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 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.