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Ruby Princess

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,461 reviews
Why Choose Ruby Princess?

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2018
Ship left out of Seattle which is convenient for us. We've done Alaska 10 times and wanted something different. This itinerary fit the bill. Ports of call were interesting and I adore the Ruby Princess. My only complaint is that food ... Read More
Ship left out of Seattle which is convenient for us. We've done Alaska 10 times and wanted something different. This itinerary fit the bill. Ports of call were interesting and I adore the Ruby Princess. My only complaint is that food quality seems to be less impressive than in previous years. Deserts and appetizers were wonderful, but on two nights the entrees were merely OK. My waiters offered different entrees, and did everything they could to make it right. I was OK with it as I am not a "foodie" and am happy with any meal as long as I don't need to cook and clean! If you are a "foodie", then I would suggest eating in the specialty restaurants (the Crown Grill is always great!). Easiest embarkation and disembarkation I have ever had! Entertainment was excellent as well. The production shows "Once upon a dream" , "Magic to do" and "Colors of the world" were entertaining. The magician, comedian, and singers were great as well. Movies under the stars was a bit disappointing just because it was too cold, despite staff bringing me 4 (yes 4!) blankets. Opted to do shore excursions on our own, so cannot speak to those. Can't wait to be back on the Ruby again in April! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Round trip out of Seattle, didn't have to fly. Ship is a bit tired but it was clean. Crew was friendly and helpful. Buffet was a zoo so didn't use it, Very crowded and didn't find anything appetizing. Dinner in main dining room ... Read More
Round trip out of Seattle, didn't have to fly. Ship is a bit tired but it was clean. Crew was friendly and helpful. Buffet was a zoo so didn't use it, Very crowded and didn't find anything appetizing. Dinner in main dining room was good as was breakfast and lunch. Two diners in the Crown Grill were excellent. International Cafe was very good as was Vines. Astoria is a nice town but ship docks a long way from the Riverwalk or anything of interest. San Francisco was most enjoyable, an easy walk from the ship to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Likewise, Monterey was fun with shops and restaurants available right after getting off the tender. This was our first cruise on Princess after six cruises on Celebrity. Really no contest and we will go back to Celebrity. There was a lot of hard selling on the Ruby Princess and no quiet place to sit and read unless you wanted to spend $40 for a seat in Ruby's Quiet Place. Food on Celebrity is much superior. Why does Princess have formal night when they allowed shorts an T-shirts into the main dining room? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We cruise a lot so feel we can make reasonable comparisons. We really ENJOYED this cruise. This was a fun cruise for us. We are 71 and 72, so not youngsters, and often enjoy "peaceful" cruises to educational places....unique ... Read More
We cruise a lot so feel we can make reasonable comparisons. We really ENJOYED this cruise. This was a fun cruise for us. We are 71 and 72, so not youngsters, and often enjoy "peaceful" cruises to educational places....unique ports in Alaska most recently. These types of cruises are indeed worthwhile, but for just having FUN, this cruise was it. Check-in was easy although we surprised that when we boarded at 11:30, we could not drop off our carryon bags in our room. They now close off the entire hallways until around 1 pm so that they can more efficiently prepare the rooms. Not a big problem....just different from past practice on Princess ships. Our cabin steward, Manual, greeted us in the hallway as we headed to our cabin. The ship was going into drydock the following week, so we weren't sure about the condition of the ship furnishings, but it turned out that the ship showed a little wear, but not exceptional, by any means. Nor were we inconvenienced by drydock preparations, which is sometimes the case. In face, they gave us extra port time at our last stop in Victoria, and they loaded on construction materials for the drydock. Back to the main topic....the entertainment staff did an amazing job from sailaway until disembarkation. There were always numerous fun activities going on, and plenty of people watching opportunities in the Grand Foyer, as well. Since we didn't want to gain weight (at least, not much) during the week, we chose to eat breakfast in the main dining room (to avoid temptation of the extensive buffet), and a light lunch of salad and sandwich at the International Cafe), and then enjoyed dinner in the dining room, using the any time dining program. We never had to wait for a table and had generally good service. One thing I noticed is that the waiters no longer routinely offer coffee after dinner as they have in the past. They will readily serve it when requested, but it is not the standard. We found the food to be a B+ or A- in quality in the main dining room. There is always something available either in the Lido or though room service. Breakfast room service worked well with the exception of the timing....for some reason, they would deliver breakfast about 15-20 minutes EARLY, which was a minor irritation. The ports of Astoria, San Francisco, Monterrey and Victoria were all interesting, but in different ways. This itinerary is a great one for enjoying the northern California coast. Read Less
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