September 2015 - Ruby Princess to Mexico
The only thing negative to say is that the ship, although I understand they are required to only allow smoking in designated areas - really underserved their smoking travellers on board.
On the 7th floor deck they had us cramped in a forward corner (and I do mean a corner) with only 1 dirty plastic chair - no teak deck chairs - no table, only an ashtray affixed to the railing. We moved a few deck chairs (not recliners) and 2 side tables to the area along with one of the canister ashtrays from inside (which they have 2 outside every elevator which all say NO SMOKING ON THE ASHTRAY??). At least that way we could be comfortable in our little corner and we could converse without bumping into each other in order to get up, walk to rail and to flick ashes every couple of moments. They removed the chair pads and the canister ashtray. At least we had a couple of chairs and side tables now.
Also, their 16th floor smoking area is only on one side of the bar under the roof. However EVERYONE in that bar was there to smoke. Do you not think that we deserve the full bar area rather than to AGAIN BE CRAMPED into one side of the bar with standing room only? Maybe they could include a few chaise lounges that are in the sun? It made us feel like lepurs.
There were at least a couple of hundred smokers on that boat and plenty of room to make us more comfortable as they do for the non smoking passengers.
ALSO, With so much area to cover and discover, I would have welcomed an optional ship tour once on board that also pointed out the designated smoking areas. Unfortunately I didn't discover the Riviera deck until the last day where you could smoke one level above and 1 level below the 2 pools, was "all adult" and had a jacuzzi and bar - and an amazing view at the very aft of the boat.
Other than that, everything was really fantastic! And yes, I know I need to quit smoking, but really - who wants to be told what to do on their vacation?