We flew into Orlando 2 days prior to the cruise and stayed at the DisneyWorld Beach Club. We rented a car at the Dolphin Resort and drove 3 hrs to Ft Lauderdale. We got a cab at the airport (11:20 am) that took us to the pier ($20.00).
This year we had a nice lounge to wait in (Platinum, Elite, Suite), they had croissants, water and juice for us. We boarded the ship at 11:45am and were in our suite before noon, it was cool in Ft Lauderdale. We immediately noticed the same noise we had last year in this suite, but thought it would go away. The noise did not go away, however Housekeeping took good care of us.
For sail away we were on our balcony. We enjoyed the Thermal Suite, Sanctuary and I did go to the spa one day for a leg treatment that was wonderful and only offered to "Suite" guests. We joined some other CC'rs for dinner the first night in Michaelangelo. Valentines day we dined with friends in Crown Grill -always great.
The rest of the time we ate on our balcony. We did go up to Cafe Caribe one evening and noticed they had placed nice linens and glasses on the tables, a busy place to dine. We loved Sabatini's for breakfast each morning.
We had tea service in our room one day and got a DVD from the library.
We did champagne waterfall and it was a beautiful red this year, a highlight of the cruise.
We were selected for Chef's Table which was amazing and one of the highlights of the cruise! We were honored to be selected for Chef's Table and met new wonderful friends.
We had the privilege of sailing under Commodore Ramano after sailing with him on the old Star Princess, this was a nice surprise as we had been wanting to sail on one of his ships again. The crew and staff were wonderful. We had the best cabin steward we have ever had on any ship or cruise line.
We saw David Katz the Magician and he was amazing and then on our last sea day, he did card tricks at tables in Adagio, another highlight!
In St. Thomas we docked at Crown Bay, it was a nice day so we took a taxi into downtown for a walk. St. Maarten, also a nice warm day, took the water taxi into Phillipsburg and walked around, with so many ships in port and "Oasis" it was crowded, too long of wait lines to purchase things in the stores. Grand Turk, warm again, too many people at Margaritaville, so we walked to a less crowded beach. Really liked Grand Turk. Princess Cays was also warm and so we enjoyed the beach. This was an unhurried, relaxing week of munching on pizza, burgers, ice cream, milkshakes and of course International Cafe as we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Ruby.