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The cruise was fabulous. Truly magical! My only complaint was that sometimes the toilet flushed and sometimes it did not. It was a system wide problem and Princess compensated us for our trouble. Still, it was annoying. The dining was wonderful! Food was delicious and our waiter Aurelia and Asst. waiter Lido went out of their way to provide service that went above and beyond. The shows were quite nice. Some of the guest entertainers were not to our taste. They were good, but they played a selection of music that was designed for people in their 80s. Movies under the Stars was great and not too cold. Blankets were provided upon request. The Naturalist onboard was an interesting and engaging speaker. The guest lecturer spoke on Olympic games and the Nobel Prizes. He offered some unique tidbits of information and had personally met many of the people he spoke about. We only booked 3 shore excursions through the ship. One of them was for a tour of the Bishop Museum. Unfortunately, the tour was cancelled and no reason given even though it was listed as sold out. Sadly, we were not informed of the cancellation until 2 days beforehand. By that time most of the excursions were already booked so we had to settle for a less than optimal tour. The best shore excursion was snorkeling in Nawiliwili. The company took pains to keep everyone safe and to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Ensenada was both safe and fun. We took a locally operated 45min harbor tour through Juanitos (located right along the ocean walk) for $2,50 per person. It was a great deal and got to see sea lions VERY close up (within 7 feet of them). Overall it had a few bumps in the road, but was still a fabulous cruise and would happily do it again!

A great cruise but had to play toilet roulette

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by kissthesnook

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
The cruise was fabulous. Truly magical! My only complaint was that sometimes the toilet flushed and sometimes it did not. It was a system wide problem and Princess compensated us for our trouble. Still, it was annoying.

The dining was wonderful! Food was delicious and our waiter Aurelia and Asst. waiter Lido went out of their way to provide service that went above and beyond.

The shows were quite nice. Some of the guest entertainers were not to our taste. They were good, but they played a selection of music that was designed for people in their 80s. Movies under the Stars was great and not too cold. Blankets were provided upon request. The Naturalist onboard was an interesting and engaging speaker. The guest lecturer spoke on Olympic games and the Nobel Prizes. He offered some unique tidbits of information and had personally met many of the people he spoke about.

We only booked 3 shore excursions through the ship. One of them was for a tour of the Bishop Museum. Unfortunately, the tour was cancelled and no reason given even though it was listed as sold out. Sadly, we were not informed of the cancellation until 2 days beforehand. By that time most of the excursions were already booked so we had to settle for a less than optimal tour. The best shore excursion was snorkeling in Nawiliwili. The company took pains to keep everyone safe and to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Ensenada was both safe and fun. We took a locally operated 45min harbor tour through Juanitos (located right along the ocean walk) for $2,50 per person. It was a great deal and got to see sea lions VERY close up (within 7 feet of them).

Overall it had a few bumps in the road, but was still a fabulous cruise and would happily do it again!
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Balcony
Cabin BB B610
Cabin was typical balcony cruise ship cabin with the usual tiny bathrooms and not enough outlets for charging electronic devices. Nothing special. New large TVs are nice with a wide selection of on demand movies. Other than having to play toilet roulette (will it flush? Roll the dice and let's see!) it was fine. As previously noted, the plumbing was a systemic problem and Princess did financially compensate us for our trouble. The mechanics who were working on the problem were polite and professional, even while vacuuming raw sewage out of the pipes.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Ensenada
    $2,50 for a 45 min boat tour. Juanito does not speak much English so don't expect any narration. Got within 7 feet of a California sea lion pup! Just turn left along the ocean walk and keep going until you see Juanitos. Best deal around!
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  • City Tour
    We were disappointed that our previously booked excursion to the BIshop Museum was cancelled. It was irritating that many people with disabilities were on this tour and took so long to get on and off bus that our time at each spot was greatly reduced.
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  • Snorkeling
    It was the most memorable experience of the cruise! Truly magical! However, the only problem was, despite being asked about respiratory and cardiac problems, a woman with COPD did not speak up. She was unable to manage the 800ft walk to the beach and became quite short of breath. PLEASE DO NOT take this tour if you are not physically fit. Her stubbornness dampened the enjoyment of everyone else
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  • Maui Ocean Center
    Ocean Center was nice but very small. It was not anything that could not have been seen at most other aquariums. The lack of sea mammals, while understandable, was disappointing. Had an enjoyable talk with their shark expert.
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  • Maui Tropical Plantation
    It was OK. Oddly enough the best part was feeding the ducks at the Plantation. It was not anything particularly special.
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