Rubywedding, gold experience: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Anne Passman
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Rubywedding, gold experience
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Excursions were a different matter. we found them to be grossly overpriced, and, having been to all the ports before, decided to go independent. It's easy to get to Florence, Pisa or(our choice)Lucca by train - take the ship shuttle to Piazza Grande, buy a bus ticket from a paper kiosk, get Bus No 1 to station and repeat on return from where you've been. It's equally easy to go to Rome or Capri(from Naples- the ferry terminal is 200yds from the berth), and Istanbul is very easy too - you can buy jetons at the end of the bridge near the berth, cost 2Lira, for the tram to the main sites and walk back to the ship. Don't bother with the shuttle in Mykonos, if you can walk - the town is only 25 minutes walk along a fairly level road. Venice has a "people mover" for 1 euro per journey to Piazzale Roma from the edge of the dock and from there you can follow the yellow wall signs to St Marks and the Rialto. If you like exploring, give it a go.probably changing to anytime dining and trying to find either a large table or one for two. Beware the portion size - they cater for American appetites, so you may find portions a bit large sometimes - I was given a 4 egg omelette for breakfast and had to leave half of it - shame.
We found the constant sell, sell, sell, on board annoying. Bear in mind that you can avoid the service charge by filling in a form at reception on Deck 6, and can return your shuttle tickets for Venice if you don't want them(they cost $15, but only take you to St Marks- you're better off walking or getting single vaporetto tickets. If you do go on trips ashore, you can fill water bottles at the drinks stations in Horizon and Caribe (while you're there, try thr lemonade-it's sweet but delicious) Disembarcation for over 3000 was managed impeccably - the only delay was at Marco Polo airport, which wasn't Princess's fault.
Select your onboard activities with care. Some of the lifestyle options are nothing more than a selling exercise, but the pottery painting can be fun, if you are so inclined.
Entertainment was a good standard, some of the best we've encountered. The highlight was a Venetian chamber orchestra on the last night. We'd have liked to watch it on the big screen, but the sound wasn't good and there were some loud-voiced people chatting which spoiled the sound, so we went to the Theatre
Wold we use Princess and the "Ruby Princess again? Yes, we would,but would probably ask for Anytime dining. All in all, it was a great way to celebrate(we even received a card, a cake and balloons on the day itself) and have the sort of memories that you should have from such a cruise Less
Cabin review: MA717
A717. Dressing area and cupboard space excellent, but bedroom area cramped. Needed two single beds rather than 1 big double. Very quiet
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