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Ruby Princess

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,304 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: May 2018
This was our 12th cruise to Alaska, and it has never never been more beautiful than this year. Weather was fantastic, sunny with a high in the 50's every day, with the exception of about 15 minutes of mist in Ketchikan. Saw whales, ... Read More
This was our 12th cruise to Alaska, and it has never never been more beautiful than this year. Weather was fantastic, sunny with a high in the 50's every day, with the exception of about 15 minutes of mist in Ketchikan. Saw whales, eagles and dolphins from our balcony, why anyone would go to Alaska and think they don't need a balcony is beyond me, we would not have seen any of that wildlife without it. Also it was so great to have the balcony in Glacier Bay. The meals in the MDR were good (not great) but some days were better than others. We ate 6 dinners there and one in the Crown Grill. The new menu on the Ruby was Ok, they have removed some our personal favorites, but the selection was still suffient for us to find something we liked. The new offerings of the salmon and chicken in the always available area was a good change as well as the opportunity for someone at a minimal charge to order something from the Crown Grill (without your whole party going to the Crown Grill). The Ruby has always been one of our favorite Princess ships, but it is starting to show its age, but that will not stop us from sailing on it in the future. We have sailed to Alaska in all months that it is offered over the years, but going early is always our best time to go to see outstanding snow covered peaks and waterfalls. Maybe because we take 3 or 4 cruises a year with PRINCESS, but the entertainment is getting old. We had seen all of the production shows before so didn't bother to go, and the comedians just don't cut it for us. Even the CD staff can't seem to do anything new. The 'Liars Club' was so X-rated that we got up and walked out. The officers of the ship were extremely nice, especially the captain who sat with us a long time at the 'most traveled passengers' party. Most of the actual Princess staff were nice and pleasant, but those who really don't work for Princess (like the photo, shops and art gallery) are extremely unfriendly and don't really care how they treat the passengers. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because my sister had never been to Alaska and it was easy to drive to Seattle from our homes. This was our 2nd Princess cruise. The food at the buffet was ok. It would have been nice if the staff helped people find ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my sister had never been to Alaska and it was easy to drive to Seattle from our homes. This was our 2nd Princess cruise. The food at the buffet was ok. It would have been nice if the staff helped people find seating when tbe buffet was busy. The hamburgers, pizza and soft ice cream were good. Most of the food in the dining room was all right. They had lobster but didn't provide melted butter. I had linguine and clam sauce and it turned out to have red sauce which the menu description never mentioned. The salmon was good. We had some good desserts. We never had trouble finding water or tea. We didn't drink much alcohol but I was disappointed that they didn't have a happy hour like on our previous cruise. The cabin was clean and everything functioned properly. The room steward was nice. We didn't have any problems communicating with the staff. We enjoyed the activities (trivia games, the singers the comedian). We took the Ultimate Ship's Tour which was very interesting. The kitchens looked very clean. We met a lot of nice people. The weather was great. The train at Skagway was great. The duck boat in Ketchican was somewhat lame. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our 3rd Alaskan cruise, one Northbound, one Southbound, and this roundtrip from Seattle. We had a great time and the weather was fantastic !! We came prepared for wet cool conditions, but ended up with mostly dry warm sunny ... Read More
This was our 3rd Alaskan cruise, one Northbound, one Southbound, and this roundtrip from Seattle. We had a great time and the weather was fantastic !! We came prepared for wet cool conditions, but ended up with mostly dry warm sunny weather, hooooooray!! The ship was in great condition, maybe a little worn, but still looked great overall. The staff for the most part was very good, and treated us very well. As others have stated, the buffet was good but bland, it had a nice selection, but seating was a mess at peak hours. Eating at Davinci's or Michelangelo's was very smooth and for the most part the meals were very good. We had King crab one night, filet mignon another night, followed by lobster tail and surf and turf 2 other nights. For me, the breakfasts were the best, eggs your way, bacon, danish, pancakes and wonderful French toast !! Our waiter, Orlando was GREAT, he made us feel welcome and treated us like family, we asked for him every time we were there. We had a mini-suite and have to admit we enjoyed having the extra space. The bed was VERY comfortable, as were the pillows. The steward did a great job keeping the room clean and turning the bed down in the evening. The embarkation went very smooth as did the dis-embarkation. We arrived at the pier around 11am and were allowed to board and go to the Horizon court for lunch. All in all, had a great cruise and really enjoyed ourselves !! Read Less
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