The Ship: The Ruby was launched in 2008 and still looks new. This ship includes the International Café, 3 main dining rooms for traditional and anytime dining, the Horizon Court and Café Caribe for buffet dining, Vines for wine and cheese, a Pizzeria, Trident Grill for burgers and hot dogs, Scoops Ice Cream bar, plus Crown Grill and Sabatini’s specialty restaurants. There are 5 bars/clubs/lounges. The library has plenty of books to borrow plus some games. There are 3 pools (one adult only near the spa), the Sanctuary for relaxing poolside, a fitness room, a spa, a theater, plus Movies Under the Stars (MUTS). We have been spoiled by the Princess Sun Class ships where the promenade is all on the 7th floor, whereas the Ruby Princess has the promenade on the 8th floor at the front of the ship, requiring stairs up and down to walk around the deck. I did not schedule a spa treatment on this sailing, but loved that I was still allowed to use the spa steam room, pool, showers, and locker room without charge.
Stateroom: We had a balcony cabin. It's really nice to spend hours during sea days there. We had also the special dinner on the balcony which was really romantic!
Entertainment: Sam, the Cruise Director, kept the schedule full with so many things to do it was difficult to stay idle for long. She is very friendly and nice. Love her jokes. The theater had the usual Welcome Aboard Show on the first evening. There was also “Stardust”, “Broadway Ballroom", and “Once Upon a Dream”. The comedians, were excellent. We went to see the Magician/Illusionist David Cats, he was simply great, the best show so far. The Orchestra in The Piazza was very cool.
The Ports: We stopped at Kusadasi, Istanbul, Mykonos (love it), Naples, Rome, Livorno (Florence) and Barcelona. We loved every single moment of our cruise. All Ports are incredible, unique. Istanbul, Rome, Florence. Very Happy.
The Seas: no rocky sea at all!!! Which was great ;)
Disembarkation: Princess has really improved the disembarkation process. Instead of everyone crowding the public areas and stairs, passengers are assigned one of the public lounges based on the scheduled departure. When our group was called, it was fast and easy to exit. Our luggage was waiting for us and getting through customs was uneventful.