Nice Cruise Experience: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Beforethemast
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Nice Cruise Experience
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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
Cabin review: EE503
Standard outside cabin with obstructed view. Good cabin steward. View was about 50% obstructed by lifeboats. Pretty good central location not too far from elevators. Quiet location, not too far from the laundry room where you can wash a load for $2 on your own.