Ruby Princess Review

The Infirmary and Steel Drums

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Ruby Princess
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Interior

We choose Princess because it sailed out of San Francisco. We were able to take the Amtrac train out of Fresno, CA at 6:00 AM and were in front of the Buffet at 11:30 AM. Embarkation was the easiest of all our cruises. Luggage taken right from the Uber along the curbside.

Every sea day was a hour practice on the steel drums for 30 shipmates. Leader of the drums, Wilson, was great. Much patience was shown. We played for our shipmates on the last sea day. Fun.

My wife had a medical emergency aboard ship. She needed an ultrasound to help identify the problem. Costa Rico was the first try but the ultrasound machine was 2 hours away, 2 hours back, 4 hours at the hospital. We would have missed the departure, so it was decided to go to Panama City a couple of days away. Panama City had some civil unrest, so the captain decided not to dock in Panama City. Next stop was Cartegena, Columbia. This turned out to be the best choice. A 20-minute taxi ride got us in front of an urgent care center. We were met by an American volunteer to help us with the talking to the doctors, walking to the pharmacy and finally paying for everything. He or his wife never left us the whole 4 hours that we were there. The man and his wife have been volunteering for 20 years at this center. He was a Godsent.

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Most spacious interior cabin yet on a Princess Cruise. Clean, always neat. We were one deck below the buffet. Easy to get to via stairs. I would love to get this cabin again.

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