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Member Name: Sidari
Cruise Date: November 2008
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Number: L106
Booking Method: Internet Agency
Public Rooms 5+
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Under 3 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
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1st TIME CRUISER REVIEW
Having travelled from the UK we arrived in Miami somewhat tired after our long journey, there being 8 Adults and 2 kids of 4 and 18 months we passed through Immigration in about 1 Hour though not everyone was treated the same? We were asked why we were there (a usual question) and which Fire Service I worked in as I was wearing a cap given to me from a friend in Meridian Idaho...my youngest son was asked all sorts of questions even down to how much money he had on him.
We had a Bus all to ourselves on our drive to the Intercontinental West Hotel Miami our driver was a guy called George, we went out to find food and found crossing the main streets a problem due to there being no push button to stop the traffic due to it being missing... the beds and Pillows at the hotel were exactly what others had said about them and we had a great nights sleep.
Kerry and myself were up at around 5-30am on Saturday and went out around 6-30 for a look around, we headed towards the Wal-Mart along I think 87th NW Avenue. We noticed a Fire truck outside the station building up a side road, having just retired from the Fire service we headed over to talk to the guys there.
The Fire fighters had just changed shift at 7am and Xavier (nickname X) showed us around the Truck and station house and gave us Coffee, we met his Co-workers and the officers in charge of the Units. We continued our walk down to Wall-mart (wanted to see what the UK Asda of the USA was like) we met my middle son and his family on their way back to the Hotel; he was surprised that they didn't sell food! We went into the store and had a good old look around and Kerry bought herself a new wristwatch.
At around 12-30pm we headed for FLL and the Ruby Princess taking the main Interstate Highway, due to a Major traffic jam after leaving I think I94 or 5 our driver turned his bus around and took a different route into the port. Having picked up our luggage and booking ourselves in we were in our rooms in around 20 minutes.
We made our way up to our Suite L106 located on Lido deck and right at the Front of the ship, on entering we found a great vase of Flowers and Fruit and a Fabulous room with lots of space and plenty of Wardrobe space as well as a massive Balcony that gave Great views of FLL. The ships in port were Queen Mary2, Independence of the Sea's, Zuiderdam, Carnival Freedom and Enchantment of the Sea's. We stayed on the balcony with the family at sail away time while looking out for "Inletcam.com" which was on our Port side.... we all duly waved to those watching from the Garden.
The Bed was very comfortable all week long as was the cabin and the Chocolate Strawberries each day were wonderful, our cabin Stewardess Eleonora was Brilliant all week long. Room service though did fail to deliver our requested drinks on one night but I guess that happens sometimes and we fell asleep while waiting. There was very little noise noticed from anywhere in this cabin, others in the same Suite on the Emerald and crown had complained of noise from the Gym.
Sunday morning we had breakfast and then went to the M&G in the Horizon court at around 10am.i think all those who said they would go did so, about 17 people took part in the Gift exchange which included some unusual things. We went to the Captains Cocktail drinks around the Atrium in the evening and stood near the lifts and spoke to Lisa (James lays assistant) before James Lay presented the Officers to the crowds of people. We made our way through the passage to the rear of the lifts and found the Captain having his photo taken with 2 guests near the Da vinci dining room, we were just about to have ours taken when around 20 Asian people suddenly mobbed him which he looked non to pleased about but being the Captain put on his best smile. Afterwards we did manage to get our picture taken with him. Pictures were also taken during this First Formal evening.
We ate in as many places as we could so that we got an idea of the different food available though we did miss seeing beans on the Breakfast menu, although we never ate any Burgers during the week and had Pizza only once on One afternoon.
On one morning we ate breakfast in Sabatini`s which was included for Suite passengers starting with Orange/champagne it was a totally different breakfast from anything else we ate during the week, I had the Egg Benedict with sauce and Toast and Yoghurt as well as croissant and jam. I asked for Tea and along came one of the waiters with a box with various tea's inside! I chose the Ginger and Peach as you do to give it a try.... I chose well... it is a very nice tasting soothing drink of Tea. Kerry had the Belgian Waffles with Bacon and Cream and Maple Syrup; she also chose Croissants and Jam.
First stop Jamaica sadly was ruined for us by people constantly offering you this and that and something else and trying to get you to go to this beach here or elsewhere, Kerry and myself ended up in Margaritaville with 2 people from the Ruby and were later joined by 2 others Susan and Jake (think that was his name) not sure where they were from though, Kerry was the worse for wear on the way back to the ship sporting her head dress of balloons!! The rest of the family had gone down to a Beach near to where the Enchantment of the sea's was moored but were not happy with the locals down there who tried to get money from them just for kicking a Ball about so I can understand why Princess has removed Jamaica next year from their Western Caribbean stops.
We watched next morning as we came up towards Grand Cayman into Spotts Bay from the balcony, at 7am the Captain announced that he had been told to "go away" by the port people due to sea conditions in Georgetown and that was why we were facing Spotts Bay. The sea around the ship wasn't too bad but again the Port people told the Captain that it was too risky to tender around the pier area due to the Low weather system making the sea a bit choppy there, the Captain said he didn't think it looked too bad from what he could see. So with that the ship turned away towards Cozumel leaving the Disney Wonder and Enchantment of the sea's behind.
When we arrived in Cozumel we again watched the docking from our Balcony and came in alongside the Carnival Legend, also there was the Independence of the Sea's and Carnival Holiday. Further up the coast in the town area was an Aida ship and Disney Wonder and possibly another Carnival ship. We headed off to Chankanaab Park for the day with the family taking pictures of the Dolphins and Iguanas. We watched the sail away from our balcony and the Bridge deck as we headed off towards Princess Cays. In the evening we ate in the Michelangelo dining room, a Retirement cake brought to the table and the 4 waiters sang happy retirement which was unexpected.
That evening we received a letter from the Captain inviting us to visit the Bridge the following day along with an Invitation to the Captains Circle Cocktail Party on the Thursday evening along with quite a few other people. There were around 24 people taken to visit the Bridge after we had all been scanned and searched, the Captain was waiting to greet us all and he commented on the T shirts we wore... The talk was given by 3rd officer Gianluca after which we were allowed to take pictures and speak to the other 4 people working their 4 hour shift on the Bridge including Second officer Kiera Brown from the UK who was in charge of the ship at that time.
In the evening with our formal night wear on we made our way to Club Fusion for what turned out to be the 3rd Captains circle party that day due to the number of members aboard on this cruise. In his speech he said that we were currently doing 25.2knots due to being in the Gulf Stream and were still using only 5 out of the 6 engines and so could have reached a higher speed with all 6. He also talked about the name for the Ruby and said that other people had mentioned one could be " Tanzanite Princess" but it was too big to fit on the Bow, afterwards we went off to eat in the Da vinci dining room choosing to sit with other people. We were seated at an empty table although no one else came in so we ate alone on a table for 8; we had pictures taken before our meal.
Friday was Princess Cays day and again we watched from the Balcony as we sailed in, we were off and onto the Cay quite quickly despite certain people trying to join the queue by leaving the lifts on Deck 4 rather than going to the Theatre. They were told where to go by people in our waiting queue, The day was very warm and sunny until around 12pm when the clouds began to roll in and by around 2pm there were Rain clouds gathering so we made our way back to the ship. The line though quite long moved along fairly quickly.
For our last evening meal we ate with the rest of the family in the Michelangelo dining room. On two of the nights during the week we ate with other guests and also joined people from the M&G on at least one night Keith, John, Leslie and her mum Melody.
Overall we had a Great 1st ever cruise and enjoyed meeting the various people from our CC Roll call and Captain Tony Yeoman's and his staff. The food we found very good with plenty of choices though we didn't eat evening meals in the Crown Grill or Sabatini`s through choice. The cabin was great despite having read some bad reviews about its location and noise and wind problems. We did manage to sunbathe on the balcony despite the wind and hardly felt any motion from the sea or maybe it was just that we slept well. We never had any problems with any of the staff and they were always polite and said good morning, one of the Bar waiters Alex from India is such a good laugh having nicknamed me Mr Becks after the sponsors on my Jaguar racing T shirt. Every time he saw me he said hello its Mr Becks. The Lotus spa. We had use of the Spa as part of our room package and only managed to use it on 2 occasions but it is worth going in there believe me, the sauna steam room, gentle sauna not much steam with curved mosaic heated seating, 3 different types of showers (tropical rainforest) and the Heated Tiled beds which are also great.
The family had 3 Balcony rooms on Aloha deck, 2 of them with a 3rd bed that comes down from the ceiling and closes back up during the day.
Photo Gallery ...there seems to be a lot of waste here in the way photos are taken every day and night, in these days of saving the environment the amount of paper and ink wasted is on a large scale, one of the guys on our group suggested Princess could maybe put them on a database for people to view in their own cabin on TV and then order using the number codes from the pictures. That way there is no waste and maybe that would lower the cost of the pictures and people would possibly buy more of them!
MUTS... maybe this should be renamed Music under the stars due to the rather large number of concerts shown rather than movies! Though we didn't watch any films that may have been on when we were indoors elsewhere on the ship.
Wheelhouse bar ... we tried this on our first sea day and the Fish and Chips were quite ok.
One thing that did make us curious was why the drink prices varied so much for the same drink in the different bars?
The Ruby is a Fabulous ship although in some places does not look finished on the Exterior, we noticed Rust under the Handrail on and around the outside of the Balcony, the top of the outsides of the Bridge deck partly painted as was the plating on top of the Promenade deck and one of the Glass doors was missing from the Port side Lido deck entrance.
The interior looks Great with All the pictures on the staircases and the furniture and fittings are all very comfortable.