Princess Cruises Ruby Princess Review
The Ruby Princess was designed to be an escape for couples – even if their kids are voyaging with them.
Christened in 2008, the Ruby Princess is the newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, with an emphasis on entertaining couples seeking a romantic getaway. The ship features 18 decks (decks 1-19 with 13 superstitiously absent), five pools and spas (including the adult-only Sanctuary), three bars, three nightclub-style lounges, Gatsby’s casino, traditional and specialty dining. There are also six different types of staterooms, including family suites with room for up to eight passengers and under-18 entertainment options for those traveling with a family.
There is much to do aboard the Ruby Princess, but there are plenty of quiet areas as well. The food is above average, with a variety of choices for every meal. We would like to make special mention of the small bites spread around the many bars and lounges, which were just spectacular. It could be difficult to navigate through the winding decks and passageways. There were a lot of closed areas, like dead ends in a maze.
The Ruby Princess was designed to be an escape for couples—even if their kids are voyaging with them. While there are definitely amenities for all kids to enjoy, including age-appropriate centers, events, and activities, the majority of the on-board attractions are designed for adults, especially the adults-only relaxation center, the Sanctuary.
While there isn’t an extensive amount of pool space, there is a great deal of outdoor areas for those looking to enjoy the sun. At night the Ruby Princess provides no end of entertainment. Whether looking for a night out gambling, a quiet evening watching a movie under the stars, a relaxing night at a quiet lounge like Crooners, or out dancing at one of the ship’s nightclubs, the Ruby Princess has something for everyone. The bars were particularly noteworthy, with innovative drinks and tasty little bites to go with. Even those looking to seal or renew their vows can do so at the ship’s on-board “Hearts and Minds” wedding chapel.
There are some interesting design choices that are common to this class of ship—namely the flimsy privacy divides on the balconies of many rooms, and the ziggurat-like design of stacked decks that defeat the purpose of balcony privacy altogether. The deck planning is a little unfortunate, it is hard to get used to how the ship is built and thus hard to navigate, especially to the main dining rooms. Other than these drawbacks, the Ruby Princess is always elegant and clean.
Our Inside Cabin was very small, especially considering Princess suggests that four people could be living there. The closet space was great on the other hand, so if you don’t mind tight living quarters, you can bring quite a bit of stuff with you.
For two, the Ruby Princess would be a fun trip without spending too much. Couples will find a vacation on the Ruby Princess a welcome getaway from the stresses of regular working life. What else is a vacation for?
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