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23 Night Transpacific Cruise from Vancouver

23 Night Transpacific Cruise from Vancouver

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Los Angeles
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Honolulu
  • Day 10
    Kauai
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 17
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 17
    Moorea
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Pago Pago
  • Day 21
    Cruising
  • Day 22
    Cruising
  • Day 24
    Cruising
  • Day 25
    Auckland

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with plenty of dining options


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: May 2019
Embarkation was very easy as we were assisted through the process as I am disabled. Rooms weren't ready once on the ship so we had to cart our carry-on luggage around until the rooms were ready. The staff lady that was in charge of ... Read More
Embarkation was very easy as we were assisted through the process as I am disabled. Rooms weren't ready once on the ship so we had to cart our carry-on luggage around until the rooms were ready. The staff lady that was in charge of monitoring people in the food line was rude in the way she addressed people nibbling on a french fry while going through the line but didn't much care about people sanitizing their hands prior (happened throughout the cruise). Food was very so-so at the buffet throughout the cruise and didn't change much in options. Service once seated was also so-so. Steak House on Mother's Day was awesome. Each mother received champaign and a rose. Very nice touch!! Staff and food was great, worth the $29.00 pp charge. Dining room was a hit and miss depending on where you sat during Anytime Dinning. Food once again was ok, but not what I consider Princess Cruise Lines standards. Breakfast staff needs to wake up and be attentive. Customer service and smiles where very lacking on this ship. We took Kayak Excursion in Juneau, very misleading. This tour is for beginners and our group just floated around seeing the glacier off in the distance. Not worth the money in my opinion. If you have the time take a walk to the Whale Statue by the bridge, very nice. Skagway never disappoints. Very nice town with a lot of good excursions. I have taken the Ocean Raft Adventure excursion numerous times and this company is the best!! Captain Jen never disappoints!! Next stop was Glacier Bay Cruising. Awesome....pictures cannot do justice to this place. Ketchikan we snorkeled. Yes, our families thought we were crazy too. This excursion was great! Small group as people need to be openminded and do this. Snorkel Alaska is a great company, very attentive and showed up a lot of sea life. Think 45 degree water would be cold swimming around in, we did too until we tried this. Very nice in proper gear provided by the company. Must try this one!! We were dropped off downtown on our way back to the ship and was referred stop by the Asylum Bar before returning to the ship. Very nice establishment. If you have time, stop in and say hi. Very friendly owner and staff. Not enough time in port but nice. Last stop was Victoria BC. Weird early evening stop. Had to wait before going ashore. Time we boarded the bus to Butchart Gardens sun was going down. Victoria is very beautiful and our bus driver was very knowledgable. Gardens were well worth the trip but didn't have time to enjoy it as we weren't in port long enough. It's a 40-45 minute drive to the Gardens one way. (7 PM - 11 PM port time). Arrived back on ship to find all the places to eat on ship were closed except the International Cafe, with a chicken sandwich with very little chicken. Story of our cruise. Forgot to put on the survey to Princess...If you want to sit in a hot tub onboard, they only had 1 open per day, all the others were closed. Get there early or they were filthy. Kind of disappointed with the cruise staff and food. Still had a good time overall. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
After finding out that my husband planned to be out of town for the Mother's Day Weekend, I decided on a whim to book the very reasonably priced 1 day Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on the Ruby Princess. It would be ... Read More
After finding out that my husband planned to be out of town for the Mother's Day Weekend, I decided on a whim to book the very reasonably priced 1 day Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on the Ruby Princess. It would be a business trip, I thought to myself, because booking a cabin as a single would get me double credit towards becoming Elite on Princess. What a great idea! Because I had never cruised out of Vancouver, into Seattle, or on a 1 day cruise, I didn't know what to expect and it actually did turn out to be quite a lot of work. So yes, a business trip.I was able to book Aeroplan points at a discount for a flight from Seattle back to Vancouver, so I wasn't out of pocket for the return trip. I was very fortunate that I had not 1, but 2 different friends offer to drive me to the cruise port at Canada Place. I would have been happy with being dropped off at the Canada Line Skytrain station, but my friend insisted on driving me directly to the port. What chaos in the surrounding area. 9000 passengers disembarking and 9000 more ( 3 ships in port that day) embarking, construction in the surrounding area, and many tourists in the area made for slow going. I eventually got to the place where passengers without checked bags could go down the stairway to enter the check in area, only to be stopped by a security guard who insisted that Princess would not allow passengers to enter the area until 1pm. That left those of us unfamiliar with the procedure to stand outside in the broiling sun, potentially for hours. After walking around for 20 minutes, I realized that if his directive were true, there would be hundreds of people standing around waiting to enter, and there weren't. I decided to follow the many passengers with baggage who were using a different entrance, down a ramp. Surprise, surprise. I walked right up to the security area and Princess check in, and was on board in 15 minutes. The Ruby Princess is very much like the Diamond Princess, which I have been on several times. After boarding, knowing that the cabins would not be available for 2 more hours, I went directly to the Lotus pool, and to the only shade on deck at the time. I saw people lining up in the hallways, waiting to be allowed to their cabins, but it seemed a bit of a waste of time. I spent some time catching up on emails etc., got a great burger from the Salty Dog grill on deck, and a Long Island Ice Tea from the Tradewinds bar to help use up some of my on board credit. I should mention that even on this 1 day cruise, I was able to get 50 USD shareholder credit, and 25 USD travel agent credit. I wanted to use some of the OBC to pay for a transfer to Seattle airport upon arrival, and asked the travel agency to contact Princess to find out it they were selling transfers on board. I was assured they were, but of course when I stopped by Customer Services, they told me no, no transfers, end of story. I worried the whole time about how I would get to the airport, how expensive a taxi would be etc. Fortunately, when I exited customs in Seattle, there was a booth selling transfers. Problem solved, but it would have been nice if Princess had provided that information. I headed to my cabin at 1 pm. I had booked an inside guarantee and was given an obstructed ocean view. It was a very nice, large cabin on Emerald Deck. I discovered I had been given a free drink coupon, so I decided to use it at sailaway. Next up was the muster drill. The time in the Patter said muster drill at 415. No, they called passengers to the drill at 345. At least it didn't last too long. I wanted to check in for my flight back from Seattle to Vancouver the next day, so I checked out the Internet centre. I was able to log in with no problem, using my free Platinum minutes. No cost to print the boarding card. Great, one less concern for the next day. I headed up on deck to the Tradewinds Bar to use my free drink coupon. Along with everyone else on the ship. The bars were packed. I waited a good half hour for my free drink, along with many other people. Anyway, the location at Canada Place is stunning, and the sailaway under the Lions Gate Bridge is spectacular. It was great to hear everyone cheer as the ship seemed to just make it under the bridge. The ship was sold out, and it showed at the fast food venues on deck and in the buffet. Patience was a virtue for sure, with no signage pointing out where to order and where to pick up food. Everyone was asking which line was for what, and where the start and end were. I can't say I really enjoyed any of the food I tried, other than the burger from Salty Dog grill and a piece of flourless chocolate cake from the buffet, which was to die for. I watched the comedian, Carlos ? in one of the lounges, and he was very funny, a real audience pleaser. I did a lot of walking on deck, admiring the stunning views and sunset. Back in the cabin, I enjoyed the wine I brought on board and watched some movies on the awesome widescreen tv. Great selection of on demand movies - I watched Crazy Rich Asians (again!) and First Man. At 1 am, unable to sleep, I headed down to Customer Services to get my refundable on board credit refunded. Under 25.00 is refundable in cash, so I thought I would beat the morning rush. I have never had on board credit before, this was a first for me. I used up the nonrefundable shareholder credit with 1 Long Island ice tea (11.80,) 1 nights gratuity (13.50) and mascara from the on board shop (25.00.) That left me with 24.70 refundable credit, which was refunded to me in cash. There was really no information given about disembarkation except a card in my stateroom telling me to wait until 955 to walk off. Knowing that I had a noon flight home, and American customs to clear, I obviously ignored that. An announcement was finally made in the morning announcing disembarkation, forward and midship. Except crew were telling everyone it was only forward. And in fact, it was forward and aft. No signage whatsoever, I'm sure every single passenger had to ask where to go to find the gangway. Anyway, I was able to pay for a transfer, as it turned out, after going through the very, very, very long customs line. I was on the bus and on my way to the airport in short order. The shuttle cost 29 USD, but I'm sure a taxi would have cost a lot more as it was a long drive. Unrelated to the cruise, on my flight home, on a small aircraft with very little personal space, the man sitting next to me seemed to feel he had paid for 2 seats, not just 1. His right knee and elbow spent the whole (20 minute) flight firmly in my space. Even a gentle hint that I was trying my best to give him room went unheeded. I would really prefer not to be cozied up to a stranger, but he couldn't have cared less. Would I do another 1 day cruise like this? I'm not sure. It really did seem like work, at least for someone travelling solo Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Very poor experience overall. Starting it all off my baggage "lost" (sitting behind front desk), first customer service agent told me to come back at 6pm and didn't even check, this was at 4pm and we boarded in the morning ... Read More
Very poor experience overall. Starting it all off my baggage "lost" (sitting behind front desk), first customer service agent told me to come back at 6pm and didn't even check, this was at 4pm and we boarded in the morning mind you. The rest of my cabin mates received their luggage between 11a-1pm, and we all placed them in the same a truck. Went back at 5pm, a new customer service agent was there and actually looked for my bag, she quickly found it sitting behind the front desk. Of course all my clothes and sunscreen were in it so I was unable to enjoy the best the day time activities like swimming with my group. Waited at the bar twice for a couple cans of coke for about 30 minutes each time to receive no service. On the third attempt, after about 15 minutes of waiting, we were able to purchase coke cans woohoo! We found a bloody finger print on the counter in our deluxe balcony suite bathroom, likely from a used feminine product or bloody nose from the last passenger, extremely disgusting.. During dinner I ordered a ribeye steak for dinner which cost $19 extra, cut into it and it was literally raw in the middle (asked for medium but will eat rare). Replacement steak came medium-well, shouldn't be that difficult to cook it medium. The icing on the cake was the 4- hours of standing in line to depart the ship because proper procedure wasn't followed and customs weren't cleared at the port it was supposed to be done at. I would not recommend this cruise line to anyone as I've never had a worse cruise experience. Read Less
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