Ruby Princess Cruise Review by anndeb
- Sail Date: March 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Flew in the day before staying in Long Beach at the Hampton -- the service and room was wonderful. Great area with small restaurants right across the street. Got a Lyft to the port the next day which took over a half hour.
Embarkation was disappointing as I felt like they were herding cows -- "go there, go here" and some of the workers were rude even yelling at us for going where we were told to go!! So it wasn't a good start. Disembarking was better but they need more porters as my husband had to go outside the terminal to get someone to help with the luggage.
We had a balcony room on deck 10 -- the balcony was the biggest we've ever had. The room was very nice/clean - closet was huge. Lots of room to store things. The BED was the most comfortable we've ever had on a cruise. Our room steward was so helpful and kept our room clean daily -- and our sheets were changed at least three times during our 15 days onboard.
Food was the most disappointing - only ate in the dinning room four times -- food wasn't anything to write home about so we ate at the buffet that way we could try some things and then go back to get what we liked. The service in the dinning room was great but unfortunely very slow getting the food out. Service in the Horizon Court (Lido Deck) was very good and attentive.
There was alot to do onboard - some of our highlights were -- Mark Harris a Naturalist who had so much to share about the ocean, birds, etc. The Walker Black Duo - a husband/wife team who did a fabulous job night after night singing in different lounges. Enjoyed a number of movies "under the stars" -- they provided blankets, popcorn, pizza and cookies!! They ran a number of movies and concerts during the day too.
Shore excursions --
Hilo - Volcanoes National Park - Kilauea -- so worth the trip. Never heard of this before but there was a free shuttle to Wal-Mart!!(I believe it was provided by Roberts Hawaiian Tours.) After our tour we jumped on the shuttle (10 minute drive) to purchase souvenirs and macadamia nuts!
Oahu - Island Safari Jeep Tour -- wow!! A 6 hour private tour of the island. Our guide was Sean who had a great personality and certainly knew the island. For lunch we stopped at Giovanni's food truck and ordered the most amazing garlic shrimp!
Kauai - Journey to Waimea Canyon (Roberts Hawaii tour). Nani was our bus driver - very entertaining and knowelable. Waimea Canyon is a must see - Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Maui - Whale Watching Tour - so cool -- humpback whales. After the tour we stayed in town (which has a lot of little shops) then took the tender back to the ship.
Ensenada - disappointed that the ship had to stop here. We did take a shuttle to town - not impressed at all! Walked back to the pier and were glad to get onboard.
So overall our cruise onboard the Ruby was "special"!!
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