Fantastic first cruise to Alaska. Great weather, fabulous food, friendly staff.
Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Review summaryThis was my first Alaskan cruise (though I had done several Mediterranean cruises years ago). I was travelling with my oldest son (aged 33) and this was his first cruise ever. We both thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the cruise from easy embarkation, great ship, good cabins, fantastic food, first class staff, exciting itinerary and superb disembarkation. We enjoyed the onboard facilities and entertainment too. Where do we sign up for the next cruise?
Food and Dining
Nice setting and a decent venue for listening to the guitarist and chilling out. Nice comfy seating in one corner. Good bar.
Very good and quick service of burgers and fries. Decent sized portions for a quick lunch or mid afternoon snack. Good quality of food. Pizzas at pizza station were the best
Very good venue with fabulous outlook to sea (although mostly visited at night). Good selection of music being played - DJ Shea identified his audience quite well and chose music accordingly. Good bar service.
Nice place for a late night snack (open 24 hours). It opens onto the Piazza so there’s usually something going on during the day. You get specialty coffees here (at an extra cost). I am a big Starbucks fan so I wasn’t overly impressed with the coffee but it was ok. Fantastic (and free) choice of sandwiches and pastries.
Busy at peak breakfast and lunch times and often requires a bit of searching to get a seat (although there should be enough tables including on deck outside). Breakfast selection was great and the food quality was good. Lunch tended to be a bit more repetitive - still good quality
We used Michelangelo and Da Vinci dining rooms. Both were great - nice decor, super staff, fantastic food (quality and quantity) and nice ambience. If you are doing Anytime Dining, you get a table easier if you are willing to share - it’s only for an hour or so and we found everyone friendly at each table.
We only managed to get our timing right a couple of times to find this bar open (I think the main hours are 5pm til 11pm). It’s a great, comfortable and generally quiet bar with a great outlook.
A good choice of table games and slots. The casino ran brief introductions to several games - we attended the craps ntroduction having never understood how it’s played before - very helpful. Didn’t lose too much money here.
Movies Under The Stars
Great facility to have on board. Really enjoyed watching a couple of movies from 10pm. Staff came round with popcorn and hot drinks too. Quality of screen was very good considering we were at sea.
Great venue with excellent sound system, lots of screens (helpful when you are doing trivia quiz) and a decent bar.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Do some research so you know a bit about what to expect. Also take negative reviews with a pinch of salt.