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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by harrynsally: First Time With Princess


harrynsally
1 Review
Member Since 2012
8 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 1.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 3.0
Service 1.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 1.0

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First Time With Princess

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We went on our very first cruise with Princess Cruise Lines aboard the Ruby Princess during the very first week of the 2013 year. We have cruised with many other cruise lines.

We complained the very first night about the A/C in our stateroom. For us, it's very difficult to sleep when the room is above seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. Their lack luster response was pretty much "tough stuff" for the lack of better words. Our friends' staterooms were very comfortable. Our friends advised us to complain again and again. We endured the "not so cool" A/C for seven very warm nights. It's very hard to enjoy yourself during the day when you cannot rest at night. We emailed Princess and asked to be sent a cruise survey. We never received one. I suppose they already knew what we were going to say and didn't want any negative comments directed their way.

The food in the dining rooms and buffet were only "so-so". Not really good, but not terribly bad. But, not what you More would expect on a cruise. Many of the food selections stayed on the menu night after night. It was very difficult to find fresh fruit that was worth eating.

We found the service of the staff poor. They didn't seem very friendly and didn't seem to really care if you were happy or satisfied. We did find one staff person, Jorge, that was empathetic to our plight. He was at least one person that made us feel appreciated.

Two of the ports were really poor. Princess Keys was boring. If you weren't into volleyball or sand you would have found it very dull. And Grand Turk is a ghetto. It was more or less a "fourth" world country. The town itself is not worth visiting. The main parts of town are in great need of repair. We walked through the entire downtown area and found nothing worthy of a photograph.

Normally there is always at least one high point in every cruise. In this cruise there wasn't. Less


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The cabin was was quiet and spacious. However, the A/C left much to be desired. We complained the very first night about the A/C in our stateroom. For us, it's very difficult to sleep when the room is above seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. Their lack luster response was pretty much "tough stuff" for the lack of better words. Our friends' staterooms were very comfortable. Our friends advised us to complain again and again which we did. We endured the "not so cool" A/C for seven very warm nights. The heat in our stateroom put a damper on all other aspects of the cruise. It's very hard to enjoy yourself during the day when you cannot rest at night.

Port and Shore Excursions


We thought Grand Turk was terrible. The city was so in need of repair. We toured the entire downtown area and found absolutely nothing to do. It's a very poor place. We would never want to return.

This port didn't have much to offer to an older visitor. Other than the beach and a volleyball court there wasn't much to do.

We've been to St. Martin/Marten several times. It's a nice island and offers many things to do. I would think they offer at least one thing to please just about anybody.

St. John Tour

(5)
The tour of St. John was very nice and very worthwhile.

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