Family Cruise Vacation 

On February 12, 2012, I sailed with my family (all adults) on the Ruby Princess to the Eastern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale. The itinerary included stops at:

  • Princess Cays (Princess Cruise Line’s private island)
  • St Thomas
  • St Maarten 
  • Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos

The weather was good that week and we all enjoyed the stops. We took excursions from the ship or just walked around the towns and shopping – what I chose to do.

The Ruby Princess is the newest ship of the Princess Line and I highly recommend sailing on it. The ship is beautiful and public areas are spacious with lots of seating available. There were plenty of lounges with tables and chairs available on the pool deck along with a giant movie screen which showed concerts and movies during the day and “under the stars”. On this deck was also a “Grill” for lunch as well as a pizza and ice cream area. The pizza was fabulous and available well into the afternoon.

We chose a late seating for dinner. The food was very good and our waiter and junior waiter were very attentive to our needs and requests. There was always a great variety of dinner options for all courses as well as the list of selections that were available every night.

One thing I noticed in particular about this ship was the fact that regardless of whether or not we were in port, there were a lot of onboard activities going on. I have found that this is not always the case on all cruise ships. I was amazed at the variety of things one could do during the day – exercise (even Zumba classes), culinary events, bingo, trivia, port lectures, movies, art auctions, contests, religious services, craft activities – it was not only the type of activities available but the fact that every day’s schedule was truly filled with them.

The general service onboard was terrific. We had a fabulous cabin steward. Perhaps my one complaint about the cabin (balcony) was that the shower was pretty small. Some day the cruise lines will figure this out.

All in all it was a great vacation and of course the best part was that I was with my family, visiting beautiful islands all week.