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We're just off a 5-night Western cruise, only ports were Princess Cays and Ocho Rios, so I'll try to make this brief. Pros: Service was mostly excellent. Our room steward, Cecile, was one of the best we've ever had - and we've cruised a lot on nearly every major line. Happy hour every day between 3 and 4 at the Wheelhouse bar, buy one get one free. Princess drinks are VERY expensive, so a BOGO brings them down to drinkable range! Princess website and pre-cruise communications are excellent. The deck 7 promenade deck is a nice bow to traditional sailing. We enjoyed strolling the deck around the ship and just sitting in the shade watching the ocean. Liked the decks/bars that overlooked the aft pool and ship's wake - very nice spot. Liked the napkins and utensils already set on tables in the buffet areas and back deck tables, plus the table service offered in these areas. Cons: Cabins - These have to be some of the smallest cabins on any major cruise line. You'd have to upgrade to a suite to get anything comparable to what's offered in standard balcony cabins on other lines. Food - pretty awful. The worst buffet layout I've ever seen, with the fewest selections. Breakfast was awful in both the Horizon Court AND the MDR. Husband had a "ham steak" in MDR, and he got a thin slice of something that was 4 little bites. It should have been labeled "ham sliver." Several of us ordered French toast and couldn't eat it - tasted like it had been deep-fried and oozed grease with a rancid taste. Breakfast and lunch were huge disappointments in all venues. Entertainment - disappointing. Embarkation - the worst we've ever encountered. Arrived at the pier for our designated 12:00 PM boarding time, stood in a line that snaked around the terminal building WITHOUT MOVING for nearly one and a half hours . Didn't get on the ship until 2:30. It's the first time our luggage got to the cabin before we did! Poor selection of drinks on Princess Cays. This may sound trivial, but we had our hearts set on Bloody Marys on the beach, but found they're not available on Princess Cays! Our friends ordered a bucket of beer and the beers didn't have screw-off caps nor were they given a bottle opener. Huh?!!! Smoky, smelly casino. In summary, despite the disappointments, we had a fun, relaxing time. It was a good value for the great deal we got. Princess would not be our line of choice, however, and we felt it was sub-standard to all of the other lines we have cruised on - Carnival, Hal, RCCL, Celebrity, MSC.  

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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by flahagan

Trip Details
We're just off a 5-night Western cruise, only ports were Princess Cays and Ocho Rios, so I'll try to make this brief.
Pros:
Service was mostly excellent. Our room steward, Cecile, was one of the best we've ever had - and we've cruised a lot on nearly every major line.
Happy hour every day between 3 and 4 at the Wheelhouse bar, buy one get one free. Princess drinks are VERY expensive, so a BOGO brings them down to drinkable range!
Princess website and pre-cruise communications are excellent.
The deck 7 promenade deck is a nice bow to traditional sailing. We enjoyed strolling the deck around the ship and just sitting in the shade watching the ocean.
Liked the decks/bars that overlooked the aft pool and ship's wake - very nice spot.
Liked the napkins and utensils already set on tables in the buffet areas and back deck tables, plus the table service offered in these areas.
Cons:
Cabins - These have to be some of the smallest cabins on any major cruise line. You'd have to upgrade to a suite to get anything comparable to what's offered in standard balcony cabins on other lines.
Food - pretty awful. The worst buffet layout I've ever seen, with the fewest selections. Breakfast was awful in both the Horizon Court AND the MDR. Husband had a "ham steak" in MDR, and he got a thin slice of something that was 4 little bites. It should have been labeled "ham sliver." Several of us ordered French toast and couldn't eat it - tasted like it had been deep-fried and oozed grease with a rancid taste. Breakfast and lunch were huge disappointments in all venues.
Entertainment - disappointing.
Embarkation - the worst we've ever encountered. Arrived at the pier for our designated 12:00 PM boarding time, stood in a line that snaked around the terminal building WITHOUT MOVING for nearly one and a half hours . Didn't get on the ship until 2:30. It's the first time our luggage got to the cabin before we did!
Poor selection of drinks on Princess Cays. This may sound trivial, but we had our hearts set on Bloody Marys on the beach, but found they're not available on Princess Cays! Our friends ordered a bucket of beer and the beers didn't have screw-off caps nor were they given a bottle opener. Huh?!!!
Smoky, smelly casino.
In summary, despite the disappointments, we had a fun, relaxing time. It was a good value for the great deal we got. Princess would not be our line of choice, however, and we felt it was sub-standard to all of the other lines we have cruised on - Carnival, Hal, RCCL, Celebrity, MSC.
 
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Cabin C257
Pretty good location, just around the corner from the forward elevators and stairs. Quad cabin, so the side-mounted bunks stick out a good 18", leaving little room to walk around the sides of the bed. Like the open closet adjacent to the bathroom.
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