A small group traveled from Europe to board Ruby. We sailed with Ruby a year ago and we loved the ship. The embarkation was quick and efficient, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes and not only us but also our bags made it to our cabins by that time.
Our cabin was spacious and we got a nice welcome from our Polish stateroom steward, so we were in a good mood immediately. (even if the weather was really bad, raining and cold....brrrr)
We missed the 1st port (Princess Cays), due to the high waves no tendering was possible (at least we were told so by Princess...)
We really loved Ruby and we felt that the quality was not compromised at all and it was probably even better than a year ago. We loved the food, the choice was great and the quality too. Usually we dined in the Michalangelo, luckily we enjoyed the great service of our young and enthusiastic waiters, they really went out of their way to make our dinners as enjoyable as possible. More
The only thing (or rather say the only one) we did not like was the cruise director. Lisa Ball.. we remembered this name from a year ago and we could not believe that we are "so lucky" to get her again. She is probably the worst person for this job. She doesn't have a sincere moment, she is so artificial and she has a great talent to kill any party when she appears. Especially annoying that at the end of the theatre shows she comes on stage before the entertainers could earn the rewards (simply the claps or ovation from the audience) and she starts immediately talking about the next day's bingo. It is the most impolite thing to her fellow colleagues, the dancers and singers work for the applause of audience and she takes this away from them night by night. Probably this work for the American passengers, but definitely her stile is a big NO for the Europeans. Unfortunately her "animation team" was no different from the boss. Very low quality. Otherwise the theatre shows were surprisingly good with talented singers and dancers, we just felt sorry for them that they had to work under the direction of such a cruise director. I hope our next Ruby trip will be Lisa-free. Less
We went on a tour of the island on our own including a beach stop. The cost was USD 25 each. We negotiated the fare with the taxi drivers on the spot. However the highlight of the Antigua day for 3 of us was the helicopter ride to Montserrat. It was an amazing experience. We called a local company and we got a deal for USD 235/pax 45 minutes guided tour.
Five years ago we spent a few days on the island so we knew exactly where to go. We grabbed a taxi and had a short island tour + spent the rest of our time on our favorite bay (10 USD/each for the whole day) at the Marriott. (all beaches are public and free so everyone can enjoy them )
This was our favorite island. Simply beautiful. Green everywhere and the Pitons are breathtaking. We could get a tour for USD 20, including a full island tour and the beach (whole day). Our driver was really great and he was so proud of his country.
We spent a whole week here in 2007 and we knew that on "ship days" the island is full and also the next door island St. John is more spectacular. We simply booked Avis cars (the office and the cars are located just opposite of the cruise terminal) and drove to the ferry port. The ferry journey takes about 15 minutes and we could enjoy a whole day on St. John. It is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. We had to pay attention to leave the magnificent white sand Cinnamon Bay on time to reach the return ferry in order not to miss the departure of our ship. (We got back an hour before, so we had enough time to spend a few bucks on crazy souvenir items)