rileyswa

rileyswa
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July 2015 - Ruby Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

Great itinerary, but not fond of the Ruby Princess

This was our 1st time on Princess and we'd heard that everything was supposed to be "a cut-above" other lines.  We didn't find that to be true at all, except for the food at dinner (Nomer and Francisco were great wait staff) was better.  We also enjoyed Jules the Naturalist.  Princess' way of doing activities and food service was too formal and inefficient.  Having popular events in venues that were too small was frustrating.  Ship felt crowded compared to other cruises we've taken.  No open access to buffet? Dance party in Piazza where only 50 people can fit, with only standing room on the staircases?  Frustrating.  1 comedian and only 1 showing for 3000 passengers? Funny stuff like no ketchup allowed on tables, not being able to pour your own, clean silverware every course, Champagne fountain for photos where ALL the champagne is poured out and thrown away? Also mattress was rock hard.  Classical music all the time --more formal than fun; and inattentive or limited wait staff at pools or bars. Prefer Carnival and RCCL 

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Victoria, British Columbia - We love Victoria, but a 3 hour stop was too short so stayed onboard since we've visited Victoria alot
Skagway, Alaska - White Pass/Yukon train was great, lunch tasty, and bus ride back a great time.
Juneau, Alaska - Didn't spend much time in town, did Coastal Helicopter to top of Herbert Glacier and dog sled with extra landing which was amazing!
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - Set alarm, dress warm like for skiing, go up on pool deck for best view and to hear Naturalist, from 5-8 AM viewing. Next time we'd take separate boat to glacier to get up closer.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Interesting to walk thru, but not much to it; "Deadliest Catch" tour was great.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - Do Naturalist talks and get the book (very informative and interesting); Request foam pad for beds; Book excursions independently; Do the "Bon Voyage" experience; hire a porter for handling your luggage in port; Nomar & Francisco were great in Bottechelli; Leo great cabin steward; Beautiful sights.

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