Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Wonderful time in spite of Princess

Sail Date: May 28, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

The ship itself was lovely. The state room we had was ample for our needs. I was very impressed how they could fit so much into such a tiny bathroom. I never felt as though I was cramped. The biggest problem with the state room however were the beds. They were rock hard. There were several amenities that we did not use, such as the pool and other outdoor facilities as it was just a bit too cool for that. We did use the coffee bar quite frequently and enjoyed that quite a bit. The restaurants that are included in the price of the cruise left a lot to be desired. We never were able to find a decent place for breakfast. We skipped lunch for the most part since we were on shore excursions. That left dinner which was lacking in taste, except for Sabatinni's (but you had to pay an extra $20.00 per person to eat there).

Pros: Shore Excursions were fabulous

Cons: Food was awful for the most part.

Recommends Ruby Princess? No.

Food and Dining
Entertainment
The ship's communications left it very difficult to know when different activities were taking place. They had a daily paper, but quite often the times and locations conflicted with other communications. Ultimately we were left with not knowing what was going on.
Service and Staff
Everyone except for the "service" desk help were very helpful and friendly. That includes the shops, restaurants, state room steward, were excellent. However, the "service" desk was very unhelpful.
Cabin / Stateroom
I would have given an "excellent" rating except that the beds were so hard that both of us ended up with aches and pains every morning.
Ship Quality
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
This was truly one of the highlights of the trip. If you only take one excursion, make it Ephesus.
Don't Miss: Tour of Ephesus.
Naples, Italy
The tour guide for Pompeii was not good at all. However, the site itself is fascinating. I had been to see Pompeii before, and the tour I took last time was much better.
Don't Miss: Pompeii
Monte Carlo, Monaco
We didn't take an organized tour. Instead, we jumped on a get-on/get-off tour bus that took us around Monaco in about an hour. Then we had lunch on our own and then walked back to the ship tender area for transport back to the ship. We both loved this day. Unfortunately we only had a half day, so we didn't get to see as much as we would have liked to have seen. There is a car museum that would have been fascinating.
Istanbul, Turkey
I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Topkopei, The Blue Mosque, and Haggia Sophia. They were just wonderful. However, the lunch that was provided was not very good.
Don't Miss: Blue Mosque and Haggia Sophia
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Loved the Acropolys and Mars Hill. Our tour guide was great. The food provided during the lunch was not very good.
Don't Miss: Acropolys.
Mykonos, Greece
Saw Delos and then had some free time in Mykonos. I enjoyed every bit of it.
Don't Miss: Delos Island.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Thorougly enjoyed both the Sistine Chappen and the Colosseum. We had a great tour guide. The lunch provided was the best "excursion" lunch of the entire trip.
Don't Miss: Sistine Chappel, Colosseum
Venice, Italy
This site was not organized by Princess. We visited this location on our own.


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