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Princess Cruises: Ruby Princess

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Ruby Princess Review

To celebrate the Love Boat history of Princess Cruises, Ruby Princess was christened in 2008 by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette. The ship is one of the largest in the fleet and follows Princess Cruises’ plan of "evolution" not "revolution" in ship design, featuring the most popular elements of sister ships Crown Princess and Emerald Princess.

With dramatic atriums and Skywalker's Nightclub (the spoiler hovering 150 feet above the stern), Caribbean Princess is a supersize version of the older Grand-class vessels with an extra deck of passenger accommodations. Not quite identical to Caribbean Princess, the younger ships in the class, Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess have introduced more dining options. Several signature public spaces have been redesigned or relocated on these ships as well—the atrium on Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess resembles an open piazza and sidewalk café; Sabatini's Italian Trattoria is found on a top deck with views on three sides and alfresco dining; and Skywalker's Disco is forward near the funnel (where it's topped with a sports court). Inside spaces on all three vessels are quietly neutral, with touches of glamour in the sweeping staircases and marble-floor atriums. Surprising intimacy is achieved by the number of public rooms and restaurants that swallow up passengers.

Princess Cruises may be best known for introducing cruise travel to millions of viewers, when its flagship became the setting for The Love Boat television series in 1977. Since that heady time of small-screen stardom, the Princess fleet has grown both in the number and size of ships. Although most are large in scale, Princess vessels manage to create the illusion of intimacy through the use of color and decor in understated yet lovely public rooms graced by multimillion-dollar art collections.

Princess has also become more flexible; Personal Choice Cruising offers alternatives for open seating dining (when you wish and with whom you please) and entertainment options as diverse as those found in resorts ashore.

Lovely chapels or the wide-open decks are equally romantic settings for weddings at sea with the captain officiating.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Movies Under the Stars on the huge poolside screen have proven to be a big hit
  • The Wheelhouse Bar serves complimentary pub lunch at noon
  • The adults-only Sanctuary is a private deck with posh loungers for a fee

Cons

  • Priority dining reservations are extended only to Elite Captain's Circle members
  • The terrace overlooking the aft pool is a quiet spot after dark, but the nearest bar often closes early
  • Opt for Anytime dining and you may encounter a wait for a table
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,225
  • Entered Service 2008
  • Gross Tons 113,000
  • Length 951 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1540
  • Passenger Capacity 3,080
  • Width 118 feet
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Dec 4, 2014

Eastern Carribbean

A fine cruise on a fine ship. We had sailed on the Ruby the year she was launched, and she still appears new. The interior was perfect, the exterior showed a little rust, but hey, it is a marine environment Better than the last couple of Princess cruises. We have learned not to order our favorite food on any cruise, but take the opportunity to try new things. If you can live with good hotel food (A Hilton Hotel, for example) then you probably

will be satisfied. Nowhere does Princess, and any cruise line, mention 5-star dining for good reason, they cannot compete. At a table of 6, 4 would rate the dinner good, or very good. One diner would rate his meal excellent, and one would wish they had chosen something else. Almost everything on the buffet was worth trying. If we decided we didn't like our choices we just pushed it off to one side and selected something else. Again, not 5 star, but also not 5 star prices. Perfect cabin. A very good comic, and the Princess band came out of hiding with an excellent jazz, dixieland ragtime show. I whish they would do away with steel bands entirely. Just OK. Do not try snorkeling at St Martin. The "best" site is a long swim from where the boat anchors, and there is nothing to see when you get there. Do something else. If you are in fairly good shape, the eco kayak, hike and snorkeling adventure is worth a try. The snorkeling at Grand Turk was excellent.

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Sep 21, 2014

British Isles

My wife and I have cruised the Caribbean, Greek Isles, Bermuda, and Hawaii, and possibly other routes we can't remember right now! This one was the only disappointment, for reasons described below. Excellent food. The stateroom was a disappointment because it was not as represented on Princess' web site for an "exterior unobstructed view." Instead of flat wall pictures on each side of an apparently queen-size bed, there were large, folded-up

bunks on either side of a king-size bed, causing my wife and me to side-step while leaning forward to access the bed. This repetition over 12 days resulted in some neck and back discomfort. We asked for either just a queen-size bed or removal of the bunks to allow more space, but this request was denied, as was transfer to a stateroom like the one shown of the web site, which we had booked. This inconvenience was politely noted in a follow-up, written satisfaction survey, and acknowledged by e-mail that requested we call. Three calls later, a snippy CSR admitted the room was not as represented but offered no adjustment. I would have been delighted with a $1000 credit on another cruise, but in the absence of any remedy for inconvenience resulting from dishonest representation of the room, I cannot recommend Princess Cruises in spite of its many other very pleasant and enjoyable amenities. Very good shows and entertainment. We took only one Princess-arranged excursion (Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland) which was very good. Several friends we met were disappointed in their "Walking Tour of Edinburgh," Scotland, which consisted of a bus ride drop-off at the center of town with a map, and pick-up at 5:00, for $89 apiece. We accomplished the same thing with an independent bus from the dock to Edinburgh and return at our convenience, for less than $10 apiece. Overall, it was very good in spite of the above exceptions, but again I cannot recommend any business that misrepresents its product/service (see stateroom comments).

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Dec 28, 2013

Grand Mediterranean

Great Cruise but We stayed away from our stateroom except for showers. The room was not up to Princess Standards by any means. This was a two segment cruise aboard the Ruby Princess, Room B244. The first segment was from Venice to Barcelona for 12 nights and the second segment was from Barcelona to Ft. Laurendale, FL for 15 nights. Good Quality bet I am Gluten Free and always had my meals custom prepared. We used the anytime time and found the

best food on the Buffet Line at the Carribean Court not Horizon Court. It is a little known area on the very rear of the ship. The first night of the first segment I noticed a sewer like smell coming from the shower vents and reported this immediately to passenger services for seven consecutive nights before giving up. Meanwhile my wife, I and the room steward, all noticed a leak covering the whole wall adjacent to the bed on the third day of the cruise. With all these problems unresolved on the third day I asked to be assigned to a new room and was told by passenger services that there were none available, which I understood. On the, start of the next segment for the Cruise which was on the twelfth day in Barcelona a lot of people disembarked. So many that they closed day Plaza Deck 5 and almost everyone was given an upgraded room for the next 15 days. Meanwhile my room was still leaking and stinking until day twenty one when it was finally fixed, some nine days after alternate staterooms became available. I would have been happy with any stateroom that did not leak or stink. This fact troubles me the most. I firmly believe that someone should be held accountable. I was disturbed enough by this that I refused to pay the $23 a day additional hotel fee and on the second segment and will continue to do so until this matter is resolved with princess to my satisfaction. For twenty one out of a twenty seven night cruise my wife and I went to bed in fear of the ceiling collapsing under the weight of the water. Great ! We did trivia 3 times a day, attended lectures, movies and shows. Stay away from the Aix Provence Tour. No mic, receiver set up. Hard to hear especially over construction noise and the guide had a heavy french accent. My wife speaks French and she even had a hard time understanding her. Also beware there are no Public Restrooms in Aix Provence. This is in contrast to the Cinque Terra Tour which was excellent. The tour guide was easy to understand, head sets were provided and the subject matter was interesting. We tried an independent tours in Italy and was not pleased with them/ 28 Days, 21 of those days we lived in fear of the cabin roof collapsing. Other then that we had a great time.

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Apr 30, 2013

The Mediterranean

We are platinum Princess members.We travel with 6 to 12 other couples..We are all used to luxury vacations and you get what you pay for.we have sailed on Celebrity(didn't compare to Princess),Royal Caribbean ,Crystal(excellent) Oceana(disappointing),Ama Waterways,(fabulous) Viking River Cruises(the worst),Costa(horrible) and many others. We always take mini suites on all trips so we are comparing apples to apples.We always go to Europe,Med,Baltic,Asia

.We do not travel to Caribbean as we are Floridians and enjoy that climate year round. We are looking forward to the new Royal Princess we are taking on July5,2013 from Venice to Barcelona. We have traveled on the old Royal ,Crown,Ruby,Diamond,Grand,Emerald etc.We have always found Princess to have beautiful mini suites,Sabatini's and crown Grill Room excellent,great staff,and very accommodating.We never use their Shore excursions,always hire private drivers.Great Broadway shows,love the Sanctuary Deck and movies under the stars. Remember they are feeding 3000 people..it isn't gourmet but it is certainly very good.Viking Food not edible.Ama Waterways and Crystal smaller ships,excellent food.Sabatinis and Crown Room have excellent food,,made special things not on menu for us,very accommodating .Celebrity Equinox private restaurant would not go to regular dining room to get Ceasar salad for our friend.We were told Ceasar salad not available in their restaurant(specialty) only regular dining room.We were in disbelief. We tried anytime dining..we never waited in line.We gave Maitre'd a little tip,told him we wanted to eat at 7:45at same table every night and for 2 weeks our requests were honored 10 very happy people. Also found head waiter came by every nite to see if he could make us special dishes the following day. He showed us following day menu so we could decide if we were eating in Main dining room or specialty. Sometimes a small tip at the beginning of your vacation goes a very long way to assure you above and beyond service! Mini suites beautiful! Large ,clean,and great services only book that type of room.i feel a vacation should be more luxurious then my daily life home.A vacation should be living better then I do at home so we splurge a little. We give room Stewart a small tip first day ($10 -$20 per couple and we tell him what we want for entire cruise) and we have extra towels,fresh fruit,ice tea and cookies waiting in our room at 5:30 pm when we come back from our shore trips.our rooms are cleaned early and often.These Stewart's appreciate the money and it is only $1or $2 extra a day for fabulous service.you get what you pay for! The movies under the stars are great,we play bingo sometimes and we enjoy evening shows after dinner.we like beauty salon spa,massages,gyms and most of all the Sanctuary deck..A little piece of heaven at sea. On the Celebrity and Royal there was no private,beautiful space for us to hang out on sea days.We love sea days and have done several transatlantic crossings..love the 6-8 days at sea.book sanctuary for entire time Don t use your excursions except on Ama Waterways certain days.Since we have been traveling to Europe for 35 years we have our private drivers lined up. Don't like to be with big groups on bus going with so so guides and cheap souvenir shops We have been to the ports many times but we love the entire experience..In Livorno will go to Florence, Luca,Regello, San gimigano,Sienna Montatacini etc.We always mix up our trips for different cities in different years Venice will go to PaduaBologna,Abano ,Verona Vincenzo etcRome,Orvieto etc. Be adventurous..go with other people,split private tours,use car services,have a driver make restaurant reservations for you..Enjoy yourself

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Apr 24, 2013

Eastern Caribbean

The Ruby Princess is a great ship, love the ports of St Thomas, St Maarten, Nassau and Princess Cays. St Turks and Caicos was scheduled however, intestinal illness on the island made it unsafe to port there. Nassau was the replaced port of call. We did book this cruise primarily because we wanted to see the Turks and Caicos, but health concerns are much more important. The food on the Ruby Princess was very good, you could get the same

staples of steak or fish every night or enjoy the different menu items each evening. The chef makes a great presentation on each meal. Our dining steward was absolutely the best. He made feel right at home and couldn't be more attentive. The stateroom was very comfortable, we did choose an outside balcony. Love to see the sunrises and sunsets each day. The bed was very comfortable. The first evening we noticed there was no top sheet, and asked the cabin steward the following morning to supply one. He did and any time we requested anything our cabin steward was most helpful. There was a great variety of daily activities, we especially loved the outdoor movie in the afternoon. At St Maarten we purchased liquor at the store called Friendly Duty Free, this store is on front street. The store was to deliver our purchase directly to the ship. Our purchase was never delivered. After contacting the store twice by telephone and twice by email, we still have not been reimbursed. It is evident they do not intend to reimburse our money. Overall, the Ruby Princess was a great ship to vacation on. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Love the great weather and ambiance of the entire ship.

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