The 3,084-passenger Ruby Princess sailed out of a December 2015 dry dock with many new features, including SHARE from chef Curtis Stone and an expanded Chocolate Journeys program. Even with the update, this ship still has an old-fashioned feel with traditional cruise decor — and attracts cruisers who are looking for a more traditional cruise experience. The classic ship travels the Pacific coast, covering Alaska all the way down to the Mexican Riviera, and also sails out to the Hawaiian islands from Los Angeles.
What We Love
SHARE: Diners can pass around charcuterie, handmade pastas, and twice-cooked duck at this contemporary, 80-seat restaurant — celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s first at sea. If you want to enjoy Stone's dishes, but would rather avoid the $39 cover charge, "Crafted by Curtis" menu items are also available in the main dining rooms.
The Sanctuary: Cruisers looking for an escape can find peace and quiet in this outdoor, spa-inspired locale. Enjoy light meals and beverages, along with excellent service.
Best Known For
Entertainment: You can check out Movies Under the Stars on the expansive deck or head to the Princess Theater for a live show. Don't miss "Magic to Do," the first of four original productions that Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz is creating for Princess Cruises.
The Piazza: At the center of the ship, this elegant atrium serves as the backdrop for some memorable moments, including the Champagne waterfall at the captain's welcome party. You’ll also find a coffee café, a wine bar, and a martini and piano bar.
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Who It's Best For
Classic Cruisers: The ship’s nightclub, Skywalkers, is great for post-dinner drinks and dancing, but those looking for an all-night party won’t find it on Ruby Princess.
Couples: From SHARE to Vines to Crooners piano bar, there are many options for date night. Add a couples massage in the Lotus Spa to really feel like you’re on your honeymoon — even if you’re not.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
So-So Main Dining Rooms: The three main dining rooms are nothing to write home about. Give the Curtis Stone menu items a try or opt for dinner at the Salty Dog Gastropub or at the for-a-fee steakhouse.
Kristen Boatright is the New York City-based senior video editor of ShermansCruise.com.
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Ruby Princess at a Glance
- Line: Princess Cruises
- Class: Grand
- Number of Passengers: 3084
- Ship Size: Mega
- Launch Date: 2008
- Refurbish Date: 2015