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29 Night Transpacific Cruise from Sydney

29 Night Transpacific Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Fjordland
  • Day 5
    Dunedin
  • Day 6
    Akaroa
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Tauranga
  • Day 9
    Auckland
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Pago Pago
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 16
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 16
    Moorea
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Cruising
  • Day 22
    Hilo
  • Day 23
    Honolulu
  • Day 24
    Cruising
  • Day 25
    Cruising
  • Day 26
    Cruising
  • Day 27
    Cruising
  • Day 28
    Cruising
  • Day 29
    Los Angeles

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
I needed some cruise credits in my quest for Elite status, so I booked this 5 day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico out of San Pedro, California and traveled solo. I'm 56 and married now for the past three years, so I don't usually ... Read More
I needed some cruise credits in my quest for Elite status, so I booked this 5 day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico out of San Pedro, California and traveled solo. I'm 56 and married now for the past three years, so I don't usually get to go by myself anymore. Embarkation was flawless. I was very surprised not to have to wait in a "holding tub room" and within 10 minutes I was on the ship. Our rooms were not ready yet until 1pm, so I headed up to the buffet on deck 15. I thought the food quality was very good compared to the many other Princess Ships I have booked in the past. See, I know you guys can do it if you have the right management in place. The crew attitude and vibe of the ship is very nice. I decided to dine every night in one of the alternative restaurants. For $29, you can hardly beat the service and cordiality and relationship you build with the folks in the Crown Grille and at Share. If anything, it's just a bit too over the top. No fewer than six people asked me how my black and blue onion soup was. Did notice that some days it was just good and other days amazing. Consistency issue? The meat quality is more variable than I would like, but still pretty good, I'd give it a B+. Booked the Sanctuary the entire time. This was good at times, not so good at others. Basically the staff don't pay much attention to the passengers and it's not clear if you need to wait to be seated on your chair/bed or if you can just walk in. One day I got a glass of lemon water (as opposed to water with a little lemon) and an order for lunch taken, the next day was completely ignored. It was also quite cold up there the first and last days of the cruise - which of course they can't help. There's a policy in place I was previously unaware of as regards your room cabin - they won't clean it unless you are out of the cabin. I tend to work in the cabin in the mornings of bad weather days, and you should be aware of this if you are a business person. It would have been nice to know this when checking in to the room or at least see this policy in the stateroom handbook. The cabin attendant was a bit insistent on this. I went to the Purser's desk and they printed out a copy of this policy for reference as I wanted to hear it directly from the cruise line. I am glad some other cruise lines aren't picky about this - it would be tough if you had a senior or mobility impaired person who couldn't always make it out of the cabin in the morning. What gets refurbished and/or not is a bit mysterious to me. I'm guessing they have priorities. As far as I can tell, the bed was new (one of the new Princess beds). I had a "premium balcony" cabin that had a *huge* balcony. (Every day the steward would stack the deck chair on top of the foot rest. Bit of a mystery, so it won't blow away?) The room contains only the bed, a desk, a chair and a small table. Previous balcony cabins also had a sofa - not sure where that's gotten off to particularly in a "premium cabin." Ship has quite a few rusty spots and - this makes me laugh - the Promenade deck does not go all the way around the ship. I'd really like an enclosed deck for walking around the ship. Seems like it's easy to get lost - the Feng Shui not so good, kind of clunky on this ship. The Internet was hit-or-miss. I signed up for the daily package of unlimited Internet which is a new-ish thing. Sometimes it works great, sometimes not at all. I think it's a bit under-powered for the true Medallion Net experience (which has not been implemented yet) - heads have probably rolled and I am betting they are looking for a solution. Also, don't expect to use Sling TV outside the USA - it's blocked. Was successful streaming some Netflix shows. Tried to order room service on their website - nothing ever was delivered. Someone called to confirm all of my specialty restaurant appointments at 8:00 a.m. That seemed unnecessary and was not pleased about that. Tried to take a hot bath in the middle of the day a couple of times - no hot water. Did come on later. Probably cabin specific. Also my AC was not very good - but a quick call to engineering fixed that. Really these are small points, most of which could be fixed by better hotel and restaurant management. I had a good time on this cruise and would do this itinerary again. When you do California in February - bring your fleeces, it's a bit chilly and/or rainy. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
It was a good itinerary and list of ports for a quick cruise. Weather was great. It was convenient to get to and from the LA cruise port. The ship was well maintained and clean. The embarkation process was as good as it gets; no wait, ... Read More
It was a good itinerary and list of ports for a quick cruise. Weather was great. It was convenient to get to and from the LA cruise port. The ship was well maintained and clean. The embarkation process was as good as it gets; no wait, no lines, and efficient. The meet and greet at the airport was handled well. Disembarkation was equally efficient. The food at the Horizon Court had great variety and quality. The horizon court was very clean. We love the ocean and the fresh air while getting to visit ports we want to visit. However, overall Princess Cruises has continued to decline. We have been on 20 cruises with Princess and have watched service and entertainment continue to decline over the years. Understanding that the cruise line is trying to hold fares down, Princess has clearly lowered their standards for service and entertainment to meet their cost goals. We have seen little declines in each cruise we take. We travel on other cruise lines, and cutting back is not unique to Princess, it is just we have been on Princess ships for more cruises and more often, so it is very noticeable With the invent of drink packages, bar service has declined to the extent you can't get the value out of the packages. You won't find enough waiters to get a drink and get the value out of the package. Plan on trying to find an open bar to do self service waiting. (The bar service in the open decks was practically non-existent.) It is really not worth taking buying a drink package. The entertainment has also declined over the years to a new low. The quality of the entertainment was poor compared to the past and the number of activities and shows on board has been significantly reduced The production shows have moved to bare bones props and themes. production shows are put on on a bare bones budget apparently. The number and variety of bands/musical groups has really been cut back. They have cut back on the number and variety of entertainers apparently to cut cost. The number of shows has been significantly cut back. Even with the reduced activities on board, the cruise staff came late and ended activities early. One activity they didn't bother showing up for and made no announcement that the activity was cancelled. Cruise staff really didn't seem enthusiastic about leading activities. The cruise director was telling old cruising jokes that have been circulated for 15 years; nothing original. The dining room experience has significantly changed. Anytime seating guests are brought in and seated in the middle of traditional seating in the same dining room right between traditional seating guests. It was disruptive to the waiters and to the traditional seating guests that were in the middle of their meal. The quality of the food in the dining room has declined to the point that the Horizon Court has better quality and better variety than the dining room. We have traditionally enjoyed the formality of the dining room and the quality of the service, but the standards have slipped for service and stated dress codes for the dining room are not enforced (any dress is acceptable even on formal night including shorts). The waiters in the dining room are stretched over many tables spreading them really thin. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise was just at the right time, went to a few ports that we have not visited yet and was priced right. This was our first cruise on Princess and we were anxious to see how it compared. First impression was that it was a beautiful ... Read More
This cruise was just at the right time, went to a few ports that we have not visited yet and was priced right. This was our first cruise on Princess and we were anxious to see how it compared. First impression was that it was a beautiful ship, fairly easy to figure out where to go and how to get there and had a good mix of cruisers...young, middle aged and seniors. Our first day we decided to go to the presentation they had for first time Princess Cruisers. We filled out our attendance card and found the Explorer's Lounge where the presentation was to be held. We put our card in the box and found some seats and were impressed with the Cruise Director and her staff. Towards the end of the presentation they had a few drawings for prizes and we won an upgrade to Elite Class for the entire cruise! So we got to dine in the Club Class area, got our laundry done for free, free liquor set up in our room, etc. What a wonderful surprise! And from what we experienced, definitely worth the upgrade ... the food is so good in the dining room - we didn't bother eating anywhere else. All in all it was a great cruise, wonderful service and we would definitely go on Princess again. Read Less
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