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Ruby Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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An Incredibly Relaxing Cruise

Review for Ruby Princess to Hawaii
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pandas4cheri
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2022
Cabin: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Ruby Piazza - deck 5, looking up.
Pumpkin carvings in the Piazza for Halloween.
Brian Vasquez - one of the two Hawaiian Ambassadors.  Brian taught ukulele to passengers on sea days.
Rowena Vasquez - one of two Hawaiian Ambassadors.  Rowena taught hula and crafts on sea days, and also gave lectures on Hawaii and its culture.
Rabbit Island - Oahu.
Leeward shoreline - Oahu.
The Ruby docked in Hilo, Hawaii.
Dressed up for Halloween!
Halloween photo taken by the ship's photographer.
White & Gold formal night to celebrate "The New Love Boat" TV show.

We chose this cruise because we have sailed to Hawaii five times previously and we love all the sea days. It is also a great way to get a taste of the islands: Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii. As an added bonus, our favorite Hawaiian ambassadors Brian and Rowena Vasquez were onboard, teaching ukulele, hula and a wide variety of Hawaiian-themed crafts. They embody the Spirit of Aloha and really enhance the cruise experience. We even got to present our ukulele and hula in a showcase in the Princess Theatre!

Another reason we chose this sailing was we were able to enjoy Halloween onboard. Many passengers and crew dressed up, and the Piazza was filled with amazing pumpkin carvings. It was a very fun evening!

Embarkation was a bit of a hot mess, as the Ruby was at Pier 35, the old terminal, instead of the new terminal, Pier 27. (The Royal was at Pier 27.) There were only 6 porters to handle all of the passengers disembarking and embarking. I required wheelchair assistance, and there was a long wait to board. From the time we entered the terminal until we were onboard, it was an hour and a half, much longer than usual. The Medallion check-in was quick and easy - the wait was to get the assistance I needed to board.

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Oceanview (obstructed view)

We chose an obstructed view outside cabin, and when they said obstructed, they were not kidding! Emerald 517 is COMPLETELY obstructed by a life boat, but there was still natural light through the window, so that was what was important. The cabin was comfortable with plenty of closet space and shelves. The bed was very comfy and the temperature of the room was perfect for us. We had the best room steward ever - Antonio - who we referred to as the "Ninja Steward". We rarely saw him, but our room was always freshened quickly as soon as we left the room. He also responded to all of our requests quickly, accurately, and with a smile.

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