice to visit the distillery to see how it was made. I agree that it’s transferable to say wine or beer. cruisers will be able to enjoy the cocktail on their Med cruises from spring 2019.

  8. December 10, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    Princess sapphire looks enticing. The idea of being in a cruise enjoying the lovely views while sipping on the blue cocktail sounds absolute luxury. It’s intriguing to see how many ingredients go into the drink and how they are sourced from all over the world.

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 11, 2018 / 8:22 am

      Yes lots of ingredients that work so well together – very delicious!

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