Holiday of a lifetime !: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by ruby0512

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Holiday of a lifetime !

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We wanted to visit europe but thought it would be too tiring doing a bus trip. This cruise visited all of the places we wanted to see. The ship and staff were amazing. We were on the deck which was one up from where you get on and off the ship normally at ports. On our floor was the international cafe at one end and it had a laundry at the other end, which from our previous cruise, we knew was a real bonus.
A couple of tips - after reading the daily newsletter we thought we had to pay for food and coffee at the international cafe, about half way through our cruise we got talking to people there and they said it was only the ice creams that you had to pay for ! We think this should be made more clear on the flyer. The food was all amazing as was the service. The only negative i would say was that we had trouble with our pre registered credit card being okd by our bank - tip is to let your bank know that you are going away so you dont have this problem. I think it was badly handled More by the ships staff as the first night we had a note in our letterbox to contact them which i did. I wanted to pay in advance but the girl on the counter went out the back to ask someone and said we couldnt do that. I then gave them another card number. The next day our cabin card was stopped which was very embarrassing when we went to buy something on the ship and were told we had to see customer services as it had a hold on it ! I can understand this if i had made no attempt to contact them. I had to wait in line again at customer services. The person i spoke to this time said i could pay in advance ! Time to get all your staff trained a little better i think Princess ! By this time my card had been okd but it seems to take 12-24 hours to have the hold taken off your card ! Another tip is to remember to take an adapter for your chargers etc. We were from New Zealand and the boat is American, luckily we met people on the boat who we could borrow adapters off until we could buy one.
Another tip is, when you are booking your shore tours, the ones that say strenuous dont necessarily mean you are walking up hills or running, they can mean that you are on your feet and walking/standing for a very long time, in our case around 10 hours ! So make sure you take snacks and drinks as one of our tours didnt have lunch until 1 pm and we had left the ship at 7 am and standing/walking in 30 odd degrees heat without a break ! Also if you do full day tours you may have very little time to shop, so if you see something, buy it as you may not see it again or have time to buy it. Also if you are doing half day tours, dont assume you will have time to shop as you may not get into that port or off the ship until just before you are due to go on the shore tour. All in all a fabulous cruise and we would definately cruise with princess again. Less

Published 09/30/12

Cabin review: GGp310

We were wrapped with our choice. We chose this cabin purposefully because the last cruise we went on we were right up the top in the middle. We had chosen this because i get travel sick. It was ok if the boat was rocking front to back but side to side was not good, also we had to walk for miles to a laundry, on this boat it was at the end of our corridor. Our cabin on this boat was the bottom floor with the square windows, when others were asking us whether we had felt the bad weather the night before, we said no. We only noticed bad weather twice when we were in bed, but it wasnt that bad. At the end of our corridor was the international cafe, the next floor up was the shops and customer services was on that floor or the next one up along with more shops. When we docked at a wharf we were usually the floor above where we got on and off so only had to walk up one flight of stairs to get to our room so didnt have to wait for a lift. We would definately choose this floor in the middle again

Port and Shore Excursions

We arrived here at midday the day before we got on the cruise. Wish we had known how fabulous it was as we would have liked at least another day here. We stayed on La Ramblas as recommended by our travel agent who lived and worked in Barcelona for a few years. Excellent choice. We went on the hop on and off bus - blue line as recommended-excellent, just wish we had time to get off and have a look at La grada familia and the guell park. Did the red line the next day, much the same. On the cruise heard of around 5 different people who had problems with pickpockets, so be super vigilant !
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Topkapi Walking Tour

Excellent tour, lots of greenery. Had a lovely lunch at 12 including wine. The underground cistern was amazing, thoroughly recommend going there. The Grand Bazaar was very big. Carpet demo was good although the carpets were very expensive. I felt sorry for the carpet demo people the next day in Kusadasi as i didnt know we were seeing that again and made a quick exit.

Underground Cistern

Very cool, a must see


Lovely place, seeing the library was an oh my god moment. Cruise line needs to say there is a carpet making demo as we had seen one the day before and didnt want to waste the little time we had here watching another one. Tour guide at Istanbul said the shopping was better in Kusadasi and it was a little more relaxed being a smaller place
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Cannes Walking Tour

Nice and relaxed. Cannes was lovely and back street shopping was nice and reasonable

Royal Palace

Nice, easy tour. Bus was a bit cold for alot of the peoples liking


Nice little tour after the two previous days of very big ones. Had lunch which was a bit of a mistake as we had very little time to shop or look around after that
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Vatican Museums

Saw lots but way too long on our feet in the heat without a break. I suggesst factoring in a morning tea break as we didnt have lunch until 1 and i was nearly collapsing by then. The tour guide knew her stuff but i am sure the majority of people would rather have had a shortened version and had some time to shop

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