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Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Ruby Princess

7 Night Classic California Coast (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 10, 2018

Ship: Ruby Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D209

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

It was a delightful and restful cruise; and I look forward to another in the future. We had sailed on Princess before; but there was no record of it, and no one is going to keep their Cruise Card for each cruise forever. I find it hard to be loyal when the cruise line does not even keep a database of who was on a Princess cruise previously.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
It was smooth and uncrowded at the Port of Los Angeles; and for the first time in 35 cruises, our luggage arrived at the cabin before we did. Kudos on that score.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
There was plenty of variety and my food allergies were considered, so I could order in advance in the dining room. We had steaks at the Crown specialty restaurant that were excellent; but staff were really stretched that evening. Buffets were busy - as usual - but food selections were varied and well-prepared.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The fitness center was monopolized by some passengers who thought that they were using their personal gym! Pools were not used due to the rain on this sailing. We enjoyed walking around the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The dining room waiters, and our room steward - James on Dolphin Deck - were always attentive and helpful. Princess staff really try to do a great job.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I had been on the Ruby Princess in 2013; but it looked really improved now and was kept very clean for this sailing.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The mini-suite was perfect that we arranged via Delta Skymiles travel services. We would certainly enjoy having one like this again on a future sailing.

Ship tip

The TV programming selections are the worst on any cruise line we have been on - few news channels to select from (NO CNN available); movies were poor, except for one or two; too many offerings with "The Love Boat theme" playing repeatedly. Norwegian and Celebrity have much better selections.

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5
I live in Southern CA, so we did not have an excursion here but it is a well-organized port.

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5
San Francisco was sunny and warm when we were there, so we took a tour of the city and had a good time.

Monterey, California

3 out of 5
Monterey had a heavy rain storm while we were there, so we did not go far.

San Diego, California

5 out of 5
It was a "Chamber of Commerce day" in San Diego; and we made the most of it on our own.

Ensenada, Mexico

4 out of 5
Thankfully, this port area is being cleaned up and is more attractive now. We explored on our own here. It would be nice to visit other of the picturesque small towns in Baja Norte also when Princess plans new ports of call.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We opted to be one of those taking their luggage and getting off the ship on our own. Other than bottlenecks on the ship itself, all went smoothly and quickly; and we were ready for our ride at 9 AM.
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