Every good trip starts with your home away from home. We spent 12 wonderful days on the Ruby Princess with a group of friends (also made a few more along the way). The overall atmosphere was wonderful, with over 3000 people on the ship (passengers and crew) - it never felt crowded. The itinerary was packed with history and wonderful sights and scenery (on and off the ship).
We really appreciated the overview each day of the upcoming ports of call. The morning show provided a wealth of local information and allowed us to make the most of our days.
Here are some of the highlights of the ship itself:
For an interior room, we found that we had plenty of space for our clothes and luggage without stepping over each other. Our room steward was very attentive and no matter how hard a day we had of touring, we always returned to a clean room. One on occasion, we went to the pool and used the designated towels. The next day we came back to find new pool towels and a couple of robes to use.
Our wait staff was outstanding. Miguel and Ulysses were very friendly and they both had a great sense of humor. Dinner was an entertaining experience every night. We also found the food to be so good in the main dining room that we did not find a need to try one of the specialized restaurants on board. Overall, we had a 5 star dining experience every night in the main dining room.
You definitely did not go hungry on the ship as there were so many additional options to the main dining room. A grill, a pizzeria, the International Cafe and two main buffet lines gave you the option to eat at a different place every day. The main dining room along with the buffet line featured a different region of cuisine every night.
In closure, we have to give credit to the entertainment staff and the many events that provided endless entertainment. The shows were excellent, with singing and dancing, not to mention a high tech stage with the "Once upon a Dream" show that rivals Broadway. The juggling comedian was also very funny. There was always something to do on board. We only scratched the surface: virtual golf, paddle tennis, ping pong, movies under the stars, a few dance lessons, and a massage. The days at sea provided a relaxing way to enjoy the ships amenities.