587 Ruby Princess Tips

JuliaHflowers

Sep 16, 2019

This ship should not have been an Alaskan cruiser. There were no warm spots on deck which was extremely disappointing.

gammyof7

Sep 14, 2019

Sit back and relax. They’ve got this.

slm1953

Sep 09, 2019

. For months prior to our trip I watched hours of YouTube videos and read posts and recommendations from this page and others. Thanks to all who helped me plan. These are MY recommendations and tips from my experience: The ship hair dryer worked fine for me (I had read many comments saying to bring your own). We ordered a case of water for our room and left 8 bottles unused so I felt it was not needed (take a refillable water bottle or cup). I had the soda package and felt it was well worth it....all the sodas, mocktails, smoothies you could drink, plus you received a Princess insulated cup to reuse and take home. Glacial Bay day was cold and windy until we got into the protected Bay Area and slowed almost to a stop. It was the most beautiful day of the trip...sunny and gorgeous (but still cold). The balcony was a must for us. Our friends were in the cabin next to us and our steward opened the partition between our balconies so we could be together as well as go back and forth between rooms. I would suggest NOT booking the Roberts Tramway in advance. We did and by the time we returned from the Mendenhall Glacier the fog and rain had set in and we couldn’t see anything going up or down or enjoy hiking any trails on top. The tram is located right where the ship docks so you can walk over, buy the tickets and go up and down anytime during the day or evening. There is no need to buy in advance. We felt it was a total waste of time and money only because of the weather. We also did the double decker bus excursion in Victoria BC. I didn’t realize we would be doing this 90 minute tour IN THE DARK....you couldn’t see much of anything and our driver/guide was terrible. He couldn’t remember names, facts, stories, etc. If you do this tour check when the sun sets! It was a nice view of the lights of Victoria in a few places but the 6 of us felt it was a waste of time and money. We were in a balcony room (2 people). I felt there was ample storage, large closet area (we had 26 wooden hangers). I did take the suggested over the door shoe holder and felt it was great to use to put things in for easy assess. I also used the Dollar Tree battery powered tea light for our bathroom night light and magnets on the walls to hang lanyards, caps, etc. I preordered the Alaska Travel Companion book and map from Princess and followed along as we cruised (we put the map on our wall with magnets). The naturalist on board was very interesting also. The comedian was hilarious! We carried on 2 bottles of wine we bought in Seattle. You can request wine glasses from your steward and carry a glass of wine to dinner with you. I preordered a bottle of Crown Royal and the Heineken beer package for the room. This was nice for drinks on the balcony. If you do anytime dining you can make reservations each morning for dinner. This worked great for us since there was 6 in our group. Depending on our excursions or plans for the day we would decide what time we wanted to meet for dinner, make the reservation for the dining room we wanted and avoid waiting in lines. (There are certain hours for anytime dining that varies in the dining rooms). I know this is very long but wanted to pass along a few things. I would be happy to answer any questions as well. Our trip was Aug 31-Sept 7 and the weather was cool all week.

krukpe63

Sep 08, 2019

Don't expect much happening after 11:30pm. Ship pretty much goes to sleep. Midnight curfew is required in the ship's lounges and bars. This is due to proximity of rooms where sound travel can annoy those sleeping.

EmyRick

Sep 07, 2019

Spend the money on a balcony for this cruise. Loved every minute.

reneebalcom

Sep 03, 2019

Alaska at the end of August was amazing. Don't hesitate to take these later sailings...it's worth it.

Jonali2gthr

Aug 27, 2019

Bring a dramamine patch if you think you need it. They do not sell them or have them in sick bay.

chlipepr444

Aug 26, 2019

Ruby was a great ship and I am excited to check out other Princess Ships!

DallasAlice21

Aug 26, 2019

Bring a power cord. Very limited plugs. Bring 1/2 the clothes you think you will need. You can do laundry.

MERCIE27

Aug 26, 2019

OCCUPY IN THE CENTER OF THE BOAT

kimstipsea

Aug 24, 2019

If you check in your luggage just make sure you have swim suit with you. The best time to swim is right when you get on there's no one.

grandmajo

Aug 13, 2019

Figure out the layout as soon as possible. It will help in the long run.

icelady

Aug 12, 2019

Allow more time to get to the next show! We were interested in most, hard to pick priorities, overall they were all super!

Judys515

Aug 12, 2019

Make sure you are aware of the extras you have to pay for- we planned well and there were no surprises!!

wildormild

Aug 12, 2019

Great experience lots of on-board entertainment

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