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Ruby Princess Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Families
2016 Best for Shore Excursions
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Ruby Princess
4.5 / 5.0
1804 reviews

Pros
Cons
Bottom Line
Great for families and anyone looking for a variety of activities.

About

Passengers
3,080

Crew
1,200

Passenger to Crew
2.57:1

Launched
November 2008

Shore Excursions
408
Sails To
Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Panama Canal & Central America
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Judy Koutsky
Cruise Critic Contributor

Ruby Princess Overview

Ruby Princess has a laid-back, family vibe that despite carrying 3,000 passengers never felt crowded. And while not an overly active ship, people were always engaged -- whether it was kids playing in the kids' club or participating in a scavenger hunt or adults trying their luck at bingo, competing enthusiastically in The Voice of the Ocean or soaking in the hot tubs.

Passengers tended to be friendly, and audience participation in most activities was the norm. Trivia nights were popular, with strangers quickly grouping up to become friends and allies.

The service throughout is noticeably good. Cabin attendants on our sailing went that extra mile bringing playing cards to our kids when they needed something to do; waiters remembered those that were trying to avoid carbs and asked if bread was wanted instead of just bringing it out. Overall, the crew made an effort to offer personalized and intimate service, even while being on a big ship.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Three main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows
  • Most daily activities, unless otherwise noted
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Gratuities, but only when the ship is sailing in Australia or New Zealand and the onboard currency is Australian dollars.

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($16.50 per person, per day for suites; $15.50 per person, per day for those in mini-suites; and $14.50 per person, per day for everyone else)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (18 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond basic coffees, teas (hot and iced), water (not bottled) and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Photos and retail store purchases

Top Ruby Princess Itineraries

Ruby Princess
15 night hawaii cruise

San Francisco, Hilo, Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Ensenada, San Francisco

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Fellow Passengers

Ruby Princess appeals to multigen travelers, with families finding that there are plenty of things for kids, adults and grandparents to do. Couples, too, are common, though we noticed most stayed in the adult-only sections.

The ship's Alaska sailings generally skew older because it's a more expensive itinerary, and while there were a good number of senior citizens, there were also a number of baby boomers and families. In fact, the kids camp was well-attended (about 50 kids in total on our sailing). In addition to the mainly American clientele, there were many Asian passengers, and Chinese tours and translations were offered.


Ruby Princess Dress Code

Daytime: Princess cruises are informal during the day, and most passengers simply dress for the weather.

Evening: Most nights the dress code is informal, but there are two formal nights on most cruises. The dress code was pretty casual on informal nights -- everything from jeans and sweaters to casual dresses. While some passengers really got dolled up on formal night -- tuxes and suits -- a good majority of them just wore nice dresses and pant suits for women and buttoned-up and collared shirts for men.

Not Permitted: The only items of clothing specifically not permitted in restaurants are bathing suits (all venues) and tank tops (main dining rooms and most specialty restaurants).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Princess.


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Ruby Princess Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment4.53.7
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.53.9
Family5.03.8
Enrichment4.03.5
Service5.04.1
Value For Money5.03.8

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Ruby Princess won 5 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation and Best for Families in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Dining

Ruby Princess Member Reviews

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GrandmaBarb1952
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Also, I wanted to try the Ruby as I had not been on her before. Staff were the usual Princess crew - highly motivated, charming and knowledgeable.... Read More
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Ockie
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Our first Princess Cruise and we were aboard the RUBY. The ship itself was a little disappointing compared to others we have been on. The air conditioning control was abysmal.... Read More
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Ronnie12156
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Ruby Princess dancers and entertainers were excellent. Enjoyed shows. Disappointed with lack of organised activities.... Read More
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alaskahappy
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Holland America's Eurodam had a very similar itinerary as our Ruby Princess and almost chose that over the Ruby. The service aboard Ruby was very good. Room steward was excellent.... Read More

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