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Ruby Princess Review

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Come back with Covid

Review for Ruby Princess to Pacific Coastal
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Sail Date: Apr 2022

Princess has relaxed their Covid protocols in the past 2 months, with predictable results.

We cruised on the Ruby to Hawaii in February. In addition to requiring a negative test taken within 48 hours of boarding, they also did a rapid test on ALL passengers at the pier before boarding. Passengers were again tested a few days into the cruise. On the ship, social distancing was maintained with blocked off seats in the showroom. In lounges, you were supposed to “sip and cover”. Masking was actively enforced by crew members. You could not enter the buffet line without wearing a mask. Passengers respected the masking rule in elevators. I felt safe throughout the cruise and did not catch Covid.

Two months later, on this Pacific NW Cruise, the Covid precautions were way more relaxed. There was no testing of all the passengers at the pier before boarding. There was no social distancing in the showroom with blocked off seats. The crew did not enforce masking requirements anywhere on the ship, including not requiring masks to go through the buffet. Lots of people didn’t wear masks in the elevators. It seemed like, as the week went on, fewer passengers wore masks as they realized the crew was not going to say anything. We avoided going to the showroom or eating in the dinging rooms, trying to stay away from large rooms with unmasked passengers — and we still ended up catching Covid.

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