Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Beforethemast: Nice Cruise Experience
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Nice Cruise Experience
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was my first Princess cruise and we are a family of 4. I have been on several different lines so it was a nice comparison. The entertainment was some of the best I've had from start to finish. Very nice mixture - Comedian, bands, illusionist, variety show, etc. I expected it to be a notch lower in the price-conscious day of cruising, but it was very good quality and we never went away disappointed. Our ship was very crowded, with over 3,400 passengers on board over a spring break week (while the ship more comfortably holds 3,000). There were lines at times and the elevators were crowded typically. Also, if you didn't get to the theatre 30 minutes prior to the show, forget about sitting together. Teen areas were evident but not very elaborate. The ship is not designed around kids but there are enough things to do for all age groups.
The outdoor movie screen was nice, although not high definition as you could imagine. It was a very good and unique experience watching movies More at night under the stars with free popcorn. The ship's band, the Speakers, were very professional and competent. They could and did play most any kind of music and did well considering the range required. The illusionist and comedian were both excellent shows and the variety show displayed very good singing and dancing. The crew was mostly from the Phillipines and were generally very helpful, but not as personable as we have experience on other ships. Our waiter and assistant waiter never gave introductions and never engaged anyone in conversation (which some may like). But the food was delivered flawlessly. We missed one port of call due to an earlier outbreak, but it was replaced by Nassau which turned out good. We went to Atlantis and the beach at Paradise Island. St. Maarten and St. Thomas are beautiful but be careful taking what could be perceived as free tranfers. Everything costs on shore.
As for food, it was mostly good. Very nice variety at breakfast and lunch. There were a few cold items, like eggs, occasionally in the breakfast buffet and the fruit was a little hit and miss but overally good for a buffet. Lunch was the same with lots of variety. Dinner is different on cruise ships now, vs. maybe 10-15+ years ago. The top notch steaks and seafood you used to get free, now cost an additional $25 per person and require you to eat in a different dining room. Of course, we chose the dining rooms that were included in our fair and the food was good and plentiful, but not spectacular.
Our cabin steward Magolino was very personably and nice, and did a wonderful job each day. Some days in the buffet areas we had to wait until almost half done with meals to get drinks, which was irritating. Also, the workout area is useless for anyone over 6 ft. tall. For some reason the ceiling is so low you hit your head when using the treadmills and elypticals. Overall a very fine cruise experience with a few areas of deficiency but nothing major. I would recommend the cruise line but will likely try Celebrity or RCCL next time since I haven't sailed on them in a while. Less
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