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This was our 13 th Cruise, all with Princes.Our Cousins from So. Cal. joined us in sharing a more affordable mini suite. My wife had just retired so it was a great way to start of her leaving the work routine. We have done this cruise 2 times before & have seen most of the Islands, so shore excursions were not important to us. We spent the night at their place and headed to port of L.A. Saturday morning. Although the San Diego Fwy. was super busy as usual, we arrived in about an hour's time, so far so good. The Port of L.A. was typically very busy at 12:15, but still able to board the ship by 1 pm. So much better, and more organized than Ft. Lauderdale. Despite the Crown Princess also in port, the lines moved fairly well, and we headed right on to the ship & the dining room for lunch of course. Typically, most head up to the Horizon Court Buffet, when first boarding, but it's always too crowded, & hard to locate an empty table. Off to our mini suite on Dolphin Deck 9, aft. We enjoyed a larger stateroom, & bathroom which came in handy with four adults sharing a room, over 2 weeks. Our balcony did not get cleaned thoroughly & looked weathered. We met our steward James, & he was quite friendly and kept our room serviced in an efficient manner the entire cruise. We even got a few "towel animals" made up for us, first time ever ! The ship inside looked very nice, despite some outside rust and rustic looking balcony areas. The Ruby will be undergoing some much need refurbishing in Victoria in December. Good luck trying to clean & paint exteriors there in the Winter ? The inside was spotless & in pretty decent shape considering the daily wear & tear. We had anytime dining and after waiting in line for an hour to see the Maitr'd we were assigned a specific table every night by 5:30, no lines, or waiting for us ! Our Waiter Daniel & his trusty sidekick Roderick took care of our every wants & needs, including our VIP Salads with avocado every night,yum ! Thanks to Daniel we were always out of the Michael Angelo by 6:40 even with desert,in plenty of time for the often sold out Princess Theater. Get there early, or you won't get a seat until the later show. Most of Princess loyal following is well over 60 and in bed by 11 pm every night, typically.Food, service & entertainment were consistantly very good, throughout our cruise. Our morning server Mirjana from Serbia was our best ever. Friendly, & personality +, she went above & beyond every day, & greeted us with a huge smile & hug ! Entertainment : Most were very delightful but two really stood out, vocalist Sonia Selbie, & Impressionist Tyler Bruce, soon to be seen on NBC's America's Got Talent. A huge passenger favorite was the Route 66 Lecturer Gary Shahan, & his road travel antics, so good ! The Princess singers & dancers did a great job highlighting 4 pretty good production shows, lot's of talent in their group. The 50 year Promo Balloon drop anniversary was pretty cool with the band & may dancing in the Piazza. So much to see & do, you just can't cover it all The Casino, wow, I finally made $ on two slots, Little Red, & the Asian Orb Machines. Two pretty decent jackpots, & I did'nt give it back ! It was so nice to finally take the $ and run, for a change. They did give away a few free cruises to the high rollers at the end of the cruise, nice touch,Princess ! The Islands are always nice but weather can be a pain sometime. We had rain of course in Hilo & parts of Kauai so Spring can be a real hit & miss. Maui is always nice, & warm & we finally made it into the Pacific at Babies Beach. The water was incredible, as was our lunch @ Bubba Gumps. All in all the food, service, & entertainment we received the entire trip was excellent, as usual. Thank you Princess for making our 13 th cruise, another fabulous vacation ! Can't wait to jump on the new Regal, "Caribbean Adventurer" Cruise in November. Aloha, & happy cruising !

Aloha on the Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by mrfviews

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Hawaii
This was our 13 th Cruise, all with Princes.Our Cousins from So. Cal. joined us in sharing a more affordable mini suite. My wife had just retired so it was a great way to start of her leaving the work routine. We have done this cruise 2 times before & have seen most of the Islands, so shore excursions were not important to us. We spent the night at their place and headed to port of L.A. Saturday morning. Although the San Diego Fwy. was super busy as usual, we arrived in about an hour's time, so far so good. The Port of L.A. was typically very busy at 12:15, but still able to board the ship by 1 pm. So much better, and more organized than Ft. Lauderdale. Despite the Crown Princess also in port, the lines moved fairly well, and we headed right on to the ship & the dining room for lunch of course. Typically, most head up to the Horizon Court Buffet, when first boarding, but it's always too crowded, & hard to locate an empty table.

Off to our mini suite on Dolphin Deck 9, aft. We enjoyed a larger stateroom, & bathroom which came in handy with four adults sharing a room, over 2 weeks. Our balcony did not get cleaned thoroughly & looked weathered. We met our steward James, & he was quite friendly and kept our room serviced in an efficient manner the entire cruise. We even got a few "towel animals" made up for us, first time ever ! The ship inside looked very nice, despite some outside rust and rustic looking balcony areas. The Ruby will be undergoing some much need refurbishing in Victoria in December. Good luck trying to clean & paint exteriors there in the Winter ? The inside was spotless & in pretty decent shape considering the daily wear & tear.

We had anytime dining and after waiting in line for an hour to see the Maitr'd we were assigned a specific table every night by 5:30, no lines, or waiting for us ! Our Waiter Daniel & his trusty sidekick Roderick took care of our every wants & needs, including our VIP Salads with avocado every night,yum ! Thanks to Daniel we were always out of the Michael Angelo by 6:40 even with desert,in plenty of time for the often sold out Princess Theater. Get there early, or you won't get a seat until the later show. Most of Princess loyal following is well over 60 and in bed by 11 pm every night, typically.Food, service & entertainment were consistantly very good, throughout our cruise. Our morning server Mirjana from Serbia was our best ever. Friendly, & personality +, she went above & beyond every day, & greeted us with a huge smile & hug !

Entertainment : Most were very delightful but two really stood out, vocalist Sonia Selbie, & Impressionist Tyler Bruce, soon to be seen on NBC's America's Got Talent. A huge passenger favorite was the Route 66 Lecturer Gary Shahan, & his road travel antics, so good ! The Princess singers & dancers did a great job highlighting 4 pretty good production shows, lot's of talent in their group. The 50 year Promo Balloon drop anniversary was pretty cool with the band & may dancing in the Piazza. So much to see & do, you just can't cover it all The Casino, wow, I finally made $ on two slots, Little Red, & the Asian Orb Machines. Two pretty decent jackpots, & I did'nt give it back ! It was so nice to finally take the $ and run, for a change. They did give away a few free cruises to the high rollers at the end of the cruise, nice touch,Princess !

The Islands are always nice but weather can be a pain sometime. We had rain of course in Hilo & parts of Kauai so Spring can be a real hit & miss. Maui is always nice, & warm & we finally made it into the Pacific at Babies Beach. The water was incredible, as was our lunch @ Bubba Gumps. All in all the food, service, & entertainment we received the entire trip was excellent, as usual. Thank you Princess for making our 13 th cruise, another fabulous vacation ! Can't wait to jump on the new Regal, "Caribbean Adventurer" Cruise in November. Aloha, & happy cruising !
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Cabin D633
Nice bathroom with xtra space which we needed, great shower & plenty of hot water. 2 TV's hardly used, but nice. Sofa sleeper for 2, not very comfortable for both of us, but for one, fine.Balcony a little weather beaten & rust, needs refurbishing !
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