Better Than Expected: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by kingrodney

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Better Than Expected

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Our expectations were mixed before embarking on our first cruise but after 24 hours we were pretty much converts.

At first sight the ship was looked amazing and embarkation was easy. The cabin was about the size we expected but because we opted for a balcony it seemed much bigger and it suited our needs perfectly. We were on the eleventh deck (BAJA)which was an ideal height and pretty much mid ship which after venturing both aft and rear was definitely the right location. The rear of the ship in particular was quite noisy and the motion of the sea was quite noticeable. The room was also well appointed and clean which is all you could expect. Even though we didn't watch much television what was available was good and the on board channel (WAKE)was very informative and quite fun to watch. Our cabin Stewart was very good as well but nothing less that we expected.

As far as the ship itself was concerned you'd hardly believe there were 3,100 passengers on board as we had More very little trouble getting into most of the onboard venues. There was more than enough entertainment, if fact we found at times we couldn't get to everything. The shows were very good and the food was amazing. Obviously too much to choice from but we weren't complaining. Some of the passengers we spoke with who'd been on other Princess cruises said the food was below that of other the cruises. If that was the case then I can't imagine how good that food must have been!

We took a few on shore tours and must admit were disappointed. Mainly with what we paid for what we got. At half the price they would have been worth it but not for what we paid. In fact the best day trips we had were the free one's where we just went a shore on our own. We would look seriously at organising our own on shore excursions in the future.

Probably our biggest bug bear was the charging of gratuities. Coming from Australia we're of the belief that gratuities are paid for a job well done and over and above what is expected. Even though the staff on board were excellent they did nothing more than we expected from a cruise which cost us over $A7,500. There's nothing worse than paying for something and then finding yourself having to dip into you pocket over and over again. We weren't the only one's who felt this way and even some Americans agreed with us and their the champions of gratuities. Some advice to Princess... charge an all inclusive fee. An extra $300 would have fazed us at all!

All in all though we loved the cruise and are looking forward to our next one. Less

Published 10/25/12

Cabin review: BBB338 Balcony

We loved our cabin. On first entering it felt a little small but the balcony made it feel larger than it was and in the end it wasn't too small at all. It was well appointed. TV could have been a bit larger but that's just being picky. We had a good location pretty much mid ship. It was quite and you could hardly feel any rocking. The balcony could have been more private. The screens separating the cabins should protrude further our so as to stop people from being able to look into the balcony next door. Once again no big deal but would be an improvement. The side of the ship is important for the view coming into and leaving ports. We had the port side which we found advantageous.

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Port and Shore Excursions


The Acropolis was quite interesting a worth seeing. the tour we we one was informative and the guide knowledgeable (as you would expect). Unlike some of the other sites we'd been to during the cruise we were given ample time on our own after the guided part of the tour which was good. Once again it was expensive but at least it was more enjoyable.

Florence & Pisa Tour

We were quite disappointed with the tour we booked. Firstly we felt it was very expensive for what we got... literally a bus ride for $A200. Apart from getting to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa Florence itself was a real disappointment and even Pisa was a bit of an anticlimax... what's all the fuss about? All you have is a round building leaning over... so does Venice and nobody makes a big deal about that. Florence itself wasn't an attractive place at all which is what we were expecting. It actually felt a bit like a slum, old, untidy and run down. Sadly not a place we'd return to.

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar was worth seeing but we found it was all a bit rushed and an all abit samey after a while. The jewelery was amazing and had to be seen to be believed. We ventured outside the Grand Bazaar after a while and it was much more interesting. We didn't venture too far though as we were worried we'd get lost and that would have been quite easy.


The tour here was quite good... expensive but good! Our guide was a plus. Ephesus was quite interesting and well worth the visit.
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We loved wondering around Monaco on our own. Lucky for us the weather was great so it made very pleasant to take in the sites.

Naples (Sorrento) was lovely. We spent the time on our own just wondering round which was all you needed. We spoke with other passengers who went on tours who said they wished they did the same as us in the end. Weather was good which helped though.
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Pompeii Walking Tour

We did Pompeii and Sorrento on our own. Our tour of Pompeii was a little rushed and we didn't get to soak it all in as we would have liked but overall it was okay. Our tour guide was a female clone of Newman from the Seinfeld series and she was quite aggressive which took away from the tour a little. Sorrento on our own was nice and very relaxing.


We did Pompeii and Sorrento on our own. Our tour of Pompeii was a little rushed and we didn't get to soak it all in as we would have liked but overall it was okay. Our tour guide was a female clone of Newman from the Seinfeld series and she was quite aggressive which took away from the tour a little. Sorrento on our own was nice and very relaxing.
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Rome / Private Train

Like Florence we were quite disappointed with Rome. Firstly we expected the private train to be a bit more luxurious but we found ourselves sitting knee to knee with the passengers opposite which was quite uncomfortable for an hour long trip. The train dropped us into Rome quite a distance from all the major sites which we didn't realise until we got int there so we ended up paying more for to go on the hop-on-hop-off bus. All in all $A250 which was very expensive for what we got. On top of that the bus wasn't worth the time. Rome itself is too over commercialised as is most cities of a similar nature. It definitely worth seeing and maybe even staying there for more than just a day but I doubt if we'd be rushing back again.

We didn't book a tour as we planned on staying in Venice an extra night after the cruise giving us plenty of time to wonder around on our own. Amazing place and definitely a destination to visit at least once in your life.
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