Anniversary Cruise: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Cubbles8

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Anniversary Cruise

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We drove to Ft. Lauderdale from our home in Northeast Florida to begin our cruise on the Ruby Princess.

Embarkation - we arrived at Port Everglades around 11:30 a.m. and we had to sit and wait until boarding commenced around noon. Once our boarding number was called, the process went fairly quickly. Our cabin was immediately available when we boarded.

Princess Cays - we reserved a clam shell for the day. I had read a tip that you need to disembark early to get a clam shell in the first row looking out at the beach so we were one of the first passengers off the ship. The beach is pretty, but the water was cold. Eventually you get used to it. Walking in the water can be hazardous as there are holes, rocks, etc. Watch out for lobsters. There was one swimming around the rocks near where we were swimming. Princess serves a buffet lunch while you are on the island. One thing we noticed is they put the fixings at the beginning of the buffet. By the time you realize More they are serving hamburgers and you want cheese, you have to backtrack.

The Ruby Princess is a beautiful ship and very well maintained. We did notice the staff is blah. They seem to be really tired. We talked to one bartender who said they work 7 days a week with one afternoon off. He worked 360 hours in one month. There is no way a person can work that many hours and deliver quality customer service. We never saw the Cruise Director our entire trip. Even though we did not attend a lot of the different shows, you would think we would have at least seen her somewhere during our trip. Other cruise reviews have said the same thing.

The food on the ship was good at times and not so good at other times. If you do not plan on dressing up for Formal night, you have to eat at the buffet. They will not let you eat in the dining room or any of the speciality restaurants. Smart Casual dress still requires men to wear slacks, no shorts. Several men had to be sent back to their cabins to change. The first formal night we ate at the buffet, it was the Welcome Aboard buffet and it was quite good. The second formal night we ate at the buffet, it was Indian food night. Since I am not a fan of Indian food, I was disappointed with buffet. I recommend they have this buffet on a night when not as many people will be eating in the buffet. We ate at Sabatini's, the Italian restaurant, on the last night. Another disappointment. We ate at this restaurant on the Golden Princess and remembered it was quite good. Not so on this trip. We should have eaten at the Crown Grill instead.

Disembarkation - we chose the Express disembarkation. They give you tickets with a number 1, 2 or 3 on it. Everyone meets in the Michelangelo dining room. The tickets don't mean a thing. When it is time to disembark, everyone gets off at the same time. This makes for a very crowded disembarkation. It did move pretty well once you got off the ship.

This is our third time cruising Princess. While the trip was okay, we will probably go back to sailing on Royal Caribbean. We like it better overall! Less

Published 04/06/11

Cabin review: BDA718 Balcony

We had a balcony cabin on the Aloha deck. The room was small compared to other cruise ships we have been on. Instead of a couch, you get a chair. The room was clean except for the duvet comforter cover. We had to request a clean one. Also, Princess does not give you a top sheet unless you request it.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was our first time at Grand Turk. The beach was my husband's favorite. It is really pretty and there is plenty of room, but you do have to walk further down it to get a good spot. The Carnival Glory was in port with us, but they docked first. If you want to rent a chaise lounge, you have to pay in cash. Just an FYI - there is not an ATM machine at the shopping complex when you get off the ship. Margaritaville was packed and everyone looked like they were having fun. The drinks are very expensive so be prepared.
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We have always enjoyed this island. The people are very friendly. We shopped in the morning and we then took a taxi to Sunset beach to watch the planes land. There is a bar right next to the beach so it was pretty neat to have lunch and drinks and watch the planes. On the way back to the ship, we got caught in a traffic jam that took us 1 1/2 hours to drive what is normally a 25 minute drive. An accident involving two women on a four wheeler happened right before we started down the mountain to Downtown. Hopefully they are okay, but it is a good reminder to be very careful renting any type of vehicle in a country you are not used to driving in. It can be dangerous.

The ship docked at the Crown Bay pier, which was new for us. When we have been to St. Thomas in the past, they docked at the Havensight pier. The Crown Bay pier has rocks that are home to several iguanas. They are interesting creatures to observe. We took the Magens Bay beach getaway. We love this beach, but it was crowded with passengers there from several ships. You can rent chaise lounges, but you have to pay for the rental in the gift ship. I highly recommend paying in cash to avoid standing in line forever. After the beach, we chose to shop Downtown before heading back to the ship. We found a great restaurant with really good food. The name is Cafe Amici and it is located in A. H. Rise Mall. There is a Fresh Produce store (women's tropical clothing) and a Belgian Chocolate store right down the alley from the restaurant. The ferry back to the ship is also right there. Another great store to shop at is Ajanta's Jewelry store at Drakes Passage. It is one street over from the restaurant. Even though Ajanta's is not listed on the ship's list of stores, we have been shopping there for jewelery for several years. They have great pieces and they are reasonable.
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