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 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.