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Old 02-21-2014, 01:39 PM
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Default Ruby Princess 24/01/2015 CANCELLED
Just found out that Ruby Princess Caribbean cruise we are booked on for 24/01/2015 has been cancelled due to Ruby locating to South America and we have been put on Caribbean Princess the week after 31/01/2015.

We had booked Caribe C402 on Ruby and have been put on Riviera R329 on Caribbean Princess can anyone tell me if this is a like for like balcony or if the R329 is slightly better than C402?

Also why cancel a cruise to relocate a ship, when we booked there was little availability so not like not many rooms sold.

Finally can someone tell me if Caribbean is due a dry dock before Jan or any upgrades and if so where do I find this info?
Nieuw Amsterdam 18th November 2012
14 Night Caribbean Cruise

The Village Inn & Spa (formerly Rainbow Hotel): St. Lucia Hotel
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:36 AM
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The cabins themselves are the same size (191 square feet) but the balconies are not. The balcony on the Caribbean Princess is 40 sq ft, the one on the Ruby is 73 sq ft.

The Caribbean P is going into dry dock this coming May for a two week freshening up, so that is good for your revised cruise.

While your particular cruise may have been selling well, they could have had a lot of open cabins on the Caribbean P, meaning they had excess capacity for Caribbean sailings for those months. At the same time they saw interest in South American sailings with higher pricing than they could get in the Caribbean - so the Ruby gets moved.

The Caribbean is very dynamic for the cruise industry these days, with excess capacity all over the place. It's a major reason Royal Caribbean is moving some of their biggest ships back to Europe in 2015. I could book a 7 night cruise on the MSC Divina out of Miami for under $300 per person right now. Certainly not in the same league as Princess, but still it's a week in the Caribbean for under $100 a day.

This is a schedule of Princess refits, but it isn't very complete as far as information on what they will do.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:15 AM
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Thanks Dave. Wish we lived in US would be cruising all the time. Have spoken to Thomas Cook today who spoke to Princess and were advised to ignore room allocation as they just wanted to get people on the ship. Due to the cruise being 2 7 day back to back they are changing it to a 14 next week and releasing more cabins and putting us in like for like so hopefully midship Caribe which is what we booked. We also booked rooms next door to each other as we are going with friends and they have confirmed the bookings are linked so we should be next door to each other again
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