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Ruby Princess delivers comfort, value and warmth without slowing the gears on class and luxury. Ruby is one of the best ships for large families and travelling groups. While it is a large resort ship with more than 1,500 cabins making it inevitably busy, a sophisticated lay-out and planned flow minimise congestion and keep the atmosphere breathy and easy. There is plenty of fun and adventure to be had on board.

Accommodation

Ruby’s 1,500 cabins have been improved with a 2015 refurbishment, which included the addition of over 100 interconnecting rooms, offering better accommodation for groups and families. The simple cream and coral mix colours of the rooms give a youthful glow to this beautiful ship. Rooms come with well-equipped bathrooms, a vanity/working space, mini-bar, twin-to-queen beds with Egyptian cotton linens, nightstands and lamps, a safe, phone, and satellite TV. The storage space available in closet and drawers is generous. Cabin come in seven categories: interior, ocean-view (obstructed), ocean-view (full), balcony, minisuite, family suite and suite. Groups may opt for cabins with upper berths.

Food

Ruby sports a longer list of free dining options than for-fee restaurants, which many cruisers prefer. The three main dining halls, Michelangelo, Boticelli and the Da Vinci Dining Halls, are reminiscent of a simple yet dashing dining room with muted colour schemes and floral patterns accented by splendid lights. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone serves customers with special pre-ordered treats on top of regular meals. Other options are the Horizon Court’s buffet and the International Café’s 24-hour offers. There are also a decent number of bistros and restaurants. For special dates, the Ultimate Balcony Dining at breakfast or dinner is a must-try for a fee.

Activities

The Lotus Spa has an Oriental atmosphere and houses the adults-only Sanctuary. The spa comes with a wide variety of treatments for women and men from facials and massages to manicures, salon options and waxing treatments. The locker rooms come with complimentary sauna and steam rooms, though special treats come with the thermal suite instead. The fitness centre features beautiful panoramic views with extensive selections of equipment and wellness activities. Tracks and courts are available on deck 19 for workout routines and games.

Families

Deck 17 is a haven for kids. The Princess Pelican, a closed-off, kids-only area, houses two children’s play pools, one teen pool, and a youth centre for kids aged three to 17 years. Chaperoned younger children may join in as well. Activities and events are specially designed to keep the youngsters entertained for hours on end.

Verdict

Ruby doesn’t just take you on a vacation, but a rest in a home away from home.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives.”

– Cruise Critic 

“This large, family-friendly resort ship has pleasant decor,”

– Berlitz

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