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We chose this cruise because we wanted to cruise Alaska again and also visit family in Seattle. This was the last cruise of the year to Alaska for Ruby Princess and the price was very good. The ship itself was very nice and clean. However the outside temp never got above 60 degrees F so there was no lounging on deck for us. Every day was foggy with drizzle or rain. Our room (E619) (category OY) is an obstructed ocean view room. The view is completely blocked by a lifeboat. They should charge the inside room rate for this room because there is no view. Life aboard the ship was good except the September weather was unpleasant so we could not spend much time on deck. We did take advantage of happy hour in the Wheelhouse bar where you could buy one drink at regular price and get a second one for $1. We only ate twice in the dining room. One experience was pleasant the other not so pleasant because our table server was slow and not attentive. Most of the time we ate in the Horizon Court which (generally speaking) was very good. I also have to mention the fish tacos that were offered at the Trident grill one day were excellent. The theater productions were very good as were a couple of other acts and musicians in other places but some were not good at all. One special thing about this cruise were the presentations and commentary of the Alaska expert aboard and the presentation by Libby Riddles in Juneau. Ketchikan - we did the rainforest hike and crabfeast. This excursion was excellent. All the Dungeness crab you can eat and it was delicious. We also saw a blackbear catching and eating salmon and harbor seals trying to catch salmon. Too bad there was a light rain falling the whole time. Tracy Arm - ship did not enter the fjord. Glacier is melting too fast so there is too much ice floating in the water. Global warming. Juneau - did not book any excursions. Rained all afternoon and evening. Skagway - we did the Red Onion Saloon (with breakfast) and suspension bridge tour. The ladies of negotiable affection at the Red Onion Saloon were a blast. Breakfast was good also (with as many Bloody Marys or Mimosas as you could drink). The ride in the White Pass and the suspension bridge would have been much better if the sun had been shining. Victoria - we did the Butchart Gardens tour. It would have been better during the daylight hours. The ship never arrived in port until 7:00 PM. The gardens are lighted and very beautiful at night but I think daylight and more than 2 hours are needed to really appreciate the beauty of the gardens.

September is not the month to cruise Alaska.

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by peacey

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We chose this cruise because we wanted to cruise Alaska again and also visit family in Seattle. This was the last cruise of the year to Alaska for Ruby Princess and the price was very good. The ship itself was very nice and clean. However the outside temp never got above 60 degrees F so there was no lounging on deck for us. Every day was foggy with drizzle or rain. Our room (E619) (category OY) is an obstructed ocean view room. The view is completely blocked by a lifeboat. They should charge the inside room rate for this room because there is no view.

Life aboard the ship was good except the September weather was unpleasant so we could not spend much time on deck. We did take advantage of happy hour in the Wheelhouse bar where you could buy one drink at regular price and get a second one for $1. We only ate twice in the dining room. One experience was pleasant the other not so pleasant because our table server was slow and not attentive. Most of the time we ate in the Horizon Court which (generally speaking) was very good. I also have to mention the fish tacos that were offered at the Trident grill one day were excellent. The theater productions were very good as were a couple of other acts and musicians in other places but some were not good at all. One special thing about this cruise were the presentations and commentary of the Alaska expert aboard and the presentation by Libby Riddles in Juneau.

Ketchikan - we did the rainforest hike and crabfeast. This excursion was excellent. All the Dungeness crab you can eat and it was delicious. We also saw a blackbear catching and eating salmon and harbor seals trying to catch salmon. Too bad there was a light rain falling the whole time.

Tracy Arm - ship did not enter the fjord. Glacier is melting too fast so there is too much ice floating in the water. Global warming.

Juneau - did not book any excursions. Rained all afternoon and evening.

Skagway - we did the Red Onion Saloon (with breakfast) and suspension bridge tour. The ladies of negotiable affection at the Red Onion Saloon were a blast. Breakfast was good also (with as many Bloody Marys or Mimosas as you could drink). The ride in the White Pass and the suspension bridge would have been much better if the sun had been shining.

Victoria - we did the Butchart Gardens tour. It would have been better during the daylight hours. The ship never arrived in port until 7:00 PM. The gardens are lighted and very beautiful at night but I think daylight and more than 2 hours are needed to really appreciate the beauty of the gardens.
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OY E619
The cabin itself is very nice and in a good location between the aft and midship elevators. This made it easy to get to just about anywhere except the spa and fitness center which are all the way forward. The only draw back with this room is the view is COMPLETELY obstructed by a lifeboat (see attached picture).
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