We have gone to Hawaii on Princess before and had a great experience. We wanted to go again and explore more.
We had Princess arrange our flight and travel to the ship. This went very smoothly. We did wait at the airport for about 1 hour because our flight arrived at approximately 10:00 a.m and embarkation was not until 1:00 supposedly.
When we arrived at the Embarkation facility, it was very well organized and the lines were kept short. Princess has really refined this procedure.
We originally sailed on the Ruby shortly after it was built (2009) and it was shiny and new back then. Even though it has gone in for refurbishment recently it appears most of this has been technology based. The ship itself is showing its age. There is some wear and tear in places. (sun fading in the rooms, wear on the wood on the chairs in the common areas). Not enough to make us unhappy but if you are looking for a bright, new ship, this one is not for you.
We were in Baha 748 which was a rear facing balcony. I can't recommend this room enough! The balcony was larger than the traditional balcony and we had wake views for our sailing. The bed was marvelous and the bedding was luxurious. My husband is generally picky about his mattress and he slept well the entire time with no aches or pains.
Our room steward was fantastic! We tipped him daily and really developed a relationship with him and it showed in the care he kept in our room.
We did not access a lot of the entertainment but did go to the Piazza everyday and interacted with the cruise director staff. Jerry was a new staff member and he was very engaging. We really enjoyed him.
We chose the early dining option in the Botticelli dining room and the food was very good. Our wait staff were not really engaging which was disappointing especially as the next section over had a very good server who was super friendly and great with his guests. I think you have the luck of the draw on this one.
Our shore excursions were all private ones except the Adventure to Hana which we booked through Princess due to time constraints. We did an small plane flight above Kauai and found it the most enjoyable excursion we took. I highly recommend it. The vendor was Wings over Kauai.
I would love to take this cruise again and will continue to cruise with Princess.
Stateroom Number: B748
Type: Premium Balcony
Deck: 11 (Baja)
Bath Type: Shower
Connecting Room: N/A
Total Size: 268 sq. ft.
This was a larger balcony at the back of the ship on the left side. An excellent room only sharing one wall with another cabin. The cabin itself is just like any other but the balcony is deeper than others and you can see out the back and partially off the side of the ship. Totally worth the extra money!!!