Overall, we had a pleasant cruise. In all fairness I do hold Princess to a higher standard than, say, NCL.
We got the distinct feeling we were dealing with a crew where most were in training. They lacked attention to detail and knowledge, which improved somewhat over the period of the trip. The ship was just not is the best shape. Rust stains were prevalent, and most of the trip included a rather unpleasant sewer smell near the bow and upper-exterior decks.
Food quality and variety were excellent, with the exception of the poor coffee in the Buffet. There was always something going on. Bars were themed and very comfortable. Alcohol drinks reflected variety and creativity. Cabins were very comfortable, and housekeeping service was excellent.
We really enjoyed the overall layout of interior and exterior public areas on the Ruby. There was no overall central large pool, instead a number of smaller, sectioned areas that allowed for cruisers with different tastes to gather. The same can be said for the sprinkling of Bars throughout the ship.
Entertainment was very nice, but nothing wowed us like our first Princess cruise that included Jeff Dunham and an Elton John impersonator. Mark, the Naturalist, and Tiki Dave, the Cultural guy, were the best, being both entertaining and informative.
We continue to be underwhelmed and mystified by the need for all the shopping and art auctions on board.
Ports were fine. One change we would consider would be to rent a car, especially to visit the Arizona Monument. Our tour drove us there and left us for 3 hours. Since the tour bus got there last, we did not get to take the boat tour, then were stuck waiting as the monument grounds do not take 3 hours to see. Lahaina was the best! Just get off the ship and wander around. No need for tours. People were friendly, and local dining and shopping were plentiful and reasonable. Make a point to walk into Kohola Brewing for a pint of excellent beer.
We are cautious about taking a third Princess Cruise.
Deck 11. The cabin was spacious and very comfortable. The steward kept our cabin impeccably clean. we especially enjoyed the daily chocolates. The aft of the ship is noticeably more motion oriented especially in rough seas, but we did not find it to be noisy in the least. Location placed us conveniently near the stairs and elevators, with the buffet directly above on deck 15
Just got on and off the Ship.
$20 tour. Small van. Great tour.
Wonderful tour that included a boat ride with narration one way and music the other.View All 85 Wailua River Reviews
On a large bus, Informative, but nothing special.View All 34 City Tour Reviews
Overpriced. They drop you off at the AZ monument where you get in line to get tickets to the ship. Unless you are on the last bus and tickets were gone. Best to rent a car, or take an Uber to get there on your own. You are then there for 3 hours, which was way too much time to tour the grounds.View All 70 USS Arizona Reviews
We got off the ship in charming, inviting, Lahaina and just wandered around shopping and eating. This was a great port for that kind of self tour.