Ruby is no Jewel: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by danif
Overall Member Rating
Ruby is no Jewel
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The ship is relatively new only 2.5 years but it is getting worn quickly. We have been on 10 year old ships that appear to be in better shape.
Even though the ship is relatively new, the layout of the ship is a dated, I believe this was the last one built of its class by Finicari but it is already being upstaged by some of the newer styles and more functional, fun & modern designs for handling 3,000+ passengers in a more orderly fashion.
The extra "nickel and dime" for everything is terrible. Why don't they charge an extra $25.00 in the fare include the items and let the crew focus on doing their jobs rather then selling.
We had a Balcony Cabin and it was tiny. The shower is probably 2'x2' with the shower head placed at probably 5'9".
Food quality in the main dining room, Caribe and Horizon Court Buffets seems to be low grade and no matter how much doctoring, you can still taste poor quality bland food. Pizza was More okay, the ice cream upstairs is terrible and they make the ice cream cone the size of a thimble. Spend the $1.50 and get the gelato in the Piazza.
We ate in the speciality restaurants for 3 dinners. Once in Sabatino's which was very good but it was a long 3 hours. The other two dinners were in the Crown Grill which was excellent. Kids in both restaurants were half price.
Room Service menu was very limited and not worth the bother.
The food service staff tries not to make "eye contact" so that they don't have to do anything extra.
Show Entertainment in the theatre is great if you want to reflect back to memories of watching Lawrence Welk at your grandparents house.
Movies Under The Stars is good!
Ships colors are very bland.
Internet is painfully slow and expensive .75 per minute without a plan and an upstart charge of $3.95
Princess Cays is average at best, the water temperature is too cold in early April
St. Marten is good
St Thomas is good
Grand Turk nice water and snorkeling- nothing to buy shopping wise.
If you enjoy walking around barefoot throughout the ship, with open bottles of beer in hand and trying to juggle 2 to 3 plates of buffet food, all while fighting your way through crowds of hungry people this ship is for you.
The important thing is the kids had a great time and we had an enjoyable and relaxing week. Less