What an amazing experience on the Ruby Princess transatlantic!! My biggest fear was the weather and Atlantic sea conditions. Turned out the ocean was as calm as the Caribbean. Tthe ship was sailing full speed (23 knots?) but was amazingly stable the entire cruise. And though some nights were chilly, the sun was out and we were at the pool all 8 sea days.
We booked an obstructed view on sale and were upgraded to a BA balcony. That effectively made it a two for one cruise when considering what we paid for the room we got! Plus the ship was half empty, but fully staffed, so the super friendly crew was tripping over themselves to help. There were tons of empty loungers on all sea days and no lines anywhere.
The food was very good everywhere. We prefer Sabatini's old menu, but it was still incredible to eat in that elegant dining room, watch the sun set over the Atlantic and share the experience with only four other tables. The Anytime Dining worked great for us, but we actually ate a lot of meals in the Cafe Caribe buffet. We were hesitant at first to try buffet food, but the quality was very good.
The ports and shore excursions were all excellent. We did the Princess Connoisseur Tours of Rome and Florence, and both were well worth the extra money. The meal in Tuscan countryside on the outskirts of Florence was unparalleled! And though we ran late at Pisa, the ship had to wait for us.
There are only two negatives about this cruise. Heading west to east means losing an hour of sleep 5 nights of the cruise. While it doesn't seem much, but the fifth day the entire ship seemed zonked out. But what a great place to be zonked out! And the Princess TV channels need a major refreshing. Though the educational shows were very interesting (on Michelangelo, Dali, etc.), every other channel was a pitch for the on board artist or some other shipboard promotion. And it was repeated over, and over, and over to the point of being a joke. Our solution? We turned off the TV and unplugged. There were so many other things to do.
The crew told us these Eastbound repositioning cruises are always half empty (or is it half full?) So if you have two weeks and always wanted to see the Med, there is no more affordable way to do it!