Superb first cruise: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by John and Sandra Wootton
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Superb first cruise
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Took a little while to orientate More ourselves as such a big ship and our first cruise, but everywhere was spotless and we soon became accustomed.
The dining rooms (Da Vinci and Michaelangelo we used mainly) were very pleasant and a good variety of dining menus presented and we were always seated at a table for two. The lounges and bars were of a really high standard, as were the informal all day eating options.
Excellent selection at Horizon Court for breakfasts (we seemed to miss the timings in the restaurants most days) - and nice selection for lunches and evening buffets. Although we had read Horizon Court got very busy, we had little difficult getting an individual table most days, and on the couple of occasions we "shared" it was nice to chat with fellow travellers and pick up their tips.
We felt the Ruby Princess had just the right amount of activities. Enjoyed the various dancing lessons, deck movies , tivias and games, shows (as expected on ship were really well performed and colourful) and the ship's comedian - all excellent.
Shore days were very well organised - Princess Cays very relaxing, with excellent barbecue and soft drinks provided by the ship's staff; St Maarten's beach was spoilt by constant harassment from ladies 'hawking' their wares; St Thomas was nice to stroll around the town and market place, very friendly; Grand Turk very pretty with lovely beach area and beach walks, very relaxing. (We did our own thing so can't comment on the set excursions!).
The daily newsletter was exceptionally welcome - everything we needed to know about the ship, the weather, navigation tips, staff and the day's activities and very well presented.
Last comment on the ship - and what really excelled our expectations - was the welcome and attentive service shown by all the staff on board. It was superb. Our stateroom steward made us feel very special, as did the bar stewards, waiters from all the eating outlets, and the entertainers. A young and mixed nationalities crew but they all worked so hard. All made us feel important passengers on their ship and took time to chat and advise.
We were really impressed with the Ruby Princess and would definitely like to take another cruise with this particular cruise line.
Returning to Fort Lauderdale, we had plenty of time for breakfast before disembarkation - very well organised so everyone took their turn leaving the ship. Again it was helpful to have a limo booked to take us back to Miami for a couple of days relaxing before flying home. Less
Cabin review: AED109
Our cabin was in a very quiet location towards the front of the ship, we really enjoyed the balcony space (despite no roof) and privacy was no problem at all. There were young children in the family suite next door but we hardly heard them and when we did they were just excited at their trip.Very quiet in the hallway too. Lovely mini suite, very comfortable bed, with side cupboards,lots of lighting, and just the right seating area to enjoy breakfast in our room. Nice rounded shape to the cupboards, gave plenty of storage space, very easy to move around. Fridge supplied with bottled water (reasonable priced) and ice and sodas. Two modern flat screen TVs, on in the bedroom area and other in the seating, but with everything available on board we hardly turned them on. Plenty of hangers in the hanging space, and lots of room in the side cupboard, with room safe. Lots of toiletries in the bathroom and we 'borrowed' bathrobes for the trip which was nice. Fresh fruit each day was another really nice amenity.