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We sailed as a family of 9 to Alaska. We had a one year old grandchild, our 5 kids (mid 20's to 30), my husband and I (50's), plus my elderly mother (80). I was worried before we left that our wide range of interests and ages would leave someone wanting more from the cruise. Embarkation was hectic but fine, no worse than an airplane trip. Before we set sail we did the mandatory safety briefing which was painless. We had 5 inside staterooms on Baja deck near the front of the ship. The Staterooms are small but well laid out. There is plenty of hanging space and luggage storage space so don't be afraid to pack more clothes than you think you might need because you DO NOT want to do laundry on the ship! As for being in an inside cabin we did not mind at all. The TV has a channel that is a camera from the bridge so if you don't have a window you can still see what's going on outside with the weather etc. Also, as we took a summer solstice cruise where the sun sets near 11 pm and is up at 3:30am, our sleep was not affected by the sun. Most people are out of their staterooms 90% of the day so if you need to be economical inside rooms are the way to go. We did traditional dining in Da Vinci and could not have been happier with this choice (10 out of 10). We ate breakfast in the Buffet (8 out of 10), had a very light lunch, then 5:30pm Da Vinci dining so the Grand baby could get to sleep on schedule. The food selection was wonderful and the service was stellar. Don't be afraid to eat in the dining rooms with a baby. If the baby couldn't eat what was on the menu they provided us with Gerber baby food on a silver platter! We split up for excursions and everyone had a blast. Yes they are a little pricey but do one or two of them if you can. We honestly had one of the best family vacations and plan to do another cruise as a family in a few years. The cons of ANY cruise is the upcharging. Photos, drinks, specialty dining, etc etc etc just be picky about how you spend those extra dollars! We waited till the end to pick the best family photo to buy. We also do not drink much alcohol but if you do you might want to choose a drink package! My advice for all those people on the fence, stop worrying, book it, and once you are on board make the most of it. It won't be perfect but it will be fun!

4 Generation Family Cruise on a Budget!

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by scotoriole

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We sailed as a family of 9 to Alaska. We had a one year old grandchild, our 5 kids (mid 20's to 30), my husband and I (50's), plus my elderly mother (80). I was worried before we left that our wide range of interests and ages would leave someone wanting more from the cruise.

Embarkation was hectic but fine, no worse than an airplane trip. Before we set sail we did the mandatory safety briefing which was painless. We had 5 inside staterooms on Baja deck near the front of the ship. The Staterooms are small but well laid out. There is plenty of hanging space and luggage storage space so don't be afraid to pack more clothes than you think you might need because you DO NOT want to do laundry on the ship! As for being in an inside cabin we did not mind at all. The TV has a channel that is a camera from the bridge so if you don't have a window you can still see what's going on outside with the weather etc. Also, as we took a summer solstice cruise where the sun sets near 11 pm and is up at 3:30am, our sleep was not affected by the sun. Most people are out of their staterooms 90% of the day so if you need to be economical inside rooms are the way to go.

We did traditional dining in Da Vinci and could not have been happier with this choice (10 out of 10). We ate breakfast in the Buffet (8 out of 10), had a very light lunch, then 5:30pm Da Vinci dining so the Grand baby could get to sleep on schedule. The food selection was wonderful and the service was stellar. Don't be afraid to eat in the dining rooms with a baby. If the baby couldn't eat what was on the menu they provided us with Gerber baby food on a silver platter!

We split up for excursions and everyone had a blast. Yes they are a little pricey but do one or two of them if you can. We honestly had one of the best family vacations and plan to do another cruise as a family in a few years. The cons of ANY cruise is the upcharging. Photos, drinks, specialty dining, etc etc etc just be picky about how you spend those extra dollars! We waited till the end to pick the best family photo to buy. We also do not drink much alcohol but if you do you might want to choose a drink package! My advice for all those people on the fence, stop worrying, book it, and once you are on board make the most of it. It won't be perfect but it will be fun!
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Interior
Cabin ID B211
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