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A few quick hits (a few misses) from our week on the Ruby -- Background -- 40s - our 8th cruise on Princess, first time to Alaska and travelling with another couple. Embarkation -- Arrived in Seattle the morning of departure so headed on over to the port arriving around 11:15. Something different in Seattle, compared to Port Everglades, is that porters for luggage are nearly non-existent unless you are arriving via bus or shuttle. After some confusion we found that we just roll our luggage into the departure hall where it was taken from us. Quickly through check in and our number had already been called so we went straight to the ship and where to our room to drop our carry-ons and up to Horizon before noon. Cabin We had a mini-suite on Dolphin (D422) and took the bait for Club Class. Standard Princess Mini-suite as for size and decor. This was our first time with the new mattress and I will admit that it is much more plush than the previous more firm version. Food/Dining/Wine/Etc Most nights we started the evening in Vines and on the first night discovered that they were out of certain wines on their list. Oddly, they were out of the exact one (Sancerre) that they were out of on the Royal last September. However, they do still have the 50th Anniversary sparkling wine that the waiter admitted they they may finally be about done with many years after the anniversary. We found the same issue some evenings in the dining room for bottles that we wanted. As for Club Class dining, it worked for us. We generally like to eat at about the same time each night but don't like the full restriction of the traditional dining. We found that the staff and set up in Club Class dining was excellent. Each evening there was generally an app and entree special not listed on the menu and many nights and lunches the head waiter was preparing something special table side (some hits and misses with this). Due to our experience for dinner we ended up eating most meals (breakfast and lunch) in the main dining room thus avoiding the hectic Horizon/Caribe areas. In our opinions the food was good to very good on this cruise. A noticeable step up from our last cruise on the Royal. We do wish that they would not be afraid to put a little spice/flavor in some of the dishes though. We also did chef's table one night which was outstanding as always. Be prepared to loosen the belt, open your palate, and enjoy. Entertainment The cruise staff was very visible throughout the cruise. We found that many of their games and activities were not attended by many passengers which was disappointing. Toward the end of the cruise, trivia and various forms seemed to be the only things going on. We attended one of the shows and, not be rude, but found that some of the singers must have slipped through the audition process. It was very tough to listen too. On the other hand, the outside talent on the ship was excellent. The enrichment talks held on board were numerous and very well attended. Some were better than others but it was a pleasant alternative to spend an hour each afternoon actually learning something about the area we were cruising too, versus being sold to (gold chains by the inch, Diamonds International, champagne art auction). Service This is where the Ruby truly shined for us. From start to finish (with the exception of a couple late night wait staff in explorers lounge) we were always greeted by name and with smiles. We have found that on ships where Generoso is the maitre 'd the level of service by the food/beverage staff is just a step above the other ships. Ports One negative was the disembarkation at a couple of the ports. Due to extremely low tides during our stops the decks used for early departure were 6 and 7 -- this resulted in a cluster and lines wrapping through dining rooms and the casino to get off the ship. Crew were stationed to "assist" but the rudeness of many passengers made it an unpleasant experience. Juneau -- Mendenhall Paddle and Trek -- Canoe across Mendenhall Lake and a 2.5 hour Trek on the Glacier -- amazing to actually be up on the glacier. There were only 6 of us on this excursion which added to its high marks. Skagway -- Heli/Hike/Train -- Helicopter over a rain forest valley, four mile hike along a glacial river, and then a return trip to Skagway on the White Pass Rail. Incredible views and a great day. Ketchikan -- Halibut Fishing -- four of us plus a boat captain -- three hours of fishing and we all four kept the captain busy pulling fish out constantly including the much anticipated halibut. Glacier Bay -- Not to be missed -- we were lucky to see huge calving on the port side and words cannot explain the sounds and sights of this "port." Victoria -- Due to timing we did not do any excursions here. Disembarkation Easy Peasy -- Had a leisurely breakfast in the main dining room and then waited for 10 minutes in the Wheelhouse before heading out. Overall impressions -- This was a great cruise on a great ship.

The Ruby Remains our Favorite

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by vatausae

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
A few quick hits (a few misses) from our week on the Ruby --

Background -- 40s - our 8th cruise on Princess, first time to Alaska and travelling with another couple.

Embarkation -- Arrived in Seattle the morning of departure so headed on over to the port arriving around 11:15. Something different in Seattle, compared to Port Everglades, is that porters for luggage are nearly non-existent unless you are arriving via bus or shuttle. After some confusion we found that we just roll our luggage into the departure hall where it was taken from us. Quickly through check in and our number had already been called so we went straight to the ship and where to our room to drop our carry-ons and up to Horizon before noon.

Cabin

We had a mini-suite on Dolphin (D422) and took the bait for Club Class. Standard Princess Mini-suite as for size and decor. This was our first time with the new mattress and I will admit that it is much more plush than the previous more firm version.

Food/Dining/Wine/Etc

Most nights we started the evening in Vines and on the first night discovered that they were out of certain wines on their list. Oddly, they were out of the exact one (Sancerre) that they were out of on the Royal last September. However, they do still have the 50th Anniversary sparkling wine that the waiter admitted they they may finally be about done with many years after the anniversary. We found the same issue some evenings in the dining room for bottles that we wanted.

As for Club Class dining, it worked for us. We generally like to eat at about the same time each night but don't like the full restriction of the traditional dining. We found that the staff and set up in Club Class dining was excellent. Each evening there was generally an app and entree special not listed on the menu and many nights and lunches the head waiter was preparing something special table side (some hits and misses with this). Due to our experience for dinner we ended up eating most meals (breakfast and lunch) in the main dining room thus avoiding the hectic Horizon/Caribe areas. In our opinions the food was good to very good on this cruise. A noticeable step up from our last cruise on the Royal. We do wish that they would not be afraid to put a little spice/flavor in some of the dishes though. We also did chef's table one night which was outstanding as always. Be prepared to loosen the belt, open your palate, and enjoy.

Entertainment

The cruise staff was very visible throughout the cruise. We found that many of their games and activities were not attended by many passengers which was disappointing. Toward the end of the cruise, trivia and various forms seemed to be the only things going on. We attended one of the shows and, not be rude, but found that some of the singers must have slipped through the audition process. It was very tough to listen too. On the other hand, the outside talent on the ship was excellent. The enrichment talks held on board were numerous and very well attended. Some were better than others but it was a pleasant alternative to spend an hour each afternoon actually learning something about the area we were cruising too, versus being sold to (gold chains by the inch, Diamonds International, champagne art auction).

Service

This is where the Ruby truly shined for us. From start to finish (with the exception of a couple late night wait staff in explorers lounge) we were always greeted by name and with smiles. We have found that on ships where Generoso is the maitre 'd the level of service by the food/beverage staff is just a step above the other ships.

Ports

One negative was the disembarkation at a couple of the ports. Due to extremely low tides during our stops the decks used for early departure were 6 and 7 -- this resulted in a cluster and lines wrapping through dining rooms and the casino to get off the ship. Crew were stationed to "assist" but the rudeness of many passengers made it an unpleasant experience.

Juneau -- Mendenhall Paddle and Trek -- Canoe across Mendenhall Lake and a 2.5 hour Trek on the Glacier -- amazing to actually be up on the glacier. There were only 6 of us on this excursion which added to its high marks.

Skagway -- Heli/Hike/Train -- Helicopter over a rain forest valley, four mile hike along a glacial river, and then a return trip to Skagway on the White Pass Rail. Incredible views and a great day.

Ketchikan -- Halibut Fishing -- four of us plus a boat captain -- three hours of fishing and we all four kept the captain busy pulling fish out constantly including the much anticipated halibut.

Glacier Bay -- Not to be missed -- we were lucky to see huge calving on the port side and words cannot explain the sounds and sights of this "port."

Victoria -- Due to timing we did not do any excursions here.

Disembarkation

Easy Peasy -- Had a leisurely breakfast in the main dining room and then waited for 10 minutes in the Wheelhouse before heading out.

Overall impressions -- This was a great cruise on a great ship.
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Cabin Review

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M1 D422
Club Class room -- strait across from entrance to stairs behind central elevators, very convenient.
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