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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by subtlefantasy: Pleasure in paradise with my husband


subtlefantasy
2 Reviews
Member Since 2002
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Pleasure in paradise with my husband

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This was our first time on Ruby Princess. We left from Fort Lauderdale and stayed the night before in the Hampton Inn Plantation, FL. A little expensive @ $209 but we paid to park the car there for $25. They have free internet and breakfast and a free shuttle to and from the airport and cruise port, however they don't start to pick up at the port until 8:30am, so we took a taxi back to the hotel when we returned for $30 including a tip.

We got to the port at 1130 and we were walking on the ship at 12:45. We went to our cabin first to drop off the carry-on luggage and then up to the lido deck for lunch. We chose to have pizza instead of using the horizon court/caribe cafe as everyone else was going there. We were the only ones at the pizza place and they had a pie coming out of the oven as we ordered. Yum! We did not order drinks for sail-away as the ship now charges Florida tax on anything you buy before leaving for open sea in addition to the gratuity. There were More signs indicating this, but they were not in abundance.

The first evening was very rough and a lot of people were loading up on scopalomine patches and bonimine tablets.

We went to a few shows. All were excellent, esp the magician David Cats. We also went to the Liars Club and Majority Rules games.

The MUTS had some good recent movies playing, but I would have preferred to watch more movies during the day, too on the big screen. Much of the time it just had the "feature presentation" screen on.

Beautiful weather in most ports. There were a lot of very sunburned people walking about, esp on the first formal night (Tuesday-sea day).

For our port days, we decided to find a taxi to take us snorkeling. We have always joined a Princess excursion, but found that we could have much more fun for far less money on our own, at our own pace. See the port reviews for more info. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


We took a taxi for $8/pp to Pillory Beach as recommended by the staff at the taxi stand. When we arrived, we were at a resort and a man came out to inform us of fees, etc. for use of equipment. They provide a 1hr boat ride out to the wall where the sea floor drops off to 7000ft. The $40 fee includes snorkeling gear to use when back at the beach, or $20 just for the gear at the beach. We did not go on the boat, and we brought our own gear. Going off the beach was amazing. This was the best snorkeling spot we have been to. There was a variety of depths and so much sea life. We were able to go out quite a distance, and the reefs were plentiful. We saw an octopus, a sea turtle and many lion fish.

Always a fun port, but a little chilly in February. We brought our wetsuits and snorkel gear. When you walk to the left, there is a beach area before the sanctuary that has some excellent snorkeling. The barbeque is always plentiful and very fresh. There is live music playing near the barbeque and a lot of people danced there.

We took a taxi for $8pp to Little Bay and snorkeled on our own. The driver dropped us off at the resort there, but there were not too many people around. The water was pretty murky, so we didn't see too much. We walked back towards town and walked along the beaches in the bay where the cruise pier is. The beaches on St Maarten are all public and free to use. The beaches along this area are beautiful, popular, and very clean. There is a bar here called Honky Tonk with beer for $2.50.

We took a taxi for $11/pp to Secret Bay as suggested by the taxi driver as the best snorkeling spot (#2 Sapphire beach, #3 Coki Beach). All beaches are public beaches except Megans Bay which charges a fee. Secret Bay has a resort with a restaurant. It had very reasonable prices. My husband and I shared a $10 pizza and had a mixed drink and beer for $27.00 including tip. The snorkeling here was superb. There was a lot of sea life including turtles, puffer fish, eels. The area was huge and no waves as it was in a protected bay
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