Wonder Experience!!!!: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by squeakieca

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Wonder Experience!!!!

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
We flew from Montreal to Barcelona direct with Air Transat. We paid extra for Club Class and this was well worth the extra dollars. We had bigger seats, nice meals and complimentary wine and cocktails.

We arrived in Barcelona and took a taxi to our the hotel - Hotel Miramar. The cost of the taxi was about 35 euros for 4 of us. I would highly recommend this hotel for the location. It is located on the hill overlooking the port. The hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were there during their large festival Le Merce and the city was busy! We had a balcony and were able to view the fireworks that the city provided from the beach each evening during the festival.

We toured the city on the Tourist /Hop on - Hop off bus. We purchased the tickets right at the hotel and got on the bus right outside the hotel. I loved Barcelona and definitely want to go back some day.

We took a taxi to the port around 3pm, there were no line ups and we were in More our cabins before 4pm.

We were 2 couples in cabins side by side. Our cabin steward met us promptly and showed us around. He opened the door on our adjoining balconies. We were on the Caribe deck where the balconies are larger and have 4 chairs. The cabins were bigger than I expected with a large closet area. Emanuel was our steward. He was great, always around when we needed him.

We loved the ship. This was a very busy itinerary so we didn't see any of the entertainment in the theatres. Our favourite places on the ship were Crooner's bar, the dining rooms for both breakfast and dinner as opposed to the buffet, American football on the big screen under the stars, and our balcony to relax. There were many activities that were offered on the ship that we didn't participate in such as the art auctions and the spa. We did however use the casino, the fitness room, and the shops. There is something for everyone on this ship if you have any free time.

I am going to skip over the ports and excursions as I will do a port review.

The cruise into Venice was a memory I will cherish for my life. We went to the highest part of the ship - 18th floor -- and what a view. Opera music was playing in the background and it was simply beautiful. Everyone is given boat shuttle tickets automatically and are charged $15 per person. We had pre-booked 48 hour water bus passes so we returned our shuttle passes and they refunded our account. We got off the ship to the people mover to the vaporetto stop and took that to St. Mark's Square. We walked back to the ship and arrived in good time to spend our last night on the ship.

Disembarkment was very well organized -- you were given coloured baggage tags and assigned a time and a lounge to meet in. Everyone in the lounge walked out at the same time and you were directed to your baggage area of your colour.

We took a water taxi to our hotel which was the Hotel Bisanzio. It was 80 euros for the water taxi for the 4 of us. Princess offered transportation to hotels for $39 per person. The Hotel Bisanzio was a nice hotel. The gentlemen at the front desk were very friendly. The location was great as it was close to St. Mark's square. We then took a water taxi again the next day to the airport.

We really enjoyed this cruise. 12 days seems long but not when you are busy from 7am most mornings. Time does fly by. Less

Published 10/24/10

Cabin review: BBC707 Balcony

quiet location, close to elevators, large balcony

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Port and Shore Excursions

I had been to Florence previously and wanted to do a tour where you went somewhere different than Florence from the port of Livorno. I contacted the company 'All Around Italy' and Fabrizio helped me to make this a day to remember. He sent a local driver Stephano who took 6 of us on a nine hour tour. We went to Pisa before all the tour buses arrived. This was great to wander around and take pictures when there were no crowds. A couple of our group had a coffee on the street with the awesome view of the leaning tower of Pisa in sight. We then travelled to Lucca which is a lovely walled city. Stephano walked us around a little. He showed us some of the important sites and we ended up at a flea market. Lucca has narrow, cobblestone streets and is nice to wander around and get lost. You can also rent bicycles and view the city that way. We ended our tour at local winery and olive farm. There we had a delicious lunch of 3 courses in a charming stone building. The wine was included in the lunch and was very good. We purchased a couple of bottles to take back on the ship. I would recommend this company highly. We were nervous at first to go on a private tour but Fabrizio and Stephano both eased our worries. They are professional, knowledgeble, interesting and got us back to the ship in plenty of time. For more info go to www.allarounditaly.net . This particular tour is not on their website but Fabrizio will work with you to customize a tour that is perfect for you.

We went on a Princess excursion. We were bused to a spot where we did a walking tour of the palace, church and casino. Our tour guide was good but she did not have a microphone and she was hard to hear. This was our first experience with a princess excursion and we felt herded. We had to meet in the princess theatre and were assigned a colour and a number and loaded the buses accordingly when called. If we were to do it again I would do it on your own. It is small enough and safe enough to do this.

Fabrizio from All Around Italy gave us a great tour. It was a very busy day in Rome as there were 9 cruise ships in port that day. Fabrizio tried his hardest for us to see all the important sites. He instructed us to pre-book a time slot at the Vatican online and then he arranged for a tour guide to give us a tour. There were 6 of us in a van, 3 couples. The cost was less than the princess excursion but the real advantage was the van vs the bus. We were able to get much closer to the attractions without a lot of walking.

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