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Ruby Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Location is everything

Review for Ruby Princess to the Western Caribbean
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Chris555
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2014
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Ruby Princess November 2014 Western Caribbean

Saturday – Embarkation and General ship comments

We arrive after 1:30pm to check in at Pier 2 of Port Everglades. The ship looked very nice even though it was small in comparison to others in port. He check in went very smooth and all of the staff were very friendly, upbeat and helpful. Before we could get the key in the door Ernesto, our steward, greeted us from down the hall; knowing our names! Unbelievable!! The mini-suite was just the right size. We’ve been aft in a balcony which was nice, but the extra living and seating area was so nice. Ernesto offered us flutes of Champagne for us to toast our cruise. Soon the Muster Station Drill was called. The drill was a little unorganized with lots of wasted time just waiting for announcements. Dinner in the Horizon Court was very good. Prime rib, fish, pasta, and shrimp cocktail, good soups were the highlights. Plenty of salads and fruit are always present. The vanilla moose was light and fluffy. Service at the table for drinks was very good – cleaning our plates and asking if we wanted coffee of tea. They even had decaf tea! The “crossing” always worries me. It’s at night with lots of ship traffic.

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Our stateroom is in the middle of the ship. With the big waves we just had a little shimmy. The bathroom in our stateroom had a tub, which was nice. It did provide more room than the small showers. So, if you don’t bring your glasses, here is how the tub knobs work. The top one is easy. It controls the shower head. Up is a shower; down it drains out the faucet. Next two knobs down. The top one is the off – on knob. The right directly below is the temperature. They are hard to see but there are temperature numbers on the knob.The location of your stateroom is the MOST important thing to consider when booking a cruise. Think about what activities you think you might participate in. How far from the dining room do you want to be? How from the pool? How far from the shore excursion deck? If you are just going to eat, book a stateroom AFT. Excursion every day – Front. Wherever your stateroom is there will be LOTS of walking. We are used to walking every day, but there was a lot of walking on the ship. The boat is long. From room, to breakfast, to pool, to lunch, to excursion, to room, to dinner, to shows, to room. There is lots of area to cover. Wear not only comfy shoes but walk to get prepared. Location is also important when the seas get rough. The crossings are in open water. WE had high seas with high winds. The winds were strong enough to cancel the Ultimate Deck Party one night. The water in one of the pools had 4 foot waves in it. It was crashing over the seating area that surrounds the pool. But mid-ship wasn’t that bad. Towards the front of the boat it rocks up and down, slowly heaving in and out of the waves. In the back of the boat there was a severe shimmy. Mid-ship you could hear the walls creaking and things shifting, but with just a little movement.

Port Reviews

Roatan

We originally had scheduled a tour of the island but decided against it after the state department warnings. Actually staying on the boat in Roatan was nice. We had the pool all to ourselves. We did visit the marketplace shops (a secure area) and found the people warm and some of the shops with unique wares. There were a lot of mahogany wood products, crafted right on the island, not from China. Some real artistic craftsmanship in the products.

Cozumel

We went ashore to the DUFRY, duty free market place. The duty free store products and prices were similar to Roatan, except for the Mexican products, like Mexican vanilla and some liqueur, the prices were lower. There were 30 stores ALL selling the SAME products. They were clean but the ALL had painted wood, NFL backpacks, ugly Mexican clothing, large Mexican hats, over-priced chocolates and cocoa, and some leather products and toys. A FEW unique shops were scattered around the mall. Those were a joy to visit. Those didn’t need a “barker” trying to sway you into their store. We walked down to Caraloha, a bamboo made products store. As soon as you carried a shopping bag you were an easy target for the “barkers” yelling at you to come into their store. I guess they figured out you bought something there, why not me? But that city street was much cleaner then Georgetown, Grand Cayman.

Princess Cays

The first thing we did was a Dune Buggy excursion to see the island. It was a 2 hour trip to Lighthouse Beach. It was a bit too slow for us. We could have made it to the beach in half the time and still drove safely. The beach was beautiful and the surrounding limestone cliffs were amazing. We suggested they put the slow drivers in the back of the parade and let the rest have a little fun in the sand and puddles. Bernadette was terrific! She loved her little island and was very proud of it. The history of the island was interesting too. Just would have been more fun had the first driver in line not been such a slowpoke. We went from the dune buggies straight to lunch. There were lines but it is not Princess’ fault that the lines move so slow. The food is out and ready. We can’t understand what takes so long to put a patty on a bun and move along. The beach was larger than we anticipated. There were plenty of lounge chairs, but maybe not in the sun or shade you may prefer. We did notice that there were people at the Horizon Court around 4ish, snacking. The lunch just wasn’t that filling. The cay was very clean and it was a nice day.

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