12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona) Sail Date: May 28, 2011 Ship: Ruby Princess Cabin Type: Balcony Reviewed: 6 years ago
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).
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
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
3 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
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.
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
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.
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