We boarded the Ruby on Oct.09/12 in anticipation of an extra ordinary experience and were rewarded with ''just ordinary.'' Our cabin was not as big as a lot older Celebrity ship we had sailed on a few years earlier.
Our Celebrity cabin had a sofa and a chair as well as a decent sized balcony. The Celebrity bathroom also had a bigger shower and glass doors. This ''newest Princess'' cabin had two small chairs and a bit larger balcony, but had curtains in what I believe was a smaller shower in a smaller bathroom.
After eyeballing our not so luxurious Princess cabin we proceeded up to the Horizon buffet for lunch. The buffet had less choices than other cruise lines we had been on and after eating we decided to get acquainted with the Ruby while we waited for our luggage to arrive in our Cabin. As we left the Horizon buffet we were approached by a crew member trying to convince us to pay extra for an adults only area known as the ''Sanctuary.'' He told us that for a mere 10 dollars we could spend 4 hours in the Sanctuary, or we could spend 20 dollars for a whole day. I told him that the Sanctuary sounded a lot like an adults only area that all Celebrity ships have that is called the ''Solarium'' that is free of charge to adults. It seemed like every time we turned around a crew member was trying to sell us on ''Coffee cards, booze cards or Soda cards. You could have gelato, but you had to pay extra for it also. If you are a nostalgia buff, the Ruby has an ultra large screen adjacent to a pool that reminds one of going to a ''drive in theater'' in days of old. That was probably the only oddity that may differentiate it from other ships, but it wasn't enough to make the Ruby stand out in crowd.
Barcelona and it's people are picturesque and we just walked and enjoyed the passing parade. We did walk to the ''Sagret Church'' which is a constant work in progress and seems to have been put together by trial and error.
We just walked off the Ruby and it took us about 20 minutes to get to the center of town and this town is one that seemed easy to get around. Within a short time we were negotiating the streets and alleys like locals and we actually spent the bulk of our souvenir dollars here. Would absolutely consider coming back here!
''Casablanca'' was not shown on the list provided, but the town itself is not one you would want to visit without a ''face mask and rubber gloves.'' It was far and away the dirtiest place we have ever had the misfortune to see. We did however take a tour to ''Rabat'' which was very interesting and a real contrast to Casablanca, as it was spotless by comparison. We stopped at the Palace and toured some ancient sites that were still being dug and got some great pics.