Ruby Princess Cruise Review by calpenn: Princess is good, but we like Royal Caribbean
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Princess is good, but we like Royal Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We arrived a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn at Dania by the airport.Second time we stayed there prior to a cruise and it is the place to stay.Good shuttle service from the airport & to the ship. They have a nice bar and restaurant, clean updated rooms and very pleasant employees.
Getting on board was very efficient. Our cabin steward was great. A few other categories were not. Although the food was above average the dining room seating seemed disorganized. We had early seating in the DaVinci - a table for eight and five of the seven nights only four were at dinner. We received a letter on the first day stating that if we were more than 15 minutes late our place at the table would be given to anytime diners. However, as we would leave dinner each evening people were waiting to get in all being handed a beeper awaiting an available opening. Also the dining room was only two thirds full the entire cruise.The cooking show was excellent, as was the wine More tasting.
Entertainment - Boy what a disappointment. Lisa (cruise director) did not seem ready for that position. On prior cruises the cruise director was everywhere. Lisa did not demonstrate the enthusiasm or participation which rubbed off on her staff. The lack of participation in the events was primarily their fault. The production shows were alright but at some point Princess has to get off the 50s & 60s music.I like that too but move up a few decades once in a while.The first comic was good the second one not so. The magician (Cats) was so-so, the juggler (hah).
The excursions on each port were enjoyable. St Maarten - party boat to the French side bus back to the Dutch side. (VG) St Thomas - city tour and tram ride to Paradise Point.(VG) Grand Turk - Took the Conch World tour. brochure said air conditioned bus. it was NOT. worse than that it broke down on return and we sat by the road for 30 min. thank goodness we had some entertaining passengers. the tour takes you thru a not to scenic part of the island but the Conch World exhibition is very interesting.(G)
The best buy is Luggage Valet service.- $20 gets you your airline boarding pass and your luggage checked through to destination, eliminating the hunt for luggage and drag it to customs exercise.
Overall a good cruise but we enjoyed our last cruise on Royal Caribbean much better. Less
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