Best time to use the self laundries on the Ruby Princess
We will be sailing on the Ruby Princess from Venice Italy back to Ft. Lauderdale. We know there are self laundry rooms on each deck but wondering when the best time to use them. How big are they and how crowded are they. Since this cruise is 16 days will need to do laundry sometime on the cruise. Thanks in advance for any infomation you can supply.
We haven't been on the Ruby (yet!), but I'd think that dinner time or "in port time" would be the best time to do laundry. Sea day's are very busy!
We've done our laundry on several Princess ship's. There are usually at least two washer's and two dryers in each laundromat (sometime's 3).
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During the days at sea I would get up early for the door to open..there were chairs in the room and often I would sit there with a book. MOST fellow washers were quite friendly.. I loved watching the men doing the washing and ironing...while mine slept. Be sure to have a roll of quarters with you
Keep in mind, the laundry rooms do close at night and re-open in the morning. I know I went once first thing in the AM and they were not open yet. Went back a little later and had to wait...I think Mike's advise on a port day is right on....
glad to be of help, just another bit of FYI, don't try to even attempt to iron anything before dinner, lots of passengers must wait until its time to get dressed for dinner before checking their clothing for wrinkles and then its a mad dash for the iron lol
I found that the cost for laundry is different on every ship, nevertheless soap and bleach from vending machine is $1.00 each.
Between buying soap, bleach wash and dry, you will spend around $5 and $6 per load.
Early morning and any time after 7 PM, excluding the last day of the cruise.
Concerning using the irons, avoid using from 5 PM and 7 PM, everybody has the same idea.
I have purchased laundry supplies in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Seattle, San Pedro and a few other ports.
I don't advise traveling via air lines with laundry supplies inside your luggage, very bad idea.
Suggestion, purchase your laundry supplies from a dollar store after arriving at your departure Port, if you State side.
1) Powder soap, 2) Powder Bleach, 3) Softener liquid or Sheets, 4) Spotting and stain removers for your entire cruise under $6 for everything.
Granite, not the same as TIDE, but the price is right.
Any left over supplies is a nice bonus for your cabin stuart.