A transit of the Panama Canal has been on my Bucket List for many years. To finally do it was a dream come true! And to sail on a ship leaving Galveston, Texas, my "home" port was doubly exciting. And a Princess ship at that! How lucky can one person get. As expected from Princess, the ship was clean, the crew was wonderful, the food was delicious no matter where we chose to eat, and the entertainment was great. The Ruby is not a new ship and her age is starting to show, but she is well maintained. She is not the smallest ship, nor is she the largest. If you have children, she may not be the best choice, but I'm well past that stage and enjoyed the lack of children running around the ship. There are programs for the youngsters, and every time I saw any of them they were well behaved and enjoying their cruise. The speaker who told us about the Canal and the ports of call was very knowledgeable while being entertaining at the same time. It was fun to be able to answer the excursion leader's questions. One word of caution - if your port of call is Cabo San Lucas and you opt for the tour to Hotel California, do NOT shop in their store. Some very questionable practices there. Otherwise, it was a cruise I shall long remember and smile when I think about it.
The cabin was clean and well maintained during our cruise. The Cabin Steward was gracious and helpful.
As I had been to Cabo San Lucas on a previous cruise, I chose to go to the Hotel California. It was a good experience until we went to the gift shop. They have some very questionable practices as to charges. I'm still fighting a charge to my credit card for a purchase I did not make. Be extra careful.