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Ruby Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

What do you get if you take the Grand Princess and add another deck? Why, the Ruby Princess, of course. The Ruby Princess and her siblings feature everything that makes a Princess ship special. And while not the largest ships in the Princess fleet (that distinction belongs to the Regal and Royal Princess), the Ruby Princess and her sisters are the most popular.

When the 113,000-gross-ton Ruby Princess came along, it again ushered in new features making their debut on a Princess Cruises ship, thus representing the ongoing evolution of the “Love Boat” experience. Perhaps most appetizing was a new British pub lunch—yet another nod to the line’s British heritage. Add to that all the latest product enhancements that have come to define Princess Cruises—a piazza-style atrium, Caribbean café, international café, wine-and-seafood bar, plus a giant poolside LED screen for “Movies Under the Stars”—and you have 113,000 gross tons of world-class seagoing resort.

High above the bridge, the Caribbean Princess has a forward-looking ocean-view spa and fitness center, with a lap pool. Further aft, the ship offers two outdoor pool areas: One amidships with two separate pools, the other a more secluded spot overlooking the stern.

Dining aboard Ruby Princess
The Ruby Princess has three main dining rooms that come in handy for the line’s Personal Choice Dining Program, which allows passengers to choose from Traditional Dining with early and late seatings for dinner or Anytime Dining. The ship’s 24-hour casual restaurant, the Horizon Court, offers a buffet alternative for breakfast and lunch; at night it becomes a sit-down bistro. Tuscan-inspired Sabatini’s is the ship’s venue for upscale Italian fare, and has established itself over the years as one of cruising’s more popular alternative restaurant concepts.

Ruby Princess Cabins
The designers of the Ruby Princess wanted private verandahs to be available to virtually everyone, and this ship has nearly 900 cabins with balconies, ranging from standard outside cabins to mini-suites and full suites. The mini-suites are among the largest of its kind, featuring a full sitting area with a large sofa, a comfortable chair, and a second TV. Mini-suites also have large balconies that extend further out than other balconies. The design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but it also does not offer much in the way of privacy.

In keeping with the “Big Ship Choice, Small Ship Feel” mantra of Princess Cruises’ ships, there are a number of nooks and crannies for a little peace and quite, including a small library, writing room, and a card room. Kids, on the other hand, will find plenty of spaces just for them.

Crown Class Princess Ship at sea Ship Information
Ruby Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Crown Class of cruise ships. The ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Lotus Spa, Movies Under the Stars®, nearly 900 balcony cabins and an entire deck of Mini Suites, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2008 ♦ Ship's Class: Crown Class ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 113,000 ♦ Length 951 ft - 289 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,080 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,763 ♦ Passenger Decks 15 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,200 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 1,532 ♦ Suites with Balcony 206 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 674 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 218 ♦ Inside 434 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 31 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Crown Grill Steakhouse, Cafe Caribe ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Putting Course

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center