2 Princess Ruby Princess Cruise Reviews for Holiday Cruises to Caribbean - Southern from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

My wife and I are very familiar with cruising and with Princess. This was New Years cruise and the Princess people did not disappoint - they threw a great party (actually a couple of great parties)for New Years. Ports and excursions - ... Read More
My wife and I are very familiar with cruising and with Princess. This was New Years cruise and the Princess people did not disappoint - they threw a great party (actually a couple of great parties)for New Years. Ports and excursions - We went to Dominica, Barbados, Antigua, the USVI and the private "island" in the Bahamas. I'd say it's an ok group of ports but the Western Caribbean is more fun with better shopping and excursions. The Champagne Reef Snorkel on Dominica was a mixed bag; the contractor running the excursion made it very educational and it was perfect for the occasional snorkeler. There just weren't a lot of fish to see. The St. John Sail and Snorkel in the USVI was great although the weather didn't really cooperate very well (some rain). Food - Excellent as always. My wife loves escargot. We didn't see it on the menu so we asked if it had been discontinued. Presto - my wife got her escargot. Bonus points for the waiter and the ship! We had lobster twice on board and it was great both times. We did anytime dining and we liked it; it was flexible and it allowed greater shore flexibility and show availability. Shows - Princess has a production show (don't remember the name) that features a young girls dreams. It's been around about 4 years; we've seen it once before. They need to change this. The other production show was new and good. Comedians and piano bar player were very good as was the ship's "house band" Cabin - I guess the issues on this cruise involved our cabin ands cabin steward. The balconies on Aloha and Baja decks are smaller; pick a balcony cabin on Capri or Dolphin for a larger balcony. I think Princess has installed a pressure limiter on the shower in the bathroom; pressure is ridiculously low and very irritating. I bet they get a bunch of complaints on this one and probably a false economy. We also had issues with our cabin steward supplying pool towels promptly; we needed to pursue him for towels to go ashore. Loading and Unloading - simple and easy, we got off on time and found our bags easily. Ron Goldman is the Cruise Director and he was great. We'll go again on Princess!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
I traveled with Ruby Princess on their Caribbean Christmas Cruise and thought it was fab! Considering it was my first time ever on a cruise ship I was very impressed. The food was excellent, staff very helpful and courteous. I loved waking ... Read More
I traveled with Ruby Princess on their Caribbean Christmas Cruise and thought it was fab! Considering it was my first time ever on a cruise ship I was very impressed. The food was excellent, staff very helpful and courteous. I loved waking up in a new port every day. Some of the sights were out of this world and even the sea days were bliss just sun baking or listing to the live band. I enjoyed the theater performances but feel that some of the performances could have been a bit more updated, saying that the Ruby Princess Dancers were fantastic and put on a great show! Just because you are of a certain age doesn't mean you have to be stuck in that era, I know plenty of older people who enjoy modern music/musicals! I did think it was geared up for an older generation and a bit stuck in the 50s and next time I will definitely look around before I book. I did travel with 7 others my daughter being 15, she didn't join the teen club but I think most of the post 15-teens didn't. Hence didn't make that many friends. Mostly American teens who tended to stick together! I went to Sky walkers with my son and nephew who are 21/20 a couple of times (my nephew was not allowed to drink alcohol) they were very unimpressed with the nightlife and it is definitely not for young adults. Staterooms were very clean and well equipt, beds were very comfortable and the room was always clean with fresh towels, beach towels, complimentary shampoo/conditioner/body lotion provided from the on-board spa. A very enjoyable holiday but judging from the reviews of a gentleman on here who was on my cruise and who I overheard him relay his exact review to another holiday maker on the beach in Princess Cays (down to the skip in the Bob Marley tape) it would seem there is a whole world of cruises out there who cater to different people and if this was his worst cruise then Im going to be even more impressed with my next one! Happy Cruising. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Ruby Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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