Ruby Princess is a beautiful ship and the Sail Away from Venice was magic. We had a balcony cabin r626 on deck 14. No noise either late at night, early morning or during the day from the public deck above - Horizon. Our cabin steward was a gem, kept the stateroom immaculate, responded to any of our requests with a smile.
Embarkation was a breeze and our luggage was in the cabin promptly.
We had 18 ports and only 3 sea days so it was a full-on cruise. We would have enjoyed a couple more sea days but wouldn't have liked to miss out on any or the ports, even those we had previously visited. We noticed on the sea days the ship seemed a lot more crowded.
We had 'any time' dining and only waited when we wanted to have a table for 4. We were travelling with another couple and occasionally we liked to spend a meal just with each other. Met some lovely fellow cruisers and have kept in touch. The meals on Ruby were good but not as good as we have had on previous Princess Cruises - this could be due to the fact that the ship was full. We have been on longer cruises but never on a full ship before, and we could see the difference.
I can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't attend any other entertainment except the musical shows, we tended to spend time with our friends and new people we met which was fun.
We did a mixture of Princess excursions, those arranged thru CC and some just the 4 of us. We felt the Princess excursions which were the long full day ones, although expensive, very good value.
All in all a terrific holiday on a lovely ship and we look forward to the next cruises booked for 2014.