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Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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4 Night West Coast Getaway With Catalina Island (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 22, 2016
Ship: Ruby Princess
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: e709
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

My first cruise two years ago on the Regal Princess for 7 days in the Caribbean may have set the bar too high. The Ruby Princess had loads of similarities anywhere from Italian themed décor to deck names and dining options. But this time the crew seemed 'green' and a little less amiable. The (no fee) dining rooms served mediocre fare though the wait staff was pleasant and prompt. Meanwhile the Horizon Café (cafeteria) had better grub. But their organization of stations was inadequate creating long lines for hot items. The standard activities and entertainment were offered. The shows were filled with talented actors though one ventriloquist comic bombed. And the process of heading to shore via tenders on Catalina was mayhem. Still the weather was nice and the trip relaxing. Boarding the ship was well organized and quick. And Ensanada proved to be a simple waterfront town worth a look.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Having two dining rooms serve the same menu was disappointing. The entrees seem to lack imagination and heat. Your food in Horizon Court was often better simple because it was served hot and fresh.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Some of your 'TV shows' are great.


5 out of 5
Overall your productions are filled with talent. Joe Yannity was an absolute riot. But the ventriloquist didn't know his audience and bombed.

Children's Programs

No kids with us

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our waiter in the Wheelhouse lounge was bright spot among bland staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We missed the extra room of a balcony cabin but it was adequate. We did have to call to have our shower drain unclogged the first day. Does anyone check these things between cruises. The same thing happened when we sailed on the Regal Princess in March 2015. The cabin steward did a good job.

Ship Tip

Lower decks like Emerald experience less sway of ocean swells when you're in open waters of the Pacific. Important if you're sensitive to motion.

5 out of 5
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