My family and I are seasoned cruisers. Over the past 15 years we’ve sailed a total of 29 times on Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, NCL, and MSC. This was our third sailing on Princess Cruise Lines. We picked this cruise over our preferred line, Celebrity, largely because of itinerary and the sailing date.
The Ruby Princess is a lovely ship with a pleasant crew, average to above average dining and good maintenance. Basically, it had everything what you would expect from a more upscale cruise line with a few significant weaknesses: their wait staff and specialty dining.
We do like the cabin layout of Princess, which is different from other lines. Their cabin layout results in a little more space and privacy with a little less storage room for clothes. Our room steward, Julius, was very attentive and helpful and went out of his way to help us secure an extension cords and distilled water. Our particular room was quite far forward and located just above the anchors, which were a bit noisy when anchoring on days we had to tender.