Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: November 29, 2008
Ship: Ruby Princess
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
We had a great vacation aboard the Ruby Princess. Were in our mid 30s with two kids ages 4 and 5. Itinerary is good. Jamaica - we had fun climbing Dunn's waterfalls, Mexico - we spent a beautiful day in Chankanaab National Park ($16 per adult, $12 per kid) + taxi. Princess Cays is a beautiful island had a surprisingly good off-shore snorkeling. Unfortunately there was a storm around Cayman Islands, so we skipped that destination.
The most wonderful part is the Ruby Princess herself. The ship is absolutely magnificent. Design is gorgeous - muted tones, expensive fabrics, and ingenious design of piazza. There are 4 outdoor pools and MUTS. You should try a whirlpool on level 17 right off kids club. Its the size of a small pool, not many people know about it.
Bars are great: Wines has good selection of wine and cheese, plus a great sushi bar. International Caf offers ice cream, chocolate fondue, and my children favorite chocolate-tuxedo covered strawberries. Wheelhouse bar offers fish-and-chips lunch on sea days. Crooners have good music, atmosphere and cocktail selection.
There are at least 2 night shows every night at 8:30 and 10:30pm on the ship. Some are better than others. One is absolutely great created especially for Ruby Princess with use of 3-D photography Once upon a Dream - I would highly recommend it.
Childrens Club is above every possible compliment. They are simply GREAT!!!!
Service is above average. Everyone is very attentive and nice. We never had even the smallest problem with any of the crew personnel.
Food is my biggest disappointment of this ship. From day to day there was poor variety and not too tasty dishes. But, as on any other ship you will never go hungry on Ruby Princess. Deserts on the other hand are heavenly, so kudos to the desert chef. Also, my greatest compliments to our waiter Larry from Romania - he made our dinners enjoyable with impeccable service and great attitude.
Overall we had a great time aboard Ruby Princess and I would highly recommend this ship.
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Pros: Ruby Princess
Cons: food variety