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Ruby Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1797 reviews
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Dream trip!

Review for Ruby Princess to Greece
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sueajp
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2013
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We sailed on the Ruby on Sept 21st from Venice with stops in Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Kusadasi, Naples, and Crete. It was a very port intensive cruise but that is why we picked it! The ship was in good shape and we were warmly greeted by every crew member.

We had arrived a day ahead of time and stayed at Ca'Doge which is right next to the People Mover and the bus station. It was a great place to get to a ship however..... the Ruby was a good long walk from the people mover! Would have appreciated a shuttle of some type! We checked in later in the day so it was a breeze to get on. My DH however, had carried on his Multi tool and it was confiscated. He was not happy. He got it back later in the cruise however. Our meals were mainly in the buffet for breakfast and lunch and the anytime dining rooms for dinner. Most things were good and replenished often. The layout is a little hectic as people criss cross bake and forth around the buffet area. We sometimes had excellent service for juice and tea and sometimes we had to search it out. Coffee is just not good.... but somehow it grows on you. We also ate at the International cafe for snacks and it was always good. The food in the dining room has changed.. and on a 2 week cruise the menu began to repeat. Service was great some nights and just ok on others. We tried to sit with the same server a couple of times. He was a joy !When sitting in a group table of 8, we found the acoustics make it hard to hear our table companions.

We did go to the shows. The individual acts were quite good but the production shows were lacking. They tried hard, but just not enough talent. The cruise director, Dan was a riot!! Very quick on his feet and the rest of the social staff was very engaging. The pool area was easier to access than on a Caribbean cruise. Never had trouble finding a seat but only got there 3 times! We did go the the Muts one night and enjoyed that.

Cabin Review

Our cabin was on the Caribe deck and we enjoyed our balcony. This was the largest one we have had and it easily fit 4 chairs and a table and our friends who were in the connecting cabin. The room was adequately sized but my husband did not enjoy the chair that had to be moved around to access the refrigerator. We did utilize the fridge quite a bit. Just a minor annoyance. There was plenty of closet space and hangers. We found the storage in the bathroom to be adequate too. No need for the over the door holder that so many carry on. I wish we could hear the announcements in the room without having to run and open the door. Some ships have a switch to turn them off or on. The elevators closet by take you right to the buffet but a longer walk to everything else!

Port Reviews

Santorini

We took the tender from the ship to the port. From there we easily accessed the boat transfer to Oia. A nice boat ride takes you to the bus, which drops you below Oia. Then you are free to roam and it is MAGNIFICENT! You cannot take a bad picture! We had a snack and just took it all in. Then we walked back to the bus and they took you to Fira and the cable car down. Very easy to DIY. We were the only big ship in port so it was pretty easy!

Mykonos

Mykonos is easy to walk around on your own. We tendered in. Beautiful doorways in picture perfect little streets to wander through. Watch for all the little cats everywhere. Good shopping! We walked over to the windmills and through little Venice. We dipped our hands into the crystal clear water and found some sea glass. Ate lunch at a taverna and enjoyed some souvlaki .

Kusadasi

We did an independent tour with Ephesus Shuttle. Highly recommend this company. We had a nice van and a great guide. We went to Ephesus and hiked all over. This is an amazing sight. I felt it was even more impressive than pompeii. We had a great lunch at a lovely restaurant outside. We learned how to drink and interpret Turkish coffee. We did go to another rug demonstration but did not feel too high pressured to buy. We had gone to one in Istanbul but this showed the who silk worm process. She offered to take us to the ceramic factory but we declined. There had been quite a storm while we were at lunch and the ship had broken its mooring. So there was a lot of excitement in the port. We skipped the bazaar there.

Naples

WE took a private tour with Joe Bananas Limo. Great way to go! You have a small van for the Amalfi Coast and private guide in Pompeii. Enjoyed touring Positano and the traffice was pretty spectacular too! Our guide, Gian Luc was full of information about Vesuvius and the entire area. Sorrento was very crowded as another ship had docked and tendered into there. The views were breathtaking! Glad I was not driving!

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