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My husband and I (now in our 60s) had always been too busy to vacation much. When we decided the time was right to do that, we chose BIG. For us, that was a cruise around Alaska. We chose a cruise line that was noted for its wonderful cruises in Alaska, and that was Princess. We made a great choice. We were on the Ruby Princess with its beautiful cabins, terrific food, and detailed service. Every Princess staff member was courteous and helpful. We took the Inside Passage from Princess and were thrilled with the itinerary. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We enjoyed the two formal nights. I was surprised that more people were not dressed for the evening, but those that did looked lovely. In a world of jeans and tee-shirts, it was a great opportunity to play "dress-up" and lent an air of romance to our nights. We took our breakfasts and lunches onboard at the Horizon Buffet. Even though there were thousands of people onboard, we never had a sense of that. The one time the seating was crowded, other passengers were friendly enough to offer us seats at their table. We found the food to be very plentiful and good. Food that was supposed to be hot was, food that was supposed to be cold was, as well. I never felt I was in danger of getting sick. Food handlers wore gloves, there was hand sanitizers outside the buffet and the dining rooms, the plates were inverted, and a staff person was there to keep an eye on things. We had chosen our excursions online at home. That was a wise decision for us, as we had plenty of time to read about our choices. The excursions Princess offered were varied in both time and energy. The ones we took were exactly as described. The tour guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant. We loved getting up early to sail through the Tracey Arm Fjord. The trip could not have been any smoother, the water reflected the mountains with barely a ripple felt. Even in the glorious land of Alaska, the most magical moments for us were in the Crooners Lounge listening to Ray Coussins sing and play the piano. The talent that flowed from his fingers gave us such pure joy. Mr. Coussins, a longtime piano player for Frank Sinatra, sang and played a full repertoire of his songs. In addition, Mr. Coussins played his version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" that had the most "Fascinating Rhythm." What surprised us was how receptive Mr. Coussins was to his audience. He played requests that came from the audience, and he was happy to talk people after his set. Ray Coussins could be the "poster child" for the Princess slogan, "Come Back New." He had a unique ability to reach the members of his audience, cascade them with melodies, and take them to places where they forgot they had been. He mattered to people because he actually made a difference in their lives. His disarming way and his unparalleled ability to use music to evoke a myriad of emotions in people truly enabled passengers, not only to come back new, but come back better, much better. Mr. Ray Coussins was the diamond in a sparkling array of gems on the Ruby Princess.

RAY COUSSINS--HIGHLIGHT OF CRUISE

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Alison48

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
My husband and I (now in our 60s) had always been too busy to vacation much. When we decided the time was right to do that, we chose BIG. For us, that was a cruise around Alaska. We chose a cruise line that was noted for its wonderful cruises in Alaska, and that was Princess. We made a great choice. We were on the Ruby Princess with its beautiful cabins, terrific food, and detailed service. Every Princess staff member was courteous and helpful. We took the Inside Passage from Princess and were thrilled with the itinerary. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We enjoyed the two formal nights. I was surprised that more people were not dressed for the evening, but those that did looked lovely. In a world of jeans and tee-shirts, it was a great opportunity to play "dress-up" and lent an air of romance to our nights.

We took our breakfasts and lunches onboard at the Horizon Buffet. Even though there were thousands of people onboard, we never had a sense of that. The one time the seating was crowded, other passengers were friendly enough to offer us seats at their table. We found the food to be very plentiful and good. Food that was supposed to be hot was, food that was supposed to be cold was, as well. I never felt I was in danger of getting sick. Food handlers wore gloves, there was hand sanitizers outside the buffet and the dining rooms, the plates were inverted, and a staff person was there to keep an eye on things.

We had chosen our excursions online at home. That was a wise decision for us, as we had plenty of time to read about our choices. The excursions Princess offered were varied in both time and energy. The ones we took were exactly as described. The tour guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant. We loved getting up early to sail through the Tracey Arm Fjord. The trip could not have been any smoother, the water reflected the mountains with barely a ripple felt.

Even in the glorious land of Alaska, the most magical moments for us were in the Crooners Lounge listening to Ray Coussins sing and play the piano. The talent that flowed from his fingers gave us such pure joy. Mr. Coussins, a longtime piano player for Frank Sinatra, sang and played a full repertoire of his songs. In addition, Mr. Coussins played his version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" that had the most "Fascinating Rhythm." What surprised us was how receptive Mr. Coussins was to his audience. He played requests that came from the audience, and he was happy to talk people after his set. Ray Coussins could be the "poster child" for the Princess slogan, "Come Back New." He had a unique ability to reach the members of his audience, cascade them with melodies, and take them to places where they forgot they had been. He mattered to people because he actually made a difference in their lives. His disarming way and his unparalleled ability to use music to evoke a myriad of emotions in people truly enabled passengers, not only to come back new, but come back better, much better. Mr. Ray Coussins was the diamond in a sparkling array of gems on the Ruby Princess.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BE R734
We had a lovely balcony cabin. The balcony was definitely an upgrade since having the sliding glass doors gave the illusion of the room being much bigger. The bed was very comfortable giving us the best nights sleep ever. The closest had shelves which were adequate since there was another area that had hangers for more of our clothes.
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