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This was our first cruise in many years. We booked a Club Class Mini-Suite, just forward of mid-ship and loved it. It had just been refurbished with deep cleaning, new bathroom floor, and new wall-mounted large LED Flat Screen TVs. Queen bed is the new mattress and bedding. The room is spacious and very comfortable; we liked the subdivision of the room into living and sleeping areas. There is a huge amount of storage space. The bathroom includes a bathtub that while narrow is big enough to change your mind in. The balcony is huge, open to the air, but can be seem from all the decks above. The ship had just been in dry-dock and had recently been painted, cleaned, and some venues updated. As of mid-October 2018 Princess is in the early process of installing Ocean Medallion. They were starting to change out door locks as we disembarked. We had a great cruise with one exception. We booked the Crown Grill for my retirement dinner. The appetizer and soup were wonderful but our steak, the 16oz. Beef chop (bone in rib-eye) was awful. It was pour quality, tough, and gristly. It ruined the meal and we left. They did deliver my special desert to our room and it was very good but... Embarkation was a breeze except for being pointed the wrong direction for the club class embarkation waiting area. Club Class cruisers embark early with the suite and elite passengers. We had been to Victoria and San Francisco several times so we just enjoyed some the city. The only hassle was immigration, it was done on-board ship after docking in San Francisco. We waited in line almost an hour to have our documents reviewed. Poorly planned and executed. Luckily we did not have any excursions planned so it was just a delay. We visited family in LA. Disembarkation in LA was great but a little slow. No hassles.

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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by OR_Cowboy_1952

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our first cruise in many years. We booked a Club Class Mini-Suite, just forward of mid-ship and loved it. It had just been refurbished with deep cleaning, new bathroom floor, and new wall-mounted large LED Flat Screen TVs. Queen bed is the new mattress and bedding. The room is spacious and very comfortable; we liked the subdivision of the room into living and sleeping areas. There is a huge amount of storage space. The bathroom includes a bathtub that while narrow is big enough to change your mind in. The balcony is huge, open to the air, but can be seem from all the decks above.

The ship had just been in dry-dock and had recently been painted, cleaned, and some venues updated. As of mid-October 2018 Princess is in the early process of installing Ocean Medallion. They were starting to change out door locks as we disembarked.

We had a great cruise with one exception. We booked the Crown Grill for my retirement dinner. The appetizer and soup were wonderful but our steak, the 16oz. Beef chop (bone in rib-eye) was awful. It was pour quality, tough, and gristly. It ruined the meal and we left. They did deliver my special desert to our room and it was very good but...

Embarkation was a breeze except for being pointed the wrong direction for the club class embarkation waiting area. Club Class cruisers embark early with the suite and elite passengers.

We had been to Victoria and San Francisco several times so we just enjoyed some the city. The only hassle was immigration, it was done on-board ship after docking in San Francisco. We waited in line almost an hour to have our documents reviewed. Poorly planned and executed. Luckily we did not have any excursions planned so it was just a delay. We visited family in LA.

Disembarkation in LA was great but a little slow. No hassles.
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Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M1 D327
had just been refurbished with deep cleaning, new bathroom floor, and new wall-mounted large LED Flat Screen TVs. Queen bed is the new mattress and bedding. The room is spacious and very comfortable; we liked the subdivision of the room into living and sleeping areas. There is a huge amount of storage space. The bathroom includes a bathtub that while narrow is big enough to change your mind in. The balcony is huge, open to the air, but can be seem from all the decks above.
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