Ruby Princess - wonderful first time cruise: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by LarryTsingos

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Ruby Princess - wonderful first time cruise

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I were the only novice cruisers out of our party of 10 aboard the Ruby Princess in March 2010 cruising the Eastern Caribbean (everyone else in our party had cruised at least four times previously on various five-star lines). Each of the 10 of us loved the entire experience. From beginning to end, the whole cruise went smoothly

We didn't take any excursions offered by the ship and always made our own arrangement at each port, as recommended by our experienced co-travelers. This worked out well for us.

The staff on the Ruby were all so friendly and efficient, especially our waitress for dinners - can't remember her name, but she gave the best service we have ever had - ever - in fact better than any 6-star restaurant we've gone to. She gave extra special personal attention and got to know our food preferences on an individual basis after only the second night, and was able to anticipate our needs/wants thereafter. The captain's voice was wonderful to More hear each morning announcing the weather conditions and port description, and meeting him in person was a real pleasure since he is so very charming and friendly, and you can tell he is very proud of his beautiful ship.

The ship itself is clean, organized, and never felt crowded. The food was wonderful - five-star for sure. The High-Tea was a highlight most afternoons (we got addicted to the fresh scones and creme fraiche). Even the pizzeria by the pool had the best pizza I'd tasted in years.

I am 49 and my husband is 61. The reason we'd waited so long in the past to cruise was fear on my husband's part of being sea sick, but our first experience was so gentle that we wish we could have stayed on board for many more weeks or months!!!! It was so hard to leave. We would definitely cruise on the Ruby, and with Princess again. Less

Published 08/17/11

Cabin review: EEE512

Although we had an obstructed ocean view, we still could see plenty. The room itself felt spacious and cozy and there was plenty of storage and cupboard space. We were port side, aft, on the Emerald deck (8). We never heard any noise from within our room. The service we received was superb - our room was made up at least three times a day and always looked spit spot, yet we hardly ever saw our cabin steward.

Port and Shore Excursions

Loved the beach our taxi driver (finally) took us to - no one was around - white sand - just like in a brochure. We had to give him detailed instructions though on what kind of beach we wanted - first he took us to a crowded hotel beach because as a resident that's what his personal idea of a great beach was. Anyway, out of the 365 beaches on Antigua, you have plenty to choose from!

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Very efficient service. We moved very quickly through queues and were aboard in no time. When we disembarked at the end of our trip, and taxied back to our hotel, we noticed that we were missing an expensive bottle of wine and realized we had left it back in the fridge in our cabin (aboard Ruby Princess). We called Princess and they suggested we go back to the port. One of the friendly administrators at the Port was so helpful that they personally made the long walk back to the ship and met up with one of the crew who had made the long walk back through the ship to retrieve our wine. Lo and behold, we got our wine back! Nice touch of customer service to all the port staff and Ruby Princess staff involved.

Clean, well-laid out port area with good variety of souvenir and jewellery shops. A lovely, scenic island.

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Found this to be the most stressful port experience out of all the Caribbean ports on our voyage since we were greeted by many people pushing their taxi rides or water sales on us. Once we got away from the port, the voyage to the twin peaks and the volcano was very interesting - quite a wild, twisting and turning road the majority of the way there, but worth the trip. Our own private taxi guide gave us really good service.

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Beautiful hills/mountains greet you as you sail into this port. A lovely view of all the harbor can be seen a short taxi drive from the port up the hillsides.

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