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5 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

5 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

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Ruby Princess

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,211 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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I've seen a fair number of negative comments on Ruby Princess in CC, so was wondering what kind of experience we would have on our 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise. I'm happy to say we had a fantastic vacation and I'm a bit puzzled by some ... Read More
I've seen a fair number of negative comments on Ruby Princess in CC, so was wondering what kind of experience we would have on our 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise. I'm happy to say we had a fantastic vacation and I'm a bit puzzled by some of the negative reviews. This is now my favorite Princess ship and crew. Both were outstanding. Embarkation was a breeze. Very well organized, fast process. We've had some horrible embarkation experiences, most notably NCL, so it's nice to see it done well. The ship, while older, is well-maintained by the crew and is still in fine shape. I like this class of ship, with the full wrap-around Promenade deck, 5 pools, Skywalker's nightclub above the stern, and other nice features. I especially like the aft, adults-only pool. It seems like few passengers know about this place, as it never seems overly crowded, and sometimes has few or no people. We were in a balcony stateroom (R723 - BE). Everything worked. Gerry, our room steward, was great. I like this location because we're only steps away from the aft pool and one deck below Lido, where lots of stuff is located. Being extreme aft, we did not experience any noise from Lido deck. The crew were great. The captain made informative announcements each day at noon. The cruise director, PJ, was the best we've seen. Such a nice, energetic, funny guy. He even came to our veterans gathering and spent quite a lot of time with us, expressing genuine appreciation for our service. I don't think I had a single bad encounter with any crew members. This is unusual, as there is usually someone having a bad day or something. Everyone seemed cheerful and happy to be there, even though I know that is not always the case. Let's be real; these people sign-on for 6 months of grueling work and it's hard to always be 'up' for the passengers. Food ranged from good to outstanding. We never had a bad experience. We found the buffet to be pretty good, which isn't always the case. I had chicken cacciatore in Da Vinci DR for lunch on embarkation day and it was fantastic. I do see what some have said about the pizza served by the pool. It wasn't as good as I remember from past cruises. I wonder if Princess has changed the recipe... We had a great shore excursion at Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta. I highly recommend this one. We paid extra to spend time with the sea lions and stingrays and it was well worth it. On the downside, we wasted our Cabo day on the Cabo San Lucas City Highlights tour. This one spends far too much time on the bus, either driving around or sitting on the side of the road while the guide talks. The glass blowing factory was what we were looking forward to, and the tour only spent 25 minutes there out of many hours. Princess advertises Cabo as 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. However, what you don't know is that you must be in line for the tender by 1:00 PM, so it's one hour shorter on an already short port day. Cabo is the best destination of the three, so it's frustrating that the ship stays there such a short time. Lots of stuff to do on sea days. Pretty much anyone should be able to find something that appeals to their interests. We enjoyed numerous trivia games, shows and other activities. One thing I really appreciated was not having someone pushing drink packages and other packages constantly. I got asked occasionally and that was fine. I've been on a couple of other cruise lines that really push this stuff to the point of having someone asking me every 15-30 minutes and it gets old fast. Disembarkation was as easy as embarkation. Great cruise overall and I would definitely do it again, sans the Cabo bus tour. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Overall the cruise was good. Shows were just O.K. The food however seemed to be a little bland and portion size seemed to be that for a 2 year old. I felt like I had to order 2 entrees to complete a meal but stuck to one. Had the sip and ... Read More
Overall the cruise was good. Shows were just O.K. The food however seemed to be a little bland and portion size seemed to be that for a 2 year old. I felt like I had to order 2 entrees to complete a meal but stuck to one. Had the sip and sail package, and when asked for a can of soda to take back to the room for later, was told only fountain sodas with sip and sail. Water was also to be part of the package but when going into port was charged for it. As for the staff they were great. Our cabin steward was quick about his business and always kept our ice bucket full as requested. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were always there and service with a smile. On our second formal night, the kitchen could not keep up with the orders for lobster tail and it took an hour and 45 minutes to receive our main course. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I saw some bad reviews and just don't get it. We just finished 21 Princess cruises all in the VG - Excellent category. I had a conversation with another old timer on the ship and we compared notes about how great cruising is and why a ... Read More
I saw some bad reviews and just don't get it. We just finished 21 Princess cruises all in the VG - Excellent category. I had a conversation with another old timer on the ship and we compared notes about how great cruising is and why a number of cruisers never seem to enjoy themselves. Oh well... From the time we got to the ship everything went smoothly. Very few people in lines and then right on to the ship. Our room was ready so we left our carry ons and headed to the buffet. Our main dining room table was waiting for the 4 of us and the wait staff were excellent - again. There's always more to do than we have time but I especially liked the choice of movies under the stars with popcorn delivered to my chair. We talked to great people, entered many contests, won a bottle of champaign at one (gave it away to a couple near us) and did the Mexican hat dance in the Piazza. We've been to all the ports several times and always find something new to explore. The worst part of the cruise was having to get off the ship when it ended. NOW - the confusion with our Air Canada flight was another issue but we didn't let that take away from our great cruise with Princess. Read Less
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