Fabulous time on the Ruby Princess: Ruby Princess Cruise Review by fishguidebrian

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Fabulous time on the Ruby Princess

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Having planned this for a full year as it was our 10Th anniversary, we were very excited when the time for leaving Seattle finally arrived! Flying from Seattle via Houston was nice as we had no delays. The night before embarkation we stayed at the Hyatt Place N which was a great option and close to both the airport and pier. On Sunday morning, after a brief snafu at the Hotel with a smoking toaster in the breakfast area, we paid the $7 per person shuttle fee and were dropped off at the pier just prior to when Princess began general boarding. Once it got moving, the line went fast and soon enough we were on board and our cabin was available. We dropped off our carry on bags and met our fantastic cabin steward, Kennedy, who all week long did a fantastic job! From the cabin, we headed to lunch in the cafe Caribe which is one of the buffets. Things were extremely clean,and with very good service. The food was typical buffet stuff, anything from build your own sandwich to hot entrees More all of which were of fine quality. We only did breakfast and occasionally lunch here for the trip.
We began checking out the ship, beings we had our daughter, who is 5, travelling with us, of course our 1st stop was the Princess Pelicans club. We introduced her and signed her in ofr the next days adventures wich was to include Princess Cays. The kids staff did a FANTSASTIC job all week long. Their were not a bunch of kids on board but enough came to Pelicans to make it very fun for her as she loved all of the group leaders, especially Liberty and Lydia who went out of their making things enjoyable for the kids!
As to us, we soon settled in and began enjoying the fabulous ship. Dinner was fantastic every night, we choose open dining and never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a group table. On our anniversary we ate in the Crown Grille, I was disappointed with our waiter as he was foul mouthed and kinda rude but the rest of the staff and the food made up for it. As to the entertainment, it was good, some better than others but typical for a ship now days it seems. All in all, we had a blast, loved Princess and we will be back as this was our 1st time with them! Less

Published 03/06/12

Cabin review: ADD227

Paid the extra $$ for a mini suite as we were travelling with our 5 year old daughter. It was well worth it. Tons of storage, having 2 TVs was a great option and the bathroom was down right huge by cruise ship standards.

Port and Shore Excursions

Best beaches on the Eastern Caribbean trip. We spent the afternoon here after a brief taxi ride into town. I'd skip town next time and just relax at the beach!
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Great beaches, excellent kids facilities and well worth it to rent the clam shell for some shade as the sun came out and this being the 1st day in the sun after a long Washington winter, shade was nice! The buffet food wasn't as good as the burgers and dogs on the ship so we waited to eat once we re boarded. I will say that we didn't have to wait in a tender line at all either which was fairly impressive as the ship was full and lots of people were heading out at the same time.

Just wandered around town on the Dutch side. It's pretty typical, very commercialized and all about sales. One nice thing is the beach and the many good bars nearby. We did find the McDonalds of course, with our 5 year old's help and they did offer $1 ice cream cones:)

City Tour

Had a great Island tour on our way to Blackbeard's castle from a local and then on to the tour, which included the castle, rum factory, amber museum and several old colonial era houses. Very well worth it. Shopping on our way back to the ship and the water taxi back to the Pier was nice too!

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