Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Ruby Princess Eastern Carribean

Sail Date: December 06, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Great time!

Food was a little under expectations (for example - surf & turf was steak and shrimp, not steak and lobster. No midnight chocolate buffet like Carnival has. The ice was cheap quality and the iced tea was weak),

Activities were varied and entertainment was better than average.

Excursion choices at the ports were better than on other cruise lines.

This was our third cruise, but the first one on Princess.

Food and Dining
Expected better for example surf & turf was steak/shrimp not steak/lobster
Service and Staff
Melvin and Francisco in the Bortacelli dining hall, and Darpan in the casino and he also served us in other locations like at the shows and on the Princess Cays island.
But we spent more time waiting for the shows (45 minutes) because of limited seating, than actual show time (usually 30 minutes)
Onboard Activities
Especially enjoyed the fruit sculptures and the ice sculptures
Destinations and Excursions
Excellent selection, though price-y
Cabin / Stateroom
Very enjoyable. Our first time with a balcony and the only way we will travel going forward. The staff were very attentive.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)
Very relaxing, but not much to do there other than play on the beach.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We took an excursion and had time for shopping/browsing as well, without feeling rushed.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We took an excursion and had time for shopping/browsing as well, without feeling rushed.
Nassau, Bahamas
We took an excursion and had NO time for shopping/browsing. Did feel rushed.


It takes a bit of getting used to - the elevators don't go to all floors in different areas of the ship. It can be confusing.
The portraits were price-y, albeit good quality.
Some excursions allowed for ZERO time to explore the island/port.

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