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This is how I would describe our little jaunt down the West Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles. We couldn't believe it when we saw that a cruise ship was scheduled to depart Vancouver in the middle of December so we just had to try it. Apparently so did a lot of other folks as it was pretty much full. A lot of passengers were continuing on to Hawaii from Los Angeles but there were certainly many who were just doing the three day cruise. The Ruby was fresh out of two weeks in Victoria where she received quite a few changes. Lots of new carpets throughout, some new or reupholstered furniture, very likely a mechanical tune up and lots of polishing and cleaning according to the crew members we spoke to. The biggest visible change was the conversion of Sabatini's Restaurant into the new Curtis Stone "Share" restaurant. The Wheelhouse Bar was also morphed into the new Salty Dog Pub but this was a much less noticeable change. No major complaints about the cruise except maybe the fact that there were lots of young children on board which in itself is not the issue, more of the fact that none of these children seemed to have bedtimes and so were running around the ship late into the night. In fact, on more than one occasion they were allowed by their parents to run around during the evening entertainment including climbing on stage in the Explorers Lounge during the show of the comedian and also running across the floor of the Piazza during the juggler/acrobatic show. None of this is the fault of Princess and the entertainers handled it really well, but complete lack of judgement and control by the parents, not to mention extremely rude and lack of consideration to the performers and to the other passengers trying to enjoy the shows. The food was good but not outstanding. The Horizon was crowded for breakfast and the choices not up to the usual standards. We dined one night in the Crown Grill which was excellent. The next night we dined at Share where we found the food very good but the decor a little stark and the third night we ate at the Crab Shack which was also very good but couldn't ignore the fact that we were in the Horizon Cafe. We always dine "traditional" style but thought we would give the anytime dining a try as it was only for three nights but will definitely go back to traditional on our next cruise. The service in all dining ares was excellent. The entertainment was very good. Two production shows, both top notch but the theatre was extremely crowded and you did need to get there very early to get a seat. The comedian in Explorers was very funny but the highlight was the pianist/singer in Crooners. Princess really seem to have upgraded their entertainment as we were on the Royal Princess in November and remarked on the much improved entertainment during that cruise as well. Terrible disembarkation in Los Angeles and I have no doubt a lot of people missed flights as a result as we would have done had I not talked one of the staff in letting us off 90 minutes before our designated time. Again, this debacle was not the fault of Princess but US Customs who were insisting on everyone getting off the ship going through passport control individually. Would I do it again - absolutely. Will I sail with Princess again - for sure. Only one cruise to go for Elite status!!!

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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by patcee101

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
This is how I would describe our little jaunt down the West Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles. We couldn't believe it when we saw that a cruise ship was scheduled to depart Vancouver in the middle of December so we just had to try it. Apparently so did a lot of other folks as it was pretty much full. A lot of passengers were continuing on to Hawaii from Los Angeles but there were certainly many who were just doing the three day cruise.

The Ruby was fresh out of two weeks in Victoria where she received quite a few changes. Lots of new carpets throughout, some new or reupholstered furniture, very likely a mechanical tune up and lots of polishing and cleaning according to the crew members we spoke to. The biggest visible change was the conversion of Sabatini's Restaurant into the new Curtis Stone "Share" restaurant. The Wheelhouse Bar was also morphed into the new Salty Dog Pub but this was a much less noticeable change.

No major complaints about the cruise except maybe the fact that there were lots of young children on board which in itself is not the issue, more of the fact that none of these children seemed to have bedtimes and so were running around the ship late into the night. In fact, on more than one occasion they were allowed by their parents to run around during the evening entertainment including climbing on stage in the Explorers Lounge during the show of the comedian and also running across the floor of the Piazza during the juggler/acrobatic show. None of this is the fault of Princess and the entertainers handled it really well, but complete lack of judgement and control by the parents, not to mention extremely rude and lack of consideration to the performers and to the other passengers trying to enjoy the shows.

The food was good but not outstanding. The Horizon was crowded for breakfast and the choices not up to the usual standards. We dined one night in the Crown Grill which was excellent. The next night we dined at Share where we found the food very good but the decor a little stark and the third night we ate at the Crab Shack which was also very good but couldn't ignore the fact that we were in the Horizon Cafe. We always dine "traditional" style but thought we would give the anytime dining a try as it was only for three nights but will definitely go back to traditional on our next cruise. The service in all dining ares was excellent.

The entertainment was very good. Two production shows, both top notch but the theatre was extremely crowded and you did need to get there very early to get a seat. The comedian in Explorers was very funny but the highlight was the pianist/singer in Crooners. Princess really seem to have upgraded their entertainment as we were on the Royal Princess in November and remarked on the much improved entertainment during that cruise as well.

Terrible disembarkation in Los Angeles and I have no doubt a lot of people missed flights as a result as we would have done had I not talked one of the staff in letting us off 90 minutes before our designated time. Again, this debacle was not the fault of Princess but US Customs who were insisting on everyone getting off the ship going through passport control individually.

Would I do it again - absolutely. Will I sail with Princess again - for sure. Only one cruise to go for Elite status!!!
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