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Ruby Princess Review

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Why Choose Ruby Princess?

  • Great for kids and multi-generational groups
  • Classic Princess in terms of food and service
  • Behind-the-scenes tours like no other

Ruby Princess Overview

By Kimberly Karis, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
Ruby Princess, sister ship to Emerald Princess and Crown Princess, is not an innovator. The ship has all the most popular Princess features -- such as the three-deck Piazza with its on-site bakery and whimsical entertainment -- of its nearly identical siblings, as well as many of those found on older ships, including the Sanctuary sun deck for adults and specialty eateries Sabatini's and Crown Grill.

But although there aren't too many surprises on this newest ship, there are some gentle improvements and enhancements. On Ruby, Princess has expanded the appeal of the Wheelhouse Bar, its pub-like venue, to include casual, English-inspired lunches. Suite passengers now have the option to enjoy intimate breakfasts in Sabatini's, and the new Ultimate Ship Tour affords passengers the opportunity to explore areas of the ship that are normally never seen, like the engine control room, the funnel, the photo lab and the bridge. Expanded ScholarShip@Sea programs like Mixology@Sea, which allows people to experiment with their bartending skills, and Navigation@Sea, where the ins and outs of navigating a cruise ship are taught, enrich the onboard experience. And audience-participation events, like The Wake Up Show, a morning show of sorts at sea that's broadcast shipwide, and Oceans of Talent, where passengers display their own talents, are being introduced to the already extensive array of onboard activities for passengers.

What lies beneath the surface of some of the more celebrated aspects of Ruby Princess and its fleetmates is a staff of more than 1,200 crewmembers, dedicated to providing an excellent experience for passengers. I specifically recall embarkation day at the Trident Grill: I began walking away with my plates, but without any silverware. Upon turning around, without having to ask, a crewmember saw me eye what I needed and promptly handed me just that.

Ruby Princess Fellow Passengers

The passenger base is mostly couples of all age groups, both young and more mature. Children tend to make up a small portion of the demographic -- usually less than 10 percent. One loyal Princess couple mentioned that they liked sailing with the line as a family because the facilities for children are more than adequate but subtle enough that the adult experience onboard isn't lost. So, naturally, Ruby Princess is a good choice for multi-generational groups, too. On this Western Caribbean itinerary, North Americans made up the majority of passengers, but there were folks from England and other countries, as well. For Mediterranean itineraries, there will be a rise in the number of Europeans traveling, but the core demographic is still North American.

Ruby Princess Dress Code

On seven-night itineraries, Ruby Princess hosts two formal nights. Most women do without the glitz and glamour of formal evening gowns, instead opting for tasteful cocktail dresses or fit-for-a-special-occasion pants suits. Men mostly dress up in ties and jackets, but some do go all out with tuxedos, which can be rented onboard. Daytime wear varies, depending on where you are. Outdoors, you'll find comfortable clothing -- shorts, T-shirts and such -- suited for a day in the sun, but indoors and during meals, passengers donned the type of resort-casual clothing you'd see at land-based vacation spots. A good casual bet is a nice pair of slacks, a button-down shirt or blouse and, for women, a bit of jewelry to dress up the outfit.

Ruby Princess Gratuity

Gratuities, which are automatically charged to onboard accounts, are $11.50 per person (including children), per day, for passengers staying in standard accommodations and $12 for passengers staying in mini-suite and suites. A 15 percent gratuity is added to beverage purchases onboard, including wine at dinner. Spa and casino staff members do not share in the gratuity charges -- if you use these services, tips are advised.
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Ruby Princess Member Reviews

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After reading previous reviews of the ship, our expectations were very low. This was our 29th cruise and 3rd with Princess. I had sworn them off after our last cruise on the Crown, but the price and convenience for a quick get-away was alluring. ... Read more
Arrived for Embarkation early and boarded with no delays. Parking at San Pedro was plentiful and we parked the car just 100 yards from the ship. My first time on the Ruby. She's prepping for a re-make in a few weeks and it was obvious she's been ... Read more
I found most of the staff to be great and the food ranged between acceptable and good depending on the day. I was not impressed to find two extra beds attached to the walls in our already tight interior stateroom (this was not mentioned anywhere ... Read more
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Ruby Princess Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
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Los Angeles Seattle Vancouver

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Alaska Hawaii Mexican Riviera Pacific Coastal

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November 2008
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