Ruby beautiful ship and ports: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by shipsealand
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Ruby beautiful ship and ports
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I heard that others and we too feel the after affects of the ship motion on the seas even after coming home for a few days. Our cruise vacation started early enough - ie leaving home 8 PM for LAX to be conservative in getting there and going thru airport checkin of luggage and security. It was a red eye flight that Princess Air put us on - but then we got smooth sailing (pun intended) to the airport thru Los Angeles traffic! We did the hotel park and fly (Hilton at LAX - a great tip from a co-worker of Christine's).
Hotel shuttle took us to the airport and we already had boarding passes thru on-line (a good way to go) ticketing with American Airlines so just did baggage checkin and the line was short at that hour and time of the week (Thursday night/Friday morning) for our 1 AM flight. Also security checkin was More relatively fast. Arrived at Fort Lauderdale, Florida where we were met by Princess reps and we knew our pampering had begun with Princess Cruises service. Their shuttle transfer took us to the pier to board the Ruby Princess and the checkin process was fast and efficient. Princess uses a new terminal that is away from the main terminal of several other ships. Went to our balcony cabin on the Carib deck to drop off our carry-on luggage and off to the 1st of many meals on the Ruby. While on the subject of food, we had traditional dining for dinner, 1st seating. We requested a table to share but got a table for 2 adjacent to other tables for 2 - a great way to go it turns out. We had our privacy and yet could and did converse with the very nice folks we met.
On occasion (more than I want to say) we did the musical shows/magician acts/comedy acts and then headed for a 2nd dinner at the Horizon Court and/or Caribe Cafe buffets. We also did the fast foods near the pool areas and the great freshly made snacks at the International Cafe in the Piazza (the oatmeal cookies were perfect - crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside) besides room service for the healthy foods - apples and bananas. The musical shows had great talent for the lead singers and the magic acts were great. The island ports we visited were Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica, St Thomas. We decided not to take the tender to Bahamas due to the showers and not smooth seas. Great weather and seas - only last two days of our 10 days we encountered some showers. Did sightseeing on all the ports except Bahamas - some with Princess tours and some we just booked when we got off the ship. Especially liked the waterfalls and the very scenic waters and landscapes near the shorelines. We said no souvenirs but then picked up some very nice watches in Aruba and St Thomas and even some art work at the ship art auction. The disembarkation was very good. Unlike last year, the checkin baggage was organized by decks that correspond to the color tags Princess issued so made it easy to find our stuff. Less