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We've sailed the Ruby several times before and glowingly. This trip which features 4 days at sea from LA to Hilo, then Honolulu, Kauaii, and Maui on successive days and then 4 days back to Ensenada and a final sail up to San Pedro, Port of LA. If you enjoy the solitude and lack of regimen then this is for you. Hawaii as a port of call is top drawer with very much somehthing for everyone----and unlike the Caribbean ports.......an unmatched beauty with a omnipresent feel good vibe. Oh- And Volcanoes too. The Ruby joined the fleet 7-8 years ago and is looking a little long in the tooth....but clearly Princess/Carnival is aware. New beds went in recently, and they are terrific. Whether ship is rockin' and rollin' (2-3 days of the journey) or on ice like seas (1-2 days) the bed is a comfortable key to the stateroom For those with a balcony, there's no better sleeping potion than opening the balcony doors to a starry night and letting the crashing wave send you into a polynesian sleep. The stateroom steward was top drawer. Made a speical towel puppet of two swans for our anniversary. Seldom seen, never heard, he was super. The FOOD on the RUBY is decidedly the best we have had on a princess vessel in 10 years. The menus have changed to a wider variety and the preparations, notably FISH and PASTA are up a gigantic notch. The fettucine alfredo on all Princess menus is among the very best in the seven seas. Our waiter and busman combo which took us a couple nights to find, were spot on. They knew our likes and dislikes. Went out of their way to get us samples and/or mini portions so we could try a multiple of offerings........in general a really delightful dining experience. Ditto breakfast in the Da Vinci and lunch therer as well...... We only visited the buffet at the Horizon court up top. IT's pretty much the same buffet as other Princess vessels and food of all kinds for all tastes. We prefer the dining room ANY TIME dining. A couple of things come to mind in need of fixing........the carpets are looking a tad tired and worn both in common rooms and in the state room; the casino (our judgment is the Princess slots are the tightest on the 7 seas) slots are old and considerably behind the new contemporary (gaming style) sots. It's a busy part of the ship on a long cruise such as ours especially on a chilly or bumpy day. Deserves some upgrading. All the various activities from bingo to the diamond vision movies and video concerts out on the deck, from the ball room dancing, and hawaiian band in the atrium were entertaining. we didn't have an opportunity to see the individual featured performers as our dining time conflicted with their shows.----nothing ventured, we've seen most before. A group of children from HILO came on board from a dance studio there and performed a 4 5 minute tribute to Hawaii, the hula, the nuances of the Hawaiian dance. An exceptional show. Engineering wise Captain Cook took us out of San Pedro deftly and was underway when a passenger took ill and the ship had to return to meet the coast guard off of Catalina Island at night and off load the ill individual. The Captain assured us it would not affect the journey that lay before us........and it didn't. He was back in the shipping lanes an hour later and making up time. Ports of call: what more can you ask than the volcanos of the Big ISland, the charm, history and market place of Honolulu; the colorful traditions of Kauaii and the jaw dropping beauty of Maui. We even had a school of whales that winter in Mauii harbor entertain us with breathtaking leaps and belly flops. WE seldom take the ship's tours on the ports of calls as large groups in big buses are a turn off for us.... preferring smaller local tour operators that can change itineraries depending upon interests and or food requests or even personal hobbies.....and find more out of the way spots. During this cruise we enjoyed small tour groups in both Hilo and Honolulu. They are easily found, and many endorsed on Trip Advisor. Both were terrific. More costly than the ship tours in most cases....but terrific. Ensenada is a big city on the coast of Mexco. It is similar to all port towns (Nogales/Puerto Vallarta/Acupulco etc) A major change from HAWAII. If you're interested in medicines, alocohol there's copious liquor stores and pharmacies. The little children around the wharf have little tiny bead work and will hound you until you leave for the port and the safety of the ship. A day in Ensenada is a day in touristy Mexico. Ditton 20 minutes. Ruby Princess remains one of our favorites of the fleet.

10 Glorious Days at Sea, 4 in Hawaii; Terrific Getaway

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by blottoz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Hawaii
We've sailed the Ruby several times before and glowingly. This trip which features 4 days at sea from LA to Hilo, then Honolulu, Kauaii, and Maui on successive days and then 4 days back to Ensenada and a final sail up to San Pedro, Port of LA. If you enjoy the solitude and lack of regimen then this is for you. Hawaii as a port of call is top drawer with very much somehthing for everyone----and unlike the Caribbean ports.......an unmatched beauty with a omnipresent feel good vibe. Oh- And Volcanoes too.

The Ruby joined the fleet 7-8 years ago and is looking a little long in the tooth....but clearly Princess/Carnival is aware. New beds went in recently, and they are terrific. Whether ship is rockin' and rollin' (2-3 days of the journey) or on ice like seas (1-2 days) the bed is a comfortable key to the stateroom For those with a balcony, there's no better sleeping potion than opening the balcony doors to a starry night and letting the crashing wave send you into a polynesian sleep.

The stateroom steward was top drawer. Made a speical towel puppet of two swans for our anniversary. Seldom seen, never heard, he was super. The FOOD on the RUBY is decidedly the best we have had on a princess vessel in 10 years. The menus have changed to a wider variety and the preparations, notably FISH and PASTA are up a gigantic notch. The fettucine alfredo on all Princess menus is among the very best in the seven seas. Our waiter and busman combo which took us a couple nights to find, were spot on. They knew our likes and dislikes. Went out of their way to get us samples and/or mini portions so we could try a multiple of offerings........in general a really delightful dining experience. Ditto breakfast in the Da Vinci and lunch therer as well......

We only visited the buffet at the Horizon court up top. IT's pretty much the same buffet as other Princess vessels and food of all kinds for all tastes. We prefer the dining room ANY TIME dining.

A couple of things come to mind in need of fixing........the carpets are looking a tad tired and worn both in common rooms and in the state room; the casino (our judgment is the Princess slots are the tightest on the 7 seas) slots are old and considerably behind the new contemporary (gaming style) sots. It's a busy part of the ship on a long cruise such as ours especially on a chilly or bumpy day. Deserves some upgrading.

All the various activities from bingo to the diamond vision movies and video concerts out on the deck, from the ball room dancing, and hawaiian band in the atrium were entertaining. we didn't have an opportunity to see the individual featured performers as our dining time conflicted with their shows.----nothing ventured, we've seen most before. A group of children from HILO came on board from a dance studio there and performed a 4 5 minute tribute to Hawaii, the hula, the nuances of the Hawaiian dance. An exceptional show.

Engineering wise Captain Cook took us out of San Pedro deftly and was underway when a passenger took ill and the ship had to return to meet the coast guard off of Catalina Island at night and off load the ill individual. The Captain assured us it would not affect the journey that lay before us........and it didn't. He was back in the shipping lanes an hour later and making up time.

Ports of call: what more can you ask than the volcanos of the Big ISland, the charm, history and market place of Honolulu; the colorful traditions of Kauaii and the jaw dropping beauty of Maui. We even had a school of whales that winter in Mauii harbor entertain us with breathtaking leaps and belly flops. WE seldom take the ship's tours on the ports of calls as large groups in big buses are a turn off for us.... preferring smaller local tour operators that can change itineraries depending upon interests and or food requests or even personal hobbies.....and find more out of the way spots. During this cruise we enjoyed small tour groups in both Hilo and Honolulu. They are easily found, and many endorsed on Trip Advisor. Both were terrific. More costly than the ship tours in most cases....but terrific.

Ensenada is a big city on the coast of Mexco. It is similar to all port towns (Nogales/Puerto Vallarta/Acupulco etc) A major change from HAWAII. If you're interested in medicines, alocohol there's copious liquor stores and pharmacies. The little children around the wharf have little tiny bead work and will hound you until you leave for the port and the safety of the ship. A day in Ensenada is a day in touristy Mexico. Ditton 20 minutes.

Ruby Princess remains one of our favorites of the fleet.
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