Very very nice 1st cruise.: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by bkog
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Very very nice 1st cruise.
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Flew in the night before sailing, and stayed at the Sleep Inn Dania Beach - highly recommend - reasonable cost and good amenities nearby including Pancho's restaurant - and free shuttle to and from the airport and cruise port.
Embarkation at noon, very busy with some pushy people.
Food was great especially in the Horizon Buffet, set meals in dining room had many choices but most were not appealing to my wife. Ice cream available all the time was good, pizza tasted funny to me.
Balcony cabin was well appointed, very clean and a great room steward Ryan attended to our needs with bath robes and waffle pads for the otherwise too hard bed. Air conditioning was erratic ranging from 67 to 75 even though we had it full cool all the time.
The only spoiler was a cigar smoker 4 cabins down who made the hall in front of his room and occasionally the balcony filled with cigar stench. More
Entertainment was good, especially the first comedian. Magician had predicable tricks with overly emotional and unrealistic moves. Best entertainment was the band East Coast Connection and the dance classes.
Fitness had good equipment but I was surprised that only 2 of the 6 stationary bikes were upright - the other 4 were seated (recumbent) - had loads of tread mills. 1 of the 2 regular bikes had a 4 inch cut in the seat and the tension belt slipped constantly. Some people (I think they were staff) used the fitness room late night (9 PM) and knew how to turn on the music and made it very loud - why can`t they use head phones to fry their own ears.
The pools and hot tubs were great, especially the smaller one off the sanctuary - free and no kids.
As 1st timers, we were surprised that you feel motion ALL THE TIME, this didn't make us sick but you need sea legs to walk without hitting the walls. Lots of very nice people - mostly older.
PS, the ship staff are very nice but really push you to buy stuff, esp. jewellery saying it`s a deal of a lifetime - not true. They repeat and repeat the mantra - `if you see it and like it you must buy it` Less
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