This was our second cruise on the Ruby Princess. Passenger capacity was 60%. The Panama Canal full transit was the main reason for us taking this cruise. Embarkation took about an hour. Pier-side covid testing was expected although there were passengers who were not happy after doing the required 48 hour tests. Cabin was not ready until 1 pm.
Comments: Food in the buffet as others have said, only warm at best. Breakfast was always the same lineup. I didn't always see an omelet / eggs to order station. Dinner service did not mimic the dining room menu. Breakfast and lunch in main dining room was excellent. Dinner in the main dining room (Botticelli) was very good to excellent. Portions were adequate. We didn't do advance dining reservations while booking the cruise but always were able to find tables especially if we were ok with sharing tables. Dinner menu had some Princess standby choices omitted especially steak.
We did Sabatini's once. We felt the menu was very limited this time around.
We were happy with the inside cabin, Forward, close to forward elevators, easy access to Princess Theater, laundry room on deck 10. It was a hike to main dining rooms, especially the Botticelli. Quiet location. Room steward kept the room clean and tidy even though service was reduced to once a day.
Excursion booked through Princess: Harbor cruise and nearby town tour. The tour ran long by about 2 hours.
Tour passenger went missing, adding to the length of the trip.
The tour of the Atlantic locks was a long day but the tour guide was entertaining and very informative.
Great views of the ships transiting the locks, even better than doing the transit onboard ship.
The onboard experience was very good.
Dancing troupe and Old City tour. Walking tour of the Old City, dodging street peddlers and beggars, never again.