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I have the most amazing experience with the Grand Princess. As we arrived at the port, there were long lines but that is to be expected. We had no issues getting onboard the ship and maybe an hour after, we got on our luggage was already ... Read More
I have the most amazing experience with the Grand Princess. As we arrived at the port, there were long lines but that is to be expected. We had no issues getting onboard the ship and maybe an hour after, we got on our luggage was already waiting for us at the door! The cabins are small very clean and the house service was phenomenal. Julia kept our room tidy all the time! I felt like I was being pampered! Entertainment The singers and dancers are extremely talented and the shows were fun to go to after dinner. Carl Strong, the comedian was hilarious. Liam Ryder, the singer and pianist was just amazing. I looked forward to seeing him perform each night! Fitness Loved the fitness area, however, would be nice if there were more weight machines or a chin up bar. Dining I loved the food at the buffet and Botticelli. They had a lot of options and healthy ones too! The waiter/waitress is also part of the reason my experience was so amazing. Truly amazing people. The excursions were fun and a great experience, however, I felt like they were overpriced. I will definitely be going on another princess cruise in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Generally a poor cruising experience, thank goodness Alaska is gorgeous. First, why they got 2 stars: 1) Staff was very friendly, the person taking care of our room was great. 2) One very good meal at one of the ship's ... Read More
Generally a poor cruising experience, thank goodness Alaska is gorgeous. First, why they got 2 stars: 1) Staff was very friendly, the person taking care of our room was great. 2) One very good meal at one of the ship's premium restaurants, was well worth it, wish we could have eaten there again. Why they lost 3 stars (The reasons are too numerous to mention, so I will touch on a couple) I preface this review by saying that this was our first cruise, we may not be "cruise people" or this was just an underwhelming crummy experience. -The staff was friendly, but clearly poorly trained, not many staff could direct us around the ship, service was sub-par in most places. -The food was awful, no better than a very very very cheap Vegas buffet, and that included their sit down dining. The soft-serve machine was not working as often as it was, Burnt pizza that I would have tossed rather than serve in my own house. Fish tacos in a premade hard shell? Eggs Benedict that were closer to hard boiled eggs with caked on Hollandaise sauce that was more like a plaster were just some of the highlights. -The entertainment was mediocre at best, and it was peppered with awful shopping network marketing trying to sell overpriced colored glass and art prints (Or urging you to shop at the ports of call at stores that guess what, they own). Who goes to Alaska to buy Tanzanite anyways? -Too much boat time, too little shore time. Just Icky. Should have just flown to Juneau spent 3-4 days there, and then 3-4 days in Victoria/Vancouver. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was my first cruise. Ever. That said, I don't have other boats or cruise lines to compare with my experience on the Golden Princess, but I can now definitely be counted a definite cruise lover. While my family will always enjoy ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Ever. That said, I don't have other boats or cruise lines to compare with my experience on the Golden Princess, but I can now definitely be counted a definite cruise lover. While my family will always enjoy destination-specific vacations via car or plane, now that we've experienced a cruise, we definitely plan to do them again in the future. My primary concern prior to going on the cruise was a worry about feeling claustrophobic due to being confined on a ship with so many other people. Nothing could have been further from the truth. There were so many different places to sit or lounge, that I rarely felt the presence of 3000 other passenger. We particularly enjoyed hanging out in the Piazza by the International Cafe and Vines Wine Bar (both of which were just a short walk from our room). The decks on the 7th, 14, and 15th floors were terrific for taking in the outdoors with spectacular views. The staff on the Golden were gracious and attentive. We took in an occasional show and they were fun, but spent most of our time engaging in our own activities whether visiting with friends and family in one of the many lounges or sitting with a book and listening to live music in the Piazza. They had a "learning" style lecture at least once a day. These were great and I really wish there had been repeats of the lectures or more planned in a day (as compared to the many shopping or beauty oriented workshops which seemed to be plentiful). I enjoyed my spa massage, but felt I was given a very hard sell at the end of the massage to book another spa treatment and buy products. This left me feeling tense as I left the massage which kind of defeated the purpose. Next time, if I book a massage, I'll do it at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our 1st cruise so did not really know what to expect. When we arrived in Barcelona we were met by our driver who drove us to the port. Embarking was well organised, staff friendly and helpful. Our cabin was large, clean and ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise so did not really know what to expect. When we arrived in Barcelona we were met by our driver who drove us to the port. Embarking was well organised, staff friendly and helpful. Our cabin was large, clean and comfortable. Horizon restaurant had lots of choices and the food very good, we also had 2 lovely meals in the Bordeaux where we enjoyed afternoon tea also. We chose not to book excursions with the ship instead we hired a driver at each port which worked out cheaper each driver was very friendly and took us to some lovely places of interest and to beautiful italian resturants for lunch Sorrento being one of our favorites. The service on board was exceptional there was always happy friendly staff to bring drinks whenever we wanted them. We spent a lot of evenings in "Crooners bar" all staff there made us very welcome especially Savio Fernandes, Sandeep Gaikwad & Jenalyn Salvador. Dan and Duke were great hosts and we enjoyed the british pub night. One criticism there are not enough smoking areas otherwise had a great time already looking to book another. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The ship overall was very nice, some what dated but clean and very large. I did not even feel like I was on a ship. I took a lot of medication just in case because I can get car sick but did not need it one time. The service was awesome, ... Read More
The ship overall was very nice, some what dated but clean and very large. I did not even feel like I was on a ship. I took a lot of medication just in case because I can get car sick but did not need it one time. The service was awesome, loved all the staff. We chose anytime dining because we were not sure what time we wanted to eat every day. We were happy with this choice and came and went as we wanted. We joke that we ate our way through Alaska. Room service was great and we used it the day of Glacier Bay because we did not want to leave our room or balcony and miss a moment. I went to my first art auction and loved it everyone should for sure go once. We were so tired from the shore excursions that we would come back to the ship eat and go to the balcony and fall asleep , than move to the bed. I was also not to excited about being on a ship with so many people and loading and unloading but the process they have down and it is quite efficient and it did not bother me at all. I would for sure go on another Princess Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Took cruise from seattle to ketchikan, juneau, skagway alaska, on the Ruby Princess. Cruise was wonderful, have no complaints other than we ate and drank to much, entertainment was great, food was everywhere, day and night. Wish we had ... Read More
Took cruise from seattle to ketchikan, juneau, skagway alaska, on the Ruby Princess. Cruise was wonderful, have no complaints other than we ate and drank to much, entertainment was great, food was everywhere, day and night. Wish we had more time at ports was the only real complaint we had. Would recommend this cruise. Also did deadliest catch excursion, helicopter ride and dog sled, would defiantly recommend both of these. Overall would give it 9 out 10 rating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I've taken cruises on both the Holland American Line and the Azamara Cruise Line so I know what to expect on a cruise. The Ruby Princess certainly didn't live up to its reviews! I would not recommend this ship. We had a mid-ship ... Read More
I've taken cruises on both the Holland American Line and the Azamara Cruise Line so I know what to expect on a cruise. The Ruby Princess certainly didn't live up to its reviews! I would not recommend this ship. We had a mid-ship balcony cabin but the room steward had to get permission to give me a disposable shower cap because shower caps were only given out to guests in suites. How cheap is that! Our bathroom was the tiniest imaginable and smelled of mold. The food was only mediocre. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We did a round trip from Seattle because our daughter lives there and went with us. Otherwise I would go on a one way cruise out of Vancouver or Anchorage so we could see more and spend less time at sea. The service was great. The ports of ... Read More
We did a round trip from Seattle because our daughter lives there and went with us. Otherwise I would go on a one way cruise out of Vancouver or Anchorage so we could see more and spend less time at sea. The service was great. The ports of call, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, BC, were great and the ship was very punctual on arriving and departing on time. The room stewards were fantastic as they straightened the rooms twice a day. The food was good and the waiters were very attentive. We enjoyed the excursions which I reviewed separately. On-board entertainment - the shows were very good except for the comic who told old jokes I first heard as a child. The cruise director told an off hand joke on stage about a company. It happened to be a company I have been affiliated with for 40 years. I did not laugh. It was inappropriate. Other than that I was OK with him. I would have told him so, but I never ran into him the whole cruise, just saw him on stage or on the TV. The weather was colder than weather.com predicted. There were 4 of us (all adults) on our first cruise. Overall, we had a blast and would go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our first ever cruise, we did a land tour before boarding at Vancouver on the 13th. Once through the queues at Customs it was time to board. It was a beautiful summers day to start to a wonderful week. We were in relaxation mode and ... Read More
Our first ever cruise, we did a land tour before boarding at Vancouver on the 13th. Once through the queues at Customs it was time to board. It was a beautiful summers day to start to a wonderful week. We were in relaxation mode and wandered around the ship, stopping here and there for much of the time. Listening to music, enjoying a drink - just soaking it all up. The most activity we did was walk the promenade deck, 2and half times equals a mile- that was walked most days - or bits of it depending on the gangways on shore days. Cabin was lovely - I was expecting it to be tiny having read of lack of storage but was pleased with the area. Our steward was lovely and kept us clean and tidy! We did one excursion through the ship - we enjoyed that. We enjoyed all the food we had, we were at Horizon Court for breakfast - its the 24 hour venue. We ate at the MDR for the evenings. I cannot fault anything. Waiters and Maître D were top class, very friendly and totally professional. There were other restaurants, burgers, pizzas, ice creams available. We did little in the way of planned entertainment apart from listening or watching what was on in the Atrium or other corners. There was plenty to do and see - the Patter was full of things - we were enjoying the cruise too much!! Scenery was magnificent, at times difficult to get a good view of the glaciers but then the shop twirled again and those that had had a good view first time moved away so we all could enjoy the scenery - we enjoyed the sea days watching the world go by. Disembarkation was fine- it was a bit of a thought doing it - are we in right place, will luggage get there etc- but it was smooth from start to finish. Not knowing how other cruise lines work/operate I would say this was perfect, I don't know how this can be bettered. -When will be there again??? Sooner rather than later, I hope. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We had a inside cabin in the Emerald deck. Room was very clean and well kept during our entire cruise. Rodney did a wonderful job. By the way, this was our first cruise. We did not know what to expect, but our vacation planner helped ... Read More
We had a inside cabin in the Emerald deck. Room was very clean and well kept during our entire cruise. Rodney did a wonderful job. By the way, this was our first cruise. We did not know what to expect, but our vacation planner helped us with every aspect of our planning. She was a great help. White the exception of one waitress in Sabatini's, the wait staff everywhere on the ship was superb. If you dined in the evening Micheal Angelo's was the place to dine. They have a different kitchen than the other two restaurants and the same food is cooked much better. We found that out the first night of our cruise. Every dinner cooked just right and the staff was wonderful. The excursions were well worth the cost. We did the Alpine Zipline and Mendenhall glacier. It was one price for both. The Vines wine bar staff was terrific and wine selection was well priced. The drink package is well worth the extra cost if you are a wine drinker as we are. Lotus spa has many services at reasonable cost. It took us less than 20 minutes from getting out of our van at the port to our room on the ship. They have this procedure down to a science. Everyone was very helpful. Disembarkation went the same. From the time we walked off the ship until we got into the cab was less then 15 minutes. Glacier Bay by itself was worth the whole trip. What a place to see. Awsome experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Wow! As first time cruisers we did not know if we would enjoy cruising (we love the freedom to roam), but wanted to see Alaska by ship. I must say this was one of the few vacations where the experience exceeded our expectations. ... Read More
Wow! As first time cruisers we did not know if we would enjoy cruising (we love the freedom to roam), but wanted to see Alaska by ship. I must say this was one of the few vacations where the experience exceeded our expectations. Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful and the ports fun & interesting. Everything about our cruise was fantastic. We got a mini-suite with a balcony because we knew the scenery would be gorgeous and it did not disappoint. We were lucky too - the weather was awesome our week - we loved spending time on our balcony. We were on the Dolphin deck - D223 - our stateroom was spacious with a huge closet and plenty of storage - lots of room to stretch out with a long sofa and chair in the living area. Our bed was very comfortable, slept like babies. Our room steward, Ador, could read our minds! He anticipated our needs and was so polite and kept our room spotless; we tipped him generously. The food was outstanding, with the exception of Sabbatini's (it was just ok). My husband and I felt like we were on a date every night - going out to fancy restaurants and then onto shows. The comedian, Carlos Oscar, was by far the best, but we enjoyed everything. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. For $20 per person, we let Princess handle our luggage - we didn't see it again from outside our cabin until we arrived in Knoxville. That made traveling so easy. I highly recommend this cruise! We can't wait to do another one now. One tip: if you buy a drink package, we noticed the wait staff was a little slow to bring drinks, but if you just tip $1 or $2, they will give you great service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We loved our Northbound Voyage of the Glaciers. The scenery was stunning - even more so than I imagined. The cabin was all neat and ship shape.The room was clean and staff helpful and friendly. I found the bed particularly hard and ... Read More
We loved our Northbound Voyage of the Glaciers. The scenery was stunning - even more so than I imagined. The cabin was all neat and ship shape.The room was clean and staff helpful and friendly. I found the bed particularly hard and requested and extra duvet and blanket which I folded under my bottom sheet to create a little more softeness. Staff were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves. A couple of negatives though. 1. Photography is difficult. The main viewing decks have blue glass all around with small gaps. You have to lean forward and try as best you can to stick your camera in this gap. The blue tint to the glass was very annoying because you couldn't see the actual colours of the scenery. For this reason alone I would not go on Coral Princess again. 2. There was very little information about where we were. We just sailed out and had no idea of the ship's position in relation to the beautiful scenery. I have been on other boats that have a gps screen similar to those shown on aircraft. 3. Getting off at port was confusing - either on decks 5, 6 or 7 depending on the tide. There was no information regarding which deck it was, you just had to try each deck out and see. Surely they must know in advance which deck it will be. Even I can work out the tides at a give port at a given time. And surely they could post the information near the elevators so you don't have to run around each time. 4. Getting into town was difficult if you couldn't easily walk 2 kms or 1 mile. Each town was quite a long way from the ship and they would not hire out wheel chairs. There was no other way to get into town other than walking. No taxi, and a shuttle only in Ketchikan. There were many people hobbling on and off the boat with sticks. Princess call themselves consumate hosts, but there is no way I would treat my disabled guests in this way. 5. Advertising. Grrrrrrrrr. They can't give information, but boy can they advertise. The last straw for us was when my husband was filling in an evaluation form and they asked for our income. Too much Princess. Next time I will try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first cruise so we didn't really know what to expect so there are pros and cons and some of each come from what your expectations of your cruise vacation is. The food was wonderful and the staff in all the dinning venues ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we didn't really know what to expect so there are pros and cons and some of each come from what your expectations of your cruise vacation is. The food was wonderful and the staff in all the dinning venues were wonderful. The food in the buffet was good and we loved the service received. At each venue the staff really made you feel like you were on vacation. We didn't participate in too many of the activities we were too awe struck by the sencery and just couldn't peel ourselves away from the views. And I believe the captain and the cruise director understood this because there were on going annocements that explained where we were and what we were seeing. The cabin was nice and good size - we had a mini-suite. Our daughter told us the sofa bed was okay but she did complain about not having towel aninmals too look forward to each night - i guess princess just doesn't do that. We didn't take advantage of the kids activities. We visited the area twice and it smell of soiled diapers and our 11 year old wanted to get out of there area quickly. The photography staff was great! Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. Yes the pictures are expensive but i don't think they are any more than other cruise lines. We were in our room a lot - watching the views from our balcony - but i could not even tell you the name of our room steward. No complaints but also no rave reviews. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We booked a tour of Alaska for four. We wanted a "Nothing to Worry about" trip and pretty much that is what we got. I have not traveled outside the US since the boarder changes and that was an eye opener. The Princess Cruise ... Read More
We booked a tour of Alaska for four. We wanted a "Nothing to Worry about" trip and pretty much that is what we got. I have not traveled outside the US since the boarder changes and that was an eye opener. The Princess Cruise staff did a very nice job getting us through customs. Expect a 2 hour deal. The cabin we booked was with the bunks. Only hit our heads 39 times in six days. We may have lost count due to head injuries. Highly recommend the balcony. The rooms get stuffy and having the ocean breeze helps. We did the cruise from Vancouver up to Alaska ($200 cheaper that way per person according to the agent). Two days later still don't have my land legs back. Saw humpback whales, Orcas and Dolphins. We took the Lighthouse Cruise in Kethikan and enjoyed the seals. If you are a novice like myself and don't want to go off the beaten path, this is the way to do it. I would recommend bringing a surge strip for extra plug ins. There are only two in the cabin. PS the staff work very long hours and they deserve an extra tip at the end because the 11.50 per day for all the staff just doesn't do them justice. We had an 18 year old with little activity for the 18-20 to do. No youth activity or adult activity for them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We were on the Golden June 1 - 11 to Alaska. The suite we were in had so many things that needed fixed we spent part of every day trying to get them fixed. For example, our thermostat wouldn't work, so our room temperature was 62 ... Read More
We were on the Golden June 1 - 11 to Alaska. The suite we were in had so many things that needed fixed we spent part of every day trying to get them fixed. For example, our thermostat wouldn't work, so our room temperature was 62 degrees Fahrenheit (I only know this after figuring it from the Celsius only thermostat) in our room for three days. That may be OK for a Mexico trip, but not Alaska! The service was almost good. Maybe it will be better after the work together longer. The time in Victoria, B.C., was useless. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our 1st cruse and loved it. family had recommended “princess” and we were impressed. Loved our balcony cabin, was on starboard side and had great views going north. had a little rain on the day where we were cursing thru the bay ... Read More
Our 1st cruse and loved it. family had recommended “princess” and we were impressed. Loved our balcony cabin, was on starboard side and had great views going north. had a little rain on the day where we were cursing thru the bay since we were on a deck our balcony was covered so we could still use it. had early dining (again recommend by family) so had no issues getting to any of the shows. can’t forget to talk about our waiters they were super. they took outstanding care of us, his saying was "nothing is impossible" if we wanted something he would make it happen. the excursions were all 1st class (guides were all pros) and made sure we had a good time. also want to say we had friends with us who had a previous bad cruise experience. after we got home, the husband said "when are we going again". i was also little unsure about cruising but they (princess) convinced me and i will go with princess any time!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise. Firstly - embarkation process very easy, simple and much easier than checking in at an airport. Cabin was ready for us on arrival and our Steward was there to welcome us aboard. He was so helpful and kept ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Firstly - embarkation process very easy, simple and much easier than checking in at an airport. Cabin was ready for us on arrival and our Steward was there to welcome us aboard. He was so helpful and kept our room spotless. Balcony was lovely and spacious and a sun trap on lots of days so we took advantage of room service (food was included and only a $3 service charge payable). Took breakfast in our room several times which was also included and saved us having to get up too early!!! I purchased the all inclusive drinks package and it was well worth it (I drank californian champagne, Grey Goose Vodka and various cocktails) I definitely had my moneys worth (It worked out approximately £33 per day). We chose anytime dining and mainly chose the Coral Restaurant. We are quite antisocial (Not really), but preferred to have a table for 2 so had to take a pager most nights, but this was not a problem as we had one or two pre meal drinks and were paged within approx 15-20 minutes. Food was exceptional, lots of choice and service was prompt and professional in the restaurants - the waiting staff work so very hard. Plenty of space for socialising and lots going on during the day - we spent a lot of our evenings in Club Fusion and had a great laugh at some of quizzes and competitions. One evening we did not fancy getting dressed for dinner so took advantage of Movies under the stars, with blankets provided, ate popcorn and cookies and snacked from the Horizon Court Buffet. All in all a great experience for our first Cruise and we would not hesitate to book with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We stayed in an accessible balcony cabin, and we very surprised and pleased by the spacious, comfortable, and fully accessible accommodations - nicer than many very good hotels. Cruising is very relaxing and stress-free; the ship was ... Read More
We stayed in an accessible balcony cabin, and we very surprised and pleased by the spacious, comfortable, and fully accessible accommodations - nicer than many very good hotels. Cruising is very relaxing and stress-free; the ship was beautiful, and had good food and many wonderful amenities. That said, we had a few access issues. (1) When initially boarding the ship, the last section of ramp onto the ship was very steep and scary, and their were no ship staff to help. (At all other times, there were several staff.) (2) As recommended in a disabled cruising website, we asked our steward for an extension cord for my husband's power wheelchair and CPAP machine, since the electrical outlets are on the far side of the room. The steward was surprised and not prepared; he said if he couldn't find one he would bring us his own! (He did bring one.) (Note: When we asked about using a power strip, the steward said we weren't supposed to, but no one would stop us if we did.) (3) Despite providing all the information online months ahead of time, and then having to provide it again when we boarded the ship, there was no life-equipped bus waiting for my husband's shore excursion; the tour operator had to call and get another bus. For shore excursions, my husband went to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, and in Skagway we took the train to the summit; he enjoyed both tours. One complaint: the cigarette smoke from the casino floods out to the shore excursion and customer service desks, where passengers are standing around, often for some time. This is noxious and disgusting, and Princess should either keep the doors closed, filter the air better, or relocate the casino. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have to start by saying that we got married on the ship, so it was a combined wedding/honeymoon. I think we may have received a little extra attention because of this, but not ever having cruised before, I don't have anything to ... Read More
I have to start by saying that we got married on the ship, so it was a combined wedding/honeymoon. I think we may have received a little extra attention because of this, but not ever having cruised before, I don't have anything to compare it to. We flew into Seattle the day before so we could look around. (Beautiful, sunny warm weather.) I loved Seattle and plan to someday go back for a vacation. Pike Place Market is the coolest place ever!! If you go try to go early while the vendors are setting up. There is no crowd and it is fun to watch the seafood sellers set up. We stayed at the Maxwell Hotel, which is about a block from the Space Needle. The price was really reasonable for the location so I was a little worried about staying there, but it was really nice!!! I wish I could post a picture of our room. We arrived at the port at about 12:10 pm and got right on the ship. I expected it to take a couple hours, but it was just so easy! We were in our room by about 12:30 pm. We had a message to meet someone later about our wedding plans and had to go to the Lotus Spa to confirm a couple appointments we had. I immediately called to make a reservation for the Chef's Table. (Found out later that only the first 36 to call get to do it. We did!!) We headed to the spa and the line was already long. I never realized so many people would utilize a spa on a cruise. That is a BIG money maker for them. (We had a couples massage the morning of our wedding, which was amazing, and I had my hair done for the wedding.) We spent the rest of the day exploring the ship. Had our muster in the casino. I was afraid it would last a long time, but it was short and sweet. We had our supper in the main dining room (anytime dining). The food was ok, but nothing to brag about. There we met Erwin. He was our server and so sweet. He always had a smile on his face. For the rest of the week we always tried to sit where he was working because we could always get a smile from him. We didn't see very many of those from the employees. It wasn't that they were unfriendly, I just think that they are so busy and serious about their jobs, that they don't probably feel that they have the time. No one was rude to us at all. My husband got the all you can drink card. We were worried that it wouldn't pay for itself, but I'm sure we at least broke even. He used it but I stole lots of drinks from his glass and bottle. Guess that is cheating. We got married on our first sea day. Since most people probably don't know what happens when you get married on the ship, I will try my best to fill you in. It really was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it. There is quite a bit that goes into the planning so they assign you a coordinator who takes care of making sure everything is arranged the way you want. It was a very easy process. Just had to fill out some paperwork, make a couple decisions and send money. Because Princess is out of Bermuda, the wedding certificate comes from there. They take care of making sure all the proper paperwork is sent there. We started our day with a couples massage. It was a little pricey, but I thought it sounded like an amazing way to start our day together. My husband had never had a massage so he was a little nervous, but he loved it! The two young ladies made us feel very comfortable. They even put our hands together at the end. So sweet. The only bad thing was they tried to sell us some stuff at the end, but we declined. After the massage we showered and soon it was time for my hair appointment. I went back to the spa and my "almost" husband went to the bar. He discovered the bar with the best bloodymarys. I don't remember the girls name who fixed my hair, but she did a fantastic job. Afterwards we ate a quick lunch then went back to our room to get dressed. When it was almost wedding time a young lady came to our room with our flowers and escorted us to the wedding chapel. There they fitted my husband with a small microphone so they could hear us for the video. The ceremony was very short and nice. We had a choice of music and vows, or we could provide our own. I chose their contemporary vows. My bouquet was a dozen red roses and was gorgeous! (I didn't get to take it off the ship at the end of the cruise, so that made me sad.) Our price for having a wedding on the ship was approximately $2,500. This included the ceremony by the ship's captain, flowers for bride and groom, videographers, photographers, a bottle of champagne, two champagne flutes, a cake and a large canvas wedding picture of your choosing. We didn't have any attendants or a reception, so that would all be extra. I didn't think it was horrible. After the ceremony the videographer and first photographer spent about two hours taking us all over the ship for pictures. They did a fantastic job! We even got to go to the bridge and have pictures taken in the captain's seat. It was a very fun experience. The photographers were extremely nice, but the videographer was such a darling young lady. I gave her my bouquet since I couldn't keep it. After they are finished with their pictures they take you to the black and white studio for more pictures. That was another amazing experience. The only bad thing about have such good photographers is that you want all of the pictures. We spent almost as much on pictures as we did on the wedding. We ended up getting the proofs, 20 8x10's, the video dvd, the wedding montage dvd and a dvd with all the pictures so we can print our own if we want. We also got five of the black and whites. I haven't counted the number of proofs, but when stacked they are over 2 inches tall. The worst part was having to wait until Friday to see them. After pictures and before dinner we were able to watch a show. It was pretty good. I would never buy tickets to watch it, but to be able to go in and sit for a while it was nice. That was our introduction to the milky way martini. We had a lot of those over the rest of our cruise! That evening we ate at the Crown Grill. We had a great window seat and the food was ok. I had a ribeye and my husband had lobster tail and something else, but I can't remember what. I'm not a picky eater at all, I will eat almost anything, but I didn't ever feel like anything I ate was great. At this meal is where we got our bottle of champagne and cake. We cut the cake (again for more pictures) and tasted it, then gave it to our server to take back for him and his friends. There was no way we were going to eat it and hated for it to go to waste. It wasn't very good either. Just an old frozen cake, but I didn't expect much so I wasn't disappointed. I don't remember what we did after dinner. I think we watched some of the entertainment in the Piazza and hit a couple bars. We were so exhausted from the constant running that we turned in early. Tuesday we were in Ketchikan. (Beautiful sunny warm weather.) It was a nice little town. There we booked a lumberjack show through the ship. It was entertaining. Before it started we spent some time in a little bar across the street. Fantastic bloodymarys there!!! After the show we walked around for a while and then went back to the boat. That evening we had the Chef's table. I definitely recommend everyone try to do this at least once. It was a really good experience! It was $95.00 per person. You get to go into the galley and see that area. While there you get to sample different hors d'oeuvres and have champagne with the Head Chef and Maitre D". Then you sit with your group and are served a multicourse meal with a different wine for each course. This was definitely the best meal we had on the ship. It was so much fun! After it is all done, the ladies each got a rose and each couple received a complementary copy of the ship cookbook. They only allow 12 people per night for just three nights. So you have to make reservations early to get to do it. The next morning we got up early to see Tracy Fjord. It was very pretty. I've been spoiled with many trips to Glacier National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Cascades National Park so I can't say I was as impressed with it as my husband was but I'm glad I got to see it from a cruise ship. In Juneau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and waterfall. It was very pretty and definitely worth the walk. The day was cold and rainy but not unbearable. Afterwards we walked around town. We figured out that the shops in these towns are all the same and mostly just jewelry. Not something I'd buy on vacation. We had a beer in the Red Dog Saloon. It was a fun place to see, but very busy. Thursday was Skagway. We didn't have anything booked there. We ended up booking a bus ride to Yukon at a place in town. It took the same basic route that the train did but we got to stop at several places to get pictures. And it was LOTS cheaper!! $69.00 per person. There were only about 13 of us on the bus so we got to have lots of interaction with the driver about the area. And we got to see and take pictures of a bear. Afterwards we went to Skagway Brewing Company to try the Spruce Tip Blonde. It was pretty good! Friday was another sea day. We spent quite a bit of time looking at pictures trying to decide which ones we wanted to buy so we didn't make it to any of the activities. That night was a formal night so we had fun dressing up. Saturday was the first day we really felt like we could relax so we sat around and watched for whales and dolphins. We stopped in Victoria that evening. We didn't have anything planned for there either. We walked to the wharf area and looked at the houses for a while then went back to the ship to relax at a bar. When we got back to Seattle disembarkation was very simple as was finding our luggage. We were back at the Maxwell hotel early so we planned some site-seeing for there. We rode the Ducks and did an underground city tour. Both were lots of fun. We had supper at Anthony's. It was delicious!!! We really enjoyed this cruise even though we weren't impressed with the majority of the food. I was afraid that maybe I just expected it to be better than I should have, but after talking to another lady in Seattle, who was on the same ship, it just wasn't normal cruise food. She said it was the worst that she ever had on a cruise and she cruises a lot. That made me feel a little better. I would compare most of the food to a Shoney's or Golden Corral buffet. You won't be hungry when you are done, but you also won't be writing home about it. I might also be a little spoiled because my husband is an amazing cook so I'm used to the best. I have to rate the cruise very good in spite of the food. For us it was such a wonderful experience. We even booked another one while on board, to the Western Caribbean. If it isn't as good as this one was we will probably try another cruise company next time we go. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My parents have enjoyed several cruises in their retirement, but they have not enjoyed any cruise more than a 2013 Princess cruise to Alaska. So, they decided to take our entire family--13 people all together--on a once-in-a-lifetime ... Read More
My parents have enjoyed several cruises in their retirement, but they have not enjoyed any cruise more than a 2013 Princess cruise to Alaska. So, they decided to take our entire family--13 people all together--on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Alaska aboard Princess earlier this year. To say that it was the cruise from hell would be an understatement. The trouble started before we even got on the boat. There was a problem with my "cruise card" room key and the security staff refused to allow me to enter the ship. They made me wait for over an hour on the deck as they let other passengers aboard. When my mother and father made their way up the gangway, they too were stopped and made to wait. The incompetent security team just kept trying to make new cards for us, but nothing seemed to work. They never told us what the problem was, they never offered us a chair to sit in, and they made no effort to make up for this terrible introduction. Finally, a set of keys worked, and we were allowed to board... When I tweeted my displeasure (and paid $5 for the onboard internet access to do so) at being made to wait with no explanation, @PrincessCruises promised that someone would reach out to make up for this situation. 2 months later, I'm still waiting. Although the security staff let my father onto the ship, they paged him to the "guest services" desk shortly after we got settled in our staterooms. When he arrived at the desk, the crew accused him of being a stowaway and threatened to take him off the ship and arrest him at the next port. He'd only spent $40,000 to bring his entire family aboard, but since no one at the front desk knew anything about that, they threatened to arrest him. $40,000. 13 people. Accused him of being a stowaway. It turns out that all these problems might have stemmed from the fact that my father is James J. Surname and my oldest brother is James F. Surname. Apparently, in 20 years of operations, with 3,000 passengers aboard on any given trip, Princess had never had two family members with similar names onboard at the same time. Their reservation system couldn't distinguish between James J. and James F., even with different birthdays, different passport numbers, and different middle initials. At the first port, Ketchikan, when my brother disembarked, it deactivated my father's "cruise card." When my father tried to leave the boat, security stopped him once again. They re-issued his "cruise card," but that in turn deactivated my brother's. When he returned to the boat at the end of the day, he would also be hassled by the security team. This was not just an issue during embarkation or at the first port of call, either. Problems with the room keys would haunt us for the rest of the voyage. When my mother tried to find out if Princess would do anything to correct the situation, she was brushed off by some nitwit in the "finance" office that headquarters were closed for the Memorial Day holiday, and besides we were not losing money because of the problems Princess was creating so they would not make any offer to refund any portion of our $40,000 fare. $40,000. Accusations of being a stowaway. When we wanted our family at one table for the Captain's dinner, the maitre'd gave my mother a lot of push back, and when we arrived at the dining room, I was made to sit further away from my family than any of my other family members. Gee, thanks, sitting all by oneself is a great way to spend those precious moments on a family vacation. When I spoke to the guest services desk, I was told that something would be done, just like the Twitter tweet, but again, I'm still waiting for something to be done. When my brother's room key stopped working, and he called guest services to replace it, they made him wait for 30 minutes before I went to the desk, and then they told me that someone had been by the room to help but he wasn't there. I informed the employee that whoever had told him that was lying to him, because we had both been waiting outside the room and no one had come by. Then the staff member tried to just hand me a key for my brother's room. It is a violation of every security policy to blindly hand a passenger a key to another passenger's room, but they did. I told them I was not going back to the room, and the staff member looked at me like I was crazy until I finally just said "you're going to take him the room key, not me." At the end of the cruise, Princess lost my roommate's luggage and, two months later, still has not made any effort to reach out to her. Never mind that we drove all the way from Whittier to Denali (a 5.5 hour, 307 mile trip) only to find her bag had accidentally been sent to a Princess lodge, even though we were not staying with Princess. When a representative from Princess did reach out after our cruise to inquire as to our terrible experience, they once again stated that since I had not spent any money as a result of their incompetence, they could not make an offer to reimburse or refund me any amount. The representative did apologize for the crew's complete incompetence and hoped that I would consider Princess for my next cruise, but as I told her, it would not take much effort from any other cruise line to convince me that they could do a better job than Princess had. All they'd have to do would be to let me aboard the ship at the start of the cruise and not accuse me of being a stowaway, and we'd be golden. The representative tried to excuse away the inexcusable behavior of her crew by saying it was early in the cruise season and they crew may be inexperienced, but I've worked in hospitality and customer service for over 10 years and it would never, ever be acceptable to behave the way Princess's staff did. Unless you love being accused of being a stowaway and love having room keys that don't work, I would not bother setting foot on the Grand Princess or any other Princess ship. Did I mention that there were buckets up and down the hallway for the duration of the cruise, catching water dripping from the ceiling? Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Service was very good- A big Thank you specially to the F & B Supervisor Miss Paula of Portugal And waiter Mr Artemio of Philippine- they make my 26th Wedding Anniversary a very memorable moment , once again a big Thank You. ... Read More
Service was very good- A big Thank you specially to the F & B Supervisor Miss Paula of Portugal And waiter Mr Artemio of Philippine- they make my 26th Wedding Anniversary a very memorable moment , once again a big Thank You. The Beautiful Champagne Waterfall- Photograph Dance Floor very entertaining BINGO Game was fun Cooking class will be much fun if audience pick to participate Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
There was so much about this cruise that I liked. First off, the staff was really great. Every person we got to know - our stateroom steward, our nightly server - was great. I really enjoyed the food. The buffet isn't great, but you ... Read More
There was so much about this cruise that I liked. First off, the staff was really great. Every person we got to know - our stateroom steward, our nightly server - was great. I really enjoyed the food. The buffet isn't great, but you can always go to the restaurants. We never paid extra for the more expensive restaurants and found the options and food at the normal restaurant to be very good. One thing I was surprised about was the constant selling for extras. This is my first ever cruise so many this is normal, but I really don't know. However, everything is SO expensive. First, they suggest you add $11 per person, per day for tip. This is fine but I really have no idea WHO is getting the tip. So at the end, we still wanted to tip the people we got to know even though we had already paid a lot in tips. Almost all of the events are focused on selling something. The art events to sell art, the gym "educational" sessions which are interesting but ultimately are to sell a nutritional product. The thing is, when you are on vacation, it's really nice to not feel like every 10 minutes you have a live commercial in your face. The activities were okay. But going back to my previous paragraph, a lot of things framed as activities were really just an excuse to sell something. And many of these things were insanely expensive. For example, the prices are the spa are almost laughable compared to prices in everyday life. It's really just blew me away how much it all cost. The drinks are not cheap either (they say $8 but they don't tell you that gratuity is automatically added so it's more like $11, and they are not high quality as you would expect for that price). In fact, immediately when you get on the ship the first day, you are bombarded with people trying to sell drink cards. These are so that you pay $50 per day for drinks. A couple of people in my family did this. It was an okay deal, but really the drinks are just not good enough to be worth that much. We bought excursions on the ship and of course they were a lot cheaper had we just bought them at port. However, we wanted to be sure that we had an activity to do. So that's a hard call, to wait or to buy them on the ship. With all of the negative, we DID have a few frustrating days at the beginning. But we learned to get used to this, to skip the "events", to say no to the selling and to just enjoy what the cruise had to offer. A few of the night events were fun. The official shows were not great at all (I always heard that cruises have such great shows!) But they did a few things like a married couples gameshow, which were fun to watch. They also have a fun club at the very top of the ship and in the middle area, have a live band playing. We also opted to do a wine tasting for $15 each and it was very nice and worth the money. We also enjoyed the movies, including the movie outside. I'm sure with a beach cruise, people enjoy the pools and outdoor areas a lot. But on a cruise to Alaska, a lot of the outdoor common space was wasted because it was too cold. I was kind of surprised there were not more activities indoors. The cabin was not great but it did the job. We had several problems with plumbing but they did get it resolved quickly. In general, everything was kept clean on the ship. They also made an effort to keep everyone healthy and even made you use hand sanitizer before going to eat. I was amazed at their organization to keep everyone on the cruise happy and fed. The dinner services was very quick, the getting off/on at each port was easy and fast, and getting off and finding our luggage was very easy too. They have a very well-run organization to make everything happen for so many people at the same time. Overall we had a good time but I can't say that i'll be doing it again anytime soon, due to the price mostly. Compared to an all-inclusive hotel, the cruise option is just extremely expensive. However, it was a fun experience! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first ever cruise, this exact ship, date and route chosen purely to catch up with a dear old friend who was going on the round the world trip. I mention this because average age on this cruise *apparently* was 75yo and hence ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, this exact ship, date and route chosen purely to catch up with a dear old friend who was going on the round the world trip. I mention this because average age on this cruise *apparently* was 75yo and hence activities were structured with this demographic in mind. we are aged early 40s FYI. (We kind of knew this when booking, but others unfamiliar with this ship may not be). I will try to be as comprehensive as I can. Embarkation: Very smooth process-already received SMS advising check in from 12:30 (based on deck 10), only waited several minutes in check in line, and then the security line was about maximum 5-10minutes through X-ray etc and we were on the gangplank around 12:30. Welcoming staff greeted us onboard and we were directed to elevators to our floor and found our room. We had received a free upgrade from a Balcony room to a MiniSuite with Balcony, mid forward, so we were Superimpressed with or room (who wouldn't be!) we took photos of our room before we made it look untidy, then dumped our hand luggage and we were in the buffet having lunch by 1pm! (our suitcases were in our room around 4pm) steward introduced himself and brought our complimentary champagne! Muster Drill: The time will be on your Princess Patter, ours was 4:15 or 4:30 and the location is on the back of your door...basically 30% was about muster drill and life jackets and the other 70%was really a chance to tell a captured audience what you should and shouldn't put down the toilets and other such etiquette! Took quite a while so if there is a seat try to take one! Dining and Food:  First the important thing-COFFEE! I had been told coffee is fairly average but I found it to be fine. It was very annoying being offered the Coffee Card approx (no exaggeration) 13 times at the lunch time buffet, especially in the first ten minutes of entering the buffet area. I figured out they want you to buy it before you try the machine coffee and discover it's not too bad! There are 3 jugs of cold milk ie skim, full cream and a jug of cream! There is also decaf and a hot water urn with LOADS of tea bag choices including herbal but no hot choc sachets (we brought our own). You may also want to know that at afternoon tea there is just normal tea and coffee (can't use yr coffee card as far as I could see). At the buffet there was a bar and coffee Barista area. Formal dining room was standard coffee and tea only (but they often brought hot milk for my partner and we used hot choc sachet). Around the Atrium area there are levels 5,6,7 that are comfy chairs and tables and you will have to PAY for normal tea and coffee here eg cup of tea is $1.50..but glass of tap water free so we pretty much drank that most places! This atrium is COFFEE CARD city! Okay, Food! Quality was very high, both at traditional and buffet. We mostly dined in formal dining room (5:30 sitting) as we found better for our portion control for a start, plus it is always better with food cooked to order rather than sitting in a Bain Marie for a period of time. Breakfast and Lunch was free seating rather than assigned table, and as we were a party of 3 we asked for a table of 4 each time and pretty much got it to ourselves each time. I heard some were annoyed they could not get a table for two but to be honest there were VERY few of these.  For the 5:30 seating we had emailed Princess twice prior to cruise, explaining just for the Syd-Fremantle section we want to be linked to our friend so as to sit on the same table (they were on world cruise , also 5:30 seating. The emails went unanswered and unacknowledged, and on the first afternoon of the cruise we went to the dining room approx 2pm, as we had been sat on a different table to our friend...waited over an hour to meet with the maitre d' (there about 30 or more other people, we were given numbers according to who had arrived first). The first two nights they asked us to come to door 5:55 as by then they would knw who had arrived and which seats would be free. By the third night we got a slip of paper under the door advising of new assigned table FYI. We mostly used the buffet for lunch where we could get a plate of food and take it outside on the deck ie level 12 or 14 and sit round the pool or just enjoy the ocean view and air, sometimes there is lunch time entertainment too. The Riviera Grill was great for a chicken burger or hamburger with salad , although be forewarned they use raw onion in your burger : ) plus they will automatically add the fries (in case u need to save room for afternoon tea!) Now..time for afternoon tea! No, the food opportunities just do not stop! This is served 3:30-4:30, it was on Level 5 on our cruise, had a choice of about 5 small sandwiches/savoury croissants. Bread was a bit dry on the sandwiches. Other than that, scones w jam and cream was yum, and they had different pastry or cake items each day, plus small biscuits, and offered tea&coffee. My partner drinks hot chocolate so they brought him a pot of hot milk or mug of hot milk, and he was able to use the hot choc sachets I stored in my handbag : ) Port days: Usually on the Riviera Grill and buffet were open for lunch FYI. English pub lunch: bizarrely this was held in the Italian themed Cafe Corniche (Pizzeria) area, only two english pub lunches offered on our 7 night cruise (didn't go) Cafe Corniche/Pizzeria: pretty good pizza, plus you can have half and half, design your own toppings, size is roughly a dinner plate. They have a strange policy where you cannot take pizza back to your room. You can order it via room service and pay $3 though! (you can take food from buffet to your room though-good for late night cheese platters hehe) Room service: we had breakfast once when we wanted a quick breakfast..they missed a couple of items on it but other than that was fine. The only "hot option" tho is a bacon and egg muffin...as someone on our table mentioned, not exactly a romantic/luxurious room menu option but I guess they can't offer everything! A lady on our table brought a small thermos with her and that way she could make hot drinks in her room, thought that was a good idea. Tender: we were given ticketed numbers when we walked into the designated meeting place...be prepared for waiting times, we waited 45 minutes ie got into room 0915 and boarded tender 10am, boarding started at 0700 that morning (port of Busselton). Priority is given to people who are doing tours (rightly so)- the lifeboat tender was used to take us to Buesslton, our friend was on a walking stick and was able to navigate onto the boat.  Entertainment/Activities: it was great having the 5:30pm seating because we were generally finished by 7:15/7:30 and then went and got a seat for the 7:45 or 8pm show. It meant we could also see the 9:15pm /9:30pm show. The Princess theatre filled up pretty quick and I think is better seating. Vista lounge very cold (they were trying to fix heating issues) and kind of lounge bar seating, not as many seats FYI. We had some great singers for the night time shows, and the general area entertainers were of high quality, but especially the Sun Down duo who regularly sang at the Wheelhouse Bar, poolside, just brilliant.  Activities is where improvements could be made however near in mind the demographic has an impact...but between say 0930-1200 and the afternoon, I made my own fun by pounding the promenade daily walking, discovering the ship, people watching, spending time on our balcony...I was not interested in hoop throwing, carpet bowls etc. These activities were right at atrium staircase, meaning not a big area and hence not too many people could join in anyway. Would have played shuttle board on the deck but there was no sign displaying the rules, no organized time for this. I had been looking forward to the rumba class but it was 0900 every second day, right in the middle of breakfast, so breakfast won out! There were some talks and lectures but a lot had a commercial edge to them. I had already paid enough for the cruise and I disliked all the selling orientated tv stations, lectures, stall tables etc! The Ship: pretty impressed by the ship itself, the rooms, facilities, decor. There are always going to be things that need improving like areas of rust, worn out parts of carpet etc but I tried to ignore these as best I could. The complimentary bathrobe for our room (you only use it for yr stay, not to keep) was as thin and worn out as could be but our bathroom towels were nice and thick, we had them replenished twice daily as needed, there was a dispenser of shampoo and dispenser of body wash. I had previously read reviews of sewage smells on the ship and I must admit I also smelt this through the ship on the first two days, which did not help my sea sickness but then it either went away or I got used to it. My partner said only vaguely smelt it... Photos: take advantage of the photo portrait settings and the many backgrounds offered on the Formal nights, they are very experienced photographers and will help you pose and stand in most flattering way, and have professional lighting, mostly all around the atrium. we chose some lovely shots from the night (fairly expensive at $30 ea and no discount for multiples) and no you can't take photos of the photos! Medical room: ...we knew someone who had to visit medical centre out of hours ie mid afternoon, had to receive a few stitches to the head, little bandage, panadol, cost was $750aud..just FYI. Other: I suffer from some motion sickness on land (eg from elevators in tall buildings) so it was no surprise when I was sea sick within a couple hours of sailing ( going through the Sydney heads is known to be rough too). My husband is usually pretty good on boats, but he too was ill. Thankfully we had packed the Stemetil and he was fine from then on -in hindsight I should have taken something an hour or so before sailing. The night was rough and I was still sick the next day, lasted about 24hrs then I got my sea legs (and took Stemetil each night before bed) and we had further rough days and nights, where I thought I would be rolled out of bed, but it is funny how your ears/brain adapts! I would strongly suggest taking sick bags you can purchase from pharmacies with you-the paper ones the ship supplies on each stairwell when it is rough are not very strong and can split easily! The pharmacy ones have a strong plastic rim like in the hospital. Disembarkation: we received a letter two days prior advising when to have our suitcases outside door (they need to be put out early evening the night before) and a letter asked us to confirm whether we preferred earliest time off the ship ie between 0700-0800 or after 0830 (we chose After 0830 ) and we got a note back advising to meet in the Vista lounge 0830. We had an early breakfast and got to Vista Lounge where we basically sat around for 20 mins or so.  I guess they have a time so that people are collecting their suitcase in a timely manner from the shed but in hindsight i dont think it would have mattered if we had got off 30 mins or so later as there was no name ticking off or anything like that. We then walked off and located our suitcases waiting for us in the security area of the shed. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I had a good time for the most part on my cruise all in all. Two things I found irritating was the first night we were relentlessly pressured into buying a drink card which we did not. Someone here in response to another first time ... Read More
I had a good time for the most part on my cruise all in all. Two things I found irritating was the first night we were relentlessly pressured into buying a drink card which we did not. Someone here in response to another first time cruisers complaint of the high pressure sales tactics said, "A simple 'no thank you' is all it takes." Well I'd say that it took more than that, frankly I get tired of constantly having to say, "no thank you." It's also hard for some people to say no and who wants to do something that's hard on vacation? Or worse yet who wants to be reminded they can't afford these extras that they may be interested in but don't have the money for? I was taken by surprise by this part of the cruising experience and like the post I read where someone else complained about the same thing, maybe I'm just not experienced enough at travelling or tourism, but I feel that most people know what they want and will seek it out if they can afford it. The constant reminding and asking if we we wanted to buy alcholic beverages was annoying. If I wanted to drink, I'd buy a drink. I know how and where to get one. Another thing, was the constant picture taking. Someone seemed to always be taking photos when you didn't want a photo taken. Those are my biggest complaints. On the positive side, the ship was beautiful and clean and the crew members were all very attentive to our needs, Alaska was also gorgeous. Embarking and disembarking was organized, the entertainment was good and the food was delicious. It would have been better if they could have taken the level of promotion and sales down a notch though, that's my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 5 year anniversary trip. We absolutely loved the Ruby Princess. Class act all the way. The ship was beautiful. Staff was super nice and helpful. Met lots of new friends. Our room steward, Armand was amazing and kept our ... Read More
This was our 5 year anniversary trip. We absolutely loved the Ruby Princess. Class act all the way. The ship was beautiful. Staff was super nice and helpful. Met lots of new friends. Our room steward, Armand was amazing and kept our room tip-top, ice always full, impeccable service! We thought the food was awesome, although could have stood a bigger salad bar at the buffet. Thai, our head waiter was simple superb and Menardo our waiter was johnny-on-the-spot. We would recommend Ruby Princess to all our friends in a heartbeat! So much to do we could not fit it all in this trip, so MUST go again!!!! Hopefully very soon, it was a total blast! Entertainment was really enjoyable. Loved singing in the Pop choir. Excursions superb! Embarkation and disembarkation Smooth as could be. Was very nervous about sailing for the first time, but all nerves were dissolved within the first hour of being on board. We love you Princess Cruise line!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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