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Ruby Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
1,955 reviews

Location is everything

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Ruby Princess
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2014

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.

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