December 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess
Nice experience but always trying to get you to spend more
We enjoyed our cruise with 15 family members. The balcony was nice size but the rooms seemed small especially when bunk beds are down (my brother cut his nose on the metal stairs going to the top bunk).
On the first day there were too many people trying to sell you drink packages. Then throughout the cruise it seemed like there was a price for everything (cake decorating for kids, the ink pen for bingo (and bingo already cost a lot), shade was at a premium on Princess Cay and the cabana/umbrella was $39 (seemed high). Glad that the zumba classes were free but disappointed that they charged for yoga and boot camp. I think ALL fitness courses should be free (at least one class of each).
We were happy that the craps tables had a $5 min bet vs. a higher min.
It seemed like at least one of the jacuzzis were closed and the ones open were always crowded. The jacuzzis were fairly small to begin with.
Kids loved the pizza and ice cream stations that were open all the time.
It would have been nice to have more information about how and where to disembark for the tenders.
Overall great experience and we would do again. Staff very friendly.