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The City of Los Angeles has a lot more going for it than Woody Allen leads us to believe. Stretching along the Pacific from Malibu to Long Beach, the region offers plenty to see and do in what can only be called a sun-kissed blend of adventure, culture and whimsy. It all melds stylishly with an anything-goes attitude, and whether you're kicking back on one of its fabled beaches, grabbing a ride at a world-class amusement park, plunging into glittery shops for the latest Oscar-worthy fashions (you need to practice a regally bored look to fit in better), dining at Tinsel Town hot spots or exploring inspiring world-class museums -- you're in for a magic-carpet ride like no other. And in a city dominated by "show business" -- prepare for a ride that comes with a good deal of self-indulgent dazzle anytime of day, be it a Malibu glamour tan while nonchalantly reading Variety, catching the Pussycat Dolls at the Viper Club on Sunset Boulevard or browsing breathtaking art works at the Getty.

For those who never watch TV or go to the movies, we should tell you that L.A. is a sprawling metropolis (with an atypically high percentage of beautiful people) with no "center" -- which means you'll wind your way through various neighborhoods and independently incorporated communities, keeping your eyes peeled for celebs and clusters of paparazzi everywhere. (Did you know that the city's Zagat restaurant guide actually has a "stargazing" category?) And still under the heading of Geography 101, try to think in terms of the major "areas" like Santa Monica and Malibu, the San Fernando Valley (the "valley" to locals), the Westside and Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown and Pasadena.

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To really experience Hilo, forget first impressions and dive right in to old Hawaii. Unpretentious and just a little bit gritty, this often-overlooked city on the Big Island is abundantly authentic and full of charm.

Why is it overlooked? Hilo is the departure point for shore excursions to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. And that's too bad because there's much to recommend Hilo itself, defined in part by a history of tsunamis and challenging economics.

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With a cosmopolitan population of 950,000, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city. It also is the hub of cultural, educational, political, dining, shopping, business and entertainment activities in the Aloha State.

After Captain James Cook put the Hawaiian Islands on the map of the world in 1778, Honolulu became an increasingly important stop for ships traveling between America and Asia. First came fur traders, who made fortunes exchanging otter pelts from the Pacific Northwest for teas, spices and silks from China. Later, fragrant sandalwood became such a prized commodity that Island forests were nearly stripped clean of it. Then came the whalers, who plied the seas relentlessly in search of the gentle giants that were the source of rich oil.

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Kauai is the oldest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, with volcanic rock dating back more than 5 million years. But the island still displays all the beauty and vigor of youth. From lush rain forests and valleys to majestic mountains and long stretches of white sand, there's no question: Nature takes center stage here.

In fact, Kauai has more beaches per mile of coastline than any of the other islands. Only 3 percent of the island has been developed for commercial and residential use; the rest is agricultural and conservation lands. Two-thirds of Kauai's land area is impenetrable.

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Known the world over as a "trip of a lifetime" destination, the remote Hawaiian Islands were settled by the Polynesians more than 1,000 years ago and were "discovered" by explorer Capt. James Cook in 1778. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state, and to this day, it retains a sort-of-outsider status. Hawaii clings to its rich history while accepting newcomers and absorbing their unique traditions. Every Hawaiian island is imbued with a friendly "aloha" spirit, and most travelers fall in love with the destination the moment orchid leis are draped over their shoulders upon arrival.

Maui, the second-largest island of the archipelago, typifies all that is magical about the Sandwich Islands (as Capt. Cook first called the island chain). It's also referred to as the Valley Isle because a verdant, low-lying isthmus connects the two halves of the island. From the air, Maui looks like a butterfly with the 10,000-foot Haleakala volcano on one wing, Pu'u Kukui and the West Maui mountains on the other and the valley in the middle. You'll revel at the stark contrast between the stunning variety of flowering tropical plants and cascading waterfalls and the lunar-like landscape of Haleakala and Maui's other mountain peaks.

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Ensenada, known as Baja's "Love Boat" port, is no longer a sleepy resort town. Each year, some 4.5 million visitors descend on this seaside city 68 miles from the border, joining 325,000 residents. Fishing, processing and shipping have made Ensenada Mexico's second busiest port.

It's quite a change from 1542 when Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into the sheltered bay in his quest for the mythical Northwest Passage, or sixty years later, when Sebastian Vizcaino named the area Ensenada de Todos los Santos after All Saints' Day. Over the centuries, many have left their mark here, from Spanish missionaries and Russian settlers to gold miners and gamblers.

The result is eclectic mix -- from Mexico's oldest winery and Baja's first cantina to a plaza featuring statues of national heroes. In addition to expected attractions like the large tourist shopping area and fish market, Ensenada also offers the unexpected - an elegant Prohibition-era casino and a blowhole that spews water sixty feet into the air.

Ensenada is an informal city dependent on fishing, shipping and tourism. Among the highlights are fresh seafood, cantinas, crafts shopping, sport fishing and winter whale watching. Beaches are located north and south of the city.

The City of Los Angeles has a lot more going for it than Woody Allen leads us to believe. Stretching along the Pacific from Malibu to Long Beach, the region offers plenty to see and do in what can only be called a sun-kissed blend of adventure, culture and whimsy. It all melds stylishly with an anything-goes attitude, and whether you're kicking back on one of its fabled beaches, grabbing a ride at a world-class amusement park, plunging into glittery shops for the latest Oscar-worthy fashions (you need to practice a regally bored look to fit in better), dining at Tinsel Town hot spots or exploring inspiring world-class museums -- you're in for a magic-carpet ride like no other. And in a city dominated by "show business" -- prepare for a ride that comes with a good deal of self-indulgent dazzle anytime of day, be it a Malibu glamour tan while nonchalantly reading Variety, catching the Pussycat Dolls at the Viper Club on Sunset Boulevard or browsing breathtaking art works at the Getty.

For those who never watch TV or go to the movies, we should tell you that L.A. is a sprawling metropolis (with an atypically high percentage of beautiful people) with no "center" -- which means you'll wind your way through various neighborhoods and independently incorporated communities, keeping your eyes peeled for celebs and clusters of paparazzi everywhere. (Did you know that the city's Zagat restaurant guide actually has a "stargazing" category?) And still under the heading of Geography 101, try to think in terms of the major "areas" like Santa Monica and Malibu, the San Fernando Valley (the "valley" to locals), the Westside and Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown and Pasadena.

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Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,197 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

Ruby Princess Overview

Ruby Princess achieves something most 3,000-plus-passenger ships can't: A feeling you've just come home. (Think a high school reunion, only with people you just met.) It's easy to strike up a conversation with someone and feel like you've known them forever. Passengers aren't just friendly; they're down to earth, curious, outgoing and share a love for cruising traditions.

Those traditions are what keep so many past Princess passengers coming back. They don't care that the ship has no rock climbing wall or water slide. Instead, they love that free dining venues outnumber for-fee restaurants. They look forward to the balloon drop on the last formal night of the cruise (Princess passengers still take formal night seriously, by the way) and the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party and Champagne Waterfall, where the maitre d' helps passengers pour bubbly over a tower of glasses. Perhaps most popular of all is Princess' signature Movies Under the Stars, where passengers snuggle up on the top deck with fleece blankets and popcorn.

After a late 2015 refurb, Ruby Princess gives passengers even more to love with new dining and entertainment options. The hands-down winners of the new offerings are the Salty Dog Gastropub, a dinner-only menu created by celebrity chef Ernesto Uchimura, available at the Wheelhouse Bar; the new "industrial chic" specialty restaurant Share, created in partnership with celebrity chef Curtis Stone; and yet more Norman Love "Chocolate Journeys," which include chocolate-flavored cocktails, breakfast treats and even a tasty spa treatment.

The line's new entertainment forays were a bit more hit and miss. The partnership with NBC's "The Voice"? Total hit. The new musical created in partnership with Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz? The jury's still out on that.

Our biggest hat-tip, though, goes out to the ship's 1,200 crew members, who are not only friendly and attentive, but also have a great sense of humor and upbeat spirit. Fun tidbit: Ruby Princess is dedicated to keeping its crew happy and motivated. One way the ship's hotel manager accomplishes this is by taking his crew biking in port about once every two weeks. The team bonding enables an open platform for discussions on ways to improve crew and passenger life onboard.

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Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: January 2018
We needed a break after the hectic holiday season & a cruise out of LA is easy for we So. Cal. people. The price was great for a 7 day cruise. Where else do you get a hotel room, room service, various daily entertainment, all the ... Read More
We needed a break after the hectic holiday season & a cruise out of LA is easy for we So. Cal. people. The price was great for a 7 day cruise. Where else do you get a hotel room, room service, various daily entertainment, all the delicious food, and a new place to experience every day or two without having to spend a fortune or even pack & unpack every few days? The ship is lovely. I did notice some of the lounges were smaller than on other Princess ships but not a problem, just a way Princess can offer more. The cruise was sold out but never felt crowded. The stateroom (inside) was ample in space & I must agree the bed & bedding was very comfortable. I love how stealth the room steward came in to clean, make the bed, restock the towels whenever we left the room & was done before we got back. There are so many pools aboard the Ruby, we never had any problem finding a place to enjoy one. The kids clubs must have done a great job amusing the children on board as I never saw any until the last night of the cruise.Princess had a magician on board that not only entertained the kids but also the adults. His second show brought so many that the crew brought in extra seating. The stage shows were colorful & well produced even though some of the songs seemed awkwardly written. There were so many activities planned throughout the day that we couldn't fit them all in. Some activities overlapped so we had to choose. I'm sure this was done intentionally to keep the ship from seeming too crowded. It worked beautifully. As the cruise came to an end we both wished it was longer. 7 days was not enough time on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Wanted to go somewhere warm. Cruise to Mexico was smothe all the way south. Coming back we had a little front to back motion. No side to side motion. We had a balcony cabin at the front of the ship on deck 15. We enjoyed the cabin and ... Read More
Wanted to go somewhere warm. Cruise to Mexico was smothe all the way south. Coming back we had a little front to back motion. No side to side motion. We had a balcony cabin at the front of the ship on deck 15. We enjoyed the cabin and the view. The cabin closet is open and has plenty of room to hang clothes. Plenty of room to story your luggage also. There is a area with a door with shelves to store other clothes. The safe is here also, it is a great size. My wife loved the bed. The bathroom was a fair size but the shower is small. There are news channels on the tv. They do have newer movies playing on the tv. The food at the buffet was ok but not a big selection as other cruise lines have. Food in the main restaurants was fair to good. They do have a lobster night. There is entertainment in the main theater every night. The singers at the karaoke were excellent. The crew was great. If you go on the yelpa excursion try to go on boat #4. The guys on it were great,they waited on us hand and foot, they performed various skits it was so funny. I was surprised as the ship was not crowded. Only saw a few children on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise in particular because it left from LA (where we both live) and the price was right. I've cruised on Princess before, but it's been almost exactly 10 years so I was interested to see what had changed. ... Read More
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise in particular because it left from LA (where we both live) and the price was right. I've cruised on Princess before, but it's been almost exactly 10 years so I was interested to see what had changed. For reference, I am 27 and my boyfriend is 30. Embarkation was easy. The people that work in the cruise terminal clearly deal with people boarding the ship every week so they have everything down to a science. From being dropped off at Pier 93 to opening the door to our cabin, I think it was about 15 minutes. Our cabin was nice. We were on Baja deck, cabin B623 which is a balcony cabin. It was clean and well maintained. The bathroom though, and the shower in particular, was pretty small. It was barely manageable for me (at 5'9"), but my boyfriend is 6'4" and he had a really hard time in the shower. I chose Baja deck specifically because the deck above you cannot look directly down to see your balcony. We could see the balconies of the people below us (decks 9 and 10). So if you want more privacy, Baja deck is nice. Our cabin steward, Dennis, was great. He had an uncanny ability to know when we were out of our cabin and it was almost always cleaned when we got back. I don't know if he learned our schedule or if we were just lucky, but no complaints there. We had an issue with an unpleasant fishy smell in our cabin one night. I left him a note before we went to dinner to see if it was something in the plumbing or what, and he called later that night. He offered to have the carpet shampooed, which I really appreciated. We had early dining in the Botticelli dining room. I had requested a table for two since we were celebrating our anniversary and was pleasantly surprised when we were given a table for two. The dining room was beautiful and the our waiter and assistant waiter were nice and attentive. I was almost always happy with the food in the dining room. I had a gnocchi dish one night that I wasn't the biggest fan of, but all the meat dishes were delicious. The portions were perhaps small if you compare them to a typical American restaurant, but I thought everything was a good size since you're eating an appetizer, main course, and dessert. If you're expecting Claim Jumper portion sizes, then you'd be disappointed. But I was happy, and never left the dining room hungry. The food in the Horizon Court, which was the ship's buffet area, was a bit of a let down. I get that breakfast buffets are a bit of a challenge. Scrambled eggs (and eggs in general) get weird pretty quickly, but I was disappointed with the offerings for breakfast. Nothing really impressed me and I found myself reaching for the pastries instead of the hot items. The seating area in the Horizon Court always seemed to be crowded so it was often hard to find a table. We ended up sitting outside on the Lido deck most mornings. However, I did eat one of my favorite items the whole cruise in the Horizon Court for dinner one night. The pumpkin gnocchi with mushroom sauce was delicious! I ate two servings of that and wanted more if I wasn't so stuffed. The pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers served up on the deck were tasty. We ate that for lunch most days instead of risking the buffet. They offered calzones on the last day of the cruise, which I was excited for, until I took a bite. The whole calzone was empty! No cheese, sauce or any kind of filling. Not sure if I got a dud or what exactly happened there. We ate dinner one night in the Crown Grill, which is an additional charge of $29 per person. The food was delicious! We both thought it was a great deal since a steakhouse of that quality would have been at least triple the cost on land. Shout out to our great server Sheldon who really went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and that our food was perfect. Entertainment was great for the most part. I loved the cruise director, Peter, and his staff. Martin, Andrew, Kassia, and Renee were all very entertaining and seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs. There were different game shows each night that were fun to watch and participate in. My boyfriend and I were kind of meh about the one production show we went to, Magic to Do. I wasn't particularly impressed with any of the singers and they "magic" tricks they do aren't particularly impressive. The comedian on board, Phil Tag, was great! Very funny and entertaining. Service overall was good. We went to happy hour in the Wheelhouse Bar almost every day from 3-4. It was buy one get one for $1. The servers were quick to bring us drinks and always offered a last call before the happy hour was over, which I appreciated. There was always a lot of staff working for happy hour, which was nice since it got crowded. I also don't think we ever waited more than 5 minutes in one of the lounges for someone to take our drink order. There always seemed to be a lot of people working in the bars so service was quick. We didn't get to try the Salty Dog gastropub but I really wish that Princess would have that open for lunch instead of just dinner. We definitely would have tried it for lunch. They did offer a complimentary pub lunch on one of the sea days which was good. I wished they had offered it more than once. Though we were one of the younger couples on the cruise, we had a great time. The ship was well maintained and we always found stuff we wanted to do. I think you can always find stuff to nitpick and I feel like a lot of reviews on this ship are nitpicky. I was kind of worried after reading a lot of these reviews because it seemed like a lot of people had bad experiences. But I was really pleasantly surprised by the crew and food (for the most part). I think if you go into the cruise with an open mind and a positive attitude, you'll have a great time. Read Less