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Ruby Princess Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Ruby Princess

17 Night Andes & South America (Valparaiso To Los Angeles)

Sail date: March 04, 2015

Ship: Ruby Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

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 experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
All was very good except the beef which I found a bit tough

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Only took part in a few and they were fine.


3 out of 5
Did not come on board for the entertainment this time.

Children's Programs

No children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin steward, Frank Vales!!!!!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
easy to learn the layout and best cabin steward ever and overall friendly staff

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I'll only go in a balcony cabin. Just wish Princess ones were as big as my RCCL ones.

Ship tip

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

Ports of call

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

1 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
Was this the swim with the Sea Loins? I forget. THAT was a blast!

General San Martin (Pisco), Peru

5 out of 5
That Pisco local brew is dy-no-mite. Watch out!

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
Son made friends with tour guide and they went to share a beer after the tour.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
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

1 out of 5
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 !!!
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