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Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 18, 2015
Ship: Ruby Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: E735
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Our cruise was an enjoyable experience for the most part, especially the specialty dinners and our steward to our room was fabulous and very helpful.  The few things we would change would be not purchasing the inclusive alcohol packages as you are charged for all days, even days you are in port. The drinks are priced around $9 each, however with the days we were in port and the first day of the cruise included in the cost, we just don't drink enough to make it worth while.  We also would not purchase the internet again, as we feel they should charge slightly more for the cruise itself and offer this as a free service since it was sporadic and quite a procedure to access. Plus, we could only have one device connected on our account at a time. We also lost a port day due to hurricane Patricia, but we did appreciate that the captain took our well being into consideration. It would have been nice that we received something as a consolation but they did have extra activities on the ship that day, which were fun for the most part. The specialty dining rooms stated they had no reservations available until 9 or later several nights. Yet, when we would walk by them there would be empty tables. It would be nice if they allowed people to fill those spots when someone doesn't show up. Or, overbook like airlines in anticipation of a certain percentage not showing up. Let people know that they may have to wait if all reservations show when they make a reservation.  We didn't like eating so late, especially to pay extra and then miss the shows because our dinner was at the same time, or didn't leave us enough time beforehand to see the early show.  The specialty dinners were definitely worth the extra charge!! They were fabulous! We just would prefer to have them earlier. We were also disappointed we were not selected for the captain's table, even though we called to be put on the waiting list when we first boarded. Maybe more than one dinner per cruise should be offered to accommodate more guests that want to pay for this experience.  They could not find the bottle of wine we purchased at Sabatini's and wanted brought down to Crown Grille, but comped us with 2 free glasses after we talked to the head waiter about it. The bottle was there when we back to Sabatini's so that whole issue could have been avoided and we would have purchased another bottle at Sabatini's the next night we ate there. 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We liked having a larger balcony and being on the back of the ship so that we got an excellent view of the sunsets and sunrises and the privacy to experience them on our own balcony, not a public area. However, the up charge for that luxury was over priced and we would probably not do that again.

Ship Tip

Ask to sit in Magdalena's section at Sabatini's! She was superb and we even took a photo with her we were so enamored by her personality and waiting skills! The E deck was wonderful because it was right above the main floor so we could take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator a lot.

3 out of 5
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