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What Princess Cruise Lines won’t tell US citizens embarking from Australia. They will try to cheat you! 1. Although you purchase everything in US dollars, your onboard credit you were promised is not in US Dollars anymore, but in AUD. We were jipped! 2. TIP: Usually the tip is mandatory/included in most cruises for US citizens, but you do NOT have to pay the fixed tip for Embarking from Australia(there may be other countries too). They make it seem as if it is mandatory fixed tip, but it is not. We spoke to some Australians who said Princess bully’s US citizens into thinking its mandatory tip, but in fact it’s not. You can personally tip what you want to who you want. We tipped the servers/crew in cash. You have to be persistent when speaking to Guest services to make this change on your account. We spoke to 2 guest services representative & they kept saying the tip is mandatory, but that is NOT true. We were able to change it after speaking to another managing representative. You could definitely choose to have the automatic fixed tip distributed to the crew & that’s your prerogative. I’m just saying you have a choice/option to opt out & it’s not mandatory. You do have to use that “tip” money onboard. It came out to about $400 AUD for the 14 day cruise. I chose to buy other things onboard with that & pay cash tip. Hope this helps. 3. Jinex Bay, Fiji - pay the $15 on the cruise line if you want to snorkel there. We tried to pay it when we got there & they denied us entry. 4. Lougenia, Fiji - (some say this is the most beautiful place in the South Pacific). princess doesn’t have any excursions to this location. when you get off the boat there’s a table that sells the tours around the island if you don’t want to pay an arm & a leg for the Princess Excursions. The lady at this table says there’s no transportation to Lougenia & no taxis. That is false. You will have to ask a few other people away from that table for a taxi to get there. We did not know this & hard lesson learned. Never got to go to Lougenia :(. 5. Service overall was subpar to other cruise lines. We had a great waiter, but everything else was below avg in our opinion. 6. By far the worst food of all cruises we have cruised with. We went with a couple who has gone on over 25 cruises & they agreed the food was horrible. 7. Twin beds don’t even come with fitted sheets. Most of the bedding slides off to the floor & we end up having to remake our bed in the middle of the night. 8. Just learn from our mistake. Don’t go on the Ruby.

By far the worst cruise. Don’t go on the Ruby

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by OhDang

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
What Princess Cruise Lines won’t tell US citizens embarking from Australia. They will try to cheat you!

1. Although you purchase everything in US dollars, your onboard credit you were promised is not in US Dollars anymore, but in AUD. We were jipped!

2. TIP: Usually the tip is mandatory/included in most cruises for US citizens, but you do NOT have to pay the fixed tip for Embarking from Australia(there may be other countries too). They make it seem as if it is mandatory fixed tip, but it is not. We spoke to some Australians who said Princess bully’s US citizens into thinking its mandatory tip, but in fact it’s not. You can personally tip what you want to who you want. We tipped the servers/crew in cash. You have to be persistent when speaking to Guest services to make this change on your account. We spoke to 2 guest services representative & they kept saying the tip is mandatory, but that is NOT true. We were able to change it after speaking to another managing representative. You could definitely choose to have the automatic fixed tip distributed to the crew & that’s your prerogative. I’m just saying you have a choice/option to opt out & it’s not mandatory. You do have to use that “tip” money onboard. It came out to about $400 AUD for the 14 day cruise. I chose to buy other things onboard with that & pay cash tip. Hope this helps.

3. Jinex Bay, Fiji - pay the $15 on the cruise line if you want to snorkel there. We tried to pay it when we got there & they denied us entry.

4. Lougenia, Fiji - (some say this is the most beautiful place in the South Pacific). princess doesn’t have any excursions to this location. when you get off the boat there’s a table that sells the tours around the island if you don’t want to pay an arm & a leg for the Princess Excursions. The lady at this table says there’s no transportation to Lougenia & no taxis. That is false. You will have to ask a few other people away from that table for a taxi to get there. We did not know this & hard lesson learned. Never got to go to Lougenia :(.

5. Service overall was subpar to other cruise lines. We had a great waiter, but everything else was below avg in our opinion.

6. By far the worst food of all cruises we have cruised with. We went with a couple who has gone on over 25 cruises & they agreed the food was horrible.

7. Twin beds don’t even come with fitted sheets. Most of the bedding slides off to the floor & we end up having to remake our bed in the middle of the night.

8. Just learn from our mistake. Don’t go on the Ruby.
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
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5. Our room although was obstructed, we could see a decent amount through our window. It was not completely obstructed. However, it was dated & tiny. No couch included. Drapes for shower curtain. They don’t have fitted twin sheets & just flat sheets for the bed, so your sheet ends up half on the floor & you end up having to make your own bed in the middle of the night.
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