We chose this date because we wanted to get away from Bay Area rain and winds. We had sunny days and no rain on our cruise! We liked this time as most children were in school with hardly any on the ship. We felt Princess is doing everything they can to keep passengers safe. Most Princess staff did not go off the ship at ports keeping less people to possibly get COVID. Ruby Princess staff was very welcoming and professional. Masks were worn on the ship by everyone. Entertainment was good and front two rows left empty. Restaurant options were given to dine with only your party, if preferred. We felt very safe and casino workers continuously cleaned spaces at machines left by players as soon as vacant. We enjoyed the boutiques which have new beautiful gift items to purchase. There were no lines as some passengers sadly cancelled due to personal COVID fears. Getting away and spending time together was great especially after the holidays. I highly recommend a cruise to change your scenery and come back home refreshed
We upgraded to a mini suite since it was available and the room was spacious. My husband could enjoy football games on the couch in our room or on the lounge chairs on the top deck! Our steward was amazing and took great care of us. Room service was delivered quickly and food was hot upon arrival. We enjoyed the entertainers every night! Crown Grill still serving up the best dinners with the finest waiters, and leave room for the desserts.
We took a taxi to the main shopping area and walked down to see the Opal Mine store which we enjoy every time. The jewelry and opals are beautiful to look at and Hugo is very helpful. We had lunch at one of the local restaurants where you can eat outside. The ocean is easily seen along the walkway. Enjoy the nice sunny weather and we had no humidity.