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Warren Steffey

Age: 65


Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Ruby Princess

Sailing Date: 2009-12-4

Itinerary: Southern Carribean

We sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale on a 10 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Except for the entertainment, this was our best Princess cruise so far.

This was the best food we have ever had on a cruise. I don't believe we have 5-star dining in Ocala so I don't have a reference point for that category but if most chain rate a 3, then Princess definitely rated a 4. The menu was much more varied and interesting, and the presentation improved. The only meal I did not enjoy was the cod (fish), but I'm told most cod is pretty ordinary. The addition of an "American" dish to the nightly menu was a very nice touch, and believe it or not, the "Always Available" menu included a very nice fillet. My wife exceeded her red meat allowance for a year. The buffet and pizza were better than on previous cruises.

We elected anytime dining, and usually had a difficult time getting a table for two. But when we shared a table we had a very nice time. We did learn to ask for a table for four, and made sure everyone was seated at about the same time.

Seen one Princess stateroom, seen them all. Very clean, as one would expect from a newer ship.

What activities? One evening after dinner we walked out of the Princess Theater production show (canned music and mostly canned singing, if you can believe it) The quartet in the Wheelhouse bar was playing elevator music, nothing identifiable anyway. The entertainer in the Crooners Bar looked to be at least 80. We poked our heads in and seeing us he said "Ah young people. We haven't seen many young people tonight." He began to play "Hello Young Lovers". My wife and I are in our 60's. The Princess orchestra (sic) was playing Big Band music in the Expolyers Lounge, Club Fusion was empty, as was the disco. On so went the whole cruise.

We took care of St Thomas ourselves, and booked other excursions through Princess. All were very nice. We especially enjoyed river tubing and land sailing.

Never have we seen so many wheel chairs, walkers, scooters, and canes on a ship. If the average age on most cruises is 65, this cruise must have averaged 105. Must have been the 10 day element. Anyway, this seemed to leave more room in public areas and pools than usual. We watched the Gators get beat on the MUT screen. Not much else of interest. By 10:00 it was like having a very large private yacht, except there was noting to do and no decent entertainment, so we turned in early anyway. If it were not for the shore excursions we would have had a very dull time.

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