We were on the Ruby Princess "Land of the Midnight Sun" cruise out of Southampton 16th-28th June.
Embarkation at Southampton was very efficient & fast: 30 minutes from arriving we were checked in, through security & in our room! The cases had already arrived so we heaved them in & headed to Horizon Court!
Stateroom C722 is on the Port Side Aft: its got the double depth balcony so has some cover/some open which is great. Our room steward Ramesh, was the best we've had on 6 cruises. He was the epitome of the "invisible" man, keeping our room spotless every time we nipped out! The bed was very comfortable & there were 2 US 110v sockets & a European socket 220v behind the bed, very useful for re-charging our gadgets. The bathroom was compact but, adequate with plenty of storage. We had more than enough room for all our clothes & paraphilia & believe me I'm not a light packer!! We asked Ramesh for more coat hangers & pillows & they appeared in a flash.
We ate our evening meal in Michelangelo on anytime dining. Personally we thought the menu change wasn't good. We much preferred the old one. Our waiters Ana & Boyan were cheerful & efficient, nothing was too much trouble. We had a lovely table for two, although it was partly bench seating the tables weren't too close together & it wasn't treated as a table for 20 as we've experienced before.
The cruise director was Martyn Moss whom we like. He's witty & shares our sense of humour. The production shows were new to us (last cruise 2012) & very good. Steve Larkins in Mercury Rising, a tribute to Freddie Mercury was brilliant. The Macdonald Brothers harmonies & Celtic music went down well. We didn't see the comedians or ventriloquist. The theatre had 3 shows some nights which meant not having to get there too early to find a seat.
The ports were stunning, the mountains, the fjords & the spectacular North Cape, simply breath-taking. I will write about each port in the ports section.
There were a variety of activities from the choir to towel animals to keep everyone amused. For the football fanatics (Poor England!) the world cup matches were shown when the satellite signal allowed.
Disembarkation in Southampton was simplicity itself: we went to our meeting point, simply walked off with our hand luggage & collected our suitcases (ok one had the handle broken off!) loaded the car & drove home to a rather soggy Westcountry.
All in all a really enjoyable cruise on Ruby Princess, the friendliest ship we've had the pleasure to sail on. We will be back!