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Gonzalez Family

Age: 38


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Ruby Princess

Sailing Date: 11-20-2008

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Let me first say, our waiters were the best "KIM" and "Satit" in the Micheal Angelo dinning room. They were so friendly and kept us laughing and entertained all the time, we looked forward to each evening with them. Even though the service was great, the food was not. I hoped the food each day would get better and it only got worse. Lets face it, we go on a cruise looking forward to the food. But even thou there was always plenty of it, honestly alot of it was terrible. All the desserts, had no flavor, almost like the sugar was left out. The cakes had a jello like texture and nothing tasted like chocolate. I was very disappointed, because the pastry table always seemed so elegant and delicious, but than you would try a something and wonder "What Happened?" Also Carnival cruises always gives you ice cream free, this ship offers it for a charge. Even the cookie/pastry counter in the cafe was empty, because everything had a charge. There was no selection of complimentary drinks on board only water watered down ice tea that not even 10 lemons wedges could fix and coffe/tea. Unlike Carnival which offers lemonade, a assortment of juices in the buffet area 24 hours, milk, hot chocolate, and ice tea. My state room was perfect, very comfortable and easy to move around, I had a inside interior cabin, and I had more than enough closet space, and all rooms have a refrigator. The only big downside was the bathroom, the shower was so small , you could not bend over without hitting your head. I will say the room steward was great, he always had our room spotless, and provided us with extra towels, and supplies each day. I loved the self service laundry room, it had plenty of dryers and washers and 5 irons , so there was no waiting for a turn. I noticed that this ship was full of senior citizens, not many children on board. However, the staff made sure there was a activity for every age group. The night time shows and stand up comics were excellent. I laughed so much my stomach hurt. Sorry we did not go on any excursions, but I found the private Princess island in the Bahamas to be beautiful, a great place to snorkel. So don't forget to pack yours mask and snorkel gear in your suitcase. They have a great complimentary BBQ on the island and great tropical music. I did not enjoy the island of Jamaica, I found the locals to be very persistant on getting you in a taxi, you say "NO" about 5 times and the same guy and 10 others continue to follow you through the streets and harrass you. We got so upset, we turned around and headed back to the ship about 30 minutes later. I have to be honest, my family and I have always cruised with Carnival and loved it, but friends always told me "you should try one of the higher end cruise lines like Princess it will be 10 times better," but in my opinion, for the way more extra money I paid, I thought I would have recieved more. This ship has no water slide, the pools are overcrowed, there are so many chairs, people in wheelchairs had a hard time moving around. And be careful for $8.50 a drink, I was given a pina colada twice with no liquor in it, and when I complained the waiter seemed to mysteriously disappear. There was only one night that served lobster. I found the food had little salt or flavor, and the dessert had no sugar. I did not go on a cruise to feel like I was on a diet for a entire week. It is the one week out of the year when you want to enjoy everything you eat. If you are looking for a week of just quiet ,relaxing and keeping your blood sugar low than maybe this ship is for you. I found hardly any children on board, and alot of senor citizens. I understand this is a brand new ship, so maybe there are still training the chefs, hopefully things will get better.

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