57 Princess Ruby Princess Romantic Cruise Reviews

Booking a Club Class Mini Suite entitled us to priority embarkation - the process could not have been quicker or smoother. We had both red and white wine (half bottle of each) in our room on arrival, canapes on request, and the cabin was ... Read More
Booking a Club Class Mini Suite entitled us to priority embarkation - the process could not have been quicker or smoother. We had both red and white wine (half bottle of each) in our room on arrival, canapes on request, and the cabin was superior in both comfort and layout (see cabin review below for more detail). The ship was easy to navigate and never seemed crowded, even in the most public places! There was something for everyone in terms of entertainment, whether it be bingo, trivia, comedy etc. Of particular note is the very talented Pianist Liam Stewart who performed most evenings in Crooners Bar. The highlight of our cruise was undoubtedly the Club Class dining experience. Absolutely 'anytime dining' in a separate area of the main dining room, with dedicated Maitre D and wait staff who displayed impeccable customer service, and who made the experience very pleasurable indeed. The food was of a very high standard, presented beautifully and in a timely manner, with such delicious offerings as Lobster tail. The bar has been set rather high, and now that we have experienced Club Class dining (in fact Club Class sailing) it will be very hard to book a lower category in future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Let's be honest - Alaska pretty much sells itself. We could have been on a tugboat and still fallen in love with Alaska. But, that being said, there are still a few things to point out about this ship. Embarkation out of Seattle ... Read More
Let's be honest - Alaska pretty much sells itself. We could have been on a tugboat and still fallen in love with Alaska. But, that being said, there are still a few things to point out about this ship. Embarkation out of Seattle was a dream. We arrived via uber and 45 minutes later we were in our cabin WITH OUR SUITCASES. Seriously - it was amazing. We did anytime dining and therefore always sat with a different group of people. We tend to prefer the dining hall to the upstairs buffet. the food was excellent in both places but there were some challenges and room for improvement. The chairs are very small. I am a larger woman and I can say the chairs are probably smaller than an airplane seat. I can sit pretty comfortably in an airplane seat but I could not in the dining room or the buffet. So, if you have a big butt, beware. The service in the buffet was pretty bad. You sit and wait for coffee and OJ and every time we had the same experience - we cruise the floor for a long time trying to find an open space. We finally find something and there is no silverware so we need to steal it from another table. Then, halfway through our meal, someone would come by with drinks. It's a terrible system and one of the reason we preferred the dining hall. the boat was very clean and nice. the common areas were beautiful and I really liked the decor. I was not too impressed with the entertainment or shows, however. Besdies, the chairs in the theater were worse than the the dining hall. Seriously, I'm about 250 lbs and I could not fit into the theater chair. I had to sit with my butt skootched all the way up. This is my 8th cruise (first on princess) and I've never had this sort of trouble with the seating. The shore excursions were all wonderful. Great ports, great itinerary, beautiful and breathtaking scenes. Hope you enjoy it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The cruise was fabulous. Truly magical! My only complaint was that sometimes the toilet flushed and sometimes it did not. It was a system wide problem and Princess compensated us for our trouble. Still, it was annoying. The dining ... Read More
The cruise was fabulous. Truly magical! My only complaint was that sometimes the toilet flushed and sometimes it did not. It was a system wide problem and Princess compensated us for our trouble. Still, it was annoying. The dining was wonderful! Food was delicious and our waiter Aurelia and Asst. waiter Lido went out of their way to provide service that went above and beyond. The shows were quite nice. Some of the guest entertainers were not to our taste. They were good, but they played a selection of music that was designed for people in their 80s. Movies under the Stars was great and not too cold. Blankets were provided upon request. The Naturalist onboard was an interesting and engaging speaker. The guest lecturer spoke on Olympic games and the Nobel Prizes. He offered some unique tidbits of information and had personally met many of the people he spoke about. We only booked 3 shore excursions through the ship. One of them was for a tour of the Bishop Museum. Unfortunately, the tour was cancelled and no reason given even though it was listed as sold out. Sadly, we were not informed of the cancellation until 2 days beforehand. By that time most of the excursions were already booked so we had to settle for a less than optimal tour. The best shore excursion was snorkeling in Nawiliwili. The company took pains to keep everyone safe and to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Ensenada was both safe and fun. We took a locally operated 45min harbor tour through Juanitos (located right along the ocean walk) for $2,50 per person. It was a great deal and got to see sea lions VERY close up (within 7 feet of them). Overall it had a few bumps in the road, but was still a fabulous cruise and would happily do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We’ve sailed with Princess in the past and know we will get a high quality ship and experience. Our recent cruise from LA to Hawaii and back was no different. Beautiful ship, comfortable mini-suite, fun activities, terrific crew, and a ... Read More
We’ve sailed with Princess in the past and know we will get a high quality ship and experience. Our recent cruise from LA to Hawaii and back was no different. Beautiful ship, comfortable mini-suite, fun activities, terrific crew, and a bunch of food. It took 4 days to get to Hilo. We visited Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui. Then 5 days to Ensenada, Mexico and one final day to LA. The boarding and disembarkation processes were very smooth. All of the islands were beautiful & offered different sites. Hilo is full of volcanoes. Honolulu has Pearl Harbor and Luaus. Kauai has waterfalls and beaches where movies were filmed. Maui is the nicest. Nice downtown near the port with plenty of shops. Would recommend Kimos for lunch. Right on the Pacific, great fish tacos and a huge Ice cream cake desert. Ensenada was a disappointment though. Not much to see or do. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Celebrating our 50th anniversary -- always wanted to cruise to Hawaii! Long days at sea -- special!! I have to admit after reading a number of reviews of the Ruby I was unsure if we chose the right ship - so we decided to make the best of ... Read More
Celebrating our 50th anniversary -- always wanted to cruise to Hawaii! Long days at sea -- special!! I have to admit after reading a number of reviews of the Ruby I was unsure if we chose the right ship - so we decided to make the best of it. Which we did - sure it's not perfect but so much of what I had read seemed to have been fixed or I just didn't notice. Flew in the day before staying in Long Beach at the Hampton -- the service and room was wonderful. Great area with small restaurants right across the street. Got a Lyft to the port the next day which took over a half hour. Embarkation was disappointing as I felt like they were herding cows -- "go there, go here" and some of the workers were rude even yelling at us for going where we were told to go!! So it wasn't a good start. Disembarking was better but they need more porters as my husband had to go outside the terminal to get someone to help with the luggage. We had a balcony room on deck 10 -- the balcony was the biggest we've ever had. The room was very nice/clean - closet was huge. Lots of room to store things. The BED was the most comfortable we've ever had on a cruise. Our room steward was so helpful and kept our room clean daily -- and our sheets were changed at least three times during our 15 days onboard. Food was the most disappointing - only ate in the dinning room four times -- food wasn't anything to write home about so we ate at the buffet that way we could try some things and then go back to get what we liked. The service in the dinning room was great but unfortunely very slow getting the food out. Service in the Horizon Court (Lido Deck) was very good and attentive. There was alot to do onboard - some of our highlights were -- Mark Harris a Naturalist who had so much to share about the ocean, birds, etc. The Walker Black Duo - a husband/wife team who did a fabulous job night after night singing in different lounges. Enjoyed a number of movies "under the stars" -- they provided blankets, popcorn, pizza and cookies!! They ran a number of movies and concerts during the day too. Shore excursions -- Hilo - Volcanoes National Park - Kilauea -- so worth the trip. Never heard of this before but there was a free shuttle to Wal-Mart!!(I believe it was provided by Roberts Hawaiian Tours.) After our tour we jumped on the shuttle (10 minute drive) to purchase souvenirs and macadamia nuts! Oahu - Island Safari Jeep Tour -- wow!! A 6 hour private tour of the island. Our guide was Sean who had a great personality and certainly knew the island. For lunch we stopped at Giovanni's food truck and ordered the most amazing garlic shrimp! Kauai - Journey to Waimea Canyon (Roberts Hawaii tour). Nani was our bus driver - very entertaining and knowelable. Waimea Canyon is a must see - Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Maui - Whale Watching Tour - so cool -- humpback whales. After the tour we stayed in town (which has a lot of little shops) then took the tender back to the ship. Ensenada - disappointed that the ship had to stop here. We did take a shuttle to town - not impressed at all! Walked back to the pier and were glad to get onboard. So overall our cruise onboard the Ruby was "special"!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My hubby booked this cruise to celebrate Valentines Day this year. It was only an hour drive from home so we drove our car and parked at the cruise port. The parking fee was $18.00 a day so it's about a break even for an Uber from ... Read More
My hubby booked this cruise to celebrate Valentines Day this year. It was only an hour drive from home so we drove our car and parked at the cruise port. The parking fee was $18.00 a day so it's about a break even for an Uber from our house. It was easy to park and dropping off our bags was in front of the terminal was super easy too. We were on the ship and in our room with in 30 min or so. Our room was very nice but a little on the small side for a Premium balcony room on the very back of the ship. Only one small chair and no sofa bed like we have had on other Princess ships. The bed was super comfortable and our room steward Gerry was awesome. This was our 4th cruise with Princess and our first time on the Ruby. Here is a list of pros and cons: Pros Comfy bed and bedding Great service though out the ship Nice clean ship Good Food Great Comedian Nice gym Cons Up charging every where we went, even in the Main dining room No prices on beverage menu in dining room No free specialty restaurants like on some of the other Princess ships ( Alfredo's and English pub) Lots of for fee options like specialty restaurants, menu items in Main dining room, Salty Dog cafe, wine tastings, bottled water..... I felt like they had many changes since my cruise in December last year. No Lobster offered on this cruise, they had Alfredo's Italian Cafe on other ships with no fee and the English Pub that served great British fare with out an extra fee, they had for fee items on the main menu that I thought was strange from the Crown Grill, they were selling smoothies for a fee in the main dining room at breakfast, fee for the Thermal spa which is nice but small $ 149.00 for two. ( we did enjoy it). Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were looking for a honeymoon cruise that we could drive to and still have warm weather. Since we live in Southern California, the Mexican Riviera fit the bill. Boarding was a breeze. We parked across the street from the ship and were on ... Read More
We were looking for a honeymoon cruise that we could drive to and still have warm weather. Since we live in Southern California, the Mexican Riviera fit the bill. Boarding was a breeze. We parked across the street from the ship and were on board in no time. Check -in was efficient and stress-free. The Ruby was recently updated and it showed. The ship was immaculate and looked very modern despite her age. Kind of like me. The ship's layout was typical however we still found ourselves on the wrong end of the ship from where we wanted to be. No big deal. It made for more excercise. Our balcony cabin was spotless and functional. The only complaint was the unusually small shower with a curtain rather than a door. The bed was comfortable and the "congratulations " sign with balloons on our cabin door was a nice touch. Dining was a mixed bag. Being a "fishetarian" (no meat, fowl or shellfish) my needs are not typical. That aside, the food in the main dining room was overall excellent with several interesting vegetarian choices at every meal. The buffet was another story. The choices were very limited and the food not good at all. My wife who is not vegetarian agrees with that assessment. The entertainment was pretty good, especially the comedian who performed twice. The activities were mostly income producing I.e. Bingo , art auction etc. Not much of interest to either of us. Probably the weakest aspect of the cruise especially with 3 days at sea. There was a nice gym, The pool was freezing cold so it was usually empty of adults. The kids don't seem to mind cold water. Probably neurological system not yet fully developed. While the cabin staff were all very pleasant, the dining staff while polite, were not for the most part,friendly at all. Service was very slow causing us to miss several shows. We did anytime dining and most of the time had ti wait 30 minutes to be seated. We toured all ports on our own so no comments on the ship's tours. Tours are not our thing. All in all a good trip. With a few changes, it could be a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Very good food with an Italian chef. Usual inside cabin with window. Great short cruise to warm Mexican ports for reasonable price. Those booking at last minute got great fares with Drop & Go Promotion. Younger crowd than most ... Read More
Very good food with an Italian chef. Usual inside cabin with window. Great short cruise to warm Mexican ports for reasonable price. Those booking at last minute got great fares with Drop & Go Promotion. Younger crowd than most other of our cruises but not boisterous. Entertainment was good. Shows earlier at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Oceanview room had shorter desk, only 1 chair but an empty shelf and electrical outlet where the old TV used to be. Great staff. Fun art auctions and jewelry raffles. Great ports for a stroll downtown. Only in Puerto Vallarta did we require a group taxi to go to the Malecon. Cost = $4. Great silver jewelry at great prices if you liek to negotiate (stick to always less than half !). Cabo is ritzy, Mazatlan is more modest and Puerto vallarta is in between. Massages in Puerto Vallarta cost $30 against $150 on ship's spa ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The safety drill at the beginning of the cruise was supppper easy. All we had to do was go to our designated muster drill area, scan our key card, and sit down. We no longer have to bring our life jackets.  Pros: - Food! My first ... Read More
The safety drill at the beginning of the cruise was supppper easy. All we had to do was go to our designated muster drill area, scan our key card, and sit down. We no longer have to bring our life jackets.  Pros: - Food! My first time attending this cruise back in 2017, I honestly couldn't find anything I liked in the main dining room ("MDR"). But I can confidently say, I loved every dish I ate this time around. Since I have a huge sweet tooth, my favorite thing to eat was creme bruele and their pistachio pudding (and I normally hate pistachio pudding). My favorite thing to eat in the MDR and the buffet was the fish cabob.  - The only time I was promised good service in regards to dining is at the buffet when I was asked if I wanted a drink. Cons: - My party (as well as other people on the cruise) had to ask for their complimentary Princess cup when they purchased the drink package  - Some of the menu options in the main dining area were misleading (saying something was buttered when it had a light sauce that wasn't butter, describing a menu as having fish but it was actually fish flavored) - In the main dining area, even when I tipped the server's assistant in cash before hand, trying to get refills was difficult with the exception of one section I sat in. - I had a server lift up my chair in the main dining room to get around me instead of asking me to scoot in a bit. (I didn't mention anything in the moment because I thought the person I was eating with did that or else I would have said something). - (SPOILER ALERT about the theft mystery) If you have ever seen the movie Pink Panther, there's your answer. Not intellectually stimulating so I am disappointed in the useless facts that was presented and how obvious the "mystery" was. - The public bathrooms were always out of order but I think that's a ship thing not a Ruby Princess thing. Overall, I would LOVE to do this cruise again and plan to. But the service in the main dining room continues to be a hit or miss. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We've been wanting to try Princess after having done three Celebrity and two RCI cruises. Pros: Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever experienced, and the stateroom was ready upon boarding at 12:30. Stateroom: We ... Read More
We've been wanting to try Princess after having done three Celebrity and two RCI cruises. Pros: Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever experienced, and the stateroom was ready upon boarding at 12:30. Stateroom: We had Mini-suite E721 which was very spacious with a very comfortable bed and covered balcony. Decor is somewhat dated, couch sat very low and not comfortable. Nice layout with tons of storage. Wonderful room steward although, initially, there was a lot of dusty/dirty surfaces but our room steward apologized and cleaned it up. Dining: We had the early traditional dining at 5:00. Yes, it's early, but then you have the whole evening to make the first or second show of the various productions. We loved the food and service in the dining room. Well paced too, dinner didn't take forever, we had a table for 2 and enjoyed conversation with our table neighbors. Breakfast in the dining room was also excellent. As for casual dining, we loved their pizza - new york style - the best. The hotdogs were also delicious. Bar service was very good too. Entertainment and Activities: We enjoyed most everything, we did trivia, dance lessons, watched events in the Piazza. Lots of fun and varied things. I especially liked the Explorer's lounge, great intimate venue for music or comedy. Some performances were great - some not so much. Wonderful cruise director - Natalie Costa. I like the $6 min. for blackjack . We spent some time in the Sanctuary which is a great space with comfy lounges, but it can be windy. Service: Excellent service except that our tub was clogged, and was not fixed although we asked three times so we showered in ankle deep water. Used the ship's acupuncture doctor, he really helped my back. However, I didn't appreciate his tough sales pitch for more sessions. Ports: Cabo was a tender port so don't plan an excursion too early. Great beaches on PV and at Mazatlan - Stone Island on own Cons: Internet - worst at sea - until they implement their upcoming improvements it is so slow and you need to work in a public area to help with that, and you still get disconnected frequently. Stateroom Location: Under out stateroom was a small smoking area placed randomly on deck 7 so smoke wafted to our balcony at times. Stateroom - needs updating, bathroom really feels old The rough seas caused me to be seasick on the last day, others were affected too, not fun. The Ruby Princess is a very pleasant ship and never felt crowded. All in all, a great cruise, thanks Princess! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We sailed on Ruby Princess during Thanksgiving week 2018. Ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Weather was nice and warm other than the first and last sea days which were noticeably cooler. We reserved a ... Read More
We sailed on Ruby Princess during Thanksgiving week 2018. Ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Weather was nice and warm other than the first and last sea days which were noticeably cooler. We reserved a balcony cabin on Caribe deck 10, had very large balconies compared to higher decks. Steward Ryan was very nice and helpful, he obtained synthetic pillows for me since I had a feather allergy. Rooms were spacious with plenty of storage and a refrigerator. Ice bucket in the fridge was refilled daily. I found the shampoo/conditioner combo in the shower was better than what's supplied in many hotels. Shower gel is also supplied and a tube of lotion. Beds were very comfortable. TV's were very large with lots of programs and movies on demand. Hubbie brought his own water kettle with auto-shutoff feature to make his coffee, and it was not confiscated, but we always unplugged it and put it away after use. Ships other areas were very clean. Service was generally very friendly all around the ship, perhaps a few that were too busy to take note of needs without being flagged down, but no apathy or rudeness was experienced. Heard complaints of excessive sales, but was never directly approached by anyone other than the photographer and my massage therapist, who were not overly pushy, just offering opportunities. There is a also free 30 minute stretch class also on the first and last sea day and the instructor took the first 15 minutes as an opportunity to try and sell Good Feet insoles. I was curious and so this didn't bother me too much either. However the princess patter seemed to have a huge number of items listed that I suspect were "sales oriented", and we just avoided attending those events. Food on board was very good. While I didn't have any particular food or meal that was mind blowing (we've been around the block a bit in the food world), we enjoyed all that we ate. The duck was delicious, I was even pleased by the turkey served on Thanksgiving which I assumed would be dry and tasteless. I think they brined it. In general the food is underseasoned, but with good reason as to not harm anyone's health, there are always saltshakers on the tables. We ate at the Salty dog the first night and the dishes were creative and tasty. Some descriptions were unclear though, so make sure to talk them over with the server to avoid disappointment. Pub lunch on the first sea day offered many British dishes were were not familiar with. I should have tried the steak and kidney pie, but was craving fish and chips. Share was good and creative, but not mind blowing for us. Liked that they had a vegetarian 6 course option and liked that their wine list was different than the main dining room, and the quieter atmosphere than the main dining room. Tea time at 3PM in the dining room had lots of tasty sandwiches, scones and deserts, a full meal actually. Wish there were more entre options at breakfast in the dining room, so we more often preferred the buffet for breakfast. We never ate in the buffet for lunch or dinner so can't comment on the quality of that. Don't love the hectic nature of the buffet much. Food at the international cafe in the piazza was really good, best salad dishes of the cruise and changed daily. My one and only pet peeve about the cruise was the super tiny wine glasses. Even in Share, they served the wine in a more delectable thinner rimmed glass, but it was still so small it didn't allow for aeration unless they only put 3 oz of wine in it (which is what they did when I ordered a glass of Chardonnay, and never got the other 2 oz of wine.). Vines has some proper bordeaux glasses (Reidel), and even let us use a couple for a special bottle we brought on board, but we had to leave the glasses with them and could not take them into the dining room. To compensate for this issue we started telling the wait staff we'd like to use the water glasses as our wine glasses ( as they had a little larger bowl), once our waiter disappeared and showed up with the glasses used in Share, and another time they showed up with the glasses from vines, though it was Thanksgiving that night and they may have been going out of their way to make the holiday special as we didn't get charged corkage that night either. Entertainment was generally very good. All the bands and singers were good to great in quality. Love Boat Disco deck party was fun. We only saw two of the production shows, but enjoyed them. Didn't love the guest comedian, but I may be more easily offended than some people. Gameshow type events were pretty fun to watch, including the Voice of the Ocean on the last night. I would like more musical acts during the day rather than just clustered in the evening. Ports- Puerto Vallarta was the most interesting and enjoyable for strolling around in our opinion. This was our first visit to any of these cities, so I'll leave advice on ports and excursions to those who are repeaters (and there were many repeaters on our cruise). If we ever do go again, we'd probably book excursions in all of them rather than city exploration now that we've seen them each. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The Ports of calls, is what really got my attention. The ship was made a little different some floors you could not go from forward to aft. The cabin was a decent size, but the shower was awfully small.The food in the buffet dining room ... Read More
The Ports of calls, is what really got my attention. The ship was made a little different some floors you could not go from forward to aft. The cabin was a decent size, but the shower was awfully small.The food in the buffet dining room was always cold and was not pleasing,pancakes was super hard, I ate a lot at the Salty Dog.. The entertainment in the theater was okay, I would give it a 7 out of 10. The movies was nothing recently made. Television in the room mainly showed live broadcasting such as CNN or news channels. At late night it would be nice to have a movie channel. Activities on the Ruby was good, it was always something going on.The service was excellent, no complaints at all the staff was super friendly and always there to help. the ports as I stated was awesome, excursions was great, there was enough time spent and the ports, so I did not feel rushed. Yes I would go again, Food could stand to be improved greatly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Ship left out of Seattle which is convenient for us. We've done Alaska 10 times and wanted something different. This itinerary fit the bill. Ports of call were interesting and I adore the Ruby Princess. My only complaint is that food ... Read More
Ship left out of Seattle which is convenient for us. We've done Alaska 10 times and wanted something different. This itinerary fit the bill. Ports of call were interesting and I adore the Ruby Princess. My only complaint is that food quality seems to be less impressive than in previous years. Deserts and appetizers were wonderful, but on two nights the entrees were merely OK. My waiters offered different entrees, and did everything they could to make it right. I was OK with it as I am not a "foodie" and am happy with any meal as long as I don't need to cook and clean! If you are a "foodie", then I would suggest eating in the specialty restaurants (the Crown Grill is always great!). Easiest embarkation and disembarkation I have ever had! Entertainment was excellent as well. The production shows "Once upon a dream" , "Magic to do" and "Colors of the world" were entertaining. The magician, comedian, and singers were great as well. Movies under the stars was a bit disappointing just because it was too cold, despite staff bringing me 4 (yes 4!) blankets. Opted to do shore excursions on our own, so cannot speak to those. Can't wait to be back on the Ruby again in April! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Princess was recommended by friends. Our cruise was mostly very enjoyable. We were there primarily for relaxation and to spend time together, thus didn’t take part in most of the ship activities. The courtesy and helpfulness of ... Read More
Princess was recommended by friends. Our cruise was mostly very enjoyable. We were there primarily for relaxation and to spend time together, thus didn’t take part in most of the ship activities. The courtesy and helpfulness of all staff were outstanding. Food in the dining rooms was excellent. We noticed there were food options such as sugar-free and vegetarian to appeal to most dining preferences. We liked being seated with other diners. It was a great way to meet people. Food at the Horozon buffet was unacceptable. There is no excuse for serving cold food that should be hot, or a warm glass of milk that should be cold. Our only complaint in the dining room was when our waiter was trying to sell us lemon-cello. It was a turnoff. Waiters aren’t supposed to be salespeople. Our cabin was acceptable, but so-so. It looked like it was ready for a redo. The colors in our stateroom and on the ship were boring. We wished there were available music options available in our stateroom and on the ship, the way it was when we were boarding. The boarding experience was outstanding and disembarking was easy. Costs for spa services was excessive. There were too many raffles, promotions, and coupons. The casino reeked of cigarette smoke and the slot machines were confusing. There was smoking on one of the balconies near our stateroom. We didn’t appreciate being put at risk for a fire or having to breathe cigarette smoke. The plumbing was clogged. I didn’t want to use the public washrooms. It happened in our stateroom too, even though we followed the guidelines. An unpleasant and embarrassing experience. There were a few occasions of parents who couldn’t control their children’s disruptive behavior. I was delighted that the dining room bartender knew how t mix a ‘Grasshoppper’. On our last cruise, there was no creme de menth on the ship. We had excellent experiences at the Crab Shack, and at the Crown Grill. The ship had a good fitness center. Our bed was comfortable and we slept soundly. We liked afternoon tea. Overall, we enjoyed a memorable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we decided to join our friends who already had booked. All in all we had a great time. Alaskas beauty is breathtaking and we thoroughly enjoyed our stops and excursions. I was disappointed that our time in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we decided to join our friends who already had booked. All in all we had a great time. Alaskas beauty is breathtaking and we thoroughly enjoyed our stops and excursions. I was disappointed that our time in Victoria was short and too late in the evening to see the Buchart Gardens but what a lovely town it seemed to be! Our White Pass/Yukon Route train ride was spectacular and a must on this cruise. Glacier Bay viewing from the decks of the boat was spectacular and to see and hear the "calving" was a bonus for sure. We can't really complain about any of the food- enjoyed the buffets at breakfast and lunch- pizza, burgers, hotdogs, and ice cream were always a delicious option, the Crown served us the most delicious Filet Mignon and Surf and Turf, and my friend and I wish we would have found this jewel at the Vin much sooner- Sushi! free with a glass of wine and we had the premium beverage package so that was a no-brainer- and it was delish!! My husband and I loved the comedian in the theater, and I (Sheila) made many friends the first day by joining in the Trivia at the Explorers lounge- which became our favorite hang out in the seating area right outside of the bar. Yes, that was us constantly paying Skip-Bo! Every worker was so polite and friendly and my only complaint was the high pressure sales at the Lotus. I just wanted to get a massage and basic pedicure. I felt extremely badgered into "upgrading" and the "sell" at the end of services left me feeling disappointed in the whole thing. I really don't need to be made to feel bad about turning down the products when Ive just spent a good chunk of change for the service. Please be more respectful about this to future passengers as not everyone can afford to pay more after they have treated themselves to the service in the first place. Rant over-PS- My massage and pedi were great! We enjoyed the casino and were bummed that it was closed down the last afternoon and evening of the cruise, and we did feel like the service and fun were over starting late afternoon on day before we left- like they were telling us the fun was done. We enjoyed the daily pamphlets of the Events of the day, we ate way more than we should have, but also walked more than normal so that is a wash, right? My Tips- Take really comfy shoes, even to wear with dresses- yes, comfort before style! Take 1/2 your clothes out after you pack Take the stairs as often as you can- if you're able Oh and I must mention that the Embarkment and DisEmbarkment were so smooth and quick- pretty impressive for 3000+ people! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had fantastic weather and just enjoyed our get away. We didn't even get off the ship. With everyone having gone ashore, we had the pool almost to ourselves. We ate in the dining room for breakfast and dinner every night. (Any ... Read More
We had fantastic weather and just enjoyed our get away. We didn't even get off the ship. With everyone having gone ashore, we had the pool almost to ourselves. We ate in the dining room for breakfast and dinner every night. (Any time dining) and enjoyed the service and food. Although some times we asked for a table for 2, the tables were pushed so close together that you had no choice but to talk with your neighbours. This was not a problem for us as we usually like to share a table and meet new friends. We usually take a cabin mid ship because of motion, but we opted to try the top level towards the front this time. We lucked out with terrific weather and it was smooth sailing the entire trip. It was nice to be so close to the bar, food, Movies Under the Stars and not have to travel far to get there. This particular cruise was during Spring Break and yes, there were several children on board. Mostly they were enjoying the pools and we never encountered any issues with any of them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise in particular because it left from LA (where we both live) and the price was right. I've cruised on Princess before, but it's been almost exactly 10 years so I was interested to see what had ... Read More
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise in particular because it left from LA (where we both live) and the price was right. I've cruised on Princess before, but it's been almost exactly 10 years so I was interested to see what had changed. For reference, I am 27 and my boyfriend is 30. Embarkation was easy. The people that work in the cruise terminal clearly deal with people boarding the ship every week so they have everything down to a science. From being dropped off at Pier 93 to opening the door to our cabin, I think it was about 15 minutes. Our cabin was nice. We were on Baja deck, cabin B623 which is a balcony cabin. It was clean and well maintained. The bathroom though, and the shower in particular, was pretty small. It was barely manageable for me (at 5'9"), but my boyfriend is 6'4" and he had a really hard time in the shower. I chose Baja deck specifically because the deck above you cannot look directly down to see your balcony. We could see the balconies of the people below us (decks 9 and 10). So if you want more privacy, Baja deck is nice. Our cabin steward, Dennis, was great. He had an uncanny ability to know when we were out of our cabin and it was almost always cleaned when we got back. I don't know if he learned our schedule or if we were just lucky, but no complaints there. We had an issue with an unpleasant fishy smell in our cabin one night. I left him a note before we went to dinner to see if it was something in the plumbing or what, and he called later that night. He offered to have the carpet shampooed, which I really appreciated. We had early dining in the Botticelli dining room. I had requested a table for two since we were celebrating our anniversary and was pleasantly surprised when we were given a table for two. The dining room was beautiful and the our waiter and assistant waiter were nice and attentive. I was almost always happy with the food in the dining room. I had a gnocchi dish one night that I wasn't the biggest fan of, but all the meat dishes were delicious. The portions were perhaps small if you compare them to a typical American restaurant, but I thought everything was a good size since you're eating an appetizer, main course, and dessert. If you're expecting Claim Jumper portion sizes, then you'd be disappointed. But I was happy, and never left the dining room hungry. The food in the Horizon Court, which was the ship's buffet area, was a bit of a let down. I get that breakfast buffets are a bit of a challenge. Scrambled eggs (and eggs in general) get weird pretty quickly, but I was disappointed with the offerings for breakfast. Nothing really impressed me and I found myself reaching for the pastries instead of the hot items. The seating area in the Horizon Court always seemed to be crowded so it was often hard to find a table. We ended up sitting outside on the Lido deck most mornings. However, I did eat one of my favorite items the whole cruise in the Horizon Court for dinner one night. The pumpkin gnocchi with mushroom sauce was delicious! I ate two servings of that and wanted more if I wasn't so stuffed. The pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers served up on the deck were tasty. We ate that for lunch most days instead of risking the buffet. They offered calzones on the last day of the cruise, which I was excited for, until I took a bite. The whole calzone was empty! No cheese, sauce or any kind of filling. Not sure if I got a dud or what exactly happened there. We ate dinner one night in the Crown Grill, which is an additional charge of $29 per person. The food was delicious! We both thought it was a great deal since a steakhouse of that quality would have been at least triple the cost on land. Shout out to our great server Sheldon who really went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and that our food was perfect. Entertainment was great for the most part. I loved the cruise director, Peter, and his staff. Martin, Andrew, Kassia, and Renee were all very entertaining and seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs. There were different game shows each night that were fun to watch and participate in. My boyfriend and I were kind of meh about the one production show we went to, Magic to Do. I wasn't particularly impressed with any of the singers and they "magic" tricks they do aren't particularly impressive. The comedian on board, Phil Tag, was great! Very funny and entertaining. Service overall was good. We went to happy hour in the Wheelhouse Bar almost every day from 3-4. It was buy one get one for $1. The servers were quick to bring us drinks and always offered a last call before the happy hour was over, which I appreciated. There was always a lot of staff working for happy hour, which was nice since it got crowded. I also don't think we ever waited more than 5 minutes in one of the lounges for someone to take our drink order. There always seemed to be a lot of people working in the bars so service was quick. We didn't get to try the Salty Dog gastropub but I really wish that Princess would have that open for lunch instead of just dinner. We definitely would have tried it for lunch. They did offer a complimentary pub lunch on one of the sea days which was good. I wished they had offered it more than once. Though we were one of the younger couples on the cruise, we had a great time. The ship was well maintained and we always found stuff we wanted to do. I think you can always find stuff to nitpick and I feel like a lot of reviews on this ship are nitpicky. I was kind of worried after reading a lot of these reviews because it seemed like a lot of people had bad experiences. But I was really pleasantly surprised by the crew and food (for the most part). I think if you go into the cruise with an open mind and a positive attitude, you'll have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We so enjoyed this cruise and chose it because LAX is an hour away from PHX. Chance to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium and to visit a client in Sausalito were major reasons we chose this cruise. Thought Princess did a great job for the ... Read More
We so enjoyed this cruise and chose it because LAX is an hour away from PHX. Chance to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium and to visit a client in Sausalito were major reasons we chose this cruise. Thought Princess did a great job for the price. Total for us: $2308. Free Gratuities. Free Balcony Upgrade. $550 credit (Cru-Con, Princess, Military). Where else can you enjoy 21 meals (and yes, maybe food isn't as great as it used to be, but over 12,000 meals are prepared daily; plus 24/7 in International Cafe), 7 days in a cabin that is freshened 2X daily, chocolates on your pillow, live entertainment all over the ship, recent movies, fun games, fabulous interview with Lainie Kazan and more. And, of course, transportation from LA to San Fran to Monterey to San Diego to Ensenada to LA. We also paid far more for glasses of wine and mixed drinks and meals in Phoenix, San Fran and San Diego. Also Princess crew was courteous and greeted us throughout the ship. Think about this, too. Crew members work 10-12 hours per day, 7 days a week for 7-9 months. Embarkation and Debarkation were very organized and went smoothly. Only negative was muster drill. We were standing in front of Crown Grill for about 30 minutes It was hot and stuffy. One passenger fainted. Other than that, we are pleased with Princess and have 3 more Princess cruises coming up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We love California and getting to cruise the California Coast is amazing!!! San Francisco is magical. Loved all the ports. Seas were very calm. Embarkation was a little crazy as there were long lines to drop off your luggage. Once ... Read More
We love California and getting to cruise the California Coast is amazing!!! San Francisco is magical. Loved all the ports. Seas were very calm. Embarkation was a little crazy as there were long lines to drop off your luggage. Once this was accomplished it was all great! Loved the ship and the food was good. Wish the breakfast in the diningroom hours were a tad longer. My biggest complaint is that most people today really need their phones or the internet to stay connected. Prices were outrageous and should be brought down so that it is affordable. Carnival has a social package whereby if this is all you are looking for, it is affordable. Princess should be able to get something in line with this. Debarkation went smoothly and all in all, we really enjoyed the cruise immensely. Will defintely look forward to our next Princess Cruise and hope to do the Calfornia Coast again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I have cruised over 20 times. This was my first time trying Princess. I thought the customer service was excellent. The room was comfortable and roomy. There was a lot of space for storage. The bathroom had shower gel and shampoo. ... Read More
I have cruised over 20 times. This was my first time trying Princess. I thought the customer service was excellent. The room was comfortable and roomy. There was a lot of space for storage. The bathroom had shower gel and shampoo. Our large picture window gave us a great view. We thought the staff was extremely accommodating. There were over 2,000 people on the staff but they remembered your name. I thought it was extremely nice how they really saw to people who had special physical and dietary needs. The only issue that we ran into was the septic system wasn't working properly near the gym area and the buffet area. They strongly encouraged guests to use the restroom in their personal stateroom. This issue went on for at least two days of our cruise. The entertainment was great. We especially appreciated the ship having happy hour. I have never experienced this before on other cruise lines. I also liked that they built into their schedule daily meetings for bible study, friends of Bill W. and the LGBTQ community. I thought this was extremely thoughtful. Kudos to the cruise director and his staff. We truly enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose this cruise and itinerary because we heard that Princess had a great reputation for Alaska. Overall, I had a nearly perfect experience on the ship. The highlights of the cruise were the superior level of service from almost ... Read More
We choose this cruise and itinerary because we heard that Princess had a great reputation for Alaska. Overall, I had a nearly perfect experience on the ship. The highlights of the cruise were the superior level of service from almost everyone on the ship and the seamless way our cruise was handled. Our roundtrip out of Seattle pier 91 was very simple. My first Princess cruise, we arrived at the port around 11:15 and were on the ship by 12:15. Embarkation was handled smoothly in groups. People who had gotten to the pier earlier were called earlier, but they didn't start boarding until around 11:45. We received our bags in our cabin around 6:30PM. My only other cruising experience has been with Carnival multiple times, and I would say overall this is a step up in many ways, especially staff to passenger ratio and service. As Carnival is my only previous experience, most of my observations compare the two experiences. There weren't many children visible on the ship; passengers were mostly couples in their early forties and older. Food The room service and main dining room experience was excellent from a service standpoint. Food quality was pretty good and the breakfast room service menu is better than Carnival, but the MDR food selection was definitely more limited than Carnival. It helps to know that with AnyTime dining, you can make a reservation in advance and not have to wait. Although the MDR opens at 5PM for dinner, we arrived at 5:30 one night and were given a pager and told it would be 30-45 minutes to wait in the DaVinci dining room. Ultimately, we only waited about 20 minutes and enjoyed a drink from Vines wine café across the Piazza. Bartender Mark Anthony in Vines remembered us after the first night and would always offer our glass of Chandon before dinner. Also Vines offers a modest sushi plate or cheese plate in the afternoon if you order a glass of wine. I also loved the quality and selection at the included International Café in the Piazza. From pastries to sandwiches, salads, and desserts, these options were good. As for the specialty dining, we tried the Salty Dog gastropub in the Wheelhouse Bar on the first night for $12 and were impressed with the quality of the pub fare. The umami burger was fantastic, as was the crab cake. On our first elegant night, we opted for the Crown Grill which everybody raves about, but I was underwhelmed. The service was fantastic. The food quality paled in comparison to the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouses on Carnival. For a $29 upcharge per person, we had a nice selection from the menu, and you can order as many things as you want. However, we started with a "special off the menu" appetizer of oysters on the half shell which weren't that fresh. They seemed slightly dehydrated. The scallop appetizer was excellent. Soups and salads were all right. My chop porterhouse steak was too fatty. They served the sides family style in the middle of the table which seemed a little sloppy. There were no amuse bouches served nor specialty breads and butters like on Carnival. We also tried the Crab Shack one night which operates in a special corner of Café Caribe on certain nights. Overall this was better. While the salmon rillettes and clam chowder were fine, the crab and shrimp and royal mixed steamer were very good and an excellent value, the dessert tray was a real let down: just four cakes under plastic domes already partially cut up and not particularly appetizing looking, so we skipped it. The highlight of the specialty restaurants is Curtis Stone's Share at 16 aft. We really enjoyed the ambiance, excellent service by hostess ZaZa, and the food quality was certainly a significant notch higher than on the rest of the ship at $39 per person. This 6 course restaurant aspires to Michelin star territory, and with the exception of slightly under-salted pasta courses, was superb. We didn't use the buffet too often. One night it was just after 10PM and the last pizzas were going into the oven as we approached, so it was our only option. The area can get a little crowded and the selection is okay. Because there were so many Asian passengers on board, I was surprised to find that at least 30% of the dishes on the buffet were Asian. It's wouldn't be my first choice for dining on the ship. I'd rather have a more limited menu with table service than search for a table after the buffet. However, in contrast to Carnival, the buffet dining room tables are set with cloth napkins and silverware and the service staff were quick to come to us after sitting down to ask if we needed anything else like drinks. I regret that the Café Caribe was not open as often, because for food selections, the atmosphere was newer and the choices were healthier. Bar Service I enjoyed the coffee shop in the mornings for our iced espressos and chai lattes. It was only late in the cruise that I discovered the coffee shop also offered spiked frozen chocolate mint milkshakes. Those frozen Polar Bears were awesome! We had booked our cruise with a Sip and Sail promotion, so all of our beverages and drinks were included. With the exception of a few wines by the glass, room service drinks, and wines by the bottle, unlimited beverages are included with the package-- which I loved. I will also note that one major difference between Carnival and Princess with the drink packages is that on Princess, they may ask you to show your card to order a drink, but they never have you sign a slip with the option to tip on each drink. This was very nice, and it kept our overall tipping tab down. Overall bartending was excellent across the ship. My only nits were that the same drink wasn't always served the same from bar to bar. I had an excellent signature bloody mary from the bar next to the Trident Grill on the first night and it was never recreated exactly the same way again. I loved that there were roving servers in the dining rooms and on decks to ask us if we wanted anything, which was a far cry from the Carnival experience where it's rare to have someone on deck ask you for a drink order. We loved the Adagio bar in the back on 16, it was nearly always empty and very private. Our bartender Rosie was special, asking about us and serving us our favorite drinks every time we visited. Entertainment Until the quite fun balloon drop on the second to the last night and it's excellent accompanying Magic To Do stage show, entertainment on the ship was mediocre. It seemed to be focused on an older crowd. The magic show was tired and lame, the singer was good but the shows were basically just singing song after song. One night, there was a pub review sing along with a bunch of old songs our group in our forties and fifties didn't even recognize. The comedian was pretty funny. Otherwise, I found the tone of the entertainment to be several notches below Carnival. We enjoyed the few trivia challenges we entered, and we won two of the four we played. I wish Princess offered a keepsake collectible from winning a trivia challenge like Carnival's ship on a stick. We got some dollar store bargain DVDs for one prize and princess wine stoppers for another. The de rigueur British-accented Cruise Director was fine. Ship Design Most of the ship's dining rooms and bars were nice, but indistinguishable from one another. The interiors were very suburban McMansion styled from the '90s, with a strange mishmash of Sixties clocks and Italian styles. It's not modern with the exception of the Café Caribe and Share restaurant. It's nice to have so many hot tubs and pools on the ship which were unfortunately not really used for the Alaska cruise. There were usually a few people in the hot tubs while on ship. Enrichment I loved the naturalist on board for the Glacier Bay viewing. We also had another naturalist who offered lectures and tips about what to do in port throughout the cruise. These were very good. I wasn't much interested in dancing lessons, but there were many of these. I didn't go to champagne art auctions, of which there were many. I also didn't go to the many "parties" they threw in the shops to sell jewelry. Sanctuary and Gym We booked the Sanctuary first thing for Glacier Bay viewing at $60 per person. From 6:30AM until about 4PM, this included excellent service with unlimited bloody maries and mimosas, our own padded lounger with blankets, a thermal mug, ear warmers, special food service at a private buffet for breakfast, lunch and tea service, and a keepsake picture. In order to see the glaciers without the blue glass of the Sanctuary, I had to move to another part of the ship which was close, but overall, this experience was fantastic. It was cold! I jumped down and stood fully-clothed the sauna for about five minutes when I needed to take the chill off. The gym below the Sanctuary was fine with jogging machines and elliptical trainers. We went to a spin class for a fee one morning, and really broke a sweat! Itinerary and Excursions I don't think I'll go on an Alaska cruise again any time soon, but if I did, I'd be happy to do it again with Princess. This seems like a once in a lifetime experience, and overall Princess didn't disappoint. I wish we had more time in Ketchikan (8AM-noon) and Victoria (6PM to Midnight), but otherwise we had plenty of time in Juneau and Skagway. We booked a dog sled on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau which was cancelled because of the weather. Instead, my group of 4 booked a float plane to view 5 glaciers. This was considerably less expensive ($215 per person vs. the $600 per person for the dog sled through Princess.) I loved the gorgeous views, but if you're prone to motion sickness, beware of float planes! I white knuckled this for a part of the ride. One nit with the cancellation of the dog sled excursion was that Princess showed that I had a $1300 credit on my bill after we had cancelled the prepaid trip, but still charged my credit card (which dropped off the card), and then they told me that I would have to wait 10-15 days after the cruise to get the refund by mailed check from corporate. That's bogus. They could easily refund the card I used to pay for the excursion. We also booked the luxury car train for the White Pass Scenic Railway. This was SUPERB! If you can afford it, I highly recommend this upgraded experience with unlimited snacks, beers, wines, and champagne for the 2.5 hour train ride. Only 14 people in the car for the experience are allowed. The views are breathtaking! Our final planned excursion was the 4 hour boat ride in Ketchikan to Misty Fjords. This was a long excursion that precluded us from any other activity in Ketchikan. The bulk of the ride in either direction was taken up with talks from the naturalist and native American speaker. However, the cruise through Rudyerd Bay was worth the trip! So beautiful! It was like no place I've ever seen. So green with ribbon waterfalls, seals, bald eagles, and puffins, we were fortunate enough this rainy day to have this part of the ride without precipitation. I loved it. Final Thoughts I went on this cruise with my husband and we've been together for 34 years. We were hoping to experience a vow renewal. It had shown on our itinerary under the payments and schedules section that we had this included, however, there was some sort of miscommunication between me, my travel agent, and Princess, because we were told no service package was included for our cruise without us paying a minimal addition of $229 for a vow package. I had called Princess in advance of the cruise to confirm that our package was included and spoke with someone who said it was. No one at the customer service desk including the manager would consent, and we weren't prepared to pay more for this, despite the fact that we both wrote new vows. We tried multiple times with confirmations, but were ultimately left disappointed in this omission. It didn't ruin our cruise, but we felt sad that we couldn't have our renewal ceremony. This leads me to another point about LGBT meetings on the cruise. Every night at 6:30PM there was an LGBT gathering in the Adagio bar. We'd go with our traveling couple companions nightly, and we were almost the only people in the place. Twice there was just one other couple who weren't particularly friendly. This was inconsistent with our experience on Carnival. Once again, this didn't disappoint or ruin the cruise, but we were surprised that nobody else on this full ship of 3100 passengers would come to a gathering. Princess is an upgraded experience over Carnival, with superior service and a very laid back, mature vibe. It's calm, serene, and a good value overall. The atmosphere is like an upscale suburban traditional wedding reception. It's not a fun ship party atmosphere. It's genteel, refined, and quietly luxurious. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was my first cruise and several years in the making. Overall a four 'star' rating feels very fair to the Ruby, which was a very nice ship with only a couple of issues that would have made this a 5-out-of-5 affair. My ... Read More
This was my first cruise and several years in the making. Overall a four 'star' rating feels very fair to the Ruby, which was a very nice ship with only a couple of issues that would have made this a 5-out-of-5 affair. My boyfriend and I were the youngest couple without kids on the ship as far as I could tell, aside from a cluster of bros who seemed to constantly occupy one mid-ship jacuzzi (more on the jacuzzi situation later). It was just the two of us, and we were looking for a mostly quiet and relaxing getaway. After much back and forth I booked a balcony cabin and boy am I glad I did. I literally saw whales while wearing my pajamas. Worth it for that alone. Departure from Seattle was fairly easy – like I said, first cruise, so having no status of any kind our appointed boarding time was around 1pm. That was actually pretty nice – lines weren't too long, we were able to board as soon as we checked in and our room was ready right away. I was prepared for a tiny room but our cabin honestly felt like just the right size. The balcony certainly helped. There was room aplenty to store my massive suitcase, clothes for all weather and the dozen shoes I brought (that's just how it had to be). There was faint smell of urine in the corner of the balcony. We probably could have insisted on someone coming out and cleaning it but honestly it didn't bother me a lot. I did keep my flip flops on when I was out there. Getting from the muster drill back up to our room was the most stressful moment of departure day. The complete standstill bottleneck at the elevators prevented anybody trying to use the stairs to get out of the way and get on with their vacation. Might have been helpful to have someone directing traffic. After what felt like 10 minutes shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow cruisers, we finally made it out and up to the bar just as the ship started to sail. We chose anytime dining and never waited too long for a table for two. The food was about as expected: just fine, considering the thousands of people being fed on the ship. Nothing was too memorable but neither did I find any of it disappointing. Don't skip lobster night (the second formal night for us). Despite everyone I know reassuring me that massive boats don't rock that much, day one at sea was very choppy. Turns out I don't get seasick easily but I did see one unfortunate lady lose her lunch by the pool at the back of the ship. We took a full tour of the upper decks of the ship when the weather was still nice in the morning and enjoyed a drink from the lawn chairs at the back of the ship – very nice. We also found the ping pong table which was stocked with plenty of paddles and balls, way to go Princess. The putt putt looked extremely sad. The darts for the bar at the Wheelhouse were MIA and that was a disappointment. Word to the wise, don't sleep on happy hour. It was from 4-5pm in the Wheelhouse and we got our share of dollar Manhattans out of that deal. Speaking of, the Wheelhouse has a good whiskey selection and a nice cocktail called the Seawitch Steamer that was on the evening dinner menu, but I was able to order off the menu the rest of the day. We had a drizzly and foggy day in Juneau but that only put a mild damper on things. It's a gorgeous place. Helicopter ride onto the glacier: worth it. Do it. The Mt. Roberts tramway was also cool and the little restaurant at the top has a good selection of Alaskan on draft and some local spirits. I found out too late that Alaskan Brewing operates a shuttle from downtown out to its brewery, I would have jumped on that, alas. Hanger on the Wharf was recommended by our ship naturalist and he was on the money: great draft selection and tasty food, with a very cool view to boot. Oh and do NOT miss Tracy's. Our weather in Skagway was unbelievably gorgeous despite the forecast and we did the Klondike summit to sea bike ride. It was the highlight of the trip. The views were unreal and it felt like we were finally getting out of the 'touristy' stuff (let's be real, it's all touristy) and getting a look at actual Alaska. Skagway Brewing was a highlight too. The next stop was Glacier Bay and it's another do-not-miss for me. I waffled between this and the cheaper route sailing Tracy Arm but a pal who had cruised to Alaska before insisted on Glacier Bay. He was right. It's amazing and once in a lifetime. It's also pretty much inaccessible except by boat, so it doesn't feel touristy. We got excellent views of the glaciers from the walkway on deck 7/8, and it was much cooler seeing it from closer to water level than up higher. Highly recommend getting out on the deck with your camera a little early and getting a sweet spot out there. The stop in Ketchikan felt very short, which was too bad. We saw the lumberjack show which was excellent, but there wasn't much time for anything else before or after. Maybe I was just over souvenir shops at that point but the area surrounding the lumberjack show just felt like the same shop over and over. I wish I'd scouted out something cool and maybe slightly less touristy to do in Ketchikan after the show, but oh well. As many have noted, the stay in Victoria is very short. You can walk to downtown but it's a fairly long walk, and I say that as a person who does not mind walks. Gerrick's Head is a little ways into downtown and has a bunch of local beer on draft, plus poutine. If I could do it again, I think I would have just booked the brewery excursion (you may at this point be sensing a theme in this review) for the sheer convenience of transportation. Being local to Seattle and in reasonably good shape I thought we could take the walkoff option. We were in the last group and I guess should have gotten to our appointed station earlier, because by the time we had hauled our bags (a dozen shoes, remember) down to whatever bar we were supposed to be at, our group had already left and we got stuck in an absolute mob disembarking. Not fun. Would do the version of that where they handle your bag for you next time, even though that felt unnecessary. In no particular order, some other thoughts/tips on the ship: - Crooners is delightful, shoutout to Kevin and Yulia who took great care of us - The massage was nice, but kind of pricey. They try and upsell you some product afterward. Hit up the hot tubs outside the spa/fitness center whether or not you book a massage, they are quiet and wonderful. - Also, I wish more jacuzzis had been open. We had to wander around to find one as many had a tarp over. Maybe because it was early in the season. When I finally got in one I saw a rainbow and a sunset over some mountains while enjoying a drink. That was delightful. - There's a lot of emphasis on shopping and art auctions which I had zero interest in. It was not a big deal tuning all of that out but just be prepared. - The gym is actually quite nice and helped me work off a little bit of my vacation calories. - Salty Dog at the Wheelhouse was a nice dinner and not as pricey as the other specialty dining. - I expected very little from the buffet quality-wise but it was honestly just fine. Enough variety to make it interesting. An endless supply of deviled eggs and cheese cubes is a vacation in itself in my book. - Champagne waterfall was cool. You get free champagne out of it. - I requested robes for our room and checked multiple times that the request went through and sadly, no robes. We asked our steward and he said something about them being washed. No robes ever arrived. - Get a coffee card if you're like me and mainline lattes all day. It's not free but makes it feel like they're free because you already paid for it, which is nice when you're on vacation. My cruise insider pal got us one which was very kind. We ate dinner on our last night at a table with a couple who were very nice and veteran cruisers. They mentioned that their first cruise many years ago was one to Alaska and it got them hooked. I can see why. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to take a Princess cruise. We had enough miles on SW to fly round trip from Seattle. The price was reasonable. We wanted a cruise with less children on board. We enjoyed the entertainment and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to take a Princess cruise. We had enough miles on SW to fly round trip from Seattle. The price was reasonable. We wanted a cruise with less children on board. We enjoyed the entertainment and the lectures. Our favorite day was cruising Glacier Bay while relaxing in the Santurary. It was so nice to be pampered. We were swerved breakfast, lunch and tea. They also served coffee and hot chocolate. We enjoyed the excursion at Skagway and Ketchikan. We took the white pass railroad train. Went to the lumberjack so. So much fun, lots of hoopin and hollaring. In Juneau, we took the tram up Mt. Roberts. We hiked a little,many saw the film about the Tlingets. Very interesting. All, in all, a very pleasant time. We will definitely consider a Princess cruise again. Our next cruise, will be in th Gulf of Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My Girlfriend is an avid cruiser, and she was so excited about our first cruise together, her 5th, my first. We perused all of the cruise lines, found our perfect port, destination and length of cruise, Cabo San Lucas, Princess (Ruby) 5 ... Read More
My Girlfriend is an avid cruiser, and she was so excited about our first cruise together, her 5th, my first. We perused all of the cruise lines, found our perfect port, destination and length of cruise, Cabo San Lucas, Princess (Ruby) 5 nights. Perfect for the land lubber that I am . We chose anytime dining, skipped the drink package, and the photo package, something I would recommend at initial booking. BUT ***SUGGESTION*** take the cheesy logos off of the pictures Princess please. *****NEXT SUGGESTION****** your crew is too pushy. I know they do this every day with the cattle you move, but they should be reminded of the reason they are even there. the passenger. OUR ROOM-The room was a level 10 balcony, It was lovely and bonus, the balcony was as big as the stateroom. our Steward was great, forgot your name buddy, I hope you have a great time on Vay K this summer. We really enjoyed the room ;} OUR FOOD- We had anytime dining. That for me is preferred to a reservation any day of the week . We did make reservations at "SHARE" lovely atmosphere. ready to be treated to a two and a half hour culinary cavalcade. Well, we would barely finish our last bite of these delicious morsels lain out before us, when the fairly new waiter would come over and drop the next course. Barely audible in his announcement of the course, i just chalked it up to his freshman status. The food made me sick, I don't know it was the lemon grass, or the rapid fire slinging of tapas my way. OUR SPA TREATMENTS- Couples massage, facials, scalp massage. Scalp massage -meh, the technician was great (sylvana) but the oil for me was maybe just a too much. Facial was great, our Tech was fabulous, fun to talk to. great results. The Couples cabana massage @the Sanctuary was divine, we came out of that in a dreamlike state, but the up sell of the lotions while we were loopy from the service was not cool. NOT COOL! OUR BALCONY DINNER- amazing it was lovely, port side over looking the lovers arch in Cabo San Lucas, we even had some light entertainment from the Mexican Navy (who knew) in the form of a huge drone that dipped and dove much to our delight, thank god i still had the speedo on. All in all, i would cruise again. but I would most likely test the waters, hue hue, of another carrier. Princess got some work to do on their buffet. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We took a 5 day out of Los Angeles, it was a nice ship with kind employees. Not too big of a ship, and not too small. One of those that you become familiar with on your last day. I was not impressed with their buffet food whatsoever. Half ... Read More
We took a 5 day out of Los Angeles, it was a nice ship with kind employees. Not too big of a ship, and not too small. One of those that you become familiar with on your last day. I was not impressed with their buffet food whatsoever. Half of it was okay, the rest tasted off putting. We chose to do anytime dining and it wokred great for us. Pizza was great. Spa is even better with the best ladies. They were so helpful and not pushy on the products they used too much. The pools were nicely spaced out and there was plenty of space for everyone. The aft pool is the best. Their casino also had just enough space for everyone to enjoy. We never once felt cramped during this trip. The cabins were clean, and your stewards become your friends. Overall, it was a good time with a good price. I expected more from their food though. 7/10. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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