Ruby's aft was fantastic!: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Mumsie2u

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Ruby's aft was fantastic!

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We sailed on the Caribbean Princess on a similar itinerary last year and loved every minute. This cruise on the Ruby Princess was even better. The ship was very clean in every area and the staff really seemed to enjoy being on this beautiful ship. It's great to sail with people who love their jobs and understand the concept of "service." Since this ship had just repositioned from the Med, there were many cruisers from different countries and it was fun to get to spend time with different nationalities. Pre-embarkation hotel: We stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Courtyard Airport and CruisePort. Hotel provided a free shuttle from the airport as well as a free shuttle to the ship. In addition, the complimentary breakfast was fantastic. Rooms were clean and quiet. Hotel is located by a good seafood restaurant and also the Sport Fishing Hall of Fame.

Embarkation: We found embarkation at Port Everglades to be very well organized and painless. We arrived at the More port around 11:45AM and thought we'd be able to get right on the ship. However, because of the Coast Guard inspection (a good thing for a ship that has just come from overseas!)boarding was delayed for about an hour. We sat inside the terminal which was air conditioned and had restrooms. At the "all clear," boarding was effortless. After we checked out our stateroom, which was all the way on the back of the ship, we began the Scavenger Hunt to find all the fun areas of the ship.This was a great thing to do and we actually won a prize in the sailaway drawing! The tour of the Lotus Spa was really the best! They did such a good job of showing us all the amenities that we signed up for quite a few which included massages, exercising in the gym, swimming in the Sanctuary pool, and acupuncture with Dr. Martina. We are in our 60's and have some arthritis issues that we decided to address. We found the acupuncture treatments to be an unexpected benefit of this ship.

Stateroom: Our stateroom was a regular balcony stateroom on the Baja Deck, but at the aft of the ship looking out over the wake of the ship. It was wonderful! The balcony was 1/3 bigger than usual balconies with an overhang for shade. We could not see into a balcony below or above. Because of the breeze, there was never any cigarette smoke smell on the balcony. There were some food smells from the kitchens below but these were not offensive. This area of the ship did not seem any "tippier" than any other area of the ship. The view was always amazing and peaceful. We'll try to do this again.

Sea Days: We had 2 sea days at the start of the cruise and we found lots to do as well as relax during these days.

Dining: We were wait-listed for First Seating Traditional and so we experienced Anytime Dining for the first time. We ate in the DaVinci dining room the first night and joined 4 others at a table. Enjoyed the company, but found this dining room to be a bit noisy for conversation across the table. Our breakfasts were either in our stateroom or in the Horizon Court. Because we're not picky or huge eaters, we always found good things to eat there. Yes, at times it was hard to find a table by ourselves, so we asked other diners if we could join them and met some very nice people this way. The 2nd through the 10th evenings we ate at about 5:30PM in the Michaelangelo dining room. We met another couple that we enjoyed so much that we became traditional diners at a certain table at 5:30 every night. This standing reservation allowed us to get to know our Waiter and other dining staff. We were very well accommodated at a table by a window where it was quiet and delightful. The food choices were enough so that we could always put together a gourmet meal. Our waiter's recommendations were always very good and we came to trust his choices. One night he brought us one of every dessert on the menu for a sampler! Now that was fun! Less

Published 11/12/09

Cabin review: BBB756 Balcony

Cabin B756 on the Ruby was the best we've ever had. We were leery of trying a cabin on the aft, but our travel agent said these were much sought after so we took a chance. Lesson learned: trust the travel agent! Our stateroom was average size and the bathroom was adequate. The closet and storage spaces were very good with plenty of hangers and places to put all our clothes and "stuff". The amount of rocking and rolling was no worse than any other place on the ship. We loved the full-time shade and cool on our balcony and we were able to spend much more time there because we didn't have cigarette smoke drifting in from neighboring staterooms. The breeze doesn't allow it! The balcony was 1/3 larger than usual balconies which allowed for 4 chairs. The view was unobstructed and the best on the ship. We had no noise from above or below which was great. Hallway was very quiet because you wouldn't be there unless you were staying that far back. Fantastic stateroom!

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We chose the two-stop snorkel on the Seacow. We did this same tour last year also and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. The couple who operate the Seacow are wonderful guides in and out of the water and to ride on a boat that looks like a cow and moo's is the best!
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Grenada River tubing was a lot of fun! The van ride up to where the tubing starts is rather exciting to say the least. We were thankful to have a good, safe driver because we sure saw some crazy ones on the winding road up the hill. You get to see a lot of the landscape, culture, and people of Grenada before you get to the top to begin your lazy ride down the river. The company that operates the tour provides a very fun and safe tubing experience.
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As always, great shopping and inexpensive cab rides to the shopping district. Pay attention to the ship's shopping expert and enter the drawings offered at Diamonds International. We actually won a diamond and sapphire necklace there! We weren't able to do the tour to St. John we'd registered for because when we got our tickets on board, they were for an afternoon trip and we'd already booked Lotus Spa appointments for the afternoon. It was a Sunday, and the tour didn't operate in the morning. So...we shopped a lot!
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