A dream come True: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by sheilalynne

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A dream come True

Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We have just returned from a 16 night Transatlantic cruise on the Ruby Princess.  This was our ninth cruise, and we have previously sailed with Cunard on the Queen Mary 2 and with Costa on the Magica.  We would not go with Costa again, and it would have to be a very special deal to go on the Queen Mary 2.
The Ruby Princess was all we expected and more.  We are Platinum members.
We flew from Canada to Fort Lauderdale and Princess arranged our flights.  They picked us up at Fort Lauderdale Airport and took us to the ship. We waited about ten minutes and then we quickly went through the checking in and we on board.  Very easy.

Formal Nights
We had three and everyone took part and dressed accordingly.  They were very nice evenings.

We were in the Traditional dining room, the Botticelli Dining Room, the staff were very courteous and efficient and bent over backwards to help you.  Also the staff in the Buffets More were also very efficient and as soon as you sat down they came to see what you wanted to drink in regards to tea, coffee or juices.   The food was good and you could always find something to suit your taste. The Pizzeria Pizza was also very good as was the Grill by the pool.

We went to the Explorers Lounge most nights, but also tried Club Fusion and The Wheelhouse Bar, the music and comedy was good and the service was excellent.

Laundry Facilities
We used the laundry room on our deck twice, we learned from previous cruises and took our own soap powder.  It is very handy to have the laundry, with washers dryers and irons.

We were on Emerald Deck and had a partially obstructed view, which we enjoyed being able to get sunlight in the room and to see where we were when docking.  The stewards on that deck were all very friendly and very efficient.

The activities on board ship were plentiful, there was always something going on. There was Trivia a couple of times a day, fun games in Club Fusion like Jeopardy and other passenger participation games, there was Bingo, Art Auctions, and Wooden Horse racing. Also dancing lessons, and musical entertainment on the Piazza every afternoon.  So lots to do and see.
We were supposed to stop in Monte Carlo but the  harbor was to rough for us to be tendered in so the entertainment staff quickly put together a program for the day.
There were movies in the Explorers Lounge some afternoons as well as up on Deck 15, and current movies shown in the evenings in the Movies Under the Stars.

We got off in Barcelona and were told we would be off by 9-45 am, and it was very much that time when we got off.  We stayed two nights in Barcelona at one of the hotels Princess recommended, and they did the bookings for us. They bused us to the Hotel and then two days later they bused us to the airport.  Great treatment and service by everyone, they even took our luggage right up to the British airways desk for us.
Our only complaint was the hotel seemed very expensive especially the hotel restaurant, it would be nice if Princess had arrangements with more moderately priced hotels.

The ship was beautiful and clean, bright and cheery.

Entertainment was excellent with Comedians, Singers and Musicians.

We really enjoyed our whole trip.

Our one other complaint was the Satellite reception on the TV was very poor. Less

Published 05/11/09

Cabin review: E D

We had a cabin with partially obstructed view. Very comfortable. quiet, bathrooms very small but lots of storage space.

Port and Shore Excursions

Again another beautiful city, but very busy with tourists, we didn't get to go into some of the Churches we were shown, but again although it was a full day you just couldn't see everything you wanted to.. We wanted to see around some of the local markets but that wasn't scheduled into the tour. They took us to a local Leather Shop/Factory which was very high end and expensive. We got goods cheaper at shops close by. Again a lovely meal in a hotel was provided. We also went to Pisa but again not enough time, to do both places in one day. One big plus was the radios we were all given and an ear piece so we could always hear what the tour guides were saying. We also had the same thing in Rome..

An excellent Port of Call. We again went on one of the ships excursions, up to the top of the Rock and to see the Tailless Apes. Well worth it. After the tour, we went shopping in the main street and lots of things to choose from.

We walked into the town on our own, it wasn't very far from where the ship was docked, unfortunately it was a holiday the day we were there so a lot of the shops were closed. But we had a good walk around and picked up some souvenirs. A very pretty place with lots of flowers on display.

Because the day we went to Rome was the European Labor Day the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums were closed, but we were excited enough just to be in Rome. We went on one of the Ships tours, and we went to the Catacombs, the Colosseum and to St Peter's Basilica. It was a long day and really not enough time. A beautiful meal at a hotel was included in the tour. We were disappointed not to see the Sistine Chapel, but were delighted with everything else we saw. And would go back in a heartbeat..

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