Nice experience but always trying to get you to spend more

Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 27, 2014
Ship: Ruby Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: C535
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We enjoyed our cruise with 15 family members.  The balcony was nice size but the rooms seemed small especially when bunk beds are down (my brother cut his nose on the metal stairs going to the top bunk). 

On the first day there were too many people trying to sell you drink packages.  Then throughout the cruise it seemed like there was a price for everything (cake decorating for kids, the ink pen for bingo (and bingo already cost a lot), shade was at a premium on Princess Cay and the cabana/umbrella was $39 (seemed high).  Glad that the zumba classes were free but disappointed that they charged for yoga and boot camp.   I think ALL fitness courses should be free (at least one class of each).  

We were happy that the craps tables had a $5 min bet vs. a higher min. 

It seemed like at least one of the jacuzzis were closed and the ones open were always crowded.  The jacuzzis were fairly small to begin with. 

Kids loved the pizza and ice cream stations that were open all the time.

It would have been nice to have more information about how and where to disembark for the tenders. 

Overall great experience and we would do again. Staff very friendly.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
table tennis should be in doors as difficult to play in wind

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Should allow parents to play with children. We tried a few times to play games in youth center but seemed to be restricted to kids only

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
seemed small

Ship Tip

Not sure how you can get rooms together. There were 15 of us and we were scattered all over the ship. Not sure if this was an error on my travel agents part or what.

5 out of 5
Best snorkeling here - need to drive for about 30 minutes
3 out of 5
Almost every beach had some cover charge to go in. Family enjoyed Mia beach
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