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We chose this cruise for ship size and itinerary. The itinerary is GREAT. We loved the ports of call and the time in Glacier Bay was fantastic. We purchased our excursions through Princess and were happy with all of them. That is really where my rave review ends. The experience on the ship itself just wasn't worth the money in my opinion. Things are not well explained, the events/activities are subpar - many of them didn't run on time or were located in strange areas on the ship and way way too many of them sounded fun only to end up being essentially sales pitches. The Alaska specific programs were pretty good - naturalist and the park service - both very good info though with a bit of a political slant undertone which irritated a couple of people in our group. The ship itself is basic and nice. The food is abundant and pretty typical - good, but not outstanding, with the exception of the room service options which are slim and frankly terrible. The kids program sounds really fun online, but the actual activities weren't all that appealing to my 11 year old and the center is closed both at meal times and for family events which was strange and resulted in her missing several of the few things that she did want to do because either we hadn't realized she needed a parent with her to be allowed in or we were eating as a group at a different time then their meal time closure so she missed the programing around it. If you chose this cruise do it for the itinerary with little expectation of the ship programing and service. As with a lot of cruises also be prepared to feel nickeled and dimed - specialty restaurants, spa, and alcohol aside as we expected those, we did not expect things like hot chocolate, ice cream sandwiches, certain burgers, and fitness classes to be extra charges - it's irritating to spend thousands for a vacation and then be charged a dollar here and $8 there. Even the wine tasting at $25pp was a bit ridiculous given the overall spend.

Not something I would do again.

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by dac2019

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We chose this cruise for ship size and itinerary. The itinerary is GREAT. We loved the ports of call and the time in Glacier Bay was fantastic. We purchased our excursions through Princess and were happy with all of them. That is really where my rave review ends. The experience on the ship itself just wasn't worth the money in my opinion. Things are not well explained, the events/activities are subpar - many of them didn't run on time or were located in strange areas on the ship and way way too many of them sounded fun only to end up being essentially sales pitches. The Alaska specific programs were pretty good - naturalist and the park service - both very good info though with a bit of a political slant undertone which irritated a couple of people in our group. The ship itself is basic and nice. The food is abundant and pretty typical - good, but not outstanding, with the exception of the room service options which are slim and frankly terrible. The kids program sounds really fun online, but the actual activities weren't all that appealing to my 11 year old and the center is closed both at meal times and for family events which was strange and resulted in her missing several of the few things that she did want to do because either we hadn't realized she needed a parent with her to be allowed in or we were eating as a group at a different time then their meal time closure so she missed the programing around it. If you chose this cruise do it for the itinerary with little expectation of the ship programing and service. As with a lot of cruises also be prepared to feel nickeled and dimed - specialty restaurants, spa, and alcohol aside as we expected those, we did not expect things like hot chocolate, ice cream sandwiches, certain burgers, and fitness classes to be extra charges - it's irritating to spend thousands for a vacation and then be charged a dollar here and $8 there. Even the wine tasting at $25pp was a bit ridiculous given the overall spend.
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