Ruby Princess

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Ruby Princess

About Ruby Princess

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 the Ruby Princess cruise ship 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.

The Ruby Princess Deck Plan Is Easy to Navigate

Ruby Princess deck plans are similar to those of other Crown-class ships. Most cabins are grouped together on cabin-only decks (Decks 5 and 15 are the only exceptions), while restaurants, pools and entertainment venues are spread over the rest.

Decks 5 (Plaza) and 15 (Lido) are the heart of the action on the Ruby Princess cruise. Deck 5 is where you’ll find the lively Piazza, an atrium surrounded by bars and restaurants and home to many of the daytime and nighttime group activities. The pool deck features two family pools, lots of loungers, a few dining and drinking options – including the Ruby Princess buffet – and a friendly atmosphere. Despite the ample sundeck around it, the area can get busy, especially on sea days, but there is a quieter, more secluded pool down a short flight of stairs, on Deck 14 aft.

Although you’ll be sharing space with thousands of other passengers (Ruby Princess has a maximum capacity of 3,080 guests), the ship doesn’t feel crowded. There are lots of sundecks to lounge at on this 951-foot, MedallionClass vessel, and the Piazza, spanning three decks and the width of the ship, make it easy for passengers who can take the stairs to get from one place to the other. Elevators, though – including the glass-enclosed Panoramic Lifts – are fairly fast and efficient, too.

The Ruby Princess Ship Is Great for Cold and Warm-Weather Itineraries

With four outdoor pools, ample deck space, and hundreds of balconies, this ship is a great pick for visiting sunny destinations such as Central America, Hawaii, California and the Caribbean. Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess main ports in the U.S. are San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Galveston, which allow for easy access to warm-weather regions that will help you make the most of the ship’s outdoor features. However, there’s also a lot going on indoors on cold days, including dozens of daily activities, movies, live music, and great shows, so those looking to try the Ruby Princess Alaska itinerary shouldn’t worry about feeling bored.

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Cabins

Ruby Princess has 33 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

6 Inside types to choose from

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Outside Cabins

8 Outside types to choose from

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Balcony Cabins

9 Balcony types to choose from

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Suite Cabins

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Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Theater and Shows on Ruby Princess

The main theater onboard Ruby Princess is where you'll find several big-stage musicals. The costumes and story lines during each is creative, and the singing and dancing always got the crowd into the spirit. One thing we noticed was that young kids were noticeably absent, but the older crowd especially enjoyed the shows.

In addition to the nightly performances, the theater is the setting for daily nature lectures when Ruby Princess is in Alaska.

Daily Things to Do on Ruby Princess

During the day you'll find plenty of daily entertainment including trivia, lectures and live music. On warm weather sailings, you'll find many people by the pools and pool games are a popular attraction.

During the day, you'll also find concerts and sports games broadcast on the giant Movies Under the Stars screen on Deck 16.

For a full list of daily activities, check the Princess Patter or the Medallion app.

Nightlife on Ruby Princess

There's lots to do at night on Ruby Princess, including energetic karaoke, dancing, live music, comedy and the once-per-cruise balloon drop (a Princess tradition that is held on the second formal night). Live music is available in several spots; from solo singers to trio instrumental performers, there was no shortage of tunes to be heard.

The bars throughout the ship were busy but not packed (meaning you could always find a stool or seat and make yourself comfortable), and many people were up past midnight. The Skywalkers Nightclub drew a crowd of dancers each night.

Every night also features films as part of the line's Movies Under the Stars offering. Feature films are either family-friendly or geared toward an older audience. At all showings, popcorn is offered, as are fleece blankets (especially useful during cold and rainy Alaska sailings).

Another popular activity is “The Voice of the Ocean”, which was inspired by the popular TV show and includes blind auditions, mentor sessions and coaches all playing a part to finding the winner. Audience participation was very active, and on our sailing, it was especially popular with the 30- and 40-something crowd.

The casino on Deck 6 was well-attended during our sailing. Adults could take part in gaming lessons, playing slot machines and more. The most popular games seemed to be blackjack and Texas Hold'em.

Ruby Princess Bars and Lounges

Vines (Deck 5): Located in the Atrium, this wine bar has a nice selection of both sparkling wines and regional vintages. Complimentary tapas are served with each alcoholic drink.

Speakeasy Cigar Lounge (Deck 6): This cozy spot is the place to be for those who enjoy cigars; it's the only place onboard where you can smoke them.

Explorers Lounge (Deck 7): Live music and nightclub-esque decor makes this place a happening spot at night, and it seemed to attract the most gregarious cruisers onboard. It wasn't uncommon for people to quickly make friends and start hanging out together here most nights.

Club Fusion (Deck 7): Club Fusion is the scene of karaoke contests, live music and theme parties -- like a disco night or 80s night.

Wheelhouse Bar (Deck 7): This laid-back space is a good place to meet up for a drink or play some cards or board games. Some nights they also had live music, and on those nights, it was more lively.

Crooners Bar (Deck 7): This small bar is for the old-school crowd interested in Sinatra tunes and a classic drink menu like signature martinis.

Adagio Bar (Deck 16): Featuring live music and Italian cocktails, this is a good spot for pre- and post-dinner drinks. And due to its location -- up so high on Deck 16 -- it has a great view.

Skywalkers Nightclub (Deck 18): During the day, Skywalkers is a great place for chilling out while checking out the panoramic views. At night, it's where you'll find DJ-ed music and a dance floor. It draws a good crowd but never felt crowded. On Alaska cruises, this is also where the onboard National Park ranger gives lectures during Glacier Bay sailings.

Dining

Foodies will appreciate the many choices -- both free and fee-based -- aboard this ship; there are many options available throughout the day (and night). The food was good and the options diverse at all of Ruby Princess’ restaurants, and if you don't like a meal you've received, they will promptly replace it with something else you'd prefer.

We did appreciate that, overall, the food in the Ruby Princess dining rooms, buffets and the specialty restaurants seemed equal in taste and presentation. You don't have to pay more for good food on Ruby.

Cruisers with special dietary needs (gluten-free, low-sodium, vegetarian) can be accommodated but should alert the cruise line ahead of sailing or the main dining room maitre d' immediately upon getting on the ship.

For Ruby Princess' Alaska sailings, passengers can plump for the Wild for Alaska Seafood menu, which makes it possible for guests to order Alaska seafood dishes every night in the main dining rooms. Fish served include multiple varieties of Alaska salmon -- King (Chinook), Sockeye and Coho -- wild Alaska cod caught by hook and line, halibut, rockfish, Dungeness crabs, wild spot prawns and razor clams. Complementing the food offering are a series of Alaska drinks, too, including spiked coffee and hot-chocolate offerings; Alaska beer tastings; cocktail flights made from Alaska-distilled spirits.

Free Dining on Ruby Princess

Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci Dining Rooms (Decks 5 and 6)
Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
There are three dining rooms open for both traditional dinner seatings and the line's more flexible Anytime Dining, where passengers can sit with just their immediate group or ask to be seated with other cruise passengers. Michelangelo and Botticelli are used for traditional dining and Da Vinci is for Anytime Dining.

Breakfast is usually offered in just one of the main dining rooms (which one may vary by sailing), while lunch is only available on sea days and on select port days.

Breakfast includes the usual morning options, such as French toast, omelets and pastries. Lunch and dinners include salads, soups, meat and fish. Service for breakfast and lunch is a little longer than dinner, especially if you're signed up for early dinner where the servers need to get everyone served and out of the dining room in time for the later seating.

International Cafe (Deck 5)
Meals: Open 24/7
One of the biggest draws of this cafe is that it's open 24 hours and is a popular place for a late-night snack or a grab-and-go breakfast before an early-morning excursion. You'll find both free and extra-fee items, though most of the food and pastries are complimentary.

Horizon Court (Deck 15)
Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
Horizon Court is a casual buffet restaurant on Ruby Princess and is a big draw for many passengers who enjoy the fresh meals (food is constantly being replenished) and prefer the serve-yourself atmosphere to the more formal sit-down options in the main dining rooms.

At lunch and dinner, there is always a nice combination of healthy options (salads, fruits and vegetables), American cuisine (chicken and beef) and different international dishes (Indian, Italian) each day.

The Salty Dog Grill (Deck 15)
Meals: L, snacks
The poolside grill serves made-to-order items such as burgers, tacos, sandwiches, hot dogs, and loaded fries. There are a couple of vegetarian options as well, including a veggie burger and a sweet potato-green chili tacos.

Slice Pizzeria (Deck 15)
Meals: L, D
Perhaps the most consistently popular place on the ship, Slice Pizzeria offers freshly made pizza, usually with different toppings each day. Plus, you can get an order of avocado toast. We loved how creative the cooks were here; on our Alaska sailing, they served a "glacier pizza," which consisted of various cheese toppings.

Coffee & Cones (Deck 15)
Meals: Snacks
This is another popular spot onboard, especially with kids who lined up every day for the complimentary ice cream cones -- chocolate, vanilla or swirl -- with sprinkle toppings. Additional items, such as specialty coffees and desserts, are available for a fee.

Room Service
Meals: Available 24/7
Room service is available all day, with breakfast items more limited and ordered via a paper menu you hang on the outside of your cabin door. Always available items (such as sandwiches) are available most of the day. Most items were complimentary, but some carried a charge.

Fee Dining on Ruby Princess

Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria (Deck 16); prix fixe
Meals: D

This restaurant is a good spot for couples looking for a romantic evening out or groups looking to share a big meal together. The space is elegant but subdued, with lots of wood finishes and private nooks for more intimate gatherings. Dinners starts with the house appetizer, which includes olives, prosciutto and bread, and continues with a full four-course menu that includes antipasti, a starter, a main, and dessert. Portions are big and food tasty.

Crown Grill (Deck 7); prix fixe
Meals: D

The most popular extra-fee dining venue onboard, Crown Grill is a French-style steakhouse that works well for both a romantic dinner or a festive group outing. The service is top-notch and the food excellent with a variety of cuts along with seafood options. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Salty Dog Gastropub (Deck 7); prix fixe
Meals: D

This pub-style venue, located inside the Wheelhouse lounge, was developed with chef Ernesto Uchimura, creator of the original Umami Burger. In addition to the various burgers on the menu, the alcohol selection (which costs extra) includes a diverse variety of beer, whiskey and cocktail selections. The live music gives this a fun, festive vibe.

Chef’s Table; prix fixe
Meals: D
This is the most exclusive dining option on Ruby Princess. It offers a multicourse experience with wine pairing, which takes diners to a beautifully appointed table for the lavish meal with just a handful of other passengers. The meal changes each time, and special diets will not be accommodated; diners should be up for just about anything.

Vines Wine Bar; a la carte
Meals: L, D
Located in the Piazza, the ship's wine bar offers tapas-style snacks when you buy a glass of wine. Food cannot be purchased separately from the wine, nor can you get food if you want something nonalcoholic.

Ultimate Balcony Dining; prix fixe
Meals: B
To take advantage of this private experience, you need to have booked a cabin with a balcony. Ultimate Balcony Dining is a romantic breakfast for two, outdoors, complete with table set with white linen and festooned with flowers. The menu includes fresh pastries, Champagne and smoked salmon, among other options.