First Time Cruise was Great!!: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by optimisticcanadian

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First Time Cruise was Great!!

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was my wife and I first cruise and it met every expectation that we had. I am not sure what cruise line some of these other people sailed on but if they had complaints, then they probably complain about everything!!!!
The embarkation day went very smooth, got to Port Everglade about 1100 and it was a bit of a wait but nothing to get to excited about. After they check you in you will wait in a large waiting area and you should receive a number and this is how you will board. They did run out of numbers but we were able to board at the end and we still were on board to our room by 1200-1230. Our room was waiting for us and our luggage showed up about an hour or so later. All of the restaurants were open for lunch. They give you a card to do a scavanger hunt to acquaint you with the ship. Fun but not necessary. We did the anytime eating and this suited us fine. For the first and last night you can eat in any restaurant in a relaxed dress, shorts, t-shirts. All other More nights are a semi formal, long pants, collared shirt: NO SHORTS!
The food was good and met our expectations, it is not a 5 star level but we werent expecting it. If you want to reserve a table for that night at one of the restauants, you must do it early or you will have to wait in line, which we did and the wait was only about 15 minutes, nothing you wouldnt expect at a restaurant in a city. We did spend the extra $25.00 each to eat at the Grill and it was well worth it. They will bring you one of everything on the menu, we had 16 items and could hardly walk out and only cost us $50.00. Thanks to Gabriella, our waitress, she ensured outstanding service! The room was great, we had a larger deck which was nice. The bed was fine and our stateroom stewart, Fern, C Deck was great. Knew our names and went above the normal service to make us feel comfortable. If you love the old show, Love Boat, you will love the TV channels! Entertainment was good, a great comedian, mind reading show and live musical shows. All well done. There are plenty of sun chairs/beds on deck but if you get up there before 9 you can have the area you want. The back of the ship is really nice. The ports of call are OK, they all sell the same things, diamond jewellery, watches and gems. Not very good for anything else. We missed the first one at Princess Cayes due to rough seas, but enjoyed 2 full days in the sun, getting burnt! The beaches are beautiful and you can expect to pay for the use of the sun chairs and umbrellas at St Thomas and St Marrtens. They range from $7-20, depending on where you sit. Grand Turks was great, nice relaxing day, the beach is right in front of the ship, and no cost to sit on the beach. We ordered food and drinks from Margartita Ville and it was brought out in a timely manner. You can expect to pay for all pop, which is $4.50 per day and it is unlimited, a good deal! The pizza is great for those mid day snacks or lunch. Disembarkation was smooth, we chose to take our own luggage off due to flight timings and we departed the ship at 0720 and were in a cab to the airport by 0745. Really fast!!! Less

Published 03/13/13

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