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I did so much research on this site before my cruise, that I absolutely want to contribute. This was my first cruise on Princess, only second cruise overall. I was surprised that most of the time it did not feel like a sold out ship of 3000 passengers. Unless you wanted to see a show in the theater or use the pool loungers, that is! Our ship left 12 hours late, in between storms, so no sail away party but we still made it to PV on time. The water was pretty choppy on all 3 sea days, quite chilly the first 2 days leaving LA. When the sun finally came out on Day 2 and the temp rose above 60, there wasn't a poolside lower to be had! It felt good to soak up some sun. Bring Dramamine, just in case. I didn't need it til the last day. Food was decent, nothing to write home about; the buffet served basically the same thing every day for the week. Tried the Crown Grill, the ribeye was excellent, as was the service. Tried the MDR Michaelangelo once, be prepared for a 2-hour ordeal....but since there was no extra charge I can't complain too much about entrees arriving before appetizers ;) The beds were super comfy, and the coffee was surprisingly delicious. The entertainment shows felt like high school productions but Cruise Directors Angela and Mark were hilarious! Whether speaking to a full theater or a group of folks playing trivia games or singing songs from the Grease soundtrack, they were both enthusiastic and witty. I thoroughly enjoyed Movies Under The Stars, on the nights it was warm enough to sit through the movie. The waitstaff was always pleasant, and they sure put up with a lot. Our room steward was basically nonexistent. We saw him maybe 5 times total all week, and our room was not vacuumed or dusted. Our towels were replaced occasionally; one time he brought us only 1 clean towel (2 people). I wonder if changing the way gratuities are paid has changed the level of service. This being my first cruise in 10 years, I can't tell.

Good time despite stormy swells

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by shanghaill2k1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
I did so much research on this site before my cruise, that I absolutely want to contribute.

This was my first cruise on Princess, only second cruise overall. I was surprised that most of the time it did not feel like a sold out ship of 3000 passengers. Unless you wanted to see a show in the theater or use the pool loungers, that is!

Our ship left 12 hours late, in between storms, so no sail away party but we still made it to PV on time. The water was pretty choppy on all 3 sea days, quite chilly the first 2 days leaving LA. When the sun finally came out on Day 2 and the temp rose above 60, there wasn't a poolside lower to be had! It felt good to soak up some sun. Bring Dramamine, just in case. I didn't need it til the last day.

Food was decent, nothing to write home about; the buffet served basically the same thing every day for the week. Tried the Crown Grill, the ribeye was excellent, as was the service. Tried the MDR Michaelangelo once, be prepared for a 2-hour ordeal....but since there was no extra charge I can't complain too much about entrees arriving before appetizers ;)

The beds were super comfy, and the coffee was surprisingly delicious.

The entertainment shows felt like high school productions but Cruise Directors Angela and Mark were hilarious! Whether speaking to a full theater or a group of folks playing trivia games or singing songs from the Grease soundtrack, they were both enthusiastic and witty.

I thoroughly enjoyed Movies Under The Stars, on the nights it was warm enough to sit through the movie.

The waitstaff was always pleasant, and they sure put up with a lot. Our room steward was basically nonexistent. We saw him maybe 5 times total all week, and our room was not vacuumed or dusted. Our towels were replaced occasionally; one time he brought us only 1 clean towel (2 people). I wonder if changing the way gratuities are paid has changed the level of service. This being my first cruise in 10 years, I can't tell.
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Interior
Cabin IF C521
No sound from any neighbors, and it only took a night to get used to the creaking and crackling in the ceiling as the ship flexed in the water. The last day and night there was a high pitched whine that was louder near the front door (but still audible from the beds). Had it happened earlier in the cruise we might have called about it, but since was the last day we just ignored it. Beds were comfy, and this location is very convenient to the mid ship elevators. Close enough to dash "downstairs" from poolside to use the bathroom!
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    After relaxing at the beach, we made our way to Senor Frogs and gave in to the tourist trade, with generic chips and salsa, really good sangrias and margaritas, and lots of entertainment by the waitstaff there. Plus there's a bathroom (none on the beach). They claimed their wifi wasn't working, so we spent our last hour awaiting the tender line to go down at Agave, where we had delicious frappucinos and free wifi. Nice, relaxing day.
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    Along the way we visited Las Palmas and had fresh fruit popsicles, a small private coffee plantation (free samples!), a tequila distillery (free samples!), and an outdoor restaurant where we snacked on handmade tortillas with guacamole and salsa. Once in San Sebastián, we explored the town, visited the silversmith, the cathedral, and had a delicious mixed plate lunch at the town restaurant. Best chile relleno I've ever had!

    All along the way, Cervando provided an engaging and informed history of the regions as we passed through, along with personal stories of his own experiences in this land he loves. His English is almost flawless, and his passion for teaching travelers about his homeland is inspiring. I wish Cervando could have been our guide for the other ports as well :)
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