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Ruby Princess Cruise Review
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Ruby Princess Cruise Review by arizoncarl1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

Paid over 14k for a 4 person cruise, GF and twin boys. First trip to Alaska so I did not want plain jane instead I opted for a mini-suite and paid for everything months before departure. This also included 2 nights in Seattle Washington. We were to stay at the Seattle Westin which I found to be a mistake after the fact.

The cabin says suite but rather it was like a normal room with very little walking room. The decor inside this room was greatly outdated, it appeared like something from the a 70's version of the prince of Arabia. Gold tones mixed with tans and white. There was 2 TV's which was a plus but the room which is said to be for four person had room for 2. Entering the door to the suite was a short hallway with a closet and entry to bathroom. Bathroom was sufficient but nothing to call home and praise. After the small entry you were in the bedroom area which took up a majority of the area. the entry way which was wide enough for one person to walk was the same at the foot of the bed. at the end of this short walk a outdated cabinet jutted out of the wall where inside was a fridge, very small fridge but the cabinet with shelves took up more space (unknown why). slide left past the cabinet was a shoulder wide walk to the nightstand and a worn/discolored couch that converted to a small bed. Above that bed was a pop out bunk that was even smaller with a very uncomfortable mattress. the head of the bunk and the end of the couch face a sliding door which opened up onto a balcony. this balcony had two chairs and a table which took up all the space. Definitely not like the photographs seen. Piled up the furniture so all 4 of us could get onto the patio together.

Weather was not on our side as 4 out of 7 days were cold with some rain. Did not see any ocean life except once we made glacier bay; seagulls. Most excursions were short with only one excursion being of any quality. Only exception was the zipline in Skagway which took up half out time ashore but was well worth it. Meals ashore were the same as those on ship, overcrowded. There was a plus while being ashore that there were more types of eatery's but wait times were long to be seated and because of the large crowds meals took way more time to get to you. The ships dinning while it had multiple choices of food you would find it difficult to get a seat at any of the buffet locations. Chilidog and hamburger restaurants and pizza were outside next the bar on the open deck but because of the weather were not the first option for dinning as there was seating outside in the cold air even bundled up it was not the greatest. I ate at the two specialty restaurants on the ship and while both advertise 5 star dinning it was far from this. Choices were very limited to the chef prepared menu which to me made it 2 less stars for choice. Meals were cooked right but the staff was dealing with multiple patrons at once which resulted in empty glasses.

Shopping on ship was ok but as I suspect the ship was trying to get you to buy a beverage package (which i did purchase) and thus stores had little choices for water or soft drinks. Shops onboard were expensive not having much for normal passengers; but there was a lot of high end stuff to be bought.

The person that took care of our room was by far the best at helping us in all our needs. He was the most attentive and to me deserved the most of the 700.00 us gratuities that were charged to my cruise by Princess cruises.

Visited Victoria on our way back from Alaska which was nice but it was only for a couple of hours. Its streets were overcrowded with tourist but eating was a good change as it was delightfully peaceful.

Seattle was our start and our end for this cruise. While the Westin Seattle advertised ocean views I would disagree as the view had a tower in the way cutting off 33 % of great ocean views. Westin upon our arrival did no have our room ready and thus had to wait with two tired teenage boys luggage and a Girlfriend who wanted to change cloths to see Seattle's sites. Arrived Westin After 11am obtained room almost 3pm. After complaining about the room not being ready and waiting for 3 hours We finally got to the room. I noted while waiting for everyone to shower and change the Television did not work. Called the desk and this said a technician would be up shortly. Prior to leaving to check out the sites in Seattle the technician arrived and advised there were issues with certain rooms (mine being one of them) and that there was no fix currently as they were waiting for the installer to get things straightened out.

Spent the rest of this day checking out different sites in Seattle, ate at local restaurants and had fun. Return back to the room for the night and still had no TV channels to watch. Next day checked out more sites, love the city. We had snacks at the space needle and main meal at Pikes Market. We all loved Pikes Market buying several things; Chuka Cherry was my favorite buy.

Flight to Seattle and back home was on Delta Airlines. I love the care and apparent cleanliness of the cabin; crew was very kind. Trip before this we also flew with Delta to New York and loved it as well.

Arriving at ship was simple as well as leaving the ship at the end of the Cruise, very coordinated.

Overall this cruise to Alaska was Blahhhhhhhhh. Can't add enough H's to it to describe it. Next time I will choose destinations such as Denali where I would choose to stay for 4 or 5 days and maybe stop at one other city to enjoy the day and night there. Actually spend some time in Alaska. The cruise is deceiving and should say Ocean and Inner Passage cruise with short stops in a few towns in Alaska.


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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

The cabin says suite but rather it was like a normal room with very little walking room. The decor inside this room was greatly outdated, it appeared like something from the a 70's version of the prince of Arabia. Gold tones mixed with tans and white. There was 2 TV's which was a plus but the room which is said to be for four person had room for 2. Entering the door to the suite was a short hallway with a closet and entry to bathroom. Bathroom was sufficient but nothing to call home and praise. After the small entry you were in the bedroom area which took up a majority of the area. the entry way which was wide enough for one person to walk was the same at the foot of the bed. at the end of this short walk a outdated cabinet jutted out of the wall where inside was a fridge, very small fridge but the cabinet with shelves took up more space (unknown why). slide left past the cabinet was a shoulder wide walk to the nightstand and a worn/discolored couch that converted to a small bed. Above that bed was a pop out bunk that was even smaller with a very uncomfortable mattress. the head of the bunk and the end of the couch face a sliding door which opened up onto a balcony. this balcony had two chairs and a table which took up all the space. Definitely not like the photographs seen. Piled up the furniture so all 4 of us could get onto the patio together.


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