Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Twotanks: The Ruby Pricess is MINE!
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The Ruby Pricess is MINE!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
This is our first ever cruise and won't be our last. The ship was lovely. The staff were excellent. The food was terrific. All in all we thought it was great value for money. We didn't think much of Monaco - for somewhere so wealthy it looks a bit dated. Venice - we've been before and loved it, but it was way too busy, St Marks was like a road works site, so sadly, we weren't impressed this time round. Would rather have had Dubrovnik on the itinerary. Swimming in Mykonos was excellent. Taxi to the beach is the best way to go.
One nice touch from Princess - on returning to the ship on those very warm days, we were greeted on the pier by staff with ice cold towels. Very appreciative of that gesture. We went anytime dining and that was a good choice. Met lots of lovely people - didn't meet anyone we didn't like! Made lots of friends. We tried the Crown grill which was very nice, but Sabatinis was particularly good.
The on board entertainment was also very good and the More cruise director, Lisa Ball worked very hard to ensure everyone knew what was going on. Never having cruised before, we don't know what to judge Princess against, however we feel Princess to be top notch and will have no hesitation in traveling with them again - after all the Ruby Princess is mine!
B520 - we were worried that we might feel as if we were in a cave. It would have been an extra £1000 for a balcony. We decided to put that money toward private tours and that was the best decision we could have made. The room was very comfortable, very little hum from the engines. Nice quiet location, easy access to lifts but not too close. We had asked for an egg crate cover top for our mattress and that was a good decision (based on other peoples reviews on cc)We had a very comfortable stay on board the Ruby. We were hardly in the room as there was so many days off ship and things to do at night. Less
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B520 - we were worried that we might feel as if we were in a cave. It would have been an extra £1000 for a balcony. We decided to put that money toward private tours and that was the best decision we could have made. The room was very comfortable, very little hum from the engines. Nice quiet location, easy access to lifts but not too close. We had asked for an egg crate cover top for our mattress and that was a good decision (based on other peoples reviews on cc)We had a very comfortable stay on board the Ruby. We were hardly in the room as there was so many days off ship and things to do at night.
Port and Shore Excursions
Arranged a private tour with Paul the Greek Taxi driver. What a man!! As we were having so much success on our private tours, some of the other people on the Ruby Princess asked if they could join us on our Athens tour. We had originally booked for four people so I emailed Paul and before I knew it I had a fifteen seater bus for our tour! He took us round all the sights and as he once lived in the states, he spoke fluent English. He was very entertaining and we all had a great time with him. Another nice touch - he had a fridge in the bus full of ice cold bottles of water. It was another very hot day and that water was very welcome.
We had booked a tour for two couples with Ephesus deluxe who we also got at the last minute to take us round Istanbul. Our guide was Gokhan. All I can say is Ephesus is terrific and Gokhan is just as good! The old ruins are terrific especially the Terraced houses. When we had seen everything, we set off on our way back into Kusadasi. Gokhan said he would like to take us to a pottery shop (he did admit without hesitation or us asking that he would get a cut on anything we bought) We told him we weren't interested in buying souvenirs all we wanted to do was have a swim in the sea as it was so hot. Before we knew it we were at the beach! (we had brought swimsuits just in case) Gokhan told us we had an hour to splash about and thats what we did! Absolutely terrific. It wasn't a fancy beach full of foreign tourists, it was a local,long and sandy beach busy with Turkish families. It was such a hot day and that water was so refreshing. It was the perfect end to our two excursions in Turkey. Great country and very nice people. I would certainly go with Ephesus deluxe again.
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