Ahhh... Hawaii

Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 11
Helpful Votes: 214

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Ruby Princess

15 Night Hawaiian Islands (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 08, 2019

Ship: Ruby Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: L302

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Another great experience! First two itineraries were in late November and early December. There were many people unprepared for the fact that the first couple of days on either end can be chilly out on the water. As usual, the sea was quite rough heading towards Hawaii. First experience with MedallionNet. Phenomenal! Ocean Medallion was being introduced, so you "tapped" your cruise card to enter the stateroom and purchase items. Only real drawback is that they replaced the shelf on the outside of the cabin door with the electronics for Ocean Medallion. That means, nothing to put the Patter or anything else in. Everything got slid under the door. Not sure how those with mobility or balance issues fared but seems like they need to put some sort of cubby hole for notices, etc. This is one of our favorite itineraries and I'm sure we'll do it again!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Got to the port at 10:30. Check in at 11:00 On board soon thereafter.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Got to know one of the bar servers in the Casino. Got excellent service from David and great drinks from Grace.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Activities are pretty standard. Pools were closed a couple of days due to rough seas.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Robbie Printz was Hilarious. We have seen Mike Wilson (Comedy / Impressions) a couple of years ago. It was the exact same show.

Children's Programs

No kids but there were quite a few on the ship that seemed to be enjoying.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Other than an issue with the Maitre d', all was great!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ruby is our favorite ship. It was clean but showing it's age. Tables and chairs in Horizon Court need help.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Gotta love the bed!

Ship tip

Just go with the flow!

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Did not visit port

Live 30 minutes away

Hilo, Hawaii

5 out of 5
Rented a convertible car. Way to go. There are shuttles that go between the port and the rental area at the airport. Headed north to Ninole. Was pouring rain most of the time but got a good 45 minutes "topless".

Honolulu, Oahu

5 out of 5
Third trip. We took the excursion that took us through the city, then into the crater of Diamond Head, then up towards North Shore. Stopped at an aquatic park for a dish of ice cream.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

5 out of 5
Rented another convertible car. Shuttles ran frequently enough to the airport. Super sunny day. Drove out to Spouting Horn, then to Wiamea Canyon. On the way back, we took all the alternate roads back to the airport. Way to go!!!!! From now on, I think we will rent a car at all ports.

Lahaina, Maui

5 out of 5
Third time, first booking an excursion. We went into the Valley Of The Kings, where it began to pour. They say the area gets 400 + inches of rain a year and it seems like we got half of that in 20 minutes. Next stop was at the Maui Plantation. Pretty touristy, but the tram ride was nice. They did a coconut husking demo which was fun.

Ensenada, Mexico

5 out of 5
Been many times. This time we took the shuttle into town, then booked the tour to La Bufadora. Was 17.00 bucks per person. Had a great tour guide. To get the Blowhole, you do have to walk through a LOT of shops. I had a shrimp taco followed by a Pina Colada. NICE! Had plenty of time there.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We got to the Platinum Lounge 5 minutes early. They had already called our tags. Perfect!

Traveler Photos

Spouting Horn Deck 19 Kauai On the Road Lahaina In the Mist
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