Trip of our lifetime: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Princessa22

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Trip of our lifetime

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
This was our first time sailing on princess cruises lines and we couldn't of been happier. From the moment we arrived on the ship to leaving on the last day we felt like royalty. The only negative thing that happened to us was they lost a piece of our luggage and didn't find it until after we sailed. We pushed them to find it as it contained all our meds and electronics and they contacted each floor manager until it showed up. They made it up to us the next day with a note of apology in our room along with a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. Our room was quite comfortable located in the back of the ship on the 14th floor. We picked that location because a few steps from our room was a nice pool on the back of the ship that was nice a quiet because I don't think many people knew about it. Location was the greatest because we were 1 floor from restaurants, bar, coffee, hot tub and again it was a great place to read and relax. The other pools always have activities going More on if that is what you are looking for.
We decided to do anytime dining and really loved it. We ate 4 evenings in the dining room and the others at the buffet. Both were excellent. We never paid for the restaurants that charged a cover charge because the food we ate was great and we also tried to experience food in port as much as we could. Both dress up nights were very classy. The nice thing about this ship is that it never seemed crowded even though it was sold out. You could find places on the ship that were noisy if you wanted or very very quiet. One of our favorite things to do was Movies Under the Stars. What a great way to relax and enjoy an evening! You could either get a plate of food from the buffet or enjoy the, pizza, popcorn, ice cream and warm cookies with milk and sit outside on comfy lounge chairs covered with thick pads and warm blankets. We loved it! Great way to unwind after a long day in port. A real nice feature for us was room service in the morning if we didn't have time to go to breakfast. Food/coffee was always delivered on time. Again, being on the top floor we could run up to the buffet, get a plate of food and bring it to our room while we were getting ready.As far as the ports, we took a couple cruise tours and the rest were private. If we had to do it again we would take all private tours. Private we're cheaper than the cruise tours, smaller groups (sometimes just the two of us), and much more relaxing. Large ship tours had one guide with earphones that you listened to the guide speaking but if you weren't close you had a hard time hearing and you spent more time looking for the guide and not looking at the sights. All of our private tours we were picked up at the terminal when they said they would be there and we were dropped back off in plenty of time. Great guides, great time. More to follow.

We arrived in Barcelona two days before the cruise began and stayed at the H10Universitat Hotel which was great. We wished we would have stayed an extra day as the first day we were too tired to really enjoy the city. The second day we were there we took the all day tour to Montserrat. I highly recommend the day. A beautiful monastery in the mountains where you will hear a boys choir like no other. Tour through Viator with Feliciano our guide. If i had to do it again I would have taken the hop on hop off bus tour when we first got in Barcelona. Oh we'll, next time. We stayed an extra night in Venice after leaving the ship at the most wonderful hotel (Hotel Metropole) exquisite with an excellent location on the grand canal. Highly recommended. Both hotels came with wonderful free breakfast and great coffee.

Special tips from us: don't worry so much about what the cruise ships tells you as far as what to wear on the tours, it really didn't matter anywhere. No coverings on your heads for churches, no Monte Carlo gambling unless men dressed in suits (not true), knees covered for women (not true). Internet on the ship was great when we were in ports. It was really worth it for us. Also we rented an international phone that was great for us to call home while in port. Any questions email me at Less

Published 11/03/12

Cabin review: BBR737 Balcony

Greatest location. Few steps from quiet pool in back, one floor from restaurants, very quiet. Room was quite comfortable and plenty of room for clothes. Balcony is a must here.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Accademia Museum

We took the connoisseur tour which was intense and lots of walking but well worth it. When you are with a tour you get through the lines much quicker. Seeing the David was great but now that I've seen it I don't need to see it again.

Chianti Region

Loved our meal the best. Great group of people, great food and great wine.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Definitely worth seeing. Time on our own. Loved it and would of like to spend more time there.

Statue of David

Worth seeing.

Uffizi Museum

Good tour of the museum. A little bit of art goes a long way with me but it was interesting. Again went through the long lines fast.

Hagia Sofia

Another excellent private tour with Semih Kazak ( through Istanbul city, blue mosque, lunch at the pudding shop which was great, and grand bazaar. Don't spend too much time in the bazaar as it can be overwhelming. Spend the most time in the mosques and walking the city. It is beautiful. Don't miss the Turkish rug demonstrations.

House of the Virgin Mary

Great private tour with Ceyla Ergon ( through the ruins of Ephesus, house of the Virgin Mary is not to be missed. Take an empty bottle to get water from well under Mary's house. Also write a prayer for the prayer wall. Don't miss the Turkish rug making. Well worth it here.

Grasse Perfume Factory

Had private tour through perfume/soap factory. Walked past all the lines and had private demonstration. Bought perfume and soap.

Nice & Eze

Eze is not to be missed. It is a medieval village with quaint shops, restaurants and hotels. Be prepared to walk. It is the only way you can get there. Well worth it.

Scenic Drive

Had a private tour through Monaco and Monte Carlo, drove the Formula 1 road, saw the city sights. Stopped for many photos and had time to go to the casino. We lost 1 hour on our tour being tendered into port. Took way too long.

Beautiful little island that you can see all on your own. Spend time strolling the city, shopping and do eat there. Great picture taking, shopping and eating.
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Private Tour

Best tour ever with Diego Sardella ( of the Amalfi coast, beautiful drive, best Italian food at Da Costantino in Positano, sorrento. Diego took us to the most beautiful spots, gave us time in each, sang to us until the next location. He is the best and picked us up at the ship in his Mercedes. Best day on the trip. Look him up.


Truly something to see. Don't miss it. Very moving.


Inspiring. Don't miss it. Would have like to spend more time there. We took the connesiur tour and saw so much. Intensive day with lots of walking.

St. Peter's Square

Beautiful to see. We were not able to get into the Sistine chapel as it was Sunday. Be prepared for lots of people there. Stay with your guide.

Trevi Fountain

Another don't miss. In the middle of the city. Throw your coins there and return again. Inspiring.

Gondola Ride

best thing we did. Sunset gondola ride through the canals. Don't miss doing it. It was very reasonable in price plus we had the singer in our gondola.

Venice Walking Tour

Was met in St. Marks square for a private 2 1/2 hour walking tour for beginners. Was well worth it as we found the nooks and crannies of the city plus got into the basilica of San Marco without a wait.

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