Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Morton Salt: Royal treatment onboard Princess Ruby !
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Royal treatment onboard Princess Ruby !
Family of 3 generations, age 13 to 90 years old, boarded Princess Ruby at Civitavecchia outside Rome on June 29 for a 13 days/12 nights port-intensive vacation.
Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively smooth and problem free.
Balcony cabins at Aloha deck 7 aft port side A734, A738, A742. Category DB. 285 sq ft / 26.5 sq m room with Queen-size bed, or 2 twin beds. Clean, nice cabin with everything we needed. Open closet with lots of hanging space, but somehow limited shelf space. Could be more clothes-hangers, but our room attended got it for us. Bath was tiny, but OK.
Balcony had good view, 2 chairs and a small table. Mostly shaded by roof located 2 decks over us and therefore protected from rain.
5 years of sailing, but it was still ship-shape and in good condition; several lounges, shops, bars and restaurants. All beautifully decorated and well maintained.
Pools and outside area.
4 pools, 6 More hot tubs, plenty of deck-chairs,(unfortunately many were reserved most of the day, without anybody sitting there.)
Several bars, ice-cream, burgers and pizza were accessible near the pools. Easy access to poolside toilets for my 90-year mother who sat mostly in a wheel-chair, but one of the toilets was always out of order.
Movie under the stars every night, with popcorn and pizza. Cozy, enjoyable and relaxing. It became windy outside at nighttime, but they had plenty of warm blankets.
Food and service.
Choices from the menu and quality of food were both adequate and very good. Fresh and pleasing buffet in 3 areas for breakfast and lunches, tempting menu for dinner in the 3 different dining rooms. Nice galley tour !
Excellent service from mostly well trained staff and crew.
Entertainment and shows were good to excellent. Brand new production shows that were amazing in costumes, colors, energy and special effects.
Our 13 years boys enjoyed teenagers club and the youth program a lot.
Intinerary and voyage.
This was the reason for choosing this cruise from the beginning. Maybe the best eastern Med intinerary we have seen, with highlights like Naples, Santorini, Mykonos, Athen, Dubrovnic and Venice, with 2 days there.
In Corfu we went on a guided bicycle tour, which we highly recommend.
At Olympia and Kusadasi we only went shopping and thereafter stayed onboard,
as this voyage is very port-intensive.
2 days at sea was most welcomed.
We had a most enjoyable and memorable cruise onboard Ruby Princess, and look forward to sail with Princess again. Less
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Balcony cabins at Aloha deck 7 aft port side A734, A738, A742. Category DB. 285 sq ft / 26.5 sq m room with Queen-size bed, or 2 twin beds. Clean, nice cabin with everything we needed. Open closet with lots of hanging space, but somehow limited shelf space. Could be more clothes-hangers, but our room attended got it for us. Bath was tiny, but OK. Balcony had good view, 2 chairs and a small table. Mostly shaded by roof located 2 decks over us and therefore protected from rain.
Port and Shore Excursions
Very nice and informative guided bicycle tour, 2-3 hours. Family friendly route. Not hard, mostly flat. Good quality bicycles and they let us use the bikes for the rest of the day after the tour. Not expensive if you arrange a group of 10+, and very good value for money. We heard of this through Cruise Critic from another passenger, and we formed a group of 14. Age 12 to 70, and we all enjoyed.
Started early with bus from the ship, which is docked far from the old city of Dubrovnic.
Went off by the old city, walked the walls of the castle and saw the old city in the morning, before the heat of the sun became hot.
Then we took a local boat, from the old towns small port, 20 minutes to the island of Lokrum, where be had a hike, a bath and suntanning. Nice island with ruins of small castle and monastry, lots of peacook birds, beaches and nude beach.
In the afternoon, we took the cable car to a mountain-top, with a fantastic view over Dubrovnik and the surroundings. Absolutly worth the time and money.
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