This was my first cruise ever, and I am very glad that I chose to sail with Princess for my first cruise! This was the Ruby's first cruise from the West Coast after arriving from a long journey around South America from Ft. ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever, and I am very glad that I chose to sail with Princess for my first cruise! This was the Ruby's first cruise from the West Coast after arriving from a long journey around South America from Ft. Lauderdale. Our cruise visited: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.
Embarkation: Was a bit crazy because this was a sold out a cruise and many people were taking this voyage for their Spring Break vacation! We arrived at the port around 12:30-45ish and were onboard around 1:30. Not too bad of a wait for the amount of people that were in the terminal. It was a bit disorganized and had to ask a couple employees on where to go and all that, but this was my first cruise so I was a bit confused! Once we got our room keys/cruise cards, we directly proceeded to the escalator to the gangway! I was super excited boarding the ship, and even got a bit emotional because of how happy I was, LOL!
Getting onboard: Once we boarded the ship, we went directly to our room, dropped off some bags we had, and then went to explore, and holy cow the ship was HUGEEE to me! Wanted to familiarize myself. The ship was beautiful, and very clean, staff was always working hard everyday on maintenance.
The cruise: After exploring for a little bit, it was time for muster drill! After that, it was sailway time, super exciting moment for me, since it was my first time on a cruise ship!
We watched the ship sailway around 5 pm, and we were on our way to our first port of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Soon it was 5:30 and we went to get ready for our first dinner aboard the beautiful Ruby Princess. We had 5:45 traditional dining in the Botticielli dining room. We met our waiters Faye and Arip (best waiters ever, they were super friendly, attentive, and very hard workers! Miss them very much!) We were even lucky enough to have a table right by a window with a view of the wake, how cool was that!
We watched many shows, which were all very great shows! The comedy show on the last night was hilarious! Enjoyed walking on the Promenade deck everyday, pools were always clean and heated.Workers work VERY HARD everyday, and are some of the greatest people I have met in my life! They love when you talk to them and ask them where they are from, they are just amazing people who deserve to be recognized more for all that they do! Ship was in great shape, and I enjoyed spending time in the Piazza as well. There was always lots to do everyday, and I also highly enjoyed watching movies under the stars!
Ports: After two days at sea, we arrived to beautiful, sunny, and very warm, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! We walked right off the ship and took a bus to El Malecon. Beautiful boardwalk, with some beautiful beaches. We highly enjoyed Puerto Vallarta, lots to do and it's a beautiful city!
Mazatlan: Great city, was very warm as well! Some people felt a little bit scared to get off, but we felt completely safe in this town, LOTS of police patrol taking care of tourists, and they also have volunteers that speak perfect english to help out tourists on cruise ship days. I highly recommend taking a taxi, there are taxis everywhere. I recommend taking a taxi to the Golden Zone, it'll cost you around $10 USD to get to there from the cruise ship terminal. Lots to do in the Golden Zone and many of the folks from the ship head over there; very nice beaches and lots of restaurants. Just beware of all the locals trying to sell you things, luckily I speak Spanish, so I was able to tell them no thanks politely. They are everywhere trying to sell you stuff, so don't feel pressured to buy anything if you don't want to, many of them do sell things overpriced to tourists just to take advantage of you, so be careful!
Cabo San Lucas: I LOVED Cabo! Beautiful place! We had an excursion which was a boat ride to Los Arcos. It was a glass bottom boat ride that we bought online (not from the ship) for $16 pp, which I thought was a great deal. They also took us to two beaches. The first was Pelican's beach, which was a BEAUTIFUL beach right by Los Arcos; the water was crystal clear with a perfect view of the cruise ships anchored off the bay. They also took us to another beach, which I believe is called Medano beach? Not too sure, but it was also very nice with very clear water. This tour was amazing, and we had a great tour guide who was very informative and spoke great English as well! Great tour, and would definitely do it again! I highly recommend doing some type of excursion here in Cabo, there are lots of them available here, other than that, there is not much to do on your own here, since it is a resort town with resorts everywhere!
Food: the food was amazing, some people are very picky, including myself. I highly enjoyed every meal I had. You NEVER go hungry on a cruise, there is always great & delicious food available when you need it. Everything was delicious!
Overall, this was simply an AMAZING cruise! I enjoyed every single minute of it! Met some amazing people onboard and would do this trip all over again in a heart beat! I highly recommend a cruise with Princess, they are an amazing cruise line that will satisfy everyone who sails! From the staff to the food and the ports, everything was amazing!! Best vacation ever!! Read Less