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Ruby Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Ruby Princess

7 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 25, 2019

Ship: Ruby Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E425

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall a really nice experience. Was the first cruise we were sad to see end.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Several stops, but all of them had very short lines, and the staff was particularly friendly and helpful.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
We had excellent service and very good food each dinner in the Botticelli dining room. Crown Grill (specialty restaurant for steaks) was good, but the aged steaks weren't really as tender as I would have expected. Food at Horizon buffet was generally good but not exceptional.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Didn't do many ship activities, one trivia game and one dance class, which were reasonably fun. Seems like the hot tubs were often closed for some reason but were popular when open. Enjoyed one morning of whale-spotting Friday the deck, narrated over the PA system by an Alaska expert.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Saw one show ("Magic To Do"), which was good, but it's really a musical revue with just a couple of magic show elements.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had excellent service in the Botticelli dining room. I really appreciated how the Botticelli head waiter visited our daughter (who has a shellfish allergy) at each dinner to present her with the next day's menu so she could order early. I was impressed that he even found us when we had one dinner at different restaurant.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
View was partly obstructed by a lifeboat, but we knew that in advance, and it wasn't a big deal. Our configuration had 3 single beds, including one that was a bunk. All beds were surprisingly comfortable. Closet space was plentiful, and there were plenty of little shelves for other items. TV was a good size and had several good movie choices.

Ship tip

Order at least one case of bottled water in advance. $8 for 12 bottles isn't a bad price, it's cheaper than at the bars, and it's convenient to have it already in the room when you board.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
We spent two days before the cruise doing typical tourist attractions. We stayed in Pioneer Square, a good location. One of us also took Amtrak for a day trip to Vancouver, which she enjoyed.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Booked a shuttle trip to Mendenhall Glacier via Juneau Tours. Did the mile walk from the visitor center to Nugget Falls, which is definitely worthwhile.

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Enjoyed the trip on the White Pass railway, which had spectacular views. My older kids spent several hours hiking trails on their own, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Cruise Glacier Bay

4 out of 5
Cool and unique, but not as many glaciers as I might have expected to see.

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5
Downtown had a crazy number of jewelry and diamond stores, not a lot else of interest to us.

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
Our Buchart Gardens evening visit was cut short due to the ship arriving late. Gardens were nice, but was disappointing we couldn't see as much as we'd like.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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