Ruby Princess Cruise Review by mojomorris: A Ruby-yootiful cruise!
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A Ruby-yootiful cruise!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
BACKGROUND: My wife and I are Platinum with Princess and took this cruise as a mid winter break. Our TA got us an upgrade to mini-suite on deck 8 (Emerald) just over the Club Fusion and extra $$ for OBC (kudos to Carol)! The itinerary included Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Since I am a former teacher (5 years was enough) I decided to give letter grades for each component I reviewed.
ARRIVAL + FORT LAUDERDALE: We arrived a day early and stayed at the Oakland Park Best Western. The shuttle was $5 p/p from airport to the hotel. The hotel might seem a bit dated but the rooms are clean, the location is excellent being close to Coral Ridge Mall, restaurants and a Publix grocery/wine/liquor store. The continental breakfast was very good with a variety of items. B+
SHUTTLE AND EMBARKATION: We took the hotel shuttle to the pier ($5 p/p) at 2:00 PM and arrived to no lines whatsoever so we didn’t need our Platinum priority status. As a result, it was all so painless and More cabins were ready – WOW that was easy! Embarkation = A
THE CABIN: We were on Emerald Deck (#8) aft cabin 720 – one deck above Club Fusion. The mini – suite was GREAT with no noise from the club below us. Elevator service to all decks was quick. There is plenty of storage space on the closet shelves and in the closet itself. The bathroom had a TUB – (imagine that!) and the tub/shower had great water pressure. Our room steward Jojo was very pleasant, helpful (we gave him extra $$ @ cruise end). He also spoke English well so there were no communication issues and we even spoke several times. Cabin = A, attendant = A+
THE FOOD: We had anytime dining but only went to our MDR (Michelangelo) twice.
The wait time was not long at all, service was very good, the food was of good quality and the choices were many. One side of the menu had “always available” and that’s a good thing since you could enjoy the daily special one night and then order from the “always available” the next. The only downside to MDR was that the Surf & Turf was steak and shrimp with no lobster. Other than that, we were satisfied. A-
Horizon Court: There is probably something bad I could write about but I’m on vacation to enjoy myself and not find fault with the small stuff. Once we became accustomed to the layout and the best times to eat, things were fine. Breakfast, lunches and dinners were all enjoyable and since salads & finger foods are my mainstay anyway, I never walked away hungry. B+
Bar service: Used multiple bars but mostly Skywalker’s for the Platinum/Elite Happy Hour – our favorite bartender was Louis at Skywalker’s. The other servers and bartenders were friendly & made good drinks - I tipped them extra. A
Room service: Used it once for breakfast (on Valentines Day) and were very satisfied. A
Specialty restaurants: Never ate there. No grade
Soda/drink packages: Never used them. No grade
SHORE EXCURSIONS: More info for each is in the Shore Excursion Reviews
Grand Cayman: We opted for the Seven Mile Beach Break. B+/A-
Cozumel: We didn’t book an excursion but shopped for souvenirs and see the city. No grade but a good time.
The Internet Cafe is on Deck 5 and has about 12 terminals and several Internet plans. Since we are Platinum, we had 300 “free” minutes. As usual the service is painfully S-L-O-W. C+
We didn’t use the Spa although I used the gym in the early afternoons so I had no issues with finding an open T-mill, elliptical or life cycle. The treadmills, elliptical and pedal machines were in great shape and the weight machines were primo. Gym = A-
We didn’t buy any photo packages and ignored most photographers who tried to snap our pix. No grade
We didn’t go to the casino. No grade
Cruise Director and staff. Nice people without being annoying. A
We used Passengers’ Service desk to get printout of our charges and they were courteous and professional. A
The boutiques/stores had their usual “sales” which were mostly for old stock and watches. We only bought a couple of small souvenirs and some booze. C
We didn’t go to any of the clubs at night – not enough time it seems. No grade
We watched Movies Under The Stars on three nights (Gravity, Last Vegas, Captain Phillips) even though it was chilly due to the wind created by the ship moving at ~20 knots. You gotta love those blankets they hand out. Overall a grade of A
DEBARKATION: We ate our breakfast in our cabin using food we brought down the day before and then waited inside Club Fusion until they called our tag number. Since we were the last group to be called, it was pretty easy to get off the ship and go through customs. We called the hotel and they picked us up after about 20 minutes. B+
OVERALL: Great time, great value and we’d probably do it if given the same situation. A Less
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Cabin review: Emerald 720
We were on Emerald Deck (#8) aft cabin 720 – one deck above Club Fusion. The mini – suite was GREAT with no noise from the club below us. Elevator service to all decks was quick. There is plenty of storage space on the closet shelves and in the closet itself. The bathroom had a TUB and the tub/shower had great water pressure.
Port and Shore Excursions
The Seven Mile Beach Break was inexpensive and the weather cooperated. One drink was included in the 3 hour package as well as use of a lounger (umbrella optional). It was easy to find a shady spot and drag the loungers over to it. Food and drink is available and the restrooms are decent.
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