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harry smith

Age: 48

Occupation:Navy Nurse

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Ruby Princess

Sailing Date: 2009-06-9

Itinerary: Venice to Rome

Overall Princess get high marks for keeping 3000 passengers apart using clever tactics such as two show rooms offering the same shows twice in a row so passengers can view both shows over two separate nights. One feature that really really jumped out at us was how Princess constantly marketed to us. The “Welcome Aboard Show” featured 45 minutes of Princess hocking their wares, showing all the places you could spend additional $$ such as the optional dinning rooms, very disappointing. If you are planning a cruise on Ruby, skip the opening show unless you like be shaken down to spend money. On the first formal night there were no less than six photography stations set up, two blocking main passage way. I made no apologies for waling right through a photo shoot taking place directly in the path of passenger along the main Promenade deck. Spirits, beer and wine are reasonably priced from 3.50-7.00.

Food was hit or miss, overall I would rate is 3.5 out of five. In general, we found the food in the buffet area for dinner to be bland and lacking. I offer some details of foods not to be missed and foods better left alone. By the way, while we were able to get an assigned early seating once on board, twice we elected to try anytime dining for our own convenience and found the wati to be 45 thanks.

Foods not to be missed
-Pizza (YUM!)
-Fettuccini Alfredo in main dinning room (best I have ever had anywhere)
-Chocolate cake in main piazza pastry shop
-Pork Belly in main dining room
-NY cheese cake

Foods better left alone
-Steaks (any and all) in main dining area, they were bland and tough
-mousse –they tasted like eating grease
-chocolate cakes in buffet area (bland)
-Scrambled eggs in buffet, powered, yuck.

Aloha Deck 235
Smaller state room balcony, shower is tiny, plenty of storage. We found the roon to be noisy due to hearing nieghbors doors slamming shut all the time. To no fault of Princess, the verandah we oppresively hot expect for early morning and late evening.

As stated before, it was about the almighty dollar. The opening show was all about how you could spend more $$ while aboard. The comedy was good, but the shows in the main theater were pretty second rate.

Too little time in port. with the close proximty of the greek isles, it was pathetic that Princess insisted we be back on board by 4:30-5:30 depnding. I think you are better off selecting a trip on a smaller vessle which allows mre time in port. The quaintness of ports such as Santorini are lost when 3000+ people decend upon towns like this.. We felt we were constantly dodging ship tour traffic.

Overall, the trip was OK, but I would caution expecting rest and relaxation. With more time in each port and less being marketing to, the experience might have been more enjoyable and relaxing.

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