Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii

Second Mate

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7+ cruises

Reviews
2

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4 out of 5

Extended time on the sea

Sail Date: April 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Our party did enjoy the cruise due to the extended time on the ocean. While I can recommend taking this 15 day Hawaii cruise, there are a few recommendations I would like to share:

 

 

Rather than emphasize the Latin bands on board, there should have been Hawaii music, hula dancing from the time we set sail. While line dancing at the bon vovage party is fun on most cruises, no where what there indication that we were heading for Hawaii. Instead of Phil Collins and Paul McCarthy concerts on the big screen, Elvis' Blue Hawaii would have been more appropriate for the venue.

We only got a glimpse here and there of the wonderful Rowana & her husband. That duo should have been in the Piazza more hours than the Latin band, or the piano player. Just as a point of view from a sales prospective, future cruises, and what destinations Princess has to offer should have been playing in the cabins, along with a couple of lectures describing cruises Princess offers. I'm willing to bet there would have been a lot of future sign ups if more information was available. The lectures about Route 66 was the best! The lecturer was very informative, and it was a pleasure to join in on those classes. Enough with the art auctions! We're there for the cruise, not to buy art. It would have been a much better visit of the Hawaiian islands if we were given an overnight in Maui, or Kauai. Not enough time to visit those islands. Instead of the Ensenada stop over, spend more time on an island. One less day at sea would have benefited everyone! I am noticing some of the employees are not as enthusiastic to offer customer service, as in the past. Everyone was very nice, and for the most part happy to be there. Just noticing a difference from previous Princess cruises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ship Quality
Cabins were spacious, plenty of closet space. Piazza always beautiful.
Food and Dining
Some items terrific, some not so great anymore; pastries were not fresh tasting. As this was a Hawaii cruise only saw papaya 1 day out of 15! Should have been more of a luau feel to some of the meal instead of the mexican buffet.
Service and Staff
Tiwitt (spelling) at the International Cafe coffee bar. ALWAYS happy to see EVERYONE!
Entertainment
The Route 66 lecture/lecturer was terrific! Magic not so much.
Children's Programs
n/a
Onboard Activities
Loved the Zumba classes! Terrific instructor! Fun trivia, as always!
Destinations and Excursions
Should have at least one 24 hr. layover on at least one of the islands.
Cabin / Stateroom
Buy native flowers for your suite while in Hilo!
Hilo, Hawaii
Walk to the Farmer's Market! Go through the parks, do a little sightseeing on your own!
Honolulu, Oahu
Rent a seat on the Waikiki beach $40/day to enjoy the beautiful ocean
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Buy your 100% Hawaiian coffee at Costco near the pier.
Lahaina, Maui
Front Street is happening!
Ensenada, Mexico
Don't bother! Stay on the ship, and enjoy your last sun day!

Tip

Use deck 7 for your walks around the ship. Look for Tiwitt, Nattalin, & Marko at the International Cafe Coffee bar!
Be aware this is a very senior type of cruise; many wheelchairs/scooters. If you want to see the show, make sure you get to the theatre early. These folks fill up the whole theatre.



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