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Marcie

Age: 46

Occupation:professional

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Ruby Princess

Sailing Date: 2009-08-7

Itinerary: Eastern Mediterranean

My family recently spent 12 days aboard the Ruby Princess for a Mediterranean cruise. We would like to offer our opinion of the Ruby Princess. Overall, we had a great trip and enjoyed the shore excursions and entertainment on the ship. The length of the trip was just right, and we had a good mixture of beach excursions along with sight seeing.

There were a few disappointments with the Ruby Princess and the quality of their food. However, we still enjoyed this cruise and the sites we visited.

The buffet restaurants on this ship were awful. The breakfast was exceptionally bad and the food was often cold. It might seem unreasonable to think breakfast was bad, but the baked goods were average, the eggs and bacon were cold. We ate lunch there several times and didn't find it much better. We finally just grabbed hamburgers at the pool bar.

The dining room restaurant was good and we typically thought the menu was varied. However, the process for using the anytime dining was questionable. We found that every time we went to the dining room we were told there was a 45 minute wait, however; once my husbad slipped the maitre D a $20 tip, we automatically had a table. That practice continued the entire trip. If you tipped the matre D's you received special tables, and appetizers at your table.

The stateroom was adequate with a king bed and my son used the upper berth. My 14 year old didn't find the upper berth to be comfortable. I'd suggest families use that option for smaller children. As an adult, I would not want to sleep there for a 12 day cruise.
The balcony was nice and we used it often. The refrigerator in the room was convenient and we kept it stocked with water.

The entertainment was family friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had comedians, hypnotists, singers, and of course the traditional love and marriage show. My 14 year old son enjoyed this as well.

We did book about 6 shore excursions. The one we were disappointed in was the beach experience on Corfu. It was a 1/2 day beach outing at a local resort. However, they took you there at 9am before many of the activities, pool, and bar were open. When the facilities did open at 10, we were leaving at 11:45 am. This should have been a longer day or started a litle later.

Overall, we felt like the excusions had quality guides. We did reserve a few private tours through private companies which were more expensive. However, we received a higher quality tour and experience.

The 12 day cruise started in Rome, and stopped in Florence, Napes, Monte Carlo, Turkey along with the Greek Isles and Athens with finishing in Venice. At the conclusion of the trip, the Ruby Princess went into Venice via the Grand Canal and was a spectacular site that was. We were amazed at the sites and the beauty of Venice.

The Greek Isles were wonderful as well and we especially liked Santorini.

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