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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I booked our honeymoon a year in advance and we decided to splurge on a suite for our honeymoon. I have spent hours reading reviews and suggestions on Cruise critic so I will try to give back by covering the different aspects of a Ruby ... Read More
I booked our honeymoon a year in advance and we decided to splurge on a suite for our honeymoon. I have spent hours reading reviews and suggestions on Cruise critic so I will try to give back by covering the different aspects of a Ruby Princess Cruise, both good and bad. Because we had a suite the embarkation process was great. We got on board around 3:30. We had reservations for Crown Grill (free because we were in a suite) so we didn’t want to eat too much. Cabin-Our cabin D737 was great. So nice to have a large cabin on a cruise. We were completely aft which I worried about having to walk too far, but it wasn’t bad and the view was amazing. I have to say for 2 people my husband and I agreed the suite wasn’t necessary. However , we did love the perks from the suite. The nightly canopees were too fancy for us, so we didn’t order anymore. Liked the daily fruit. We told our steward exactly what we wanted in the fruit delivery. Also asked for ice and bottled water every evening. Food- this was the biggest disappointment. My husband and are are not fancy eaters. That’s one reason I chose Princess. My last princess cruise I found the food constantly good and not too fancy. This time the food was mediocre to tasteless. The buffet had a large variety but the food was wasn’t good. I did love the breakfast buffett. I had French toast, bacon, fruit, oatmeal everyday. We did order room service breakfast a few days and I still went up to the buffet for more. For lunch we ate in the Club Class dining room. That was very nice for lunch. I had a hamburger from Salty Dog Grill by the pool (different from the Salty Dog Grill Cafe that you pay for) it was okay. Crown Grill for dinner was worth it. Service and food were excellent. We ate in the dining room for dinner 2x . Again the food and service was good. Horizon Buffett has a lot of variety, but the food wasn’t good. Entertainment- the magician was excellent. The big production the second to the last night was great. My husband and I didn’t find the comedian funny at all, we left early. My husband enjoyed the lounge singers each night. We did the deluxe ship tour $ 150 per person. We loved it. Very interesting and a great swag bag. Skagway zip lining at Grizzly Fallswas fantastic. Glacier Bay was disappointing . Not Princess’s fault. I visited it years ago, there were not really any impressive views. I kept telling my husband just wait. Then the announcement came on that we were leaving. I couldn’t believe that was all. Overall, we won’t be sailing Princess anytime soon. We plan on trying another company. Keep in mind, these are just our opinions. I’m sure people loved the food and entertainment. I’ll answer any questions you may have about the Ruby or having a suite . Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We have been on about a dozen cruises, yet this was our first with Princess. The cruise began well enough. We embarked in Dublin and were literally in our cabin five minutes after arriving at the port. Unfortunately, it was all downhill ... Read More
We have been on about a dozen cruises, yet this was our first with Princess. The cruise began well enough. We embarked in Dublin and were literally in our cabin five minutes after arriving at the port. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. The room was an unobstructed Oceanview in a quiet area of the ship. The shower consistently flooded, the faucet water rarely produced anything but piping hot water, and exhaust while in port was potent throughout most cabins. The food in the main dining room was really mediocre when compared with every cruise line we've taken, and our waiter was...also for the first time...less than friendly. We ate at the buffet a few times...the food was kept lukewarm, they were always out of several dishes, and the spread is so small we couldn't believe it. Pizza also wasn't anywhere near as good as its been on any other cruise line. I had a milkshake at the ice cream vendor...it was so bad...depressing. The ports were the highlight of the cruise. There are many...only a few sea days on this cruise. Unfortunately, the ship remains in port very late, which means the shops and casino are closed often. In addition, there aren't many activities going on except on sea days. The result was more time spent without entertainment in the evenings or those days we didn't go ashore. I know this sounds bad, and I've read and dismissed my share of these...please heed my advice and book a different cruise. We ended up changing our flight and disembarking a few days early because we had such a poor time. I am writing this as we sit...and have been sitting...onboard waiting to disembark. We've sat here for over an hour already with our disembarkation group. This will be our last Princess cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We are elite cruisers with Princess (have sailed on many ships) and booked two 7 day Alaska cruises from July 3 - July 17, 2019 on the Island Princess. This ship is sadly lacking in public amenities and the cabin was so small you ... Read More
We are elite cruisers with Princess (have sailed on many ships) and booked two 7 day Alaska cruises from July 3 - July 17, 2019 on the Island Princess. This ship is sadly lacking in public amenities and the cabin was so small you couldn't escape to it either. There is no International Cafe, which on other Princess ships serves a menu of very fresh food for 24 hours a day. After 11 pm the only snack available is from Room Service with a limited menu of food which you have to eat in bed as the stateroom has no chairs to relax in. There is no Skywalkers Lounge for a panoramic view of the scenery. There is no Vista Lounge as Princess took lovely lounge space and converted it to revenue producing cabins. There is no Adagio Lounge for relaxing. All that is left is the Wheelhouse and Explorers which are just bars meant to sell liquor and are not convivial day venues. The atrium has no appeal since it is constantly noisy with martini shaking and various music programs and no International Cafe to give you a nice cup of tea and a sandwich. The fitness room and gym are stuck inside with no windows to enjoy the view. The fitness room is so small you cannot stretch because of the number of people on the floor. Stretch classes have been cut from 30 minutes to 20 minutes and 10 minutes of that is taking foot impressions to sell orthotics. You cannot walk all the way around the Promenade Deck as it is always blocked off. There is no jogging track. There is extremely limited deck space since the Horizon Court is at the bow of the ship and most ships have it aft with nice outside tables to enjoy the view out the rear of the ship. There is no aft pool which also affords a view on most ships. The Sanctuary is aft instead of amidship which cuts off the last opportunity to access the rear of the ship. We felt like prisoners on this ship, Stuck in limited public lounges with the Alaskan views only slightly visible through exceedingly dirty windows in the Horizon Court, the dining rooms and whatever few public areas remain. A fleet wide Princess problem is the lack of fresh food on their ships. Frozen fish is unacceptable on an expensive holiday with easy access to port reprovisioning. The only saving graces on this cruise were the entertainment and the staff. The entertainers were very good and on the second cruise we had 3 excellent production shows. The staff (other than Customer Service) were excellent. They are the biggest strength of Princess. Although we often cruise 2 or 3 times a year we are not in a hurry to book another cruise with Princess and will probably give Celebrity or RCCL another try. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
The itinerary is great and one would think that it would be perfect. THINK AGAIN. First, this is the first time I have ever had my passport confiscated on arrival. I have cruised all over the world and this has never happened. IF this is ... Read More
The itinerary is great and one would think that it would be perfect. THINK AGAIN. First, this is the first time I have ever had my passport confiscated on arrival. I have cruised all over the world and this has never happened. IF this is necessary, tell people before they board the ship because when you get of the ship at a port WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO USE AS IDENTIFICATION???? Second: the food is poor. Simply put tasteless and odorless. It is a telling indication when the MAIN DINING room menu has "upgrades" on it. In other words, you want good food pay extra. We did have dinner in Sabatini's which was NOT bad, but not great either. Second; who is the captain of the ship?? GILLIGAN and the Skipper. We disembarked from two ports late allegedly for low tide issues. Last time I checked, Tide tables are well know to ships masters. Schedule accordingly. And of course getting to the Orkney Island on a Sunday when HALF OF THE ISLAND is closed must make a lot of sense to the Princess People. But the ultimate indignity was the last stop in LeHavre. We book a Normany tour four months ago with PRINCESS only to find out three days INTO THE CRUISE that they were cancelling it on us because we were disembarking in LeHavre. THEY DID NOT KNOW THIS before I boarded the ship???? [Purportedly the reason is that we could not get off the boat in time to make the tour, I guess making sure that we COULD would have been too tough????] It caused hotel/train expenses for us in the hundreds. But truthfully I was glad to get off of this boat. I have cruised Royal Carib, Norweigian, Carnival, and Holland, and WILL NEVER set foot on a princess boat again. In FAIRNESS: Cabin was clean and the staff in the dining room was nice . And on the ten days, three days on entertainment were professional. The rest of it was like a HS talent show. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Expect a boat that is not only old but is in disrepair. There were multiple railings missing with straps as replacements. Inside our cabin a drawer and ceiling light was broken. Later in the cruise our door lock broke and needed to be ... Read More
Expect a boat that is not only old but is in disrepair. There were multiple railings missing with straps as replacements. Inside our cabin a drawer and ceiling light was broken. Later in the cruise our door lock broke and needed to be replaced. We even had trouble with the toilet flushing. It wasn’t stopped up, by the way. It just wouldn’t flush. All of this could have been overlooked if the staff throughout didn’t make you feel like intruders instead of a welcomed guest. We saw our cabin steward on the first day and never saw him again. Towels were left unchanged, dirty glassware was left in cabin. From the dinning room to the computer room staff hardly said hello let alone provide a service. We actually walked out of dinning when ignored for 20 minutes. Alaska, on their other hand is a must see! It was absolutely stunning. We loved Hubbard Glacier and took the shore excursion for a closer look. The day spent in Glacier bay was also breathtaking. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We were so excited to take our cruise. I have cruised once previously with Princess when I was younger with my family and had great memories. As an adult, I cannot completely say the same. Boarding was very easy and fast. Upon boarding we ... Read More
We were so excited to take our cruise. I have cruised once previously with Princess when I was younger with my family and had great memories. As an adult, I cannot completely say the same. Boarding was very easy and fast. Upon boarding we were notified of a room change, which was great because it was an upgrade. I cannot complain about that! And the window provided a nice view. However, the boat's system was not able to follow through with the change. Our luggage was misplaced, our food credits were lost, the honeymoon celebration was removed as well as my nut allergy information. Additionally, our room was moved to be directly over the anchor which proved to be an early wake up call at a couple ports. All of that aside, we also were told we did not have the sip and sail promotion an hour after boarding. This promotion had been verified through Princess and my travel agent and we overheard the conversation months prior when we had debated about purchasing it. We went to guest services who did not offer assistance with this issue. We then tried calling our travel agent who proceeded to work with Princess offboard. The issue was not resolved until Thursday when we were told of a miscommunication between the travel agent and cruise line. We also had to return to guest services twice to locate our luggage as they did not arrive and we were told by the stateroom steward all were delivered. Guest services said they would eventually turn up and did not attempt to do any more. Luckily, our stateroom steward was great and he personally went and found them for us. The change in room also caused our dining credits to be lost. We were finally able to obtain them through another visit to guest services, however we were rushed and left with limited options for use as only one day was left on the cruise and most dining options were booked. Luckily, the Crown Grill squeezed us in, and they were amazing! Food and staff were great. The change in room also meant our honeymoon package was not carried through. We were able to watch others receive their decor, free dessert, wine, etc. It seemed great. Luckily, another honeymooning couple we shared a table with at dinner was kind enough to share with us. The staff we encountered on the boat otherwise was very kind. The waiters, bartenders, bus boys were amazing! The pools were very nice as were the shows and activities. We loved the movies under the stars as well as the shows, in particular the comedian. The excursions offered by Princess were amazing as the tour guides were very knowledgeable, fun, and kind. The medallions made things very easy however the apps were not reliable. Newer phones are not able to download the apps. I enjoyed the fitness room and offered classes. However, treadmills are only available at certain times which made it difficult to use them. The ice cream parlor and food options around the pools were great. The boat had very nice seating areas to relax in and at multiple places. Overall it was a very nice boat and experience when we decided to just be on a vacation and let the honeymoon stuff go for the sake of enjoyment. Disembarkation was a fast and easy process. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose Princess to Alaska because 20 years ago we sailed the same cruise for our honeymoon. Having set our expectations during the first cruise, we were disappointed to find that smoking is still allowed in so many areas of the ship. ... Read More
We chose Princess to Alaska because 20 years ago we sailed the same cruise for our honeymoon. Having set our expectations during the first cruise, we were disappointed to find that smoking is still allowed in so many areas of the ship. It was impossible to enjoy any of the outside decks, or even our private balcony, due to second-hand tobacco smoke. Even worse, apparently smoking is allowed within the event horizon of the fresh air intake manifold and our stateroom was intermittently inundated with the smell of smoke, making it untenable. Repeated requests to address the situation were fruitless. We were finally offered compensation but then were given a smaller amount than promised as a credit on our account. One does not expect great value from a cruise -- everything is overpriced -- but no amount of compensation will offset our ruined 20th-anniversary cruise experience. Another issue was with the online booking of spa services. The online description was quite a departure from the actual service we encountered. The staff at the spa acknowledged the difference, even saying that this had been the same for other guests who had reserved the same service. However, they were not authorized to refund the money, so we paid extra for an upgrade and, in the end, we received services that would have cost a quarter of the amount at home. This is our last cruise with Princess unless they have a non-smoking cruise option. PS: The scones at high tea used to be freshly made from scratch with NO RAISINS and were served with a selection of jams other than raspberry. What's the world coming to?! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We had a wonderful cruise because Alaska is gorgeous, however the Ruby was the worst ship I've sailed on. Not only does the ship appear old and tired, so does much of the crew. Our steward didn't address us by name, so if ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise because Alaska is gorgeous, however the Ruby was the worst ship I've sailed on. Not only does the ship appear old and tired, so does much of the crew. Our steward didn't address us by name, so if that's your thing, good luck. Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I'm more concerned about having service, like ice in the cabin, without having to beg a few times. It took 3 days for pre-purchased alcohol to get delivered to our cabin. The flowers finally made it on day 4. Air conditioning seems pretty basic and certainly expected in a premium aft-facing balcony. No, it's wasn't. Four phones calls, three techs, and finally we were told that would just be the temperature of the room. Never thought we would literally sweat all night on an Alaskan cruise. So, if air conditioning is high on your list, look elsewhere because sleeping on the balcony for cold air is miserable. The food...well, it's there and usually lukewarm. You pay extra for the good food. We did have the $100.00 balcony dinner and that was awesome. I can't comment on the MDR because we never went. On all other cruises, the stewards are like ninjas. You walk out your cabin for an hour and POOF, your cabin is refreshed and the bed made. Our bed was made 5 times on a 12 day cruise. I told y'all the crew seemed tired. I can say that the big suite next to us seemed to always have their door open with the steward in there. Lucky dog. Anyway, I know that I forgot a lot because this looks much too pleasant. Oh, it's a 2ft square shower with a non adjustable shower head. Take a good bath before you leave and when you get home. Not sure how a large person fits in there. Definitely can't shave legs. No, I'm never going back on Princess. Never, ever. I've sailed Holland America, Norwegian, Carnival and Princess is absolutely last place. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
First time on a cruise. Expectations were high. Those glitzy commercials... First, the positives. Overall it was a relaxing and friendly environment. I cannot say enough positive about the wait staff in the dining areas and every ... Read More
First time on a cruise. Expectations were high. Those glitzy commercials... First, the positives. Overall it was a relaxing and friendly environment. I cannot say enough positive about the wait staff in the dining areas and every other staff member we crossed was cheery and enthusiastic and very willing to help and engage. The state room was filthy on arrival. Feces smeared on the sides of the toilet bowl, dirty hand prints in the shower, and clearly not vacuumed. Patio doors to deck were filthy too. Sofa in room was grimy looking. You board a ship with trepidation about getting norovirus and this is what greets you. We were given a complimentary meal in the steak house after complaining. Never did see the complimentary robes we signed up for before the cruise. The internet service you purchase is locked to one device. This is not mentioned prior to purchase. The ship's television service went out three times for hours, once for a solid 24 hours. - so much for relaxing in your room at the end of an evening with a show before bedtime. I was glad to not be traveling with children. The buffet featured food that was bland the majority of the time. Maybe I can appreciate this more when I am a geriatric. Food had from the other dining areas was much better. AMATEUR live entertainment. For example there was a Mariachi band with some members pretending to play instruments along to canned recordings. It made relaxing in common areas during live performances difficult. It really was that cringe worthy. I am not musical at all and I was picking up on it. For my husband who is a classically trained musician it was excruciating. The Medallion GPS tracker/room key/electronic payment device was convenient. I felt like part of a wildlife tag and release program but it did aid the room stewards in knowing we were not in the room and we found it cleaned at all differing hours of the day which was convenient. For those signing up for shore excursion packages please do NOT assume that if lunch is provided as part of the excursion that a beverage of ANY sort is included as well (billed separately for water - surprise!). Mazatlan is a hard pass. Anyone who has visited a Mexican city bordering the US has already seen what they have to offer of squalor, but now add in many Mexican federal policemen with machine guns for that extra war zone feel. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work ... Read More
this cruise was with a group on Utube ,however it turned out be a series of missed communications and bad service .nothing stands out about this cruise except the night we dined at the Crown Grill was fantastic ..My medallion did not work very well it rarely let me into my room ,the apps were not working for me ,I had the medallion changed and reset but never really worked . However to be fair I never used the apps very much ,its just not convenient for me . The weather was great . The ports were very good but we never seemed to stay very long at them . We were in Mexico for about 10 hours . The use of tenders to get ashore although necessary was a pain . I did enjoy the comedian and the cover band . We did take two excursions one in Jamaica which was a tour of Islands wildlife. And one in Cozumel which was the sunset cruise .. All in all ok Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Golden princess Off to bad start Princess couldn’t find our boarding passes, had to wait half an hour while they made up new ones. Club class dinning steak like leather . This has happened twice so far, I guess they are getting ... Read More
Golden princess Off to bad start Princess couldn’t find our boarding passes, had to wait half an hour while they made up new ones. Club class dinning steak like leather . This has happened twice so far, I guess they are getting ready for P&O hand over. Room got flooded out now we have mildew smell, they have shampooed twice now, smell is going along the corridor and people can smell it out side our room. Asked for another room were told nothing available! Ordered steak Diane again tough steak again, the only steak that’s ok is the minion. We both were quarantined to our cabin after my wife got A& B influenza. Meals were brought to our cabin - cold and soggy. The carpet was black with mildew so they tried to clean it with no luck Large blower was brought in to try and dry it, I think this made it worse. We are elite customers and this was the worse princess cruise we have ever had, ship is in need of full upgrade we noticed hand rails that had fallen down the stair case, I believe that this ship is going to P&O good luck with that! We missed out on Fiordland National Park due to bad weather which was unfortunate Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
It was a great deal for a 5-day cruise but you get what you pay for. PROS: Wonderful and friendly stewards, food, dining and entertainment staff Very nice ship Expedient embarkation and disembarkation process Lots of ... Read More
It was a great deal for a 5-day cruise but you get what you pay for. PROS: Wonderful and friendly stewards, food, dining and entertainment staff Very nice ship Expedient embarkation and disembarkation process Lots of activities CONS: Wrong demographics for us. Passengers were older (senior citizens). Activities and entertainment geared towards this crowd. If you like to "party", this is not the cruise for you. Food was mediocre and bland - very similar to Hometown Buffet. Horizon Buffet, room service and dining selections not as good as Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. Also, some items are not free so be careful. For example, gelato was $1.50 and select entrees at free dining cost between $19-$30. Can only get free glass of water and coffee in select areas. Otherwise, regular coffee was $1.25 and bottled water was $2. Only food available 24 hours on the ship outside of room service was International Café and it's menu is overrated. Not much selection. Room service takes between 45 minutes to one hour. 5-day cruise but only in Cabo Saturday 12 p.m. through Sunday 12 p.m. (24 hrs.). The remainder of the time is at sea. Our worst experience on this cruise was the Lotus Spa. My husband and I paid $159 for access to the retreat (steam rooms and sauna). 1. Front desk staff were curt and snobbish. They weren't welcoming and when I asked questions about particular services, I felt as if they were rushing to give me an answer and move on. They don't smile or welcome you as you come in. 2. Massage/therapy staff were loud. Called your names out loudly when it was your turn to receive service, making the "relaxation" room noisy. They also conversed with each other near clients which added to noise and distraction. If you weren't receiving a service but only there to relax, you were essentially ignored. They did not smile or acknowledge you. 3. Changing rooms were a mess. Bathrooms were dirty with toilet paper on the floor. Used robes and towels on seats and floor. Lockers did not work so we often had to have front desk staff take our valuables to watch. Since they were unwelcoming to begin with, they felt bothered by this request. 4. Clean glasses and tea/coffee cups were seldom replaced. At one point, I waited half an hour for a clean glass. I asked one staff member for a clean glass and she said "Just be patient." Wow! Meanwhile, dirty glasses and cups were piling up alongside banana and orange peels. 5. Robes were in bad shape - fraying and stained. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This is the 4th of 4, back-to-back cruises we are “enjoying”. It is very apparent that once they have your money, they’re done! What can a guest do? Jump ship? A definite improvement over being held captive. It is quite evident ... Read More
This is the 4th of 4, back-to-back cruises we are “enjoying”. It is very apparent that once they have your money, they’re done! What can a guest do? Jump ship? A definite improvement over being held captive. It is quite evident that Princess’ focus has turned completely around from “guest services” to “guest warehousing”. The food...although there were definitely some very bright spots, for the most part, RAW food (especially the Salmon), appears to be the norm. The wait staff acknowledged, “yes, we have had many complaints”. THEN FIX IT! At least get a thermometer. The entertainment...again, a couple of bright spots however, very few options for dancing, limited choices for music, poorly timed events as well. The room...FANTASTIC bed, FABULOUS sized closet with new carpeting. This is the first time, EVER that we were able to hear our neighbor ‘s conversations, their TV and their disagreements. The wait staff...our wait staff was TERRIFIC! Our water glasses were never empty, coffee cup...the same, despite the chef sending out RAW salmon, our wait staff was apologetic, and was genuinely concerned about our dining experience. Unfortunately, the dress code in the dining room is not enforced, another couple questioned the head waiter and his response was, “ it’s a suggestion, we can’t turn anyone away”. SHAME ON YOU PRINCESS! Baseball caps turned backwards, shorts and flip flops, football jerseys...all allowed. The Captain’s party, usually a formal event...now “dumbed down” to smart casual. The same jersey wearing male was allowed in...smart casual?? A male with the aforementioned shorts and flip flops was also allowed in...smart casual?? Definitely not! So sad, disappointing and downright disgusting that the individuals aboard have zero ability to enforce the policies that the parent company has put in place for fear, as one crew member stated, “ we are forbidden from saying anything to anyone for fear of offending someone. They would fire me!” As a shareholder, I am embarrassed, especially when I hear others voice the same concerns, over and over and over again. And the response?? CRICKETS! Remember, they already have your money! Except for specialty dining, except for the coffee card, except for the beverage package, except for... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We left from Los Angeles and the weather was rough for the first couple days, but that was to be expected with a storm front. Embarkation went very well, very organized. Disembarkation was also very good. The cabin was good and the ... Read More
We left from Los Angeles and the weather was rough for the first couple days, but that was to be expected with a storm front. Embarkation went very well, very organized. Disembarkation was also very good. The cabin was good and the steward was excellent. Nearly all the food we order and the food on the buffet came to us lukewarm, at the best. The last 4 days, we found a terrific waitress in the Michaelangelo dining room. The best meal we had was the Specialty Dining at the Crown Grill. We also enjoyed good English Pub fish and chips on three days, for lunch. Entertainment was so so. We like the comedian and the ventriloquist, but the stage shows were really not that good. This is something we always used to enjoy on Princess. Service with the buffet staff was also so so. I often felt I was in their way, and that is not acceptable. The ports were good and the excursions we took (2) were very good. The big problem came in Maui. After our whale watching excursion (which was terrific) we went to the ship to eat, then back on the tender to town for some shopping. We waited in a HUGE line to get on the tender back to the ship. The line went at least a city block and kept growing. We got on the tender and headed out to the ship and the waters became rough, to say the least. When we approached the ship, the deck hands tied us up the the ship and at that point things went from bad to worse. Waves were slamming us against the ship, we heard the fiberglass on the tender crack against the ship. The ship was raising up and down, and our little tender was slammed against the metal rails since the bumpers had come off and left so protection for us. The deck hand in our tender was handing out barf bags to everyone and at least 35 people began throwing up. It was bad enough with waves not only going over and into the tender, but they were also going up and over into the ship. At that point, the deck hands ran away and up the stairs to avoid getting wet and leaving us still tied to the ship. They left us tied to the ship until we screamed at them to cut us loose! Finally, we got loose and the tender operator took us back out into the rough seas. He didn't seem to know to have the front of the tender facing into the waves, so we were sideways in the awful rocking water for over 2 HOURS! We left the dock at 5:15 and we finally got on the ship at 7:20 pm. Most of us could barely walk and once on the ship, the women began crying. The fear was real. We put on our life jackets because we though we were going to be turned over in the sea. It was the worse experience we have ever had and we have been sailing for over 15 years. We called and asked to speak to a supervisor or someone in charge. We were told they would call us back, NOPE! Not one peep from anyone in charge. I can guarantee you that a lot of us called and no one called any of us back. I was sick and barely able to walk, so my husband called the service desk and was told he would have to come down and get the sea sickness (meclazine) medicine if we wanted any. He went to the medical office and it was closed, so back up he went to the service desk, where they ended up having a couple packets of the pills. We missed our evening meal since we were so sick. No one on the Emerald Princess responded to our requests about this nightmare, AT ALL! We have done the Hawaii cruise twice before, but we will never do it again after that treatment. I will not be on Princess again after this cruise, either. This was the worst service in the restaurants, the worst food, and to top it off a tender from HELL. I cannot understand how the service on Princess could go downhill so completely in such a short amount of time. If you go on any cruise, but definitely Princess, you better think to take care of yourself and other passengers in an emergency, the crew does not care about you and you will be left to fend for yourself. We were on this cruise for our 40th anniversary, we got no mention of the special day, at all. Other cabins had birthday and anniversary signs, we got NOTHING. It was on our reservation, so there was no excuse. The ship is really showing it's age. We opted for a balcony cabin and it was nice, but the hallways are pretty banged up, the elevators were banging in between floors, tile is cracked and uneven. I heard the ship is going into dry dock in March, but it needed renovation more than a year ago from what we saw. I don't think there is enough seating for Movies under the Stars. Until the last sea day at a night that was pretty cool, we couldn't ever find seating. They are pretty stingy with the popcorn, too. The guy came around once with about a cup full of corn in the little bag. My husband didn't get any since he wasn't there when they handed it out and the guy never came back. I didn't realize we one had one chance to get some for the whole movie. The last Hawaii cruise was nothing like this. What a sad and frightening journey. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Same food...same entertainment (or lack thereof)..screaming infants and children every night in the dining room...dodging strollers and numerous other types of mobile transportation in the hallways, the elevators and the dining rooms. ... Read More
Same food...same entertainment (or lack thereof)..screaming infants and children every night in the dining room...dodging strollers and numerous other types of mobile transportation in the hallways, the elevators and the dining rooms. Absolutely no enforcement of the stated dress code...Captains party now "casual"...flip flips, shorts and baseball caps are the norm. The " nickel and diming" of guests is simply embarrassing. There is an obvious downward free fall spiral of most everything...food, entertainment, activities and most importantly...SERVICE! As a shareholder...I am appalled as well as embarrassed and need to rethink my loyalty. Definitely not feeling like a valued guest...at all! We cruise approximately 6 times per year, we are currently in the middle of 21 days. We will be home 6 weeks and gone again for 30 more. We will take a four month break and again be gone for 30 days, followed by a two month break and 25 more days at sea. Following the completion of these cruises, we will be resuming our travels with a cruise line that provides the highest level of service possible. If more folks expressed their dissatisfaction and disappointment by realigning their dollars, perhaps Princess would rethink some of their decisions. Specifically... The dining...although some different options in the menu selection were available, the usual repetitive items were available. RAW salmon was served not once, but twice. Other guests at neighboring tables were also given RAW salmon. In the dining room the dress code was not enforced, a staff member responded when questioned, “ it’s only a suggestion, we can’t turn anyone away, for fear of offending them. Also, I would be fired.” The activities...the same two music options were available. Nothing suitable for dancing. The bars did have some EXCELLENT listening music. The lineup of planned activities were the exact same as every other cruise. Nothing new or exciting. There were several “enrichment” seminars that as some guests reported were, “ worth going to, as there was nothing else to do”. As indicated, although there were definite POSITIVE aspects regarding the service, like our dining room wait staff and our room steward, other areas were extremely lacking the service model. We saw people busing their own tables and retrieving their own drinks, all while staff were busy trying to refill the utensil trays, provide salt and pepper, clear tables, etc. The room...the bed was FANTASTIC! Our room steward was TREMENDOUS! We were pleasantly surprised with the “invisibility “ of our room steward. We cannot say enough great things about him! The staff..it was very difficult, if not impossible to get a straight answer from staff. No one seemed to want to take responsibility for anything. It was always, “ that’s the policy...that’s how it is to be done...my supervisor indicated...that was corporate’s decision...etc.” shameful that folks are put in a supervory role, yet unable to make a decision or take responsibility or be accountable for those decisions. Please give serious thought before entrusting your vacation to a cruise line that apparently has forgotten how and why they were once successful and the benchmark of the cruise industry. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We asked to be seated with table of 4. We were traveling with two other guests. They really didn't want to accomodate us. They did several nights. We had anytime dining but prefered to be with our friends at dinner. The Cabin and ... Read More
We asked to be seated with table of 4. We were traveling with two other guests. They really didn't want to accomodate us. They did several nights. We had anytime dining but prefered to be with our friends at dinner. The Cabin and service was exceptional. The Piano Bar was not available (perfomer was not there) until the last night (9 out of 10) no piano music which is one of the most enjoyable to us. The games took too long to get set up and organized. You lost interest in waiting for "it to start" the staff stood around as tho they were uncertain what to do. Dining experience was good. Bar tenders great. Cabins were good. Pools were good. The movies and TV shows were terrible. The ship had so many seniors very very few children if any. The movies selection was not good. The Pizza was to die for! #lovethatpizza. The games shows were to slow in getting started and it seemed they were just unorganized. The Theater performances were pretty good. The excursions were geared to "shopping" when they were "Beach" excursions. Too much time wasted on shopping. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We didn't want to fly all the way to Hawaii from Philadelphia, so we choose this cruise because iwe wanted to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii. This was not our first cruise, but was our first cruise on ... Read More
We didn't want to fly all the way to Hawaii from Philadelphia, so we choose this cruise because iwe wanted to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii. This was not our first cruise, but was our first cruise on the Princess Cruise line. We were only in the four main Hawaian Islands for one day each so the rest of our time was on board the ship. Our cabin was small and had little room for storage. The bathroom and shower were even smaller. There were far too many people on board for the space available in the entertainment areas and you could not get seating at the shows unless you went there about 45 to 60 minutes before the show started. This became very stressful when you have to hurry your dinner schedule in order to get seating for an event. During the days at sea ther was little to do except for early in the morning. Few events were scheduled for the afternoons so we spent a lot of time naping or reading. On the last day of the cruise. I had to pay $25.00 dollars to use a computer for a few minutes to confirm my airline reservation and print our boarding passes. which I thought was outrageous. Considering the amount of money it cost us for this cruise, I have to say I foud it mostly boring and very overpriced. Based on our experience, I would not recommend Princess Cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
My family and I have been on approx 30 cruises. We have status with RCL (Preferred), Norwegian and Carnival. We had only heard positive things about Princess so decided to on a 7 day Princess Cruise leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. The ... Read More
My family and I have been on approx 30 cruises. We have status with RCL (Preferred), Norwegian and Carnival. We had only heard positive things about Princess so decided to on a 7 day Princess Cruise leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale. The cruise was paid for in early November 2018 for 3 Balcony Cabins. One day before traveling to FLL for the cruise, Princess (working with partner cancelled one of our paid for cabins. This action taken after one of our cruisers was unable to join the rest of the family. In no way was there any communication to Princess that the other sailors wanted to cancel any of the 3 paid for reservations. After some haggling with Princess via Planner, they provided us with an Inside Cabin...all the way on the other side of the ship...and charged us the same price as what we had paid for the Balcony? Not only that, but as a Military Veteran of 11 years, I was informed in writing by Planner that each of the 3 cabins would be provided with $100 spending. Upon check in,, none of the 3 cabins was provided with anything. After working with Princess Customer Service Manager on the Regal, they finally decided to provide my cabin only with the $100 credit. Note that I provided a copy of my DD214 to her and to Partner and to Princess...all to no avail. There are plenty other horror stories to share about our adventure on the Regal, but that would be for another topic...also note that Carnival owns Princess, Holland and other cruise lines. So if planning a Christmas Cruise and stopping at the Caymans as example, where a Tender Boat is required, plan on waiting 3+ hours to get off the ship, and worse, each of the cruise lines only had 1-2 Tenders running at a time meaning your return back to the ship meant spending at least another 2+ hours in line...it was so bad that our ship was sailing and we still had over 1000 people waiting to be tendered back to our ship. The anger from the passengers was incredible...the ship offered everyone a glass of wine as a means of saying sorry for the inconvenience. By far the worst cruise line of the 4 i've been on. I would never recommend Princess to anyone...I will limit my cruising to Royal Caribbean and Norwegian going forward. Lesson learned! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Two cruises, back-to-back on the Royal in Dec. 2018, Arrived with a high dust line on edges in state-room. We wipe our staterooms with anti-viral peroxide wipes - NEVER HAVE WE RECOVERED SO MUCH FILTH ESPECIALLY ON THE RETURN AIR GRATE. ... Read More
Two cruises, back-to-back on the Royal in Dec. 2018, Arrived with a high dust line on edges in state-room. We wipe our staterooms with anti-viral peroxide wipes - NEVER HAVE WE RECOVERED SO MUCH FILTH ESPECIALLY ON THE RETURN AIR GRATE. Bathroom linens have been cheapened for our travel category. Definitely a decline in public restroom service, as paper towel bins regularly overflowed throughout the ship. We had to ask our steward for items that should have been provided. On Christmas voyage Princess gives each child a gift from Santa, On prior Christmas voyages we were impressed by the quality. On this one, the gifts to the kids were falling apart soon after they got them off the "stage." Last year's gift's were available for purchase. Oh, the quality improvements - the theatre stage shows were EXCELLENT. Novel is the presentation of a complete story within a well crafted, well sung, well danced, and well acted performance, The ship's company included a fantastic soprano who should excel wherever she chooses to perform.Also, the Static dance band was fantastic, as was the Crooners performer. Dining services were well handled, open seating on the first, fixed seating on the second. Food quality was among the best that we recall with Princess. Fixed seating was excellent; open dining -- "Why are you here?" at some tables. And, the spa... overpriced and too crowded. On each voyage I purchased the Enclave experience ($149.) There were broken robe hooks in the facility. People brought glass-ware into the facility that could have been a real liability if a glass broke, and people HOGGED facilities with their towels when the were not using them. PRINCESS, YOU NEED TO GET SOME MANAGEMENT CONTROL OVER THE LOTUS SPA FACILITIES - not just profit control, Also, Princess staff did nothing to control "kids" who insisted on running throughout the ship. I WAS ALMOST KNOCKED DOWN BY A BRAT IN A CORRIDOR. If Princess doesn't have that incident on video, I wouldn't feel safe anywhere on the ship. And, the ship felt definitely overcrowded. But with the present Princes CEO, what should we expect. Maybe Princess can find senior management who focus on the the customer's total experience, rather than marketing to attract the customer. After 25 cruises exclusively with Princess, our next is with Viking, expecting better for our $$. If we don't downrate the experience, Princess will see no need to improve. And this cruise was within 2-3 weeks of our 50th wedding anniversary, on file with Princess customer database. No acknowledgment. Do we have to tell the cruise line everything to do?? Another reason for choosing Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The food was horrible and bland. If you wanted a good steak dinner it’s going to cost you! They try to sell you everything. Not a cruise I would ever go on again! We had one meal that we paid for at the steak house Crown Grill. Food was ... Read More
The food was horrible and bland. If you wanted a good steak dinner it’s going to cost you! They try to sell you everything. Not a cruise I would ever go on again! We had one meal that we paid for at the steak house Crown Grill. Food was excellent and service as well but it cost an additional $80.00 . They charge for self serve laundry machines, air conditioning didn’t work in our cabin. They charge for water bottles in your room and for cokes to be delivered to your state room as well. The portions in the dining room for the “included”meals we so ridiculously small, your truly needed to order 5 dinners to equal one regular dinner. The staff is clearly overworked and under paid. If you want to tip a staff member (that they don’t have to pool ) tip them with casino chips. Over all, I couldn’t wait to get off that boat Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Nice Ports, Clean pretty ship. The problems no jogging track, closing down the deck that wrapped around the entire ship, food sub-par, no consistent music, and no sports bar. Could be so much more but the trip itself seemed so boring. The ... Read More
Nice Ports, Clean pretty ship. The problems no jogging track, closing down the deck that wrapped around the entire ship, food sub-par, no consistent music, and no sports bar. Could be so much more but the trip itself seemed so boring. The cigar room had not music and neither did the Casino. I like to sit at the while husband gambles but it was so dull I hated sitting there. The bar staff are great but the drink ticket does not offer much. At least on Carnival the dollar limit for drinks is much higher than $12. The quick food was awful as well as the room service. It took 20 minutes for them to answer the phone and the food was cold and terrible. The dinning room was decent but they push the pay food so much, I think that is why the dinning is so tasteless. Thankfully there was the best food at the international cafe. The staff and food there was terrific. A life savor. Sadly will not be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I booked a cruise on the Ruby Princess to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked a suite R402. The room was lovely and spacious, although it could have been refurbished a little because of the wear and tear, but ... Read More
My husband and I booked a cruise on the Ruby Princess to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked a suite R402. The room was lovely and spacious, although it could have been refurbished a little because of the wear and tear, but we were still pleased. We arrived on the ship in Los Angeles and proceeded to purchase the all inclusive beverage package. We then went to the buffet. We went back to our room to freshen up and enjoyed the evening in the casino. The following day we celebrated our anniversary and had purchased a dinner for 2 at the Crown Grill. We had also been notified that our travel agency purchased a meal for the 2 of us at the same location. We were thrilled, then our meal arrived. I ordered a filet, medium rare. The filet was dry and overcooked. I did not say anything because I did not want to spoil the evening. We decided to give the Crown Grill another try the next evening. I ordered the rib eye steak.....same condition as the night before. By that time we decided we would not dine in that location for the rest of our cruise. We met many people while celebrating and exchanged some very interesting stories. On the 3rd evening we dined at Di Vinces'. My meal was pleasant, but my husband ordered the surf and turf that was listed on the menu under the Crown Grill. His steak was prepared as ordered, but the lobster tails were burnt. When we retired for the evening, we had reported that the drain in our shower was clogged to our room steward. The next afternoon the room steward had inquired if our drain was clear and I informed him it was not. I reported it myself to guest services. The drain was cleared and the ship offered us a credit for our inconvenience which we accepted. We decided to try the buffet. It appeared that the selection of food was the same, but the chefs had just switched the kinds of pastas but not the sauces. We heard numerous people around us complaining of the selection as well. One evening I requested that my husband go to deck 5 to select a dessert for me. He came back to the room empty handed and said that there were 3 employees behind the counter chatting away while my husband and a few others were waiting to be served. My husband decided not to wait until the employees finished their personal conversations and came back up to our room. I spent a lot of time at the Roulette table and did quite well at the end of the cruise. There was an Asian female bartender working there on one of the nights and she was not very friendly or pleasant. I feel that when people book a cruise, they look forward to having a relaxing time and be treated with respect. Maybe she was having a bad day or perhaps, did not like her job, but whatever the reason, she had to be trained on basic customer service. I have cruised a total of 10 times, six with the Princess and my experience was not what I had expected. We ran into some bad weather going home and the ride was pretty bumpy. I realize that the cruise line does not have control of the weather, but they do have control over the other issues I have mentioned. In the past I have always raved to anyone who wanted to know what cruising was like, unfortunately my 40th wedding anniversary cruise will not be one that I intend to rave about. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I are in our early and mid thirties and we travel often, however this was our first and probably our last cruise for a very long time. We chose this cruise based on the ports of call which were fabulous with the exception ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early and mid thirties and we travel often, however this was our first and probably our last cruise for a very long time. We chose this cruise based on the ports of call which were fabulous with the exception being Trinidad. Entertainment: The average age on this cruise was around 80 years old and we found the entertainment was geared towards this age group. The majority of the nightly entertainment was around sing alongs and karaoke. We saw a couple of their shows and they were ok but nothing amazing. It would have been nice to have a variety of entertainment options for all age groups, and no we are not into partying or anything like that (we are not the carnival type). It just would have been nice to have something to go to after 9pm that was no sing along. The ship was pretty much dead after 10:30/11pm. The day time activities were also lacking, one day there was a paper plane flying contest and a watercolor contest. I am an artist and was pretty excited for the watercolor contest, however there were only 6 easles and far too many people wanting to join in. The staff also wouldn’t let you mix colors or anything like that so I opted out. We tried to sign up for steel drum lessons but couldn’t get tickets (they only offer sign up on one day at the beginning of the cruise). The other craft activities could only accommodate 24 people and we were 30th in line so no luck there either. It would have been nice to see some language classes or even a towel folding class. SONETHING would have been better that nothing. Bathrooms: there are not enough bathrooms around the pool deck or even around the ship for that matter. On the pool deck there was always a line in the ladies room, and usually one toilet was out of service. Inside the ship there was usually a line for the ladies room in the evenings. It was frustrating. There was also a sewage smell in the middle elevators and on some floors. I’m a nurse and am use to this smell and it was even too much for me to handle at times. Pools: pools were fine, but were crowded on sea days. Food: the food in the dining room was usually ok, but we had 4 meals out of 14 that were not good at all. I ordered fish one evening and it was hard and I couldn’t cut it. I guess I had higher expectations. The buffet was hugely disappointing and lacked variety. The food was often hard as a rock and you couldn’t eat it. There also was not much to choose from. I was hoping for a made to order crepe station at breakfast but there wasn’t any. There were no made to order stations that you would normally see at a buffet. The exception being at steamers for lunch but they ran out of food by 12:30. Planks was not great and even though it is only a $12 cover charge out meal by the end cost $50 usd with a gratuity. Crown Grill was really good, we ate there twice. It seems like the food that is an up charge is much better than what is offered in the dining room and buffet. Drinks: we had the soda and more drink package and I’m happy we went with that option as there wasn’t much to drink that was “free” otherwise. The coffee bar at cones and the international cafe were decent depending on who your server was. Sometimes it was terrible. Room: we had a balcony which was nice. No real complaints here as it was what we had expected. Staff: were amazing and they work really hard to make sure you have everything you need. Excursions: we booked two excursions with Princess and after our one excursion we just didn’t bother going on the second one. I would never book an excursion with the ship again, the value isn’t there. Also be aware of all day excursions that offer a lunch as some passengers were shocked when they were brought back to the ship to at lunch that was supposed to be included. Overall: I’m not sure if cruising is for us after this experience, but we are happy we were able to see the islands. We usually travel to resorts or on our own. We have travelled to Secrets, Couples, Excellence, and Sandals resorts. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone under 75! If we do go on a cruise again we will not go with Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Any time dining is far from any time. Had to wait 30 mins even with a reservation, why even offer any time if there is none. Woman at the door of Concertos was extremely rude. Food was not what you would expect from a flagship of ... Read More
Any time dining is far from any time. Had to wait 30 mins even with a reservation, why even offer any time if there is none. Woman at the door of Concertos was extremely rude. Food was not what you would expect from a flagship of Princesses fleet stake was over done and un-edible. Menus were very limited every day of the cruise. Ended up using the buffet which had a better selection of food and better quality of product. Comedian Scott Wyler was the best part of the cruise very funny. The death of two passengers although not the cruise lines fault definitely had us concerned for our safety especially when there was no communication from the bridge that the person who caused the overboard death was caught or removed from the ship. Room steward was very attentive. Staff with the exception of the women at the door of Concertos were friendly. It seems like Princess is catering to an elderly crowd and forgetting the younger passengers and their children's needs. I have cruised on Princess ships since 1975 and this was by far the worst cruise and not up to Princesses standards. There seemed to be a problem with the air conditioning with a lot of warm spots especially the elevators. Not sure if this was from the cruise Wi-Fi but I came home to my Netflix account being hacked. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We were so excited for this cruise. A number of people had told us that Princess had great service and fantastic food. We were excited for SHARE and other specialty restaurants. I anticipated days full of exercise classes and crafts, and ... Read More
We were so excited for this cruise. A number of people had told us that Princess had great service and fantastic food. We were excited for SHARE and other specialty restaurants. I anticipated days full of exercise classes and crafts, and nights of luxurious dinners and dancing the night away. Alas, it didn't live up to expectations. Embarkation took forever - just a ton of waiting and standing around in a too crowded space. Ship activities were a disappointment - most were based around selling us things; a raffle in a jewelry store is not exactly what I had in mind. There were very few exercise classes, and the ones they did have came with a hefty fee - TRX was $20 per session. It turned out, that while we had anticipated that most things on the cruise other than booze would be included, almost everything came at an extra charge. Even room service pizza came with a fee. Food was another area of disappointment. In the dining rooms, servers were not trained properly in how to serve, resulting in an awkward and clunky experience. Room service had tons of rules - you could only get iced tea in an 8 ounce glass, nothing larger or a pitcher (though you could get a carafe of coffee). The food itself was mediocre - the quality was not at all what I expected. Very little use of spices, and traditional ethic dishes such as lamb shawarma in the dining room were laughable parodies of the real thing. But specialty dining was even worse. Salty Dog featured a surly hostess and staff who didn't know the menu at all. The Ernesto burger, which supposedly came with kimchi and pork belly, was actually topped with sad wilted cabbage and undercooked bacon. But SHARE took the prize for a bad dining experience. Curtis Stone should be ashamed that this place is attached to his name. The space was really lovely, very modern and open. But the food was truly terrible. The burrata was inedible, and my salad course was literally grocery store bagged salad mix spilled sloppily into a bowl (greens were falling out one side of the bowl). While the scallops were nothing to write home about, they were the highlight of the meal, as they were followed by an unevenly cooked steak that was so lacking in flavor I did a double take when I bit into it. The dessert course featured ice cream so poorly prepared and stored that it was full of ice - vanilla ice cream shouldn't crunch. So that too was left uneaten. I'm still frustrated that we paid $58 to eat there. On the ship, everywhere we turned there was someone trying to sell us something. Most days, the Piazza looked like a swap meet with tables of knockoff jewelry and t-shirts in every hall. And that continued when we left the ship - in Cabo and Mazatlan you were stopped every few moments by someone wanting to sell you cigars or crafts. We didn't notice the same in Puerta Vallarta, as we did an all day excursion that left yards from where the ship was docked. We did really enjoy our excursions. In Cabo, we took a luxury sunset sail on a gorgeous 50 foot boat, complete with a light meal and drinks. And in PV, we did the Sea Safari, a 7 hour adventure with a speedboat, horseback riding, swimming in a waterfall, snorkeling, and a barbecue on a private beach. Those were the moments we wished comprised the whole trip. Disembarkation was a mess - too many people not knowing where to go, and the groups were too big to fit in the designated spaces. It really ended the cruise on a sour note, although customs and immigration once we left the ship was a smooth and easy process. We would definitely not go on this, or probably any Princess cruise ever again. Read Less
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