Ruby Princess Review and Specifications
Specifications of Ruby Princess
|Builder||FINCANTIERI TRIESTE ITALY|
|Year of built||2008|
|Gross Tonnage||113561 gt|
|Passengers||3060 - 3672|
|Decks with cabins||8|
Review of Ruby Princess
Launched in 2008, Ruby Princess is the 9th and last Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with Caribbean, Diamond, Golden, Grand, Crown, Emerald, Star and Sapphire. The ship cost US $500 million to build and was last refurbished in December 2015.
History - construction & ownership
Princess Cruises is a cruise line headquartered in Santa Clarita CA in the U.S. and incorporated in Bermuda. The company, which was previously a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, is now one of the ten cruise ship brands owned by the largest cruise ship operator in the world Carnival Corporation & plc. Princess accounts for around 19% share of its revenue and is part of Holland America Group, controlling the three Carnival brands based on the U.S. West Coast. The line's ships sail worldwide and are marketed to American and international travelers. Princess Cruises company was made famous by the TV series "The Love Boat", in which Pacific Princess was featured. The brand new Royal Princess became line's flagship in May 2013, and a year later was joined by a new sister-ship, Regal Princess.
The 113,561-ton, 3,080-passenger cruise ship Ruby Princess follows the highly evolutionary Crown Princess and Emerald Princess cruise ships. The vessels are virtually the same in layout and design, so if travelers have sailed on Crown, they will not have any trouble finding their way around Emerald or Ruby. But for those who have not traveled on Princess' Grand-class vessels, or for cruisers for whom a Ruby Princess sailing is their first cruise with the line, the ship is going to surprise, and in most cases, delight them with far higher levels of kitchen, service and facilities than passengers would expect on a stylish, mega-vessel catering to over 3,000 guests.
For the most part, Ruby Princess isn't an innovator. The cruise liner has all the most popular Princess facilities - like the 3-deck Piazza with its on-site bakery and whimsical amusement - of its nearly identic siblings, as well as many of those found on older vessels, including the Sanctuary sun deck for adults and specialty eateries Sabatini's and Crown Grill. But although there are not too many surprises on this newest Grand-class vessel, there are some gentle improvements and enhancements. On Ruby cruise ship, Princess has expanded the appeal of the Wheelhouse Bar, its pub-like facility, to include casual, English-inspired lunches. Suite guests now have the option to enjoy intimate breakfasts in Sabatini's, and the new Ultimate Ship Tour affords guests the possibilities to explore spaces of the cruise which are normally never seen, such as the engine control room, the funnel, the photo lab and the bridge. Expanded ScholarShip@Sea projects like Mixology@Sea that allows travelers to experiment with their bartending skills, and Navigation@Sea, where the ins and outs of navigating a cruise vessel are taught, enrich the experience on the board of Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Cruise itinerary program
Most Ruby Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (680). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1542 staterooms in 33 categories. 31 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Ruby Princess are the Balcony Suites (400 ft2).
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Ruby Princess features three dining rooms, all offering tasteful, Caribbean-themed menu. Botticelli is for fixed-seating dining, while Michaelangelo and Da Vinci are for passengers who have chosen "Anytime Dining". Reservations are available, but are not required. Da Vinci also welcomes guests for waiter-service breakfast and lunch. Rotating menu options include soups, appetizers, mains and desserts. There are also signature pastas and choices like Caesar salad and salmon. The healthy Lotus Spa selections are low in sodium and fat. Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court look identical and are open all day long. The Horizon section serves as lido buffet restaurant and features breakfast buffets. Lunch choices may include unusual dishes like peanut butter sandwiches and fried banana. There is also the Italian-styled piazza, around which are located the International Cafe (with its wonderful coffees and scrumptious pastries, quiche and chocolate fondue); across the way is Vines, ship's wine and sushi bar (it's got the only really good wine list onboard Ruby).
In January 2016 Celebrity chef Curtis Stone teamed up with Princess Cruises for his first-at-sea specialty restaurant serving high-quality, inventive food. During Ruby Princess' dry dock, Share replaced the signature Italian Sabatini's, and introduced new bedding, dining options, entertainment and more. Share is only open for dinner and applies a $39 cover charge. Its menu features five areas from which to select multiple dishes and a charcuterie platter. It's hard to order only one of each, as there are enticing recipes like twice-cooked duck with fennel, parmesan crumb and bacon jus; or shrimp salad with turnip, citrus salt, brioche and lemon gel.
Share is only found on board Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess, for now. "Crafted by Curtis" dishes are on the MDR menus fleetwide. If you wonder why to pay extra at Share, here are the cool things about the brand new Curtis Stone restaurant which make it worth the splurge. Food like this cannot be found anywhere else on the ship. Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess are simple when it comes to dining venues. Before Share, both ships had three main dining rooms, a steakhouse and a buffet, all of which average in terms of overall experience and quality. From its celebrity chef to its natural ingredients and perfectly sized portions, you won't find food like Share's anywhere else on the ship.
Perfect for couples and large groups. The space is open, airy and large, with long tables and more intimate seating arrangements. Large groups have enough room to engage and share dishes. Couples can enjoy more peace and quiet. The ambiance is upscale, yet not stuffy. Share's family-style dining and chic decor allow guests to dress their best and still feel relaxed. Passengers will feel more like they're in someone's home, talking and passing plates across the table.
Service at Share is second to none. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu and all ingredients handpicked by the celebrity chef's team. According to Stone: "The enthusiasm in that kitchen right now is actually unparalleled to anything I've ever done; they're so energetic and so up for it."
Guests will have room for dessert. Appetizers, entrees and dessert options, complementing a cheese plate, are conservative in size. Passengers will not only expand their palate by picking at multiple dishes, but will also be able to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Follows the complete list of Ruby Princess restaurants and food bars.
- Michaelangelo Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
- Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
- Da Vinci Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
- Botticelli Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.)
- Share (ex-Sabatini’s Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
- Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self service, complimentary fast food bar)
- Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
- Cafe Caribe (aft self service buffet restaurant)
- Pizza & Ice Cream Bar (complimentary).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
The Princess Ruby Theater is the main venue on Ruby Princess for comedy acts and production shows with a variety of music and selections appealing to a broad mix of ages. Each of the ship's venues has a different offering. Crooners features music trivia contests and a pianist. Explorer's Lounge hosts events for everything from Wii sports tournaments to art auctions, plus comedy shows and magicians. The Piazza offers various demonstrations, circus-lite acts and musical performances throughout the day. Club Fusion is part game show, part nightclub venue. Skywalker Nightclub, Princess' trademark, hosts 70's-, 80's- and 90's-inspired nights and a few nights with a variety of modern music. For low-key dancing, head to the Wheelhouse Bar, which hosts combos playing standards and soft rock.
Follows the complete list of Ruby Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
- Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
- International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie); Escapes Travel Cafe (computer room)
- Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
- Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
- Princess Ruby Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
- Speakeasy Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
- Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
- Gatsby’s Casino
- Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars); Adagio Lounge & Bar
- Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
- Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
- Club Fusion Lounge (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
- Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
- Ruby’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
- Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
- Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
- The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area)
- Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
- Jogging Track; Center Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard; Princess Links mini golf course
- Skywalkers Disco & Nightclub.
Other Princess Cruises cruise ships
Ruby Princess Itineraries 2016
The below listed Ruby Princess cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
Ruby Princess Itineraries 2017
The below listed Ruby Princess cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|07 Jan||Departing from Los Angeles, USA, California|
|08 Jan 07:00 - 16:00||San Diego, USA, California|
|10 Jan 09:00 - 17:00||Cabo San Lucas, Mexico|
|11 Jan 07:00 - 18:00||Loreto, Mexico|
|12 Jan 07:00 - 17:00||La Paz, Mexico|
|14 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|17 Jan||Arriving in Los Angeles, USA, California|