Ruby Princess Cruise Review by landlockedinco
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Mexican Riviera
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Pros: Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever experienced, and the stateroom was ready upon boarding at 12:30.
Stateroom: We had Mini-suite E721 which was very spacious with a very comfortable bed and covered balcony. Decor is somewhat dated, couch sat very low and not comfortable. Nice layout with tons of storage. Wonderful room steward although, initially, there was a lot of dusty/dirty surfaces but our room steward apologized and cleaned it up.
Dining: We had the early traditional dining at 5:00. Yes, it's early, but then you have the whole evening to make the first or second show of the various productions. We loved the food and service in the dining room. Well paced too, dinner didn't take forever, we had a table for 2 and enjoyed conversation with our table neighbors. Breakfast in the dining room was also excellent. As for casual dining, we loved their pizza - new york style - the best. The hotdogs were also delicious. Bar service was very good too.
Entertainment and Activities: We enjoyed most everything, we did trivia, dance lessons, watched events in the Piazza. Lots of fun and varied things. I especially liked the Explorer's lounge, great intimate venue for music or comedy. Some performances were great - some not so much. Wonderful cruise director - Natalie Costa. I like the $6 min. for blackjack . We spent some time in the Sanctuary which is a great space with comfy lounges, but it can be windy.
Service: Excellent service except that our tub was clogged, and was not fixed although we asked three times so we showered in ankle deep water. Used the ship's acupuncture doctor, he really helped my back. However, I didn't appreciate his tough sales pitch for more sessions.
Ports: Cabo was a tender port so don't plan an excursion too early. Great beaches on PV and at Mazatlan - Stone Island on own
Cons: Internet - worst at sea - until they implement their upcoming improvements it is so slow and you need to work in a public area to help with that, and you still get disconnected frequently.
Stateroom Location: Under out stateroom was a small smoking area placed randomly on deck 7 so smoke wafted to our balcony at times.
Stateroom - needs updating, bathroom really feels old
The rough seas caused me to be seasick on the last day, others were affected too, not fun.
The Ruby Princess is a very pleasant ship and never felt crowded. All in all, a great cruise, thanks Princess!
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