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1 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from Seattle

1 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from Seattle

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Vancouver

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: June 2019
This was a family trip to celebrate an anniversary. 10 folks going to have a wonderful time and we really did. Embarkation was ideal, first one on the ship and off to lunch right away. Rooms were ready very soon, and cabin was very ... Read More
This was a family trip to celebrate an anniversary. 10 folks going to have a wonderful time and we really did. Embarkation was ideal, first one on the ship and off to lunch right away. Rooms were ready very soon, and cabin was very clean and ready for our week. Food on the cruise was fantastic. Everything from room service, to coffee to main dining room and buffet, all were great. Buffet was easy for all of us, and we were able to get seating for the group. Went to Juneau and hiked up to Mount Roberts. Took us 2.5 hours but it was well worth it, not much mud, but the views were wonderful. Nice place to have a beer at the top after the long hike, and the tram company even gives you a free ride down the tram if you spend $10.00 each if you hike up the mountain. Service on the cruise ship was great, the Cruise Directors staff was so much fun. Zumba was a real treat, and a great workout. Daily games and trivia were entertaining and kept everyone involved. Movies on the TV were very good, lots of different venues. All in all this was a wonderful cruise for all ages, teens had a great time, older folks enjoyed shopping and outdoor activities and evening activities. Looking for a way to enjoy a great week with everyone in mind, this might be the perfect trip. Disembarkation was just as easy as getting on the ship. This is just about the easiest trip you will ever have. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Third cruise but first time in Alaska. We selected this cruise for the itinerary. Our group was large and multi-generational (ranging from seniors to toddlers), with a variety of room types. STATEROOM - Excellent Our first time ... Read More
Third cruise but first time in Alaska. We selected this cruise for the itinerary. Our group was large and multi-generational (ranging from seniors to toddlers), with a variety of room types. STATEROOM - Excellent Our first time splurging on a mini-suite with balcony and we found it worth the price, particularly for sailing in Alaska (spectacular views all day - we saw whales and seals from the balcony!) and for wrangling young children who can't yet sleep in bunk beds without falling out. The room was comfortable and the view from the balcony was amazing. Several family members had purchased interior rooms and ended up spending most of their time in our room. Only caveat was a strong odor from the bathroom that was resolved by keeping the lid down whenever the toilet was not in use. DINING - Pretty good in the dining room, very tired of the buffet by the end Except for the first night, the food in the traditional dining room was generally quite good/decent. Our last cruise with Princess was a number of years ago, and we were surprised to find the addition of "for-charge" food items in the menu (e.g., extra $20 for a large steak). One family member did order off the "for-charge" menu and the portion size was enormous. Children's menu was limited to hamburgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, etc. which was disappointing if you want your kids to eat healthier than that for a week-long cruise. The lunch buffet had gone downhill from what we remembered, though we still enjoyed the fresh fruit. I was desperate for variety in food by the end of the trip. SHIPBOARD ENTERTAINMENT We enjoyed the one production show we made it to (don't expect Broadway and you won't be disappointed), and loved the live music onboard. In general, however, we found the activities to be very focused on shopping and tailored to an older crowd. Not a lot going on during the day for kids or couples not very interested in purchasing jewelry or t-shirts. The pool wasn't covered so it was often too cold to swim, so days at sea weren't particularly fun for us. A bit of a downer. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS The highlight of the trip for us was the opportunity to see Alaska. Juneau - Rented a minivan and drove to Mendenhall Glacier and St. Therese's. The Glacier was lovely for a short excursion until the huge buses arrived and then it was way too crowded. My least favorite port. Skagway - We did an independent tour with Chilkoot Charters, which was amazing. We took a small van out to Carcross with multiple stops along the way (max 25 people) and then the train back. Beautiful scenery, and highly recommend for a first experience with Skagway. Glacier Bay - We chose this itinerary because of the opportunity to sail through Glacier Bay, and this is where our balcony paid off. Marred by the lack of onboard activities for kids, which made it difficult for adults to enjoy the scenery. Ketchikan - We did the lumberjack show which was fine, and then walked around port. I would choose a more active shore excursion next time, with the opportunity to really enjoy Tongass rainforest. Victoria - We didn't dock until evening, so only had about an hour in the port (we walked to the fishermen's wharf and let the kids play in a local playground) before needing to put the kids to bed. This was a beautiful area and I wish we'd had more time to explore. I forgot how long it stays light out up north, and we could definitely have booked a trip to Buchart Gardens or a horse-drawn tour of the town. Overall pleasant experience but may try another cruise line next time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Let's be honest - Alaska pretty much sells itself. We could have been on a tugboat and still fallen in love with Alaska. But, that being said, there are still a few things to point out about this ship. Embarkation out of Seattle ... Read More
Let's be honest - Alaska pretty much sells itself. We could have been on a tugboat and still fallen in love with Alaska. But, that being said, there are still a few things to point out about this ship. Embarkation out of Seattle was a dream. We arrived via uber and 45 minutes later we were in our cabin WITH OUR SUITCASES. Seriously - it was amazing. We did anytime dining and therefore always sat with a different group of people. We tend to prefer the dining hall to the upstairs buffet. the food was excellent in both places but there were some challenges and room for improvement. The chairs are very small. I am a larger woman and I can say the chairs are probably smaller than an airplane seat. I can sit pretty comfortably in an airplane seat but I could not in the dining room or the buffet. So, if you have a big butt, beware. The service in the buffet was pretty bad. You sit and wait for coffee and OJ and every time we had the same experience - we cruise the floor for a long time trying to find an open space. We finally find something and there is no silverware so we need to steal it from another table. Then, halfway through our meal, someone would come by with drinks. It's a terrible system and one of the reason we preferred the dining hall. the boat was very clean and nice. the common areas were beautiful and I really liked the decor. I was not too impressed with the entertainment or shows, however. Besdies, the chairs in the theater were worse than the the dining hall. Seriously, I'm about 250 lbs and I could not fit into the theater chair. I had to sit with my butt skootched all the way up. This is my 8th cruise (first on princess) and I've never had this sort of trouble with the seating. The shore excursions were all wonderful. Great ports, great itinerary, beautiful and breathtaking scenes. Hope you enjoy it! Read Less
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