5 Princess Ruby Princess Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

Embarkation was simple enough and our room was ready by the time we got on around 1PM. We carried on most of our bags except for one so we could change, have a drink, then explore the ship. The Ruby was a beautiful boat, the design and ... Read More
Embarkation was simple enough and our room was ready by the time we got on around 1PM. We carried on most of our bags except for one so we could change, have a drink, then explore the ship. The Ruby was a beautiful boat, the design and finish was excellent. For a boat that is about 2 years old though, it is showing a lot of wear and tear. The main thing I noticed was the hallways were banged up and often dented. Probably from baggage, but still very surprising to see that. Food: The food was ok. As others have mentioned, the buffet is poorly designed and the layout leads to people walking all over the place. The food on some days was very good, but on others was poor. It was hit or miss. Same with the food in the dining rooms. Some days our meals were good, on other says the selection wasn't very good and the food was just ok. We did try Sabatini's one night and that was definitely one of our favorites! Employees: Again a mixed review here. Some employees really went out of their way to help you, others couldn't give a darn. Our room steward was nice, but we've had better on Carnival and Norwegian. Waiters at DaVinci and Michelangelo were the same. Some were very pleasant, others would make things very difficult, especially when asking nicely for a substitution. The bartenders were all very nice, especially the ones in the casino. Entertainment: This is where we felt that Princess really catered to the older crowd and that was the majority of the people on board. There was a good number of people over 65 years old and many people on walkers, scooters, etc... Not a bad thing, we met some wonderful people, but we were really hoping to meet and connect with more people our age. So, the bands and lounges were often geared towards the older crowd so we didn't enjoy it too much and found ourselves in the casino a lot. The comedians were great, the magician had a bunch of tired routines, the movies under the stars were good, the nightclubs were often empty, and the poolside bands were just ok. Actually, one day the singer didn't really know the words to any of the songs, she would just sing intelligible words. How do you not know the words to Red Red Wine? Ports: Enjoyed all the ports, even Barbados in the rain. Did zip lining in St. Lucia and spent the days in other ports on the beaches. Cabin was nice, well laid out. One thing that somebody else mentioned is the boat is loud! We were on the deck 10 specifically chosen so there was no public rooms above or below us. Even then, we could hear the music from the Lido and the theater in our room. Don't know why it would echo through all those decks but it did. Very weird. The cabin was nice, amenities were good. I personally would have put less closet space (who needs that much room for clothes for 10 days?) and made the bathroom/shower bigger. Probably the smallest shower of all other ships we've been on. So again, not a horrible cruise, but I would definitely not cruise Princess again until I'm over 50 years old. I feel they are really not trying hard enough and enjoy Norwegian, Carnival, and RCL more in terms of fun and service. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
First Princess Cruise went perfect! We had two trips with Carnival and they were good, but this was even better. Our balcony cabin on deck 10 Caribe had a huge balcony and I just loved hanging out on the balcony while my wife got ready ... Read More
First Princess Cruise went perfect! We had two trips with Carnival and they were good, but this was even better. Our balcony cabin on deck 10 Caribe had a huge balcony and I just loved hanging out on the balcony while my wife got ready in the morning and later at night before dinner. I didn't go with the Jr Suite and felt that the standard room with the big balcony was a better deal. The room seemed to have plenty of space, even though we had gotten use to the Jr suites on our previous Carnival curies. The one odd thing about the trip... is we thought the food selection in the buffets was better then the dining room (all you can eat lobster claws the first night). We hadn't done any buffets on our last two trips, but this time we found the portions and selections to be more tempting than the dining room most nights. I had no idea that we would finish our trip with a professional published book, that documented the entire incredible trip! But my wife talked me into buying the new book that Princess sells on board. We over-planned our trip with multiple excursions in each port and had no idea that we would be able to fit it all in. But the weather and ship's timing was perfect so we were able to hit every event we had planned. Wow! It couldn't have gone any better on our first cruise with Princess. If you want to see some different excursions on Aruba, Bonaire, Eleuthera, Dominica, Grenada, St John, Little Cayman, and Cozumel... take a look at our trip report with the help of the new service Princess is offering- PanRaven which allows you to enter your text and photos into a professional looking book which you then share with friends on-line and print out a copy for your home. http://www.panraven.com/visitor/VisitorViewStory.epage?sp=Sview&sp=154975 ONE TIP- if you click on the arrows below the photos, you can see 2 pages at a time, which give a better panoramic view. If you click directly on the photo instead of using the arrows...you can only see one BIG page at a time (click again to go back to two page view) Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Let me start off to say, It was a cruise and any cruise is better than being at work. The ship is beautiful, and our mini suite was nice and spacious. We stayed the night before at the Renaissance Hotel and it was very nice at a great ... Read More
Let me start off to say, It was a cruise and any cruise is better than being at work. The ship is beautiful, and our mini suite was nice and spacious. We stayed the night before at the Renaissance Hotel and it was very nice at a great price. We arrived at the Pier and we saw the Oasis of the Seas and it looked massive, not even a ship but more like a hotel floating on the water. I will start with the positive, the itinerary was excellent, so was the ship tours we did. We had perfect weather and the sailing was smooth to each port. I like trivia and games so there was some of this each day, but there could be more. I loved the balcony dinner was great and our best meal on board the ship. Going on the tours was very smooth and no problems. We had a wonderful room steward he was always there was to make you happy. The back of the ship's pool on the aft is the best place to be, and Herman was always there to chat and bring you a great cold drink when needed. Crooner's has the best martini's and variety. Have the "From Russia with Love" in the James Bond Series "always shaken never stirred" International cafe was a great place to have coffee and a light snack or lunch. There was a non smoking night at the Casino which was very nice. We loved our balcony it was covered and it was great to walk out every morning. Let me start to say, this is my first Princess cruise and I have been on over 40 with other lines. All cruise lines are there to make you happy and I would rather be on any cruise than be at work. The food in the dining room was not too good, all soups were creamed even the chicken and rice. The food was bland and lack of flavor. The meats were tough and the pasta was mainly one style. The service is the dining room was good. Once thing I can say is your food was always served hot and I really like that. No wine steward in the dining room to assist you I thought this was odd. The buffets, the breakfast was different, they premade fried eggs all plated instead of the usual make to order and sometimes they sat there for a while before anyone would take them. The breads were good and variety. I really enjoyed the abundance of lox that was there each morning. It was hard to get a seat for the buffet and no assistance from the waitstaff to help. I noticed the waitstaff did go up to people who snapped there fingers for assistance to serve them coffee or juice. I couldnt do that out of respect for the server but I also was never offered a cup of coffee either. The lunch buffet was good most of the time. We loved the Mexican buffet on the last sea day. The buffets also lacked flavors and spice as well. We did have high hopes at the Crown Grill, while our appetizer was great as well as soup and salad, our porterhouse steak was not too good. It didnt seem to have the flavor and I don't mean the huge garlic butter they place on the steak as flavoring. It almost taste like the steak was cooked half way earlier and then the final cooking when ordered. It did not have the "hot off the grill flavor" So we were very disappointed and only ate a small portion of our steaks. Our server was not too informative about the menu or suggestions as we heard others make suggestions and the porterhouse was not recommended by the other servers. This had to be one of the hottest ships I have ever sailed. This is were they must be cutting back on the air conditioning to the point that condensation was dripping from the ceilings. I complained but nothing really changed. I know I read this in other reviews and it is so so true. Very uncomfortable to sleep in. A reminder, I pre paid for some items such as the champagne breakfast but didn't use it because of the menu, and was told it was not refundable on the last day so make sure you use it or you lose it (money). The casino is so smokey, and really just too much since there is not too much air circulation there. I didnt care for the payout system. Will I cruise Princess again? I don't know, I was looking so forward to this cruise since I heard so much about it. There was not too much to do at night unless you like ballroom dancing and the music was more orchestra than bands. I did enjoy the comedian. The 8:30 shows were always packed never to get in. I would havet to wait for the 10:30 show. I was not too happy with Muts. Mostly sports, and concerts like Tina Turner it was just such a let down. Why all the football when they could watch it at the bars that was showing the same thing. Dan is great, he is so funny. I didnt see too much of Lisa other than the Bingo. Getting off the ship was easy, and they want you off EARLY. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
We sailed on the Caribbean Princess on a similar itinerary last year and loved every minute. This cruise on the Ruby Princess was even better. The ship was very clean in every area and the staff really seemed to enjoy being on this ... Read More
We sailed on the Caribbean Princess on a similar itinerary last year and loved every minute. This cruise on the Ruby Princess was even better. The ship was very clean in every area and the staff really seemed to enjoy being on this beautiful ship. It's great to sail with people who love their jobs and understand the concept of "service." Since this ship had just repositioned from the Med, there were many cruisers from different countries and it was fun to get to spend time with different nationalities. Pre-embarkation hotel: We stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Courtyard Airport and CruisePort. Hotel provided a free shuttle from the airport as well as a free shuttle to the ship. In addition, the complimentary breakfast was fantastic. Rooms were clean and quiet. Hotel is located by a good seafood restaurant and also the Sport Fishing Hall of Fame. Embarkation: We found embarkation at Port Everglades to be very well organized and painless. We arrived at the port around 11:45AM and thought we'd be able to get right on the ship. However, because of the Coast Guard inspection (a good thing for a ship that has just come from overseas!)boarding was delayed for about an hour. We sat inside the terminal which was air conditioned and had restrooms. At the "all clear," boarding was effortless. After we checked out our stateroom, which was all the way on the back of the ship, we began the Scavenger Hunt to find all the fun areas of the ship.This was a great thing to do and we actually won a prize in the sailaway drawing! The tour of the Lotus Spa was really the best! They did such a good job of showing us all the amenities that we signed up for quite a few which included massages, exercising in the gym, swimming in the Sanctuary pool, and acupuncture with Dr. Martina. We are in our 60's and have some arthritis issues that we decided to address. We found the acupuncture treatments to be an unexpected benefit of this ship. Stateroom: Our stateroom was a regular balcony stateroom on the Baja Deck, but at the aft of the ship looking out over the wake of the ship. It was wonderful! The balcony was 1/3 bigger than usual balconies with an overhang for shade. We could not see into a balcony below or above. Because of the breeze, there was never any cigarette smoke smell on the balcony. There were some food smells from the kitchens below but these were not offensive. This area of the ship did not seem any "tippier" than any other area of the ship. The view was always amazing and peaceful. We'll try to do this again. Sea Days: We had 2 sea days at the start of the cruise and we found lots to do as well as relax during these days. Dining: We were wait-listed for First Seating Traditional and so we experienced Anytime Dining for the first time. We ate in the DaVinci dining room the first night and joined 4 others at a table. Enjoyed the company, but found this dining room to be a bit noisy for conversation across the table. Our breakfasts were either in our stateroom or in the Horizon Court. Because we're not picky or huge eaters, we always found good things to eat there. Yes, at times it was hard to find a table by ourselves, so we asked other diners if we could join them and met some very nice people this way. The 2nd through the 10th evenings we ate at about 5:30PM in the Michaelangelo dining room. We met another couple that we enjoyed so much that we became traditional diners at a certain table at 5:30 every night. This standing reservation allowed us to get to know our Waiter and other dining staff. We were very well accommodated at a table by a window where it was quiet and delightful. The food choices were enough so that we could always put together a gourmet meal. Our waiter's recommendations were always very good and we came to trust his choices. One night he brought us one of every dessert on the menu for a sampler! Now that was fun! Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before and stayed at the Comfort Inn in Hollywood. Fla. Nice room with a king size bed, fridge and microwave. Free shuttle from the airport and cruise port and breakfast included for $99. Embarkation ... Read More
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before and stayed at the Comfort Inn in Hollywood. Fla. Nice room with a king size bed, fridge and microwave. Free shuttle from the airport and cruise port and breakfast included for $99. Embarkation - not a good impression, I must say. We spent 1.5 hours in line outside before spending another hour inside. Apparently there was a language barrier which held up our line. I was very surprised because I had heard that Princess was very good at this...maybe it was just a fluke. Our cabin was larger than i had expected and Ren, our cabin steward was the best. We had an obstructed view which was okay but next time I would get a balcony. Dining - I would say the food was good but not great. We chose the anytime dining and ended up eating with other people at our table most nights. We asked for a table to ourselves one night and were told it would be 40 minutes...we waited 5 minutes. I think I get it. We loved going out on the promenade deck late at night with a glass of wine and just relaxing. Maybe it's a first time cruiser thing, but I enjoyed it. The entertainment was top notch and there was always something to do. We hung out at the pool a few times but found it very hot and kind of boring. Went to the casino once and lost $10 - not big gamblers! We enjoyed Sabatini's and the Crown Grill very much - well worth the cover charge. Vines was fun as well. We did the wine tasting for $25 a person which was an interesting experience, we learned a lot. The galley tour was fun and a great opportunity to have a "behind the scenes" look. Can't wait til the next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
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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