Our last day was at sea. I really do enjoy sea days and like to have the last day on the ship be at sea so that I can just relax. I started out this day by going to a Culinary presentation in the main theater and then a galley tour. It was really interesting. Of course, I didn’t take notes, but besides demonstrating how to make a simple pasta dish and a Caesar salad with dressing, they also told us how many eggs, bread rolls and some other staggering statistics from the kitchen. The galley we toured serves both of the main dining rooms.
After this I headed out to the pool with my niece, her son and boyfriend. We had some cocktails and got some sun. They had a lot of fun stuff going on right next to us including a cocktail making competition and ice sculpting demonstration. I won a free cocktail – yay!! At some point we went up and played miniature golf – it’s a pretty lame course, but a way to kill some time. We also found the “video arcade” with 4 ancient games in it that evidently eat your money.
This day was pretty much like our other at sea day. I’m going to finish this post with my overall review of the Ruby Princess.
I hadn’t cruised in about 4 years and this was my first time with Princess, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. Since I’ve come back I’ve done some research and it seems that I am not alone – the overall cruise experience on the “mass market” cruise lines seems to have gone down in the last few years. The Ruby Princess is a beautiful ship with a lot of great things. I loved the International Café; Vines Wine Bar could have been more enclosed to make it feel more special, but the service was good; the Crown Grill was incredible; Princess Cayes was a nice alternative to having a 3rd sea day; the entertainment was good; the internet café had plenty of computer and the speed was much better than in the past; the Trident Grill made good burgers; the adults only Terrace Pool was a plus as well. On the down side, I found the food in the main dining room to be uninspired – the preparation was good, but the choices were not very interesting; the overall service on the ship was lacking – although my room steward, Henry, was very friendly and did a good job; the Casino had a sign up one morning that it would be smoke free that evening, but when I went in people were smoking; I didn’t like the big screen over the Calypso Pool with movies & concerts playing all day – it was too noisy for me and this was where the comfy lounge chairs were – although I thought Movies Under the Stars at night was a great idea.
I just did not feel the WOW factor that I’ve had in my previous 5 cruises. I will definitely not set my expectations so high the next time I go cruising.
That’s it for the cruise. We were back inFort Lauderdalethe next day. We stayed over one night at theCrownePlazanear the port/airport. It was really nice and comfortable and in a very convenient location. I would recommend this hotel. We rented a car and drove down to Miami to check out South Beach. Had a little lunch and walked on the beach. It was very windy and a little overcast, but still warm. This was a nice relaxing end to our week.