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Todd & Tami Ruby Princess 5 Another good cruise
Todd & Tami
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This is Princess cruise number 12 for us. We stayed at Hampton Inn Plantation, pre cruise, lovely place with free transportation. We waited to get to the ship until 2pm, no lines encounterd, the herds had already gotton on board. Quick check in, no line, on the ship in 10 mintes. Princess is very good still- but you can certainly see the changes throughout the years. Service isn't quite what it was, though generally ours was fine. Our cabin steward was great. Our dining room server was not good. He was only going through the motions, and quite possibly the worst server we've ever encountered. Our cabin, C742 was fabulous, a nice big balcony that we really enjoyed. The ship is only a few years old, so she is attractive, clean, well kept. We have always encountered well mannered ship employees. Even the guy wiping the banisters says "Good Morning". Dinner in Sabatini's was delicious. Takes too long to eat in there.

I see subtle changes in the menu, since all 12 of our cruises have been within this decade, I am very familiar with the menu. The food is good, just not what it used to be in the dining room. Pizza is yummy. The best at sea, so I've heard! if you're a coffe hound like my DH, don't go to the dining room for breakfast. He practically had to beg for refills. One morning the waiter never bothered to come with coffee after nicely asked twice. We went to the international cafe and he bought a premium coffee. Oh well, we had a great time, we always do. But at the end of the week, having spent all that time with 3,000 other pax, I'm ready to get off that ship!

Princess balcony cabins are not great in size. They are however; efficient with the space allotted, and attractive. The beds are hard and uncomfortable, pillows flat as pancakes. Our Caribe deck balcony was half open, half covered. Perfect! The really bad thing was C742 backs up to the steward's closet and every morning we were jolted awake by someone banging and clunking around in that closet! We love the aft section, it is usually quiet, with very little foot traffic.

Ruby Princess Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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Princess balcony cabins are not great in size. They are however; efficient with the space allotted, and attractive. The beds are hard and uncomfortable, pillows flat as pancakes. Our Caribe deck balcony was half open, half covered. Perfect! The really bad thing was C742 backs up to the steward's closet and every morning we were jolted awake by someone banging and clunking around in that closet! We love the aft section, it is usually quiet, with very little foot traffic.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
We had read online prior to our stop here about Jack's Shack, so that's where we headed. First, my DH stopped at Margararitaville for t-shirts. Jack's shack is very low key, and you'll see lots of crew members hanging around to relax. It was amusing to watch them. You'll pay for your beach chair and umbrella, beers are $5, the jerk chicken was yummy too. The owners are very friendly. Just a little regret that we didn't get out there and really see this little island. Oh, and if Margaritaville is your thing, you'll love this place. It's huge, the pool is large, plenty of chairs on the beach too.

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Port
We've been here several times, and love St. Martin. We found a taxi and headed to Orient Beach. Can you believe this? We ended up with a cabbie that had taken us on an island tour 7 years ago. Dejavu! Loved spending time on Orient beach, found another taxi and headed back to Phillipsburg for a little shopping and a few $1 Caribe beers! We walked back to the ship instead of the water taxi. They have made many improvements to downtown Phillipsburg since we were last there. The boardwalk in the back, along with an expanded beach, and more places to eat and drink. Love it!

Port
We pre-arranged a day sail with jester sailing, with the amiable Captain Jim at the helm. He had a taxi pick us up at the pier for the trip to Red Hook. The Jester is moored near the Pt Pleasant resort. It was a great relaxing day aboard a sailing boat with only 6 passengers. His lunch was great, the drinks were even better! We love St. Thomas, but regret the new docking area of Crown Bay. We miss Havensight!

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Published 12/01/10
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