Ruby Princess LA-Vancouver cruise

Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review
3 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (Los Angeles To Vancouver)
Sail Date: April 26, 2015
Ship: Ruby Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We booked a very affordable cruise on the Ruby Princess.The ship itself was in very good condition.The food,except for the Michelangelo dining room and one dinner I had there(the fried chicken was awful),the rest was very good.The casino smelled like all casinos everywhere,like stale beer-booze and smoke.I will not go to any cruise ship casino if they do not ban smoking altogether.But we tried this one and they are all the same.It was so cold on deck that we could barely stand it.The common deck areas and rec areas need glass enclosures in the wintertime,it is that simple.If they can't build such things then I do not recommend wintertime cruising.The main show room had very good entertainment and music for their big production numbers.The RP is 950ft londgand is one big ship.The TV needed upgrading and the available programing was very limited.The Internet Cafe was very overpriced(.79 per min) and I never saw anybody in there.All staterooms and cabins should have DSL plugs,if not Wi-Fi,or both.The music selection was very limited.There were no tours of the bridge,engine room,or "down below decks" offered.This ship needs a lot of upgrades,some of which have been available for years.The lighting in our balcony cabin was very dim and that made it difficult to read anything.And there are a lot of handouts given to passengers that must be read.The balcony was nice but their was nothing to see out at sea and it was very cold and windy most of the time.This ship looks good and was well built.The buffets were all good.There is a free pizza and ice cream bar at the main deck pool-lounge area.In the morning it is a pay waffle bar.Our cabin bath needed an upgrade too but it was clean and usable.All in all,we had a good first-time cruise and want to sail again on a princess cruises ship.P.S. maybe pay-per-view movies would be nice in all cabins.I liked the offering of movies in the main showroom too.And please consider offering adults only cruises.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
except for bad fried chicken in Michelangelo dining room

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
too cold,no below decks tours,no tour of the bridge or engine room

Entertainment

5 out of 5
main showroom nightly shows were very good

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
the ship looks good and seems well built

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
needs complete electronics upgrade,including in room DSL plug

Ship Tip

Cruise in good sunny weather,Bring more clothes in winter,Take it easy and enjoy all services and activities offered.Do not overeat! Enjoy slowly and try all types of food that they offer,it's almost all good.Coffee bars good.Glass covered balconies would be nice in the winter.

3 out of 5
MTA bus was late and nearly made us late for boarding,be careful if using public transit
3 out of 5
downtown area a little hectic,needs more signs indicating where to get Skytrain to Vancouver airport
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