lasprite

lasprite
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December 2015 - 3 Night Pacific Coastal Southbound (Vancouver To Los Angeles) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Very Good Staff But Loooooong Lines!

Comparing this cruise to a similar one we took on Crown Princess in Sept. 2014, I have to say that the staff (dining room, buffet, front desk) on Ruby Princess was nearly flawless, but somehow the Ruby Princess acquired looooong lines for everything, particularly for meals.  We had "Anytime" dining, but they don't tell you that only 20% of the dining room seats are available for reservation, and those few are gone (at  least for the 5:30 dining time) between 8-9:15 a.m.. If you don't have a reservation,  the queues for 5:30 admission start forming up at 4:45 !  There is even something of a (shorter) line for those who DO have reservations! And we were completely unable to get into the Afternoon Tea that is supposed to run from 3:30-4:30.  We arrived at 3:40 and the line was so long and so slow-moving that 45 min. later, we'd only advanced a few feet and gave up.  On the Plus side, we were really happy that there were many more ballroom dance opportunities this time, and even ballroom dance classes!  May ballroom dancing long continue on Princess!  The stage shows were quite good, especially the Magic Musical on the final night:  an excellent production with very, very high-energy performers.  Since the weather was cold outside, we were very glad to have a good assortment of movies available on our stateroom TV (most of the other daytime activities were either sales talks or games like bingo or trivia). Would have appreciated some craft classes or real lectures that were not selling something.   However, on balance, this cruise was a good value for a short break.

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Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - "Fly Over Canada" wrap-around film in the same building (Canada Place) where we docked. Wonderful experience, just very short. There is also a room to check luggage right where we picked it up. We loved hanging out in the park by the dock & watching the sea planes take off & land. Very relaxing.
Victoria, British Columbia - Pretty. The hop-on-hop off buses, and tour buses, leave from in front of the Empress, but don't go as frequently as one might expect from Euro experiences. We lucked-into a CVS tour bus with only 8 people and a good guide, that went to all the places we wanted, incl. the "Castle," (really a manor-house), and the view point, with a bonus ride through lovely area of big homes in Oak Bay. Tip: the pub up the street from the Empress that is supposed to be Irish is not traditional, more a gastro-pub (with Nachos, o'mi'gosh!) and the "Irish Stew" isn't.
Star Princess Star Princess - Nearly impossible to get same-morning dinner reservations for Anytime Dining... and very impossible to get table for 2. Expect to stand in long lines for Anytime. The food selection in Horizon Court was good, but breakfast seating very hard to come by, and food got cold by the time we found seats.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - If you want an "Anytime" dining reservation for 5:30 p.m., you need to phone Reservations right at 8:00 a.m..

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shared a quick tip for Star Princess"Nearly impossible to get same-morning dinner reservations for Anytime Dining... and very impossible to get table for 2. Expect to stand in long lines for Anytime. The food selection in Horizon Court was good, but breakfast seating very hard to come by, and food got cold by the time we found seats."

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