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16 Night Hawaii Cruise from Seattle

16 Night Hawaii Cruise from Seattle

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Itinerary

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    Seattle
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    Cruising
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    Hilo
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    Honolulu
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    Kauai
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    Maui
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    Cruising
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    Victoria
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    Seattle

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Great kids club, good food options and a laid-back vibe.

Cons

Shows its age in places.

Bottom Line

Great for families and anyone looking for a variety of activities.


Cruise Reviews

We wanted to visit some areas of NZ within the comfort of a cruise ship. We chose Princess as the itinerary suited the time we wanted to go. The interior of the ship was lovely. There had been a refurbishment in 2018. Lovely new ... Read More
We wanted to visit some areas of NZ within the comfort of a cruise ship. We chose Princess as the itinerary suited the time we wanted to go. The interior of the ship was lovely. There had been a refurbishment in 2018. Lovely new carpets throughout and some new furniture. While we were on this cruise the Medallion was introduced. It was in the testing phase so we had to carry our cruise card as well. As you approached your cabin the sensor picked up that you were near and the door unlocked automatically. As this innovation takes off I can see many more positives. Sensor lights had been introduced into staterooms. When you got up in the night a little light at the bottom of the bedside table automatically came on as did the light in wardrobe area. The entertainment was very good. A young Irish band called ‘Emerald Tide’ had been employed by the ship for 4 months. They were excellent. Singing Irish folk songs and other popular contemporary songs. One of the girls in the band as performed Irish dancing ...she was very good. It was unfortunate that we were unable to visit Akaroa or Fiordland, however the weather conditions were not good .....nothing can be done about that though. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We book based upon itinerary, but have taken four long cruises on Princess. For this cruise we had Club Class D503. Platinum Membership. Pros: a. Crew members were very friendly and helpful. They brought a lot of enjoyment to our ... Read More
We book based upon itinerary, but have taken four long cruises on Princess. For this cruise we had Club Class D503. Platinum Membership. Pros: a. Crew members were very friendly and helpful. They brought a lot of enjoyment to our cruise. b. The Club Class dinning is very good to excellent, well worth it. c. Many of the excursions we took were well done: bike & wine tour, bike & wildlife tour, etc. Cons: Although the ship had been refurbished about two years ago it is showing its age. a. The bathroom floor appeared dirty from wear as well as toilet and bathtub. We know they were clean (we had a very good steward and appreciate all his hard work). b. The bathroom had a slight mildew smell, and we think it was from the toilet water which often had black specks in it. That water is separate from the drinking water which was fine. But it points to the age of the ship. Never experienced this in our many years of cruising. c. One of the cabin mirrors was damaged from what appear to be nail polish remover (something that would etch a mirror). d. The exterior of the balcony had many rust spots as well as the hull (more than you might expect with regular maintenance). e. We could rarely use the Prominade Deck because it was either bad weather or on good days they were refinishing it (a little maintenance during a cruise is expected but this was major work). We could definitely notice a lowering of food quality in the buffet compared to our last Princess Cruise (about 1.5 years ago). a. The buffet food for breakfast/lunch seemed more overcooked and varied little during the entire cruise. b. Exterior venues like hamburger, pizza and ice cream were fine. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The itinerary was exactly what we wanted. Both islands for New Zealand and Hobart Tasmania (our favorite), Melbourne and Sydney for Australia. Unfortunately, a storm and heavy seas caused us to miss Akaora and Fiordlands and gave us a ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we wanted. Both islands for New Zealand and Hobart Tasmania (our favorite), Melbourne and Sydney for Australia. Unfortunately, a storm and heavy seas caused us to miss Akaora and Fiordlands and gave us a number of days of rough seas and cold days. Not the fault of Princess and the decision of the captain was understandable and appreciated . Safety first. The crew and staff were outstanding. Favorite port was Hobart Tasmania, What an enchanted place is Tasmania! Art, history wildlife, pastoral countryside. Our cabin was large and well appointed and the cabin steward was wonderful. The price for the cruise was good, as long as you don't want anything other than a cabin, tap water and coffee/tea and pretty standard food. On the ship it was disappointing that so many things cost extra, - soft drinks, bottled water, "gourmet" hamburgers, ice cream sundaes, gelato, specialty coffees and IMO not good value for the money. Of the three (Share, Crown and Salty Dog Pub) only the Share specialty restaurant was worth the extra charge. Food at meals in the buffet was plentiful, but pretty average. Steaks available at every dinner in the formal restaurants, but $24 (Aus) extra. Drink packages and wifi were expensive, but wifi was excellent. You have to be a pretty heavy drinker to make the packages worthwhile. The excursions were expensive compared with those available through tour companies at most ports on shore (hint - book ahead), but most were good. We liked the train at Dunedin and were glad we booked through Princess as it picks you up at the port, rather than having to catch the other train in town some miles away. The ship was built in 2008 and had been nicely refurbished a couple of years ago, but rust showing outside and on the balcony. Interiors were very lovely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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