Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Traveling Rip
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Mexican Riviera
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Although (rough guess) 80% of the passengers were seniors (over 60), the activities and entertainment was directed toward a MUCH younger crowd. Those 30 and under (crew and passengers) did enjoy the blaring music in public areas and "twerking" and gyrations of the young dancers. Half of the evening "entertainment" performances were done by a single hired performer or Crew Member. Apparently an effort to reduce entertainment expenses.
Strong smell of urine emanated from our bathroom as well as most mens public restrooms. You could smell the odor at the entrance of a couple of the restrooms, not just at the urinals themselves.
Rust was prevalent on balconies and exterior fittings. Buffet and pool side chairs were in need of repairs.
Most Service workers and managers seemed to be lackluster in their performance (more than other ships crews). A few standouts, but the vast majority did not seem happy or overly interested in their jobs.
Ship was quiet and sailed smoothly. Embarking and debarking was excellent.
One of most irritating aspects of cruise was having to put up with a constant nagging by Cruise Director and staff to "buy more". Water, coffee, soda's, etc. incurred extra costs. Drink "packages" were quite expensive. Water was for sale for $2 (small bottle) that normally sells for about a nickle at Costco. Staff pushing passengers toward on-shore shops where they receive the biggest commissions.
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Strong Urine smell in bathroom. Called Steward and smell went away for about two days, then returned. Noticeable that when gratuities are prepaid, the Stewards are not nearly as evident or overly attentive - as when their tips depend on Superior services.
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