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Third cruise but first time in Alaska. We selected this cruise for the itinerary. Our group was large and multi-generational (ranging from seniors to toddlers), with a variety of room types. STATEROOM - Excellent Our first time splurging on a mini-suite with balcony and we found it worth the price, particularly for sailing in Alaska (spectacular views all day - we saw whales and seals from the balcony!) and for wrangling young children who can't yet sleep in bunk beds without falling out. The room was comfortable and the view from the balcony was amazing. Several family members had purchased interior rooms and ended up spending most of their time in our room. Only caveat was a strong odor from the bathroom that was resolved by keeping the lid down whenever the toilet was not in use. DINING - Pretty good in the dining room, very tired of the buffet by the end Except for the first night, the food in the traditional dining room was generally quite good/decent. Our last cruise with Princess was a number of years ago, and we were surprised to find the addition of "for-charge" food items in the menu (e.g., extra $20 for a large steak). One family member did order off the "for-charge" menu and the portion size was enormous. Children's menu was limited to hamburgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, etc. which was disappointing if you want your kids to eat healthier than that for a week-long cruise. The lunch buffet had gone downhill from what we remembered, though we still enjoyed the fresh fruit. I was desperate for variety in food by the end of the trip. SHIPBOARD ENTERTAINMENT We enjoyed the one production show we made it to (don't expect Broadway and you won't be disappointed), and loved the live music onboard. In general, however, we found the activities to be very focused on shopping and tailored to an older crowd. Not a lot going on during the day for kids or couples not very interested in purchasing jewelry or t-shirts. The pool wasn't covered so it was often too cold to swim, so days at sea weren't particularly fun for us. A bit of a downer. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS The highlight of the trip for us was the opportunity to see Alaska. Juneau - Rented a minivan and drove to Mendenhall Glacier and St. Therese's. The Glacier was lovely for a short excursion until the huge buses arrived and then it was way too crowded. My least favorite port. Skagway - We did an independent tour with Chilkoot Charters, which was amazing. We took a small van out to Carcross with multiple stops along the way (max 25 people) and then the train back. Beautiful scenery, and highly recommend for a first experience with Skagway. Glacier Bay - We chose this itinerary because of the opportunity to sail through Glacier Bay, and this is where our balcony paid off. Marred by the lack of onboard activities for kids, which made it difficult for adults to enjoy the scenery. Ketchikan - We did the lumberjack show which was fine, and then walked around port. I would choose a more active shore excursion next time, with the opportunity to really enjoy Tongass rainforest. Victoria - We didn't dock until evening, so only had about an hour in the port (we walked to the fishermen's wharf and let the kids play in a local playground) before needing to put the kids to bed. This was a beautiful area and I wish we'd had more time to explore. I forgot how long it stays light out up north, and we could definitely have booked a trip to Buchart Gardens or a horse-drawn tour of the town. Overall pleasant experience but may try another cruise line next time.

Overall pleasant experience

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by ennekube

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Third cruise but first time in Alaska. We selected this cruise for the itinerary. Our group was large and multi-generational (ranging from seniors to toddlers), with a variety of room types.

STATEROOM - Excellent

Our first time splurging on a mini-suite with balcony and we found it worth the price, particularly for sailing in Alaska (spectacular views all day - we saw whales and seals from the balcony!) and for wrangling young children who can't yet sleep in bunk beds without falling out. The room was comfortable and the view from the balcony was amazing. Several family members had purchased interior rooms and ended up spending most of their time in our room. Only caveat was a strong odor from the bathroom that was resolved by keeping the lid down whenever the toilet was not in use.

DINING - Pretty good in the dining room, very tired of the buffet by the end

Except for the first night, the food in the traditional dining room was generally quite good/decent. Our last cruise with Princess was a number of years ago, and we were surprised to find the addition of "for-charge" food items in the menu (e.g., extra $20 for a large steak). One family member did order off the "for-charge" menu and the portion size was enormous. Children's menu was limited to hamburgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, etc. which was disappointing if you want your kids to eat healthier than that for a week-long cruise. The lunch buffet had gone downhill from what we remembered, though we still enjoyed the fresh fruit. I was desperate for variety in food by the end of the trip.

SHIPBOARD ENTERTAINMENT

We enjoyed the one production show we made it to (don't expect Broadway and you won't be disappointed), and loved the live music onboard. In general, however, we found the activities to be very focused on shopping and tailored to an older crowd. Not a lot going on during the day for kids or couples not very interested in purchasing jewelry or t-shirts. The pool wasn't covered so it was often too cold to swim, so days at sea weren't particularly fun for us. A bit of a downer.

PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS

The highlight of the trip for us was the opportunity to see Alaska.

Juneau - Rented a minivan and drove to Mendenhall Glacier and St. Therese's. The Glacier was lovely for a short excursion until the huge buses arrived and then it was way too crowded. My least favorite port.

Skagway - We did an independent tour with Chilkoot Charters, which was amazing. We took a small van out to Carcross with multiple stops along the way (max 25 people) and then the train back. Beautiful scenery, and highly recommend for a first experience with Skagway.

Glacier Bay - We chose this itinerary because of the opportunity to sail through Glacier Bay, and this is where our balcony paid off. Marred by the lack of onboard activities for kids, which made it difficult for adults to enjoy the scenery.

Ketchikan - We did the lumberjack show which was fine, and then walked around port. I would choose a more active shore excursion next time, with the opportunity to really enjoy Tongass rainforest.

Victoria - We didn't dock until evening, so only had about an hour in the port (we walked to the fishermen's wharf and let the kids play in a local playground) before needing to put the kids to bed. This was a beautiful area and I wish we'd had more time to explore. I forgot how long it stays light out up north, and we could definitely have booked a trip to Buchart Gardens or a horse-drawn tour of the town.

Overall pleasant experience but may try another cruise line next time.
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