235 Princess Ruby Princess Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for a get-a-way and to celebrate our anniversary. We also upgraded to Club Class for the amenities and the prime location of the mini-suite. The primary amenity we wanted was the no waiting for dinner and breakfast in ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a get-a-way and to celebrate our anniversary. We also upgraded to Club Class for the amenities and the prime location of the mini-suite. The primary amenity we wanted was the no waiting for dinner and breakfast in the MDR. We aren't big fans of the crowds in the buffet lines. The Da Vinci MDR had a separate area designated for CC. It had a clearly marked entrance for CC and the tables had different color table cloths. That was it. Nothing special. Every time we dined in CC we were quickly greeted and seated at a table that became our table for the cruise. As a result we had the same servers and the service was excellent. Although the menu was the same as the MDR every night there was something special that only appeared on the CC menu. The only con was the Princess dress code was not enforced in the MDR. We observed men wearing "wife beater" t-shirts and ball caps and woman wearing sweat-shirts with a college logo. Were told by the maitre d that on 4 & 5 day cruises out of LA the code was hard to enforce. I guess we had different expectations. As for the amenities, Embarkation was fast. With priority, we were in our cabin in about 40 minutes and at lunch in the MDR in about an hour. Tender priority was not needed since there were no lines we we left the ship in SB. Disembarkation was another story. No apparent priority since our tags/times had us meeting at 1040 AM. I had them changed to 0830 AM. I was told the only "priority" we had was meeting in the "Platinum" Lounge (Club Fusion) where they had coffee/tea and pastries. We didn't book any excursions from the ship. We learned from previous cruises, that with a little research you can find just about the same excursions offered by the ship and a lower price. You also aren't jammed on a 45 passenger bus. We did wine tasting in the Santa Barbara "Funk Zone". Basically, a walking tour with stops at local winery tasting rooms. We also hired a guide through "Tours By Locals" for a Baja winery tour in the Guadalupe Valley. Again, no big bus and we custom tailored where we wanted to go. Next time we will book directly with Fernando our tour guide at www.toursinbaja.com.mx Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I are active travelers and enjoy being outdoors. We have been on Princess Cruises in several countries, and our cruise experiences have all been so outstanding that we were excited about booking this Mexican Riviera cruise ... Read More
My husband and I are active travelers and enjoy being outdoors. We have been on Princess Cruises in several countries, and our cruise experiences have all been so outstanding that we were excited about booking this Mexican Riviera cruise during our Spring Break. My husband's brother joined us on this cruise (in his own cabin) as a mini family reunion. As I am a teacher, our travels usually occur during school breaks. We had not been to this part of Mexico before and were looking forward to exploring it. CATALINA ISLAND: Because the cruise departs from San Pedro, CA, we decided to visit Catalina Island before the cruise. Transportation from LAX was a breeze with the LAX Flyaway to Long Beach for a very reasonable price, excellent schedule and quick service. We then caught the Catalina Express ferry to Avalon, where we stayed for two nights at the Avalon Hotel. What a friendly, charming little inn in a central location! For three days we hiked, biked, and toured the island, most of which is a nature preserve. If you go, check out the excellent happy hour at the Lobster Trap restaurant. It was a relaxing way to start the vacation. Then we took the ferry back to San Pedro. PRE-CRUISE HOTEL: We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel for the night before the cruise. The location is perfect, as it is close enough to the ferry dock and the cruise terminal to walk. We walked from the ferry dock at night, and the route is well-lit and felt safe, with people out walking their dogs or strolling. It took 15-20 minutes with wheeled luggage. The hotel also offers a shuttle for $5.00 per person, but we love walking. There are several eateries in the area, and our favorite was Happy Diner a block away. Make sure to try their Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burritos for breakfast! CRUISE DAY: On cruise day, we walked from the hotel to the cruise terminal, stopping along the way to purchase our two allowed bottles of wine. As we entered the parking area and approach to the terminal, a free shuttle bus picked us up and saved us a few steps. Embarkation was a breeze, as there were not many people checking in at the time. Also, we were allowed to bring our own luggage on board. In the past, we had to leave the luggage and have it brought to the room, later than I would have liked. We were able to unpack and settle into our cabin before the sailaway! It was very interesting sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine and sailing through a working shipping port, one of the busiest in the world. OUR CABIN: The cabin was nice, like other Princess balcony cabins we'd had before. There's lots of room for everything you need for a week on the ship. The bed was extremely comfy! There are only two outlets at the desk, so we brought a plug in outlet cube that gave us 4 all together, enough for charging all our devices. The bathroom has large bottles of body wash and shampoo. Bring your own conditioner, or your hair will become very dry. We also had a small bar of soap and a tube of lotion. ROCK AND ROLL: One thing we noticed on this cruise that we had never dealt with before was loud creaking and popping sounds when the ship was underway at the beginning and ending days (sea days) of the cruise. The seas were not rough at all, but you could feel the movement of the ship. We checked everywhere in the room for anything that might have been loose or hitting something else, but the sounds came from the walls. The loud noises really affected the quality of our sleep, as the ship usually sails all night. We talked to our steward about it and he said that it's always like that. It was not like that on any of the other 7 Princess ships we have sailed on, and those were in rougher seas at times. DINING: We tried several of the dining options on the Ruby Princess. For breakfast, we usually went to the buffet, but on this ship we noticed that there was not much variety from day to day. It was the same basic items daily, and they were prepared adequately, but not very interesting or imaginative. The fresh fruit was nice. Dinner in the buffet was a different story, with lots of variety and choices, and of course the salad bar. It was ALWAYS hard to find a table to eat at in the buffet. Room service was consistent, with a limited variety of items. The anytime dining room dinners were excellent, especially the prime rib and the filet mignon with shrimp, but both nights we were there the service was very slow. One night it took us 90 minutes from start to finish, so we missed a show. The real stars of the ship were the Trident Grill, where we had perfectly cooked cheeseburgers, and the Pizzaria, which serves delicious fresh hot slices. The Grill also served barbequed ribs one night. ENTERTAINMENT: We enjoyed the lounge musicians, but avoided the Piazza, which was always jammed with people. The production shows were ok but not stellar, and the comedian was hilarious! It was often hard to find seating in all the venues, even the Princess Theater. The best show we saw onboard was the Folkloric Show in Puerto Vallarta. It was EXCELLENT. ACTIVITIES: As first-time Mexico cruisers, we had not anticipated the number of children who would be aboard. The pools and hot tubs were filled with people at all times. We never got a chance to play ping-pong, mini-golf, or basketball because those areas were constantly full of people. "Hiking" around the ship for exercise, a favorite pastime of ours, became frustrating because of the groups of kids running around yelling or loitering in the halls and stairways. Empty elevators often had all the buttons pressed to stop at each floor. With 3 sea days, had I known in advance, I would have avoided booking this particular itinerary. SERVICE: The service on our previous Princess Cruises has been most excellent. This cruise felt somewhat different. We did not receive our famous emblem tote bag because they were out. We had to ask for robes. We had to get up and get our own drinks and silverware in the buffet. On Princess Cruises, usually the staff is so gracious and accommodating. On this cruise, we sometimes felt as though the staff was overworked and too busy to serve us. The one shining exception was our waiter in the bar, who remembered our names and drink orders although we did not go there often. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: This itinerary started with two sea days, then we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, followed by another sea day, then arrival back at Los Angeles. Puerto Vallarta was a beautiful port. You walk directly off the ship into a large plaza area surrounded with shops and restaurants. I wish we could have had more time to explore the town, but we were on a Princess tour for almost the entire day. We went on the Vallarta Adventures tour featuring horseback riding to Quimixto Waterfall, snorkeling, and lunch and kayaking on Pizota Beach. We loved our guide, Hugo! The ride to Quimixto on the Apex inflatable boats was fast and fun! The walk through the village and horseback ride to the waterfall was exciting for a first timer, and we had time to have a snack and a swim in the pool. Then a horseback return (downhill!) to the village and back on the boats to the snorkeling spot. The snorkeling was not great at this time of year, murky water, and not many fish. The lunch at Pizota Beach was the standard delicious barbeque: chicken, fish and beef with sides and open bar. We had about 90 minutes at the beach and although kayaking was supposed to be part of the tour, there were none offered, just two standup paddle boards. After the tour, we tucked into the local market for some souvenirs as it is located right next to the dock. This tour was a 4 out of 5; we enjoyed it except for the snorkeling/no kayaks and it was a bit pricey. In Mazatlan, when you leave the ship, you have to take a free shuttle through the shipping area to the terminal, so factor that extra time in. We booked a 5 hour tour to the Verde-Camacho Turtle Sanctuary directly on the internet with Turtle Tours Mazatlan. They were very easy to deal with and communicated with us regularly before the tour. They picked us up at the dock and took us on a mini-tour through the city before taking us to their sanctuary about 20 minutes out of town. We loved being in a small group of 8 people, and Misael and Eduardo were very knowledgeable and graciously answered our many questions about the area, the sanctuary, and the lifestyle. We toured the turtle hatchery and facility, then were served fresh fruit. After that, Eduardo took our party of 3 on an ATV tour of the sanctuary to view the beach and wetlands, along with its many inhabitants! It was extremely beautiful and unspoiled. We saw birds galore, and the tracks of the resident crocodile. Unfortunately due to the low water levels related to this year's weather, we were not able to take the kayaks through the mangrove wetlands as we had hoped. Following that, we were served a delicious meal of tortillas, beans, scrambled eggs, and homemade salsa with chips. Then it was off on a guided walk through the dryland forest of the preserve, where we saw the many native plants of the area. When we returned from our trek, we were surprised by a plate of ceviche, so fresh and delicious. I had no idea on booking this tour that it would be not only a wildlife adventure, but also a foodie tasting tour as well. Normally we would have been allowed to help release the baby turtles into the ocean, but nature did not allow it on this trip. Hopefully we will be able to visit again in the future. We gave this tour a 6 out of 5 stars, it was an outstanding experience. We recommend it highly, especially since the reasonable cost of the tour directly benefits the sanctuary's work preserving sea turtles and educating children about ecology. After the turtle tour, we had 3.5 hours before the ship departed, so we decided to climb to the El Faro lighthouse at the top of Cerro del Creston (Creston Hill). It's super close to the dock, and the turtle tour guys were nice enough to drop us off at the base of the hill. (Thanks Misael and Eduardo!) In fact, they offered to come back for us to give us a ride to the ship. So awesome. Anyway, the walk to the lighthouse starts near a wastewater treatment plant, but the smell is not too bad. The trail is rough and rocky at first, but with an easy slope. Further up the hill there are paved stairs. It's easy but bring water, as it gets hot in the sun. The views along the way are beautiful! At the top you are rewarded with a 360 degree view! There is a little shop where you can buy a cold drink. Listen for the barking of the seals from a little island offshore. It took us only about 25 minutes each way, with lots of stopping for pictures. The walk back to the ship took about 20 minutes, but we could have easily hailed a pulmonia cab for just a few bucks. If you love hiking, El Faro lighthouse is a must do. If you missed opportunities for shopping as we did, the cruise terminal has souvenirs and clothing and there is a nearby arts and crafts center with many vendors. In Cabo San Lucas, the ship docked from 7am to 1:15pm, not much time to explore. The ship is anchored in the middle of the bay and tenders transport passengers to shore. We booked the Sea of Cortez Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Tour through the ship, which was a 3.5 hour tour. We cruised on small inflatable boats past Lovers Beach, stopped at El Arco for photos, saw the sea lion colony, and we even saw a whale! We then sped (fun!) to the first stop, Santa Maria Bay. We jumped in and were surprised that the water felt so cold. They fed the fish there, so we were surrounded by hundreds of colorful fish! The guide snorkeled with us, and showed us cool things like a shark and a puffer fish. Then we climbed the ladder back into the boat and motored on to Chileno Bay. Not everyone went back in because they were a bit cold, but I'm glad we did because it was different. On the way back, we zoomed along and surfed the turquoise waves at Medano Beach. One of the funniest things we've seen is the smart sea lions who swim up and perch on the transoms of the fishing boats as they enter the harbor for a fish snack. We gave this tour a 4 out of 5 because the water was uncomfortably cold, but at another time of the year it might be warmer. The tour guides were very friendly, one even took my camera down to take a picture of the shark for me! After the tour, we only had a little time to walk along the waterfront, which is vast and lined with restaurants and shops. The handicraft market near the tender port has a lot of local items. There was a man giving visitors chunks of fish to feed a huge sea lion at the boat ramp. Bring money for the public bathroom, you have to pay a dollar to use it! All in all, a Princess Cruise is one of our favorite ways to travel. We love the convenience of unpacking just once and having your hotel, restaurants, and transportation all in one, so that we can focus our attention on the places we are visiting. We love getting off the ship at every port and exploring just as much as we can without worrying about all the details of travel that can take so much attention. We're not big fans of sea days, and we usually try to choose cruises that have as few as possible. This cruise had three sea days, and it seemed as though there were SO many people (especially unsupervised children) in the public areas almost all the time, to the point that we could not enjoy the amenities of the ship. We will definitely travel with Princess again, but we'll avoid the Mexican Riviera during school holidays. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Had not taken a Princess cruise in 14 years. We chose this cruise for the different itinerary, and because we live in Orange County, CA we didn't ned to fly. Embarkation was very efficient, and we were on the ship within 1 hour of ... Read More
Had not taken a Princess cruise in 14 years. We chose this cruise for the different itinerary, and because we live in Orange County, CA we didn't ned to fly. Embarkation was very efficient, and we were on the ship within 1 hour of arriving at the port. First impressions...the ship was very clean, the staff smiling, and seemed genuinely happy to see us...except one...more on that later. Our cabin was ready when we got aboard, so we dropped our carry ons and went where??, why to start our week of eating with lunch. Oh...wait had to go to the bar and get the first dirnk...then lunch. The AIBP worked very well, it was nice to not have to worry about my bar tab all week. The buffet was busy, but not crowded. The food was good and plentiful, and the staff were ready to bring drinks almost as soon as you sat down. If the buffet area is crowded, there is a seating area just aft of the buffet by the Terrace Pool. We had an outside cabin on Emerald deck, it was fine space wise and had plenty of storage for the 2 of us. Some people say that if things are the same as when you cruised the line many years ago, then there must be something wrong. I disagree, I have certain expectations of a cruise, and Princess ticked off each and every one! The MDR food was good, the staff was wonderful, and I felt spoiled for the week. There were some small service issues, but they did not, in my opinion truly affect my enjoyment. The one person that I had issue with was a female server in the International Cafe that never smiled, and was more interested in talking to her co-workers than serving guests. The only other gripe I had was with my room steward, that never bothered to fill the ice bucket and waited until two days into the cruise to bring my sailaway snacks, and our robes. WE took this cruise for my DW's birthday, and Princess made a big deal out of it!! She got a card from the Captain and got a gift certificate for the shops and the spa. I have cruised with Princess, NCL, and RCI and have to say that this was as close to a perfect cruise as I have had in 14 cruises!! Thanks Princess! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Did B2B on 4 Mar & 11 Mar. Saw an amazing number of whales especially in the Puerto Vallarta Banderos Bay both mornings as we were coming into port early in the morning. Weather was perfect in all ports although Matzatlan had ... Read More
Did B2B on 4 Mar & 11 Mar. Saw an amazing number of whales especially in the Puerto Vallarta Banderos Bay both mornings as we were coming into port early in the morning. Weather was perfect in all ports although Matzatlan had some fog and overcast both days. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and we got on and off board early with our Elite priority status. Service in all dining venues was very good and our waitress and asst. waitress were perfect and service was great. Food was excellent as usual in the dining rooms and the buffets always had a variety of options for all tastes. The singers and dancers for the production shows was superb, some the best we've seen. The cruise director and his asst. were fantastic and kept the passengers entertained throughout the cruise. First week there was a professional Santa Claus annual reunion of over 80 Santa Clauses from through out North America. Really neat to see them all in their full REAL white beards and outfits. Our cabin steward was friendly and attentive and kept our room clean and ice bucket full all the time. The seas were very calm, almost too much, and there was very little motion except as we left and return close to LA. Second week was spring break for children outside of California and there were a lot of families with children on the cruise. They were very excited the first couple of days but calmed down for the rest of the cruise. Highly recommend the Ruby Princess and Princess Cruises for everyone wanting a great vacation and cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Ruby Princess is essentially the same layout as Crown Princess, which my family has previously sailed upon, so we were quite familiar with the layout of the cabin and ship. Unlike the Crown Princess, the service on Ruby Princess is ... Read More
Ruby Princess is essentially the same layout as Crown Princess, which my family has previously sailed upon, so we were quite familiar with the layout of the cabin and ship. Unlike the Crown Princess, the service on Ruby Princess is extremely poor. 1. During the first shore excursion day, I got sick from the food onboard and had an acute stomach pain. Instead of acknowledging my condition to be caused by the food onboard, the ship medical officer simply shrugged it off to a bad case of indigestion. I've travelled widely to many countries in the past, including eating off the street in India and China with no ill effect. The ship medical officer can, at least, acknowledge that there might be food preparation challenges which resulted in my stomach trouble. Due to the acute pain, I lost half a day of shore excursion time. 2. On the disembarkation day, my wife discovered that she had lost her pair of glasses. We searched everywhere in the stateroom but couldn't find anything. When I sought the help of the stateroom attendant, the response was "we are very busy today. we can't help you find the missing glasses." This is very disappointing; the stateroom attendant can at least collect the description of the glasses and promise that if they are found, we would be contacted. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had cruised the Caribbean 5 times (including Cozumel) and preciously visited Puerto Vallarta (1982) and Cancun twice to all inclusives with the grown up kids. But this was a different way to see Mexico that appealed to us, it being ... Read More
We had cruised the Caribbean 5 times (including Cozumel) and preciously visited Puerto Vallarta (1982) and Cancun twice to all inclusives with the grown up kids. But this was a different way to see Mexico that appealed to us, it being Valentine's Day and everything (my 60th birthday on the 13th). We found our aft cabin, B256 cramped and noisy. Our steward was fine, he needed some time off. I love the food but my wife just gets by with it. Sometimes she liked it but she liked less of it than I do. We had one of the best excursions ever in Puerto Vallarta with Valarta Adventures through Princess. We got WAY more than we paid for with snorkeling, kayaking, a hike, a waterfall, a beach, a close whale encounter, great food, drinks, and entertainment. Highly recommended. The entertainment was OK. The first comedian was really funny and the "Magic To Do" production number tried very hard. The fitness equipment was good but the jogging track was the worst ever. The weather was great, though it seemed it would be too cool (the last day really was) and the experience on the whole was lovely. I prefer going to the Caribbean (and it is easier from here) but this was a nice time too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise opportunity came along at the right time without much forethought and proves that long-time plans aren't always necessary for a great trip. We found it easy to become familiar with our way around the Ruby and felt at home ... Read More
This cruise opportunity came along at the right time without much forethought and proves that long-time plans aren't always necessary for a great trip. We found it easy to become familiar with our way around the Ruby and felt at home right away. Since we were turned off by the smoke in the casino, we learned to walk to the midship lifts on 12 when going to the dining room or Piazza. The bed was comfy and our cabin attendant took great care of us and our cabin. Room service was johnny on the spot with our morning coffee and tea to get our day started right. We enjoyed having a set dining time and found the meal selections were interesting and delectable. The entertainment in the Princess Theater and other venues was top-notch. The production numbers were entertaining and the comedian on-board kept us laughing long after his show. All in all, we'd sign up again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose the cruise because of the Mexican ports and first time there. Also hubbys first cruise. Boarding was seamless and we were on with 30 mins with bags at the door. Very efficient. Cabin steward was friendly and always a smile ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the Mexican ports and first time there. Also hubbys first cruise. Boarding was seamless and we were on with 30 mins with bags at the door. Very efficient. Cabin steward was friendly and always a smile when we saw him - he seemed to work mostly 18 hours a day. Some of the entertainment was good some not really. We didint like the Pool DJ slamming out rap music around lunch time - heloooo this is an older generation cruise - they dont know or like rap crap. The other so so band was Starwave - an young english band - whenever they played 70s the floor was packed then they changed to something slow and boring - floor empty. ..the singer was sweet . The best singer was a soloist Rebecca Jean from Australia - brilliant. Ok now food - yes these cruises are feeding frenzies for the outta towners. - didnt much like the lining up and confusion of which restaurant you could dine at certain times when we had Anytime Dining chosen. Maybe because the ship was packed. Overall the food was great though mass produced. The drinks could be expensive but depends how much one boozes. There was a constant sell sell so art was flogged at auctions. None of it that brilliant. The ports were great - we will def be flying back to Mexico for longer stays. pax were mostly over 60s a few families and couple around 30s. Mostly all kept to themselves only met folks when we dined but that was it. Would I go on another cruise ? hmmm maybe in 10 years on a ship with around 1500 pax. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife and I sailed aboard the Ruby Princess for the 7 night Mexican Riviera Cruise Departing February 3rd, 2017. We had sailed this itinerary before with DCL, but the stop at Mazatlan was new for us, since in 2011 cruise lines were ... Read More
My wife and I sailed aboard the Ruby Princess for the 7 night Mexican Riviera Cruise Departing February 3rd, 2017. We had sailed this itinerary before with DCL, but the stop at Mazatlan was new for us, since in 2011 cruise lines were cancelling that call due to security concerns. Our experience was really wonderful, and we had such a great time. The only problem was that when we came back into port, I really didn’t want to leave! Room: We had a mini-suite on the Dolphin deck. These mini-suites are terrific. There is a lot of space, and it feels both cozy and roomy to me at the same time! My favorite part was the area just inside of the balcony which had a large sleeper sofa (which we never pulled out), a little coffee table and a nice chair. There are two flat-screen TV’s in the room, one angling towards the bed and one angling towards the couch/chair, so you can easily sit here and relax. Since there is plenty of room for your stuff, you don’t have to clutter this area up. The bed was so comfortable. It was easily as good as my bed at home! There’s a large closet for hanging things, as well as a shelf for your clothes with mirrored doors. For 2 adults, there was more than enough space for everything including our suitcases. Bathroom was nice - small as you’d expect. The mini-suites actually have actual porcelain tubs and very nice showerheads. The counter is pretty narrow, but there’s a little shelf for your stuff. Being a cruise ship bathroom it is compact. If you want to spread out and relax while you do your “business" you might want to head to one of the public bathrooms! The decor was pleasant, though not super current. I was looking at my pictures from our 2001 cruise aboard the grand princess, and they certainly updated the rooms, however I think they used the same supplier for the built-in room furniture. the mini-suites feature larger balconies. They are functional but not really fancy with that utility rubberized flooring. The nice thing about the mini-suite balconies is the clear open view of the sky. The only downside is that everyone on the decks above can look right down into your balcony. The mini-suites are mainly on Dolphin (deck 9). Its one of the lower passenger decks, however that’s not really such a bad thing as you only go down 2 flights of stairs and you’ll be in Promenade with easy access to the Piazza. It is a bit of a climb up to 15 for Horizon Court and the pool, but honestly with all I ate and drank I was eager for the exercise. Remember there is no deck 13 so it goes 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 - 5 flights of stairs. There are elevators of course! The other thing I’ll mention is that the rooms are very insulated from noise next door - i couldn’t hear my neighbors at all. There was some hallway noise, but it wasn’t a problem. Tips: On tender port days, or on days that they could be testing the life-boats (or - in the hopefully rare scenario that they are using the lifeboats - it which case you’d have bigger things to worry about!) the machinery for the davits and winches for extending and lowering the boats sounds like its right beneath deck 9. So, when we arrived in Cabo, we heard this extremely loud “whirring” and were a little alarmed until we figured out what it was! I think the drains get slow from time to time with all the hair and junk. Don’t be shy - tell your stateroom attendant. On our cruise, a plumber actually came by one day to check it, and I said I was glad he did because it was slow, and in about 5 minutes it was clear as a bell. Food/Dining I have taken several galley tours, and I can see how challenging it is to provide elegantly prepared food for 3000 people. I think Princess does a great job. We ate in main dining 5 times on the cruise, then 2 nights in specialty restaurants: Share by Curtis Stone and the Crown Grill Steakhouse. Of course we also ate in other venues: Horizon Court, International Cafe, and Caribe Cafe. Main dining: I enjoyed the main dining food. Everything for the most part was really well presented. The taste ranged from really good to good enough. Personally I think they do a great job given the huge numbers of dinners they have to serve. The service was at times really good, and at times just ok. Its important to note that we chose “Anytime Dining,” which means you likely won’t have the same server more than once, and they are a little more rushed than if you choose a specific table and dinner time. We knew that going in. We like to eat by ourselves, and I think the tables for 2 are nice - You’ll likely be sat at one of those areas where there is a very long “bench,” and then tables for two spaced just wide enough for someone to slide in, then chairs on the other side. Its not as intimate as having your own table, but its really not any different from something you might find at a fancy restaurant where space is at a premium. Tips: On Ruby, you can “Anytime” dine at either Michaelangelo or DaVinci. The food is the same, and the decor is different, but not that much different. We varied - a few nights in one, and a couple in the other. One night, we had this Jamaican server in DaVinci that we really nice and attentive. If they are busy and you request a table for two, they might try to “Sell” you on eating with other people - its just an option if you want to eat right away. If you are willing to wait, then you can eat at a table for 2. Or, try the other dining room - they are right on top of each other, so you may just go upstairs or downstairs and find there is a table available right away. Share by Curtis Stone My wife an I agreed that this is the best meal we have had at sea (mind you we are not that experienced! This is just our 4th cruise). The emphasis here is totally on quality and not quantity! I would not expect to leave with the buttons on your shirt bursting! You select choices from about 6 different courses. Everything is fascinating combinations of flavors and textures. The presentation is elegant, but the restaurant is not at all stuffy and overly formal. The brand new decor is contemporary and home-like. Everything is fresh and hand made. Crown Grill My wife is not a steakhouse fan, but we decided to go here because we intentionally did not bring any formal wear, so we added a 2nd night of speciality dining. I thought it was excellent. Now, though the food is high quality, chances are you will leave with your belt and shirt fitting tighter - the portions are very large. The centerpiece, the steak was really excellent. I love that they are serving it with these different types of salt that you can add in the amounts you want. They had himilayan, black hawaiian and an herb salt. The other item I loved was their unique take on French Onion soup. Horizon Court I am a huge fan of buffets. I admit it. Its probably one of my favorite parts of cruising! Guilty as charged. The Horizon Court food is good - its high quality. At night, you’ll find some of the items also being served in Main Dining. Its also nicely presented. However, the selection is fairly limited as buffets go, and the space itself is pretty small and cramped at times with a fairly poor flow. Buffet design has changed over the last decade and Horizon Court doesn’t really incorporate any of those innovations. Still, its not bad! I just wish they had more salad offerings. Believe me - I still spent plenty of time at Horizon Court. The view is terrific. The service is good too - you can get your own drinks, or the servers will bring them as well. Tips: Caribe Cafe is basically just an extension of Horizon Court - I didn’t really see very much that they had out that was very different. So, if space is tight and Caribe is open, you can always eat there. When Caribe Cafe is closed, you can still use the seating area, at least from my observation. Don’t be afraid to use those seats. Trident Grill We got burgers at Trident Grill a couple times. They were very good, not too big and made right in front of you. They come with Fries. Neptune Pizza I got one slice of pizza there - my wife did not like it, but I did. Its more of an italian style pizza - not too much cheese, and a very nice crust. I liked it, and it too was made fresh. Bars: All the bars were fine. On the first day, we got several drinks at the Pool bars. International cafe We absolutely loved the international Cafe! I think this is a great addition to the ships. Its the one place that is open 24 hours a day, just in case you are hungry at 3am. The International Cafe serves freshly brewed coffee and espresso drinks, as well as drinks from the bar, and all day and night they have sandwiches and small plates of salads and desserts. Its the perfect afternoon sack (or post dinner, post bedtime, etc…). There is no charge for any of the delicious desserts or food items - they are served on small plates though, so if you want a lot you might just need to make a few trips to the counter. They appeared to be giving people what ever they wanted though (I’ll have a tuna sandwich, and a roast beef sandwich, and a tiramisu.”) The coffee at International Cafe is good, and is a step up from the Nescafe Alegria coffee served everywhere else (which honestly is not bad either!) They brew fresh drip coffee however at International Cafe. The prices are very fair - about what you’d expect to pay at your local starbucks - around 2.50 for a large coffee. We opted for the Princess Coffee Card. Its around $35 for 15 punches that can be used for any specialty beverage (cappuccino, latte, mocha, espresso,etc), then you gut unlimited drip coffees. I know we got our money’s worth with the card. They don’t seem to care if you get smalls or larges with the speciality beverages, so feel free to indulge. The espressos and cappucinos were very good. There’s a nice little seating area just off the Piazza, and its really a nice place to be, day or night. If you do grab one of the chairs first, there is a waitstaff that will come and take your order. Shops The shopping is decent on the Ruby Princess. The main gift shop has some nice items, and the prices really aren’t bad. They have some fun Princess logo items, duty free liquor, chocolates, and some clothes. The price of the clothes appears to be about the same as you’d find on land, minus the tax. There’s also a perfume shop. Being a dude, I don’t have much need for perfume and I haven’t worn cologne in a long time (maybe I should start?) But, its a pretty cool looking shop. We bought a sampler pack for our teenage daughter that was really a hit when we returned. In addition, there’s a watch store - they had some nice stuff, and a new “Effy” jewelry store. There’s also a women’s store with purses, sunglasses, etc. Shore excursions/ ports This was a Mexican Riviera cruise. We had done the same itinerary back in 2011 on the Disney Wonder, though that year the Mazatlan port call was cancelled amid fears of crime. The itinerary was: At sea, At sea, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and a short day at Cabo, followed by one more day at sea. If you live along the West Coast, or even in Las Vegas or Phoenix, this itinerary is just a no-brainer! Its almost as nice as the Caribbean (not quite, but not bad!) but with just a short flight and little or no time change, its so much easier to get to LA than Florida. Puerto Vallarta: We did the snorkeling trip to Marietas Islands. It was so much fun. The company was called “Vallarta Adventures,” and they were phenomenal. They were so hard working, friendly and seemed to want everyone to have a safe and great time. We were also very blessed to have apparently one of the best Humpback whale watching days ever. We saw a dozen or more breaches, some quite close. Mazatlan: We chose the Faro (Lighthouse) Hike excursion. Again, the tour guide was just great. He took us on a slow hike with plenty of stops up a large hill. Along the way, he stopped to talk about the local plants and animals (including a friendly local dog that joined our group). He was funny and knowledgeable. The view was amazing. Overall, it was a tremendous trip! Can’t wait for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We're just one day off the Ruby Princess after a wonderful seven day Mexican Riviera cruise. Everything was fantastic. The Ruby shined both inside and out. Carpets and upholstery in both public areas and staterooms looked fresh. ... Read More
We're just one day off the Ruby Princess after a wonderful seven day Mexican Riviera cruise. Everything was fantastic. The Ruby shined both inside and out. Carpets and upholstery in both public areas and staterooms looked fresh. The marble and tile floors gleamed. The staff were wonderful too. Everyone greeted us with a smile. Princess must be doing something right to create such a warm welcoming attitude among the crew. We opted for traditional dining at 5:30. We had a great table by a window that we shared with my brother and his wife who accompanied us on the cruise. Waiter Cesar and assistant Mario did everything they could to ensure we had a positive dining experience. My sister-in-law had some dietary restrictions. Cesar guided her through each day's menu to make sure she was able to enjoy each dinner. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We didn't eat breakfast or lunch in the dining room this cruise, so I can't comment on those meals. We usually had a late breakfast in Horizon Court. The food was good and we always were able to find a table. The International Cafe was great for sandwiches or light snacks. The coffee bar was good too, but could get a little crowded at peak periods--especially in the morning. We did enjoy--really enjoy--two dinners in the Crown Grill--still our favorite "for fee" specialty dining on any cruise line we've ever sailed with. Filet mignon and lobster tails were cooked to perfection. Great service and a warm traditional ambiance added to our enjoyment. Crooners was our favorite bar--it usually has been--with great bartenders and wonderful servers who remembered our names and favorite drinks. We enjoy sitting in Crooners and listening to the music performed in the piazza down below. We opted for a bargain Lido deck balcony cabin on this cruise. We found it cozy--certainly enough room--and quiet. There was good storage available in both the closet area and the small, functional bathroom. Our room steward Jackie ensured that everything was ship-shape and spotless. The weather wasn't perfect every day on this cruise, but we had good weather for our stops in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. We chose not to get off in Cabo because a tender is required and we weren't there that long. It's nice to enjoy uncrowded pools and decks when most passengers are ashore. We did this cruise last year on the Crown Princess and enjoyed ourselves so much we booked again this year. The Ruby is a beautiful ship in fantastic condition. We look forward to our next Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just off the Ruby Princess and the 22 December -> 30 December cruise. We traveled as a couple, and would rate this cruise as our most enjoyable - Princess exceeded our expectations on a 100% full ship. The normal Princess demographic ... Read More
Just off the Ruby Princess and the 22 December -> 30 December cruise. We traveled as a couple, and would rate this cruise as our most enjoyable - Princess exceeded our expectations on a 100% full ship. The normal Princess demographic was skewed due to the voyage being a Christmas Cruise - many families traveling. Never felt crowded during the voyage. Ship is in overall good-to-excellent condition. Cleanliness in each locale. Embarkation: Prior cruise had a norovirus outbreak, so the ship went into a thorough cleansing between cruises. This delayed boarding by 2.5 hours ... kudos to Princess for the over communication and for the staggering of boarding times. From arrival at port to setting foot on ship was 20 mins. Cabin: see cabin comments -- only minor complaint, is wifi signal in D412 is weak. Dining: Used the new concept "Club Class Dining" -- the area set aside is the starboard (left) side of the DaVinci Dining Room. Hostess met, head waiter created daily specialities on portable work station, and 2-3 teams of waiters were dedicated to the Club Class experience. So enjoyable was the experience, we took all our dinners in the dining room. Poolside grill, ice cream and pizza were great. Wish they also had a veggie tray for a healthier option ... but into the Horizon and create your own. Bars: We participated in the AIBP (all inclusive beverage package) and it worked for us, we used the worksheet found on the Princess Board to determine efficacy of use. We also carried on bottles of our preferred Chardonnay and paid corkage (glad we did as the choice was limited). Vines, Crooners, Explorer lounge and pool bars were visited and staffed adequately. About 90% of the serving team was highly motivated, a few were just unhappy. Pools: When ship is 100% full the pools will be too ... If you are adults - go forward to the deck 15 pool adjacent to the SANCTUARY ... it is an adult only pool with about 12 loungers about it and a tiered sitting area ... right above is the sundeck (deck 16) which was always wide open. Downside - no drink service at this pool, so bring yours with you. Entertainment: Princess Theater: Shows were good and every seat in house taken for the two shows we attended. Piazza: Los Brilliantes were wonderful they played every Mexican ballad and love song the audience could throw at them and every performance had people at all three levels of the Piazza enjoying their music and the dance floor full Crooners: Alex Howland was the pianist/vocalist -- he was entertaining and we regularly attended his evenings. MUTS: Good selection of current films and then some sports events during the day. Christmas onboard: The ship is well decorated, and you feel in the festive spirit. Crew hosted Christmas Caroling was a delight. Spa: Used the services twice (massage) and concluded that the service was not worth the expense and will forego next time. The pseudo-medical evaluation to upsell product and services was especially troublesome. Ports: Cabo San Lucas --- arrival is timed for mid-day - all are tendered into shore. The marina area is a short walk away from the port, or an inexpensive cab ride. Cabs in Cabo are predominately white-vans. If desired to see those areas outside of Cabo San Lucas proper, recommend a ship-shore excursion as the possibility of arriving back at port on time from Todos Santos or San Jose del Cabo is real. Fair warning: Embarkation is done by ticket ... so if you want to go ashore in an expeditious manner, either do an excursion (they bump the general queue or get to the staging area early - according to the crew member handing out tickets, the wait could be multiple hours. Mazatlan --- arrival is early morning. Once exited the port building, mini-cabs (open air golf-cart like VWs) are waiting -- these are the Mazatlan cabs. In the past we have hired a driver for the day for US$40. This time we visited Stone Island on our own. Exit the port building to the street - turn left - walk to the end - see sign saying "Embarcadero Playa Sur" and cross street walk down dirt road to yellow building buy ticket 30 pesos (this is the water taxi ticket building). Take water taxi to Stone Island ... keep ticket safe (you need it to return). Go ashore walk straight ahead down a path and you drop on the beach - 22km of sand. Safe swimming ... many eating establishments along the beach. We ate at Leyts a good distance down the beach -- two main plates, drinks etc, was less than $30. A great way to chill at the beach (and if you have kids, let them safely run). Puerto Vallarta -- arrival is early morning. Cruise terminal is in between the Hotel Zone and the Marina District ... White cabs inside the port enclave are more expensive than the yellow cabs outside the enclave. In every instance negotiate price to destination prior to getting inside. Cost to the Melacon (beach front walking street) is about $10. We did this, lunched on the second-deck of Oceana Pub Restaurant with a view of the ocean and walking street. Manzanillo -- arrival is early morning. Port is an industrial port. Worth being awake when arriving as fisherman were observed throwing their nets and hauling in their catch as the Ruby slid into port. Took a shore excursion(see below). Prior we exited port and walked about the the shore line and visited some of the stores nearby. The city proper is a good distance away. Cabs are avail outside the port and willing to be hired for the day to take you for a drive about or to a pristine beach. Shore Excursions: Only one - Manzanillo 280A - Beach Resort - the shore excursion took you to the Tresero Hotel about a 30 min ride from port - not a particularly scenic ride. Upon arrival, hotel handed you a towel and bottle of water and cut you loose. Sadly the hotel facilities were at greater than 100% occupancy and there was no way they could accommodate the influx from Princess. Tresero is a 3-star (at best) facility. The beach is adequate, with plenty of space to throw down a towel. Upon return to ship, a complaint to Excursion Staff resulted in 100% refund. Sea Days --- lazy days ... why we cruise. Disembarkation: Was 20 mins from exiting the ship, collecting our luggage, processing customs/immigration and getting a cab. Room vacating at 0830 and then waiting to 1030 to disembark was a bit of a inconvenience, but understandable. Grab breakfast early! Princess exceeded our expectations and we will be sailing with Princess again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The only bad part of the cruise is the embarkation and disembarkation. The ramp getting on and off the ship in Long Beach, California seems like its a mile long. However, at the port of call it was only 5 or 10 feet. I could write a ... Read More
The only bad part of the cruise is the embarkation and disembarkation. The ramp getting on and off the ship in Long Beach, California seems like its a mile long. However, at the port of call it was only 5 or 10 feet. I could write a book on how great this cruise was but, it was such that we have already scheduled our next cruise for April 12, 2017. For those who haven't yet taken a cruise here the deal, If your a drinker as I am buy the unlimited drink deal. The ship is keep clean and in good repair on every Princess cruise that I've been on I've seen crew members maintaining the ship. The cabin cleaned and made up as if by magic. we see his cart in the passage way so he must clean it while we are out because its always clean when we come back. The Dining is far better than most 5 star restaurants that we have been too. The food is exquisite and the service is perfect. There is always something going on I personally like the wine tasting. Now as to the Ports and Shore excursions if it's some where you have never been I recommend taking the Shore excursions but, I also recommend you book them through the ship. That way you are sure to get what you paid for and they will get you back to the ship on time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have always cruised on Princess Cruise Line. Embarkation was pretty painless. The ship is beautiful, we had a mini-suite and it was very comfortable. We did anytime dining which gave us flexibility and we shared table with other ... Read More
We have always cruised on Princess Cruise Line. Embarkation was pretty painless. The ship is beautiful, we had a mini-suite and it was very comfortable. We did anytime dining which gave us flexibility and we shared table with other people which allowed us to meet new people. The service was excellent especially in the Wheelhouse Bar/Salty Dog Restaurant. The bar crew under Steve Brown was wonderful. Especially William, Josephine, Mario and Diana. They knew our names after the first night. Very outgoing and fun. The entertainment in the bar Jumari was our favorite. The short excursions were OK. Puerto Vallarta was really nice. Mazatlan not so much. Cabo San Lucas was beautiful, but most of the tour was traveling to the points of interest and when we arrived we did not have a lot of time to enjoy. We would definitely go again on Princess and we would love to go to the Med. We would like to do a short cruise up the coast of California. Overall a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
i am a happicapp person who crusied with pricess crusies for the last twenty years and I alway be very pleased with princess cruise the staff is very freindlt and very helpfull the hips are always clean and well maintaned. any time I need ... Read More
i am a happicapp person who crusied with pricess crusies for the last twenty years and I alway be very pleased with princess cruise the staff is very freindlt and very helpfull the hips are always clean and well maintaned. any time I need help the staff helped me and were alway friendly. The ships are well appointed and very nicely layed out. Once I found princess crusies I did not need to look no futher they have everything I need to make the prefect vacation. The food, shopping, entertainment is awsome. I also really enjoy the fresh water swimming pools I use them daily on my cruises all the other cruise line use salt water swimming pools and for me that is a deal breaker.I have never been disapointed it has alway been great sailing with priness and I will keep sailing with princess and every time I cruise I will book another cruse with them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this line for a great deal that popped up on Cruise Critic. We decided to hit the Mexican Riviera as it had been since 2009 that we traveled there. Overall experience on this ship was Fabulous! Travelers - Myself (36), Wife ... Read More
We chose this line for a great deal that popped up on Cruise Critic. We decided to hit the Mexican Riviera as it had been since 2009 that we traveled there. Overall experience on this ship was Fabulous! Travelers - Myself (36), Wife (34), Daughter (11), Son (6) Ship Condition Fair, you can definitely see some aging in the rooms, and decking. I would like to see this ship with a quick refresh of carpets and interior panels. This boat was kept very clean and workers were tending to areas at all times. Dining We didn't dine in anything but our MD and had a blast. Every night the menu was superb and our table host was phenominal! We tried pretty much anything we wanted and they provided it to us. The Pizza joint on deck is GREAT! Thin crust and made fresh! SOOOO GOOD! Room Service was provide with quick turn around times! Entertainment We watched Voice of the Seas - this show was fantastic and the participation of guests made it all the better! We did BINGO whenever it was available. Very Fun Salsa Classes - FUN Trivia Nights - Fun Service The service from our room steward to the casino employees were exceptional. This ship seems to treat them all fair and they reciprocate that in their services to us the customers. I was glad to leave more tips above and beyond what we paid. Shore Excursions We didn't do any. We tend to like to do our own thing and basically get off the boat, find a cab and enjoy the local life. I think excursions are all well and nice, but they don't show the true nature of the location. We take a cab, and hit malls, beaches, and local food joints to enjoy the fresh sea food! Kids Clubs I couldn't get my kids out of the clubs...that answers that. I would recommend this cruise line and ship to anyone that loves a relaxed atmosphere with minimal party goers. This ship is more sophisticated in nature than a party cruise (carnival boat) and was excellent to relax on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We always cruise the first week in December for our Anniversary. We decided to sail on this cruise as we have never sailed the Mexican Riviera, The Service was excellent and the Food on board ship was Great. The shore excursion that ... Read More
We always cruise the first week in December for our Anniversary. We decided to sail on this cruise as we have never sailed the Mexican Riviera, The Service was excellent and the Food on board ship was Great. The shore excursion that we selected was Horse Back Riding on the Beach in Cabos San Lucas. It was an incredible experience and the people that ran this excursion were excellent. It was a great experience and well worth the money. The Employees at the excursion made all riders feel comfortable and welcome. They took extremely good care of us and enforced all safety regulations. It was awesome. Embarkation and disembarkation was a dream, The transfers crew from LAX were amazing! They knew exactly who we were without us saying our names. They were fabulous!! We have been on many cruises and have used transfers, but have never been greeted like this, We will definitely take this cruise again and recommend it to family and friends! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our experience with Princess was a mixed bag of goods! We took an 8 day cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. The ship itself was nice. We had a balcony room on the top floor in the back. It was a bit rockier than the front as well as ... Read More
Our experience with Princess was a mixed bag of goods! We took an 8 day cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. The ship itself was nice. We had a balcony room on the top floor in the back. It was a bit rockier than the front as well as noisier because we were right under a restaraunt. If I were to book again, I would get a room in the middle of the ship around the 9th or 10th deck where it is quieter and smoother and also closer to the ocean waves sound. We thought that the entertainment was great! Talented music, magic, and variety shows, hilarious comedians, and wonderful night life dancing. We thought that the last show, "The Voice of the Oceans", a take off of "The Voice" reality singing show was absolutely fun for everyone as the audience participated in choosing the winner. During the day, there was a wide variety of things to do. Because we love sports competitions, we entered ping pong, golf, and other competitions like Trivia. The highlight of our trip was definitely the excursion we took in Puerto Vallarta which was a Jungle Adventure. Our day was filled with one exciting event after another. About 20 of us took a speed boat for an hour to a place where tanks picked us up and drove through rugged terrain. We then got off and rode mules and hiked to the top of a mountain. Then, there were several fun ziplines, one where you could literally hang by your feet and zipline upside down. We then scaled down a few mountains into rivers and waterfalls. We ended the day with 2 water slides that literally took your breath away! A day filled with fun packed adventure. I would highly recommend this excursion if you're physically fit and adventurous! However, there was one area that shocked us and left a bad taste in our mouth for Princess line. Horrible food servers and bartenders!! We had cruised with Carnival before and had so enjoyed the servers on that cruise. They were very gracious, friendly, and bent over backwards to please. On Princess we had the exact opposite experience. One night we literally had a waiter bang our food down on the table after we asked if he could serve us what the people next to us were having. Apparently their waiter had made it special and it wasn't on the menu. Our waiter felt it was incredulous of us to ask him to do that. From that point on, he would bark rudely when he spoke to us and had actual anger problems when we asked for anything. This is unacceptable if you are looking for a good dining experience. The bar tenders and bistro servers seemed annoyed and not friendly when you would ask for a drink. In my opinion, this one area of bad service colored our view of Princess and I'm not sure we would choose this cruise line again. So, if you like adventure, and a lot of fun activities on board, but don't mind being treated rudely from the wait staff, Princess would be perfect for you! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We decided to take a Holiday cruise since most of our family was not going to be in town. The Cruise Ship was nice it seems that Princess is really luxurious and classy. There were a lot of people being a Holiday, but it was still a nice ... Read More
We decided to take a Holiday cruise since most of our family was not going to be in town. The Cruise Ship was nice it seems that Princess is really luxurious and classy. There were a lot of people being a Holiday, but it was still a nice trip. The food during the lunches at the Buffet were OK, but it seemed like they were serving a lot of the same dishes. At night time there were more options at the Buffet. The dinner dining rooms where also having a lot of the same dishes so we went to the Crown Grill which was excellent. There was some good shows, but not that many so I felt like they should of had more entertainment. Also there wasn't that many daily activities so we played Bingo or went to the Casino. Over all it was not a bad trip, but they need to get the bathrooms more clean the toilets self flush so it was quite unpleasant. Also a lot of the toilets were backed up. The staff mostly were nice and greeting you, but some would not give you the time of day or even glance to say hello, I was a bit upset about that. We will be going again because compared to Carnival I think that Princess is better and more classy, plus less kids on the ship that is when it's not a Holiday Cruise. Also our room attendant Andrew was excellent he was a really nice guy, and always asked us if we needed anything he was always there with a smile, and a joke. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were cruising with another couple and we drove from Las Vegas to the port. Embarkation was smooth as my husband is on oxygen and uses a scooter so we went to the handicap desk. We should have booked a handicap room, but were told that ... Read More
We were cruising with another couple and we drove from Las Vegas to the port. Embarkation was smooth as my husband is on oxygen and uses a scooter so we went to the handicap desk. We should have booked a handicap room, but were told that as the scooter is compact it would go thru the door. We enjoyed the beautiful balcony, our steward was fantastic and the bed was wonderful! We had a oxygen compressor delivered to our cabin and it was plugged in and ready to go when we arrived. With the exception of Thanksgiving dinner in the dinning room all the food venues were fabulous! We enjoyed the shows every evening! Our tours were great, but were greatly disappointed to find that we could not use the tender to Cabo San Lucas. We found the service exhalent and would defiantly recommend the Love Boat Cruise, other than the ship being over run with un attend children as it was Thanksgiving week! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Typical Princess cruise. Everything was very good. Boarding is the big process of the trip. Everything went quite fast and efficient. Boarded quick and got to our room. The room was clean and had a couple of glasses of champagne ... Read More
Typical Princess cruise. Everything was very good. Boarding is the big process of the trip. Everything went quite fast and efficient. Boarded quick and got to our room. The room was clean and had a couple of glasses of champagne waiting for us. Did formal dining in the evenings. The formal dinner food was very good but seem to be too foo-foo for me. The wait staff did an excellent job taking care of our needs. We enjoyed the evening shows, Bingo and shore excursions. My favorite time was just sitting on the balcony watching the ocean. Saw whales, dolphins, flying fish, manta ray, sea turtles. Dis-embarkation went very smooth. Overall the staff on the ship met our every need. Overall a really good trip with my wife. We went to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. One issue I had was the time we had in Cabo was only 4.5 hours. We did one excursion and had no extra time to visit the town. This was very disappointing. I felt extremely rushed. Our ship had issues leaving and we were in port on the ship for another 4.5 hours. Somehow we managed to still make it back to L.A. right on time. Why can't we have more time in Cabo. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
After returning from our cruise last year we decided to look and book our second cruise from Princess, we really enjoy to cruise on Princess for the atmosphere and the fact that they still sail out of Los Angeles. We so far have booked ... Read More
After returning from our cruise last year we decided to look and book our second cruise from Princess, we really enjoy to cruise on Princess for the atmosphere and the fact that they still sail out of Los Angeles. We so far have booked balcony cabins each time even though we discuss getting an interior but never do. The cabins are always very nice and we love the view from the balcony. The dining options are always delicious out wait staff was great, very nice and knowledgeable. Lobster and Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner who could ask for better. The buffet still leaves something left to be desired but I think that is just how it is when trying to serve that many people all day everyday. We tried the Curtis Stone Share restaurant and it was fantastic, all 6 courses were fantastic. The entertainers on the were great and Magic To Do is a must see, Ritch Shydner and RJ Lewis were great. I wish there was a way to find out which entertainers will be on the ship in advance but that might be just me. I would do this cruise again anytime but it will be a while before the parents will sign off on us missing a big family event like this again. Maybe we will sneak away for Christmas next year Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
First, Princess is usually our first choice due to their return customer benefits program. We are Platinum members which gives us great deals. Practically free internet on board, special boarding and debarkation privileges. And special ... Read More
First, Princess is usually our first choice due to their return customer benefits program. We are Platinum members which gives us great deals. Practically free internet on board, special boarding and debarkation privileges. And special fares that are hard to turn down. The food is always good, the employees are so very friendly to us and service is spectacular. I can always count on Princess for consistency and quality. Cleanliness is next to Godliness with Princess. Bottom lines is this: We feel comfortable and "at home" with Princess. We felt so at home, that we didn't even leave the ship in Puerto Vallarta, or Cabo. We did in Mazatlan because we own a time share there and went there to spend the day. The other ports we have seen and just choose to stay on ship because we love it so much. This is out second sailing on the Ruby Princess. From top to bottom, the employees are the best we have found. We always return new again and always return to what is sweet and consistent. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had a fabulous time on our cruise to the Mexican Riviera. All the staff were very professional and courteous. The food was so delicious and the waiters superb. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with smiles from the staff. We sat ... Read More
We had a fabulous time on our cruise to the Mexican Riviera. All the staff were very professional and courteous. The food was so delicious and the waiters superb. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with smiles from the staff. We sat out by the pool and watch football and movies on the big screen TV. That was so much fun. Each port was fun to explore. We shopped and enjoyed the scenery from the ship or Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were breath taking. When we got back home, we make a reservation for another cruise. We are going to take our entire family on the next cruise that we have reserved. They are so excited about going. I sent them all the details and what to expect. They can't wait. We too, are excited to be with our entire family on the Princess Cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We got on the ship in san pedro. the port was neat and clean and embarking was handled very professionally. the ruby princess was clean and inviting. this was the 2nd time on this ship and we are going back next year to do the same ... Read More
We got on the ship in san pedro. the port was neat and clean and embarking was handled very professionally. the ruby princess was clean and inviting. this was the 2nd time on this ship and we are going back next year to do the same cruise, the california coastal. dining was excellent with wonderful servers who were very attentive. i personally loved singing with the princess pop choir. it was a lot of fun and i met nice people. will definitely do that again. the ports were all we have been to before which is why we decided to do this cruise again. next year they will go the monterey instead of santa barbara which is a plus for us as we love monterey. traveling with my husband was lots of fun. we met nice people on board and made some nice friendships. love the cuise staff and especially loved the head chef and matre d and there show. getting off the ship was handled very efficiently. with all of the above, and more positives for princess, we not only booked for us next year but for my sister as well. she is coming from south florida for this cruise and we are looking forward to a wonderful week on board the ruby princes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Get your princess patter as son as you can so that you can look at all of the shows and activities. Look at your food menu every day and don't be afraid to order more than one meal. If you like to drink in ur vacations buy the ... Read More
Get your princess patter as son as you can so that you can look at all of the shows and activities. Look at your food menu every day and don't be afraid to order more than one meal. If you like to drink in ur vacations buy the all you can drink package. "It is absolutely worth it" Simple math most drink are about 9 - 12 dollars and if you have 6 drinks at day which is very easy it pays for it self. Myself within 3 days I had drink all that I would've paid if I didn't pay for the package. When flying from out of town get the airport to ship transfer is so nice because you give your lougage to the driver and you don't have to wo about it until you get to your cabin. In Puerto Vallarta if you are adventurous do the zip line you will never regret it. If you are more relax do las caletas this private beach is the best ones in a life time opportunity "unless you like to cruise a lot like us....." And don't forget to tip the people that make your experience awesome they deserve it!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Ruby Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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