Ruby Princess – Day 7 – At Sea

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.

Cruising on the Ruby Princess – Day 3

Not only did I not take pictures, I also didn’t keep a journal of my trip like I usually do, so I can’t remember everything I did.  During our first day at sea, I spent some time on deck reading.  I took a nap.  I had some cocktails.  I ate in the buffet.  I explored the ship.  I went to Vine’s Wine Bar before dinner.  The Ruby Princess has a lot of amenities and there is something to do all the time.  If you want to eat you have the choice of the buffet; the International Café which has salads, sandwiches, desserts, cheese trays, and gelato; the pizza and ice cream bar; Trident Grill for very good burgers and hot dogs; and more.  As for cocktails, there are numerous bars including Vines, Crooners Martini Bar, Wheelhouse Bar; Explorers Lounge, Club Fusion and of course Skywalkers nightclub; you can try your luck at Gatsby’s Casino; Movies Under the Stars – they actually show movies and concert footage most of the day so you can enjoy entertainment by the Calypso Pool; music by the Neptune Pool; you might prefer an adults only atmosphere at the Terrace Pool or the Sanctuary; there is entertainment in the Atrium area – jugglers and musical entertainment; maybe get a Spa Treatment – I didn’t, but Pam & Rosanna did and said it was fabulous; a not great mini golf course, but a way to spend some family time; and much more.

This was the first of 2 formal nights during the cruise, so I did dress up and met up with my niece and her family for pictures before dinner.  They actually came out pretty good and we all bought one.  My scanner is not working or I’d post it. 

I decided to go to the show after dinner.  No one else was up for it, but I got there about 20 minutes early.  I always look forward to their big musical productions – I can’t remember the name but it was kind of a Broadway tribute with lots of singing and dancing.  The boat was rocking pretty good again.  The good thing about the rocking was it made me sleepy which was great at night.  The bad thing is it made me sleepy so I was having trouble staying awake anytime I sat still for very long.  I was seriously having trouble staying awake until the show started.  It was a really good show and I’m always amazed that the dancers can manage to dance in heels and do lifts and all on that rocking ship.  Unfortunately, I only made it through about a half hour before I had to head to my room and bed. 

I love sea days because it is so relaxing if that’s what you want, or you can be busy all day if you want.  Personally, I like a good, lazy day at sea.