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We chose this cruise mainly due to the itinerary, to fall in the middle of a month long trip to Australia. I do take the responsibility of not considering the amount of sea days vs port days. Four ports on a ten day cruise was too few, with three of the four being tender ports (too many tender ports). We are a couple in our late 50’s and felt drastically out of place on this mainly geriatric cruise. We did not feel there was enough to do and those sea days got pretty tiring. Napkin folding, knitting, and bridge (to name a few activities) are not our cup of tea. The production shows did not interest us, although we did check out the Rod Stewart impersonator, who wasn’t good. We did appreciate the Concerts under the Stars, although feel there are enough good bands out there not to have to repeat shows. We also enjoyed the talks from the Alaska crab fisherman and the boat pilot, these were good and would have liked more like these. Food was hugely disappointing, even since our last Princess cruise 5 years ago. The MDR food was bland. Food was often served luke warm. The Horizon court was always jam packed and never enough seating, this got old fast. And watching people cough, sneeze and handle food with their hands was disgusting, I realize not the cruise line’s fault. We ended up eating a lot of pizza and burgers at the outdoor grill, hardly good value for the cost of this cruise. The International Cafe became our go-to, we were sorry we didn’t discover it until later in the cruise. Tendering was horrible. In two ports we were required to pay for shuttle passes to get us to the city/towns. These costs should be borne by the cruise line. We did have an awesome excursion in Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting. The ship is old and shows its age. A good refurbishment might be an idea. The staff though, was excellent. Very friendly and smiling, always pleasant. We would likely not go with Princess again.

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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by CLang

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We chose this cruise mainly due to the itinerary, to fall in the middle of a month long trip to Australia.

I do take the responsibility of not considering the amount of sea days vs port days. Four ports on a ten day cruise was too few, with three of the four being tender ports (too many tender ports).

We are a couple in our late 50’s and felt drastically out of place on this mainly geriatric cruise. We did not feel there was enough to do and those sea days got pretty tiring. Napkin folding, knitting, and bridge (to name a few activities) are not our cup of tea.

The production shows did not interest us, although we did check out the Rod Stewart impersonator, who wasn’t good.

We did appreciate the Concerts under the Stars, although feel there are enough good bands out there not to have to repeat shows.

We also enjoyed the talks from the Alaska crab fisherman and the boat pilot, these were good and would have liked more like these.

Food was hugely disappointing, even since our last Princess cruise 5 years ago. The MDR food was bland. Food was often served luke warm. The Horizon court was always jam packed and never enough seating, this got old fast. And watching people cough, sneeze and handle food with their hands was disgusting, I realize not the cruise line’s fault.

We ended up eating a lot of pizza and burgers at the outdoor grill, hardly good value for the cost of this cruise. The International Cafe became our go-to, we were sorry we didn’t discover it until later in the cruise.

Tendering was horrible. In two ports we were required to pay for shuttle passes to get us to the city/towns. These costs should be borne by the cruise line.

We did have an awesome excursion in Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting.

The ship is old and shows its age. A good refurbishment might be an idea.

The staff though, was excellent. Very friendly and smiling, always pleasant.

We would likely not go with Princess again.
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