As this was a back to back cruise for us we went through the In transit procedures on board. This went smoothly overall and we were finished within 10 minutes. As we were staying in the same Cabin we did not have to pack up our suitcases. Basically we treated Fort Lauderdale as just another stop on the new cruise. It was a busy Sunday morning in Port Everglades and at least 5 or 6 other Cruise ships had arrived as well. We were definitely happy that we were not leaving to fly home that day. We spent the day relaxing in our cabin and sitting on the balcony. There was one annoying aspect. The Carnival Freedom was berthed near us and they played loud repetitive music all afternoon. It was not pleasant sitting out on the balcony.
The Ruby Princess was the first to sail at 5 PM and we followed to start the trek to our first port of St Kitts. The first two days at sea were a little rough but nothing that would bother us. The winds and the high speeds made it interesting at times on the upper decks.
We had different staff both as the Cabin Stewart and our Two Waiters - all three were professional and fun to be around. They added enjoyment to our voyage. One point to note - we had to ask for all our cabin boarding material for the new cruise - it should be automatic as we had booked this cruise as a separate one.
Our dining in all venues was superb as usual but it should be noted that the evening menus were the same as the previous ten days. We had a table for 4 for dining which eventually turned out OK after sitting alone the first night. We have decided that a table for 6 is the minimum we should ask for unless you are travelling with another couple. The staff in the Horizon Court were attentive and polite thoughout the cruise.
Many activities were a repeat as well. The entertainment was OK but the production numbers could have been better. We enjoyed the daily activities or entertainment in the Piazza.
We enjoyed all the ports even though we had two repeats - Princess Cays and St Thomas. We considered St Thomas a new port though as we berthed at the Crown Bay Terminal, a first for us.
Room service continued to provide us with excellent service each morning before sunrise as the staff had not changed from our previuos 10 days.
On this cruise it became apparent that pool loungers were being saved but unoccupied much longer than the normal 30 minutes. It is important that the deck staff be more vigilant in this area. I even spoke to one and brought it to is attention but he said he couldn't do anything about it.
Overall another great cruise on Princess. Princess Cays turned out to be fun again