This is my 37th cruise with 7 cruises on Princess. My DH(60) and I(59) along with my parents(83,86) drove from Kissimmee to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning. We parked in the Park and Go lot which was 7.99$ with the on line coupon. Due to Noro we knew boarding would start at 2 so we left a little later than we normally would. We arrived at the park and go at 2 and were greeted at our car by the van driver who took our luggage. We did have to leave our keys with the people at Park and Fly so they could park our car. We have parked here several times and it has always worked well. We got right in the van and were taken to the ship where our luggage was given to the porters. Since they were cleaning the ship for Noro we had to go to the convention center to check in. We used the priority check in line and were given priority boarding passes. Since they were at our number we were able to board right away. Every thing went very orderly and we were on the ship in about 30 minutes. The lifeboat drill was pushed back to 4:30 and the ship was able to leave at 5.
We were told that the ship was on code red and we would be served the food and drinks in the buffets and there would be no salt and pepper shakers on the tables. We were reminded every day to wash our hands frequently and to try to use the restrooms in our staterooms. By the end of the week the code red was lifted.
We have been on the Ruby before and she is a beautiful ship. We had a large balcony cabin on the Caribe deck which had plenty of room to store stuff. The balcony had 4 chairs and a table. Two of the chairs reclined. Our cabin steward Atilla was great. He brought everything we asked for promptly. I don't care for the duvet as I find it too hot so we asked for a sheet and light blanket and they were on our bed that evening. We also always had plenty of ice.