Ruby Princess Cruise Review to South America

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5 out of 5

A Dream Come True

Sail Date: March 04, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

My son and I took this wonderfully relaxing trip up the west coast of South America, Central America and Mexico because we liked the thought of 10 days at sea and 7 ports.  It was all we expected and more.  We had the best Cabin Steward I've had in almost 40 cruises.  Getting around the ship was a quick to learn experience.  We bought a ring - for me - at Facets - and a watch - for him - as special reminders of this "ideal" trip.  No grouchy people on this ship except a few of the "senior oriental passengers".  Hey, that was THEIR problem!!!  I'm a "senior of 78" and just went right on enjoying!!!... We do have a conversation going with Princess about some excess casino charges, but it's being taken care of I hope.  The casino is not run by Princess but franchised and we felt it important to let Princess know there might be a problem in that regard.  We would go on that trip again, loving the ports, making a few friends in those ports. After 17 days on board, we cannot picture going back to a "measly" 7 day cruise!  LOL

Ship Quality
easy to learn the layout and best cabin steward ever and overall friendly staff
Food and Dining
All was very good except the beef which I found a bit tough
Cabin / Stateroom
I'll only go in a balcony cabin. Just wish Princess ones were as big as my RCCL ones.
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward, Frank Vales!!!!!!!
Did not come on board for the entertainment this time.
Children's Programs No children.
Onboard Activities
Only took part in a few and they were fine.
Destinations and Excursions
Port stops were fine. Getting TO the ship from Valpariaso airport was a pain and slow...
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Well, all we did was FINALLY get on the ship. My son had his phone stolen so this was not a good port etc.
Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile
Was this the swim with the Sea Loins? I forget. THAT was a blast!
General San Martin (Pisco), Peru
That Pisco local brew is dy-no-mite. Watch out!
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Interesting but be ready for a LOOOOONG bus ride each way! Out guide spoke excellent English, was very informative, but the ride was still LOOOOOONG. Coffee plantation and cart factory fascinating
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Son made friends with tour guide and they went to share a beer after the tour.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Shopping the best of all the ports. Plus my son and a friend went ATV-ing and had a blast!
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
We had to book our own transfer to John Wayne airport...It was a nightmare to get the Prime Time service that we were at Pier 92 TWO...and sat for almost 2 hours trying to make them understand. Then our driver sat at Pier 95 we found out,.... after we told Prime Time 92 TWO !!!


Kick back and enjoy. Hope you get lucky enough to have Frank Vales as your cabin steward. Enjoy the MULTITUDE of penny slots!

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