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  1. Does anyone know if the Coffee and Cones on the Ruby Princess make vanilla shakes? My husband loves to get on or two shakes at Johnny Rockets on RCCL ships, and we're wondering if we can get one on the Ruby. Thanks!
  2. Does anyone have an idea of where the Ruby might go when it returns to San Francisco on 9/18/2021 after it's last Alaska cruise of that season? I've searched around but can't seem to find anything. We were thinking about booking the 9/8/2021 Alaska and thought about a back to back to wherever it goes next. Thanks.
  3. “Ruby Princess passengers have been issued with another health warning after a crew member was diagnosed with tuberculosis. NSW Health sent out an alert to all Ruby Princess passengers who were on board the cruise ship between March 8 - 19. The crew member was diagnosed with tuberculosis weeks after passengers were on the cruise. The member of staff is currently being treated in Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8371667/Ruby-Princess-crew-member-diagnosed-tuberculosis-coronavirus-infections.html
  4. This was a last-minute trip with myself and my two young adult daughters. We booked it only two weeks prior as we got a great price that we could not pass up. This was our fourth trip to Alaska therefore we did a lot of DIY excursions on our own. We have previously been Anan Creek for bears, seen whales bubble feeding in Juneau and taken the train in Skagway. 5/25 Seattle 5/26 Day at Sea 5/27 Juneau 5/28 Skagway 5/29 Glacier Bay 5/30 Ketchikan 5/31 Victoria 6/1 Seattle We flew out of Los Angeles on Saturday morning landing in Seattle in about 10:30 and able to get to the port by 11:00. Boarding was very smooth and we were on board within a half an hour. It started raining as soon as we boarded the ship and fortunately for us it was the only rain that we experienced our entire trip. By the time we reached Port Angeles the rain had stopped and got a glimpse of the mountains of Olympic National Park. Our first night was spent attending Stephen Schwartz’s Magic to Do show exclusively produced for Princess Cruise. Both of my daughters are very musical and love Stephen Schwartz's music the show to be disjointed and would have been much better have they just done seems from each of his musicals. The next day was a sea day so we slept in and enjoyed a buffet breakfast. In the morning they had a lecture on 30,000 years of art history in 45 minutes which was quite interesting. Following that we went to Princess’ pub lunch which we enjoyed. Bangers and Mash Fish and Chips Bread and Butter Pudding Later that afternoon we went to our first trivia contest. It turned out that the three of us were actually pretty good at trivia. We wound up attending most afternoon trivia and won a total of four times. We got to be known as “that family”. That night was formality and enjoy the very nice meal. After that we attended the evening show with impersonations and comedy of Michael Wilson. He was one of the highlights of the cruise. The next morning we woke to the beauty of the Alaska archipelago during our approach to Juneau. We arrived in Juneau around 10:30 in the morning and luckily we were the first ship in port that day. Since it was memorial day and there are four ship scheduled to arrive in Juneau that day we got off the ship rather quickly and took a taxi out to Mendenhall glacier to beat the crowds. It was a beautiful day with the temperatures in the mid-60’s. We had only taken one prior trip out to mendenhall in our previous trips to Alaska. I had always wanted to take the hike out to Nugget falls but never had time to do that. The trail from the visitors center is 2 miles round trip. It is a well maintained path that is fairly level and can be done in around an hour. The scenery along the way is quite spectacular. As the sound of the falls gets louder you are treated to the true magnificence of this glacial waterfall. One of the best features of this waterfall is that you can walk right up next to the falls to get the full experience. From the extended shoreline you have a great vantage of Mendenhall Glacier. We returned to the ship for an afternoon of shipboard activities. Sailaway was around 10:30pm and as you can see the sun had just set. We awoke the next morning in Skagway. It was again in the low to mid-60’s but the wind was blowing 15-20mph so it felt colder. Before the cruise I had signed up for a free NPS Klondike gold rush walking tour. I was about 45 mins and very informative. After this I had researched a short walk from the cruise ship to Yakutania Point. The trail started just at the end of the airport maybe 15 minute walk from where our ship was docked. It started with crossing a bridge across the Skagway river. Trail was mostly level with some spots where you had to climb over some rocks. Once you arrive at the point you would never know that you were a mere half a mile from the cruise ships. Once back on the ship we headed to the Piazza where they brought out a bunch of 5 week old sled dog puppies. The next day was by far our best day as we were to be visiting Glacier Bay. We got up early and bundled up and headed to the Promenade deck. I prefer to be closer to the water to experience the glaciers instead of being up high. The mountains were still full of snow as we entered the bay unlike when we had visited in late July. Then we arrived at the main event, Margerie Glacier. On our previous trips to Alaska we had heard glaciers calf and saw a small splash in the distance but we never experienced what we saw today. We then sailed back out to enter Johns Hopkins channel where we could glimpse this glacier. And then on to Lamplugh Glacier nicknamed the blue glacier. And the mountains above. The next morning we arrived in Ketchikan and had the best weather of our trip. Temperatures were in the low 70’s and shorts and sunblock were the attire for the day. Again there were four ships in port this day and the crowds on Creek St were enormous so we took off on foot up Married Man’s Trail to escape the crowds. We then meandered along Ketchikan Creek to the Deer Mountain Hatchery and Totem Heritage Center which were both closed since it was early. Since we were leaving at 1:30pm we headed back to the ship for lunch and sail away. We had almost 24 hours until we made our mandatory stop in Victoria BC. We decided to take the short 20 minute walk into town and were rewarded by sunset over the Olympic peninsula. Victoria was beautiful at sundown including the Parliament building and Empress Hotel. It was back to the ship and packing up for our departure in Seattle in the morning. We used the Seattle Port Valet service which was great. Put our bags outside our final night and did not see them until arriving in LA. Disembarkation was a breeze the next morning. We caught a cab to Pikes Place for a few hours and then caught the train to the airport. Thoughts about the ship. I was somewhat skeptical about Princess’ Medallion Internet service especially traveling north to Alaska. It actually performed far beyond my expectations. There were a few dead spots but it was fast enough to keep connected with home. The ship itself was in great shape. We were familiar with the layout since we had been on its sister ship the Emerald Princess before. Most of the shows were good and there was always something to do if we were not outside enjoying the views.
  5. Thinking ahead to next year as, like most of you, our 2020 cruises were cancelled (Pac.Wine Country and Alaska Inside Passage). Now looking forward, have booked Ruby for May, 2021 (10 day Inside Passage), but would still like to cruise the Pacific NW. Looking 2 possibilites in 2021--one for 4/24 Pac.Coastal on Ruby followed by 5/1 Inside Passage -- the other is the Pac. Wine Country on the Royal 5/1 and on 5/8 the Northbound Alaska ending in Anchorage/Whittier. Weighing the downsides: on the Ruby, no GBay on above Alaskan itinerary and on the Royal, long flight from Anchorage to East Coast. Any feedback on these choices are welcome, including thoughts on both ships. TIA!
  6. Ruby Princess arrival yesterday into Sydney, just now on SBS news, 2 passengers and 1 crew member confirmed positive for COVID19.
  7. Hi We are sailing on Ruby May 23 Alaska, I have been monitoring the room availability for this sailing the last week, checking balcony aft, specifically Caribe since this is where our room is. I have noticed everyday more and more rooms becoming available on Aloha, Baja, and Caribe. I am beginning to think booked passengers are not going to wait for Princess to cancel, passengers are just cancelling themselves. I believe our window to cancel for funds returned to cc is in next few days. And Princess keeps changing the cancelation policy and don't even know what it is anymore. LOL. And with Ruby having some CV19 passengers currently in Australia, are they really going to sail in the next 60+ days. We have not booked air yet either, plenty of seats available from Milwaukee to Seattle on Alaska Air. Should we cancel, wait for Princess? Crazy times!! Thanks- Enjoy your day!
  8. I am just posting a link to one story, of many, about a New South Wales police investigation involving 10 deaths related to the Ruby's disembarkation in Sydney https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/413507/nsw-police-homicide-squad-launches-investigation-into-ruby-princess-covid-19-deaths Hank
  9. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-05/ruby-princess-cruise-coronavirus-deaths-investigated-nsw-police/12123212 Police have launched a criminal investigation into whether the operator of the Ruby Princess downplayed potential coronavirus cases before thousands of passengers disembarked in Sydney last month. Key points: A 17-minute triple-0 call was made from the vessel the day before passengers disembarked in Sydney Police said Carnival Australia said COVID-19 was not an issue on the vessel Nearly 200 crew who are still on board are showing symptoms of COVID-19 Eleven passengers have died from COVID-19 since the vessel docked at Circular Quay on March 19 — the latest being a 78-year-old who died in Queensland earlier this afternoon. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said there were "many unanswered questions" about the cruise, which was operated by Carnival Australia. "There seems to be absolute discrepancies between the information provided by Carnival and what I would see as the benchmark for the laws that the Federal Government and the State Government put in place in terms of protecting Australians from cruise ships when coronavirus had started," Commissioner Fuller said. "The only way I can get to the bottom of whether our national biosecurity laws and our state laws were broken is through a criminal investigation."
  10. My wife and I took this cruise. We are Elite and had an oceanview cabin, E207, and late (7:15pm) Late Seating TD (table for 2). We flew to LA on the 5th, stayed at a Comfort Inn and visited the Aquarium of the Pacific before our 10:15 pm Delta flight to Sydney. We had booked round trip flights to Sydney through EZ Air. With sales and promos, the fares were less than $500 pp round trip (economy)! Flight was fine (15 hrs) though I think Delta overhypes their "new" Economy service. We arrived around 8 am and found the Princess transfer guy. We were at the ship by 11 am. Well, we ran into 1st coronavirus problem. Debarkation from the previous cruise was delayed so sick people could be checked for the virus. (Fortunately, no confirmed cases.) We were told to return not before 1 pm. We checked in all our luggage and headed off to Circular Quay to have lunch. Had a nice lunch and returned to the terminal. Come back after 5 pm. Found a 2 hr harbor cruise that left a little after 3 pm. I enjoyed the cruise around the harbor (lots of sail boats out) and my wife slept through the trip. Back to the terminal. Oops, huge line waiting to board and not moving. Found a bench nearby in the shade. Left the wife there with the backpacks and I went up to the Harbor Bridge and walked across and back. By the time I got back (`6:30 pm) the line was gone. We boarded the ship by 7 pm. Medallion made boarding super quick. No medical checking; no collection of medical disclosure forms that we had been given earlier. Dinner at the buffet. Tasty and quick, unpack, muster drill, and wait. We finally left around 11:30 pm. Sydney is a spectacular harbor to sail out of at night! Two days at sea to catch up on sleep and try to adjust to the 17 hour time change. Seas were a bit rough. 3rd day was fjord cruising. Nice; not as spectacular or scenic as Norway or Alaska but enjoyable. More later
  11. SF to Hawaii and back. Any thoughts? Thanks !
  12. Does anyone know the current status of the Ruby...was embarkation delayed?
  13. I have been back for a couple of weeks now from our adventures on the Ruby Princess to Alaska and I want to share our trip report with LOTS of pictures. This trip is me (Jay) and my mom Brenda, we generally take a trip together each year, this is our 3rd cruise and our 2nd on Ruby Princess. We had booked this trip in August last year, but we were not sure we were going to be able to go and didn't actually decide for sure until a week before our final payment due date. Mom had been waiting sometime for knee replacement surgery and ended up having both of her knees replaced on February 11th of this year, so we had to wait and see how her recovery was going. Lucky for us, it was going awesome and she was ready to go for our cruise. Once we decided we were going (in April) we had to get on with the planning, luckily mom is retired so she has a bit more time now and she did most of the planning for us, since I was crazy busy with work this year. Our first decision was to drive to Seattle and then after we would head down the Oregon Coast for a few days post cruise, so I will include that in our journey as well. I will try and get this all posted as soon as I can, but I came home with almost 2000 pictures, and have only gone through about half of them, so please be patient, but feel free to ask any questions and here we go... June 19, 2019 Travel Day Mom lives in Saskatoon and I live in Calgary, so our adventure starts with her flying into Calgary on the morning of June 19th. Her flight arrived at 9:15am and by 9:30am she texted she had her bags, I picked her up and we were on our way. I had preloaded the car with my luggage, a couple of lawn chairs for stops and a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Most of our drive was pretty boring, we just caught up a bit and enjoyed our scenery on our drive, we didn't stop for many pictures and just kind of kept going. We made our fist stop at Crowsnest Pass for a quick bathroom stop. Our next stop was going to be Cranbrook but it was so windy there was so much dirt blowing, so we just kept going and made our next stop at Moyie Lake, BC. It really is a beautiful and large lake, again it was still super windy. After our quick stop, we toured around the campground before getting on the road and finishing our journey for the day. Our final destination for day 1 was Bonner's Ferry, Idaho. We were shocked at just how cute this town is when we got here, I had to pull over and take some photos before going to our hotel. We spent the night at the Best Western (all our hotels were Best Westerns as I was able to get a discount through work) Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa. I cannot recommend this hotel enough, they are just completing some renovations to the exterior and public spaces, but the rooms have been updated already and are great. We had booked a river view and it was like we were out in the country! After getting settled a bit, we headed down to the hotel restaurant for dinner. We got to enjoy a delicious meal and and a beautiful view of the Kootenai River. After dinner, we did stop in the casino for a few minutes and spent $20 really quickly so we went back to the room to just relax, we played a couple games of cards and then I headed outside to get a couple photos before turning in after a early morning with little sleep.
  14. Flew from LAX to Sydney 2 days prior to cruise and arrived in Sydney just in time to feel the effects of the remnants of a Level 1 Cyclone. Landed early Sunday morning, and flight was one of the most turbulent we have ever flown. Upon landing in Sydney, the pilot asked that everyone remain in there seats until health officials came on board to interview a passenger who had vomited during flight. We had a concern that we could possibly get quarantined on cruise ship due to coronavirus, but never thought we might be quarantined on flight and never make it to the cruise ship. Health official boarded the plane in full protective gear and luckily determined that passenger was apparently just suffering a stomach alignment. Pre-cruise, we stayed at the Hilton Sydney, which was centrally located in city but a distance from Overseas Passenger Terminal. Very nice hotel and would highly recommend. We were stuck in hotel room Sunday due to heavy rain and strong winds from cyclone remnants. However, Monday was clear and sunny. We pre-booked for a Hop-on / Hop-off bus tour, which also included a harbor cruise on Captain Cook Cruises. Red line tours the city, which takes you down to harbor next to Opera House. Also took Blue line which took us over to Bondi Beach where we had lunch; reminded me somewhat of southern France ports. Embarkation: Ruby Princess was docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, which was located across inlet from the Opera House and adjacent to ferries. Bag drop is available at terminal if you arrive early and want to tour city before boarding Embarkation went very smoothly. Make sure that you get and complete medical survey from staff before entering terminal and have your New Zealand ETA (visa) available for inspection. Separate line for passengers who obtained Ocean Medallion before cruise. First impression of ship was not positive; could have referred ship as the “Rusty Princess” due amount of rust visible on ships hull and outside balcony. However, crew did a good job of painting over major areas of rust as we arrived at ports during cruise. Went to Di Vinci dining room for lunch rather than buffet, which we generally tried to stay away from due to coronavirus concerns. Cabins were ready early just after 12:30 pm. Cabin: We booked a Club Class mini-suite on Deck 9 (Dolphin), and were very impressed with the spaciousness of cabin. Had a separate closet area for hanging up clothes and shelves for storage. Only drawn backs were: (1) shower head was meant for a person 5’ 5” (I’m 5’ 10” and had to bend over backwards to wash hair); and (2) baloneys on decks 9 and 10 were open (no overhang from deck above) so very sunny and lacks privacy. Cabin Steward was aways proactive in servicing room. Entertainment: This was our first Princess cruise, and we were impressed with numerous entertainment venues: Club Fusion, Explorers Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar and Crooners, all of which had various musical entertainment. Band called “Emerald Tide” was excellent, playing a blend of Irish and soft rock/country; sessions became very crowded as cruise went on and a final session was arranged in the Princess Theater. Production shows in the Princess Theater were very good, but arrive early to ensure you get a seat for popular shows. We don’t care much for comedians and solo pianist shows, so we focused on music playing at other venues these nights. Dining: Three formal dining rooms: Di Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, which offered a variety of fixed and open seating options. Since we had a Club Class mini-suite, we dined in a separate area in the Di Vinci dining room, which had a separate entrance and wait staff. This was one of the highlights of the cruise. Cannot say enough about hostess and wait staff, which were excellent and made you feel like family. Head Waiter (Nicoli) offered a specialty pasta dish made table side in dinning room for almost every lunch (sea days) and dinner. We went to both specialty dining restaurants: Crown Grill and Share (by Curtis Stone). Decor in the Crown Grill that of a forma steakhouse with heavy wood accents. Meat and seafood at Crown Grill were very good, and selected dishes form Crown Grill were also offered in other dining rooms for an upcharge. Share was very unique offering multiple courses with manageable portions. Décor was more open and casual feel. Definitely worth a try at least once; however, I don’t believe the menu options changed. My wife an I got separate offerings and “shared.” Carmel cheesecake for dessert was fantastic. Major concern voiced by numerous passengers was that the menu wine selections by the glass were not available in the dining rooms and an alternate was not offered until later in cruise due to complaints raised. This was definitely a concern is you purchased the beverage package. Otherwise, numerous cocktail drink options were available and various bars. Vines Wine Bar on Deck 5 (Plaza) in the Atrium was excellent but often crowded by passengers obtaining food from International Café since seating in Atrium was limited. I would recommend Old and New World wine tastings in Vine Bar; however, your need to inquire with bar staff on dates/times since they did not appear in daily. In addition, various wine tastings in various price ranges are offered on sea days in Botticelli Dining Room. In addition to main and specialty dining rooms, made to order hamburger and hot dog options were available on the pool deck (Lido, Deck 15) at the Salty Dog Grill and various pizzas offered at the Slice Pizzeria. Gourmet hamburgers were also offered at designated times for an upcharge in the Wheelhouse Bar. Horizon Court was very large and had standard cruise buffet fare. Ports: Fiordlands National Park – Crew advised us that our cruise was only the 2nd of 10 cruises to be able to enter the Milford Sound and cruise passages due to weather. We were lucky and the clouds cleared early providing a wonderful viewing experience. Since it was late Summer, we did not see many waterfalls and field were not as green. Dunedin – Ship docked in Port Chalmers and required you to take excursion or shuttle (at cost) out of port area. We booked the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway through Princess, and we were seated in one of the historic rail cars with a volunteer steward. I would highly recommend this tour. In addition to the scenic views, service was excellent. We were initially offered a beverage (coffee, tea, juices) and a cookie, then provided a snack which included a selection of wine, beer and sodas, and finally a very nice box lunch. Wine and beer were served at no extra charge throughout trip Akaroa (tender) – We booked the Wildlife Cruise by Sailing Ketch. Historic sailing vessel, which we always prefer over powered boats. Again, very scenic with numerous wild life sightings. Captain played music to attract dolphins! At end of dock, turn right for various restaurants/ bars and walk to beach area; turn left for more local scenic walk (lighthouse). Wellington – Docked away from city center in cargo port area but continuous free shuttle bus service was provided. Simply but, this was a big city port call, but had various historical buildings as New Zealand’s capital. Weather was cloudy with light rain/mist later in the day, so me merely took shuttle bus into city and rode cable car up to botanical gardens. Gardens were a disappointment since being late Summer there was very little flowering plants except in one area. We definitely would like to tour again in late Spring. Napier – Booked a 4-hour winery tour to Hawkes Bay. Visited the smaller Abbey Winery, which we enjoyed very much. Casual with outdoor seating area and a nice cheese plate offered. Second stop was the larger and oldest Mission Winery. This was very disappointing, since we were shuffled into a small room with 2 large tables and no air conditioning. Winery guide was entertaining, but wines sampled were disappointing. I would definitely book a private tour if I returned to Napier. Ship also left at 1:30 pm, which did not provide an opportunity to tour city and view Art Deco architecture. Tauranga – Ship actually docked in the Town of Mt. Mauganui, which was a 5-10 minute walk directly off ship. We did a self-tour of town and walked up Mt. Mauganui. Ensure that you walk to the other side of town to see and walk a beautiful beach area. Very few passengers took shuttle over to the city of Tauranga. Auckland – Ship docked right in city center so you can simply walk off ship to tour city; however, beware that extensive road construction if underway near port. City is also preparing for America’s Cup Yacht Race! We booked the Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings Tour and again visited 2 wineries. Thoroughly enjoyed 5th generation Soljan’s Winery, which was very casual and inviting with enjoyable wines. Second winery, which was a more established winery (can’t recall name), was disappointing. Sat us outside (picnic table set-up like set-up) with small sample charcuterie plate. However, wine samples were very meager and generally disappointing. Several passengers we spoke to took the 5.75-hour Waiheke Island & Wineries Tour and highly recommended it. I would book a private tour if we returned to Auckland. Bay of Islands (tender) – Very scenic! Booked the Bay of Islands Cruise & "Hole in the Rock". Leisure and laid back cruise for our last port call. Debarkation: Surprisingly, debarkation went very smoothly. Various mustering areas were identified to assemble to various times (self-assistance, international flights and domestic flights). It was less that 30 minutes from the time we left assemble area in Princess Theater until we had boarded bus to airport. Only issue was that the baggage hold area was small and, therefore, very crowded when trying to find your suitcases.
  15. I’d love to hear about the kids and teen clubs onboard. Some info on the pros/cons, tips and tricks and the likes would be helpful. My kids are 12 and 14 and will be first time cruisers (we all will be). My 12 yo is our extreme extrovert and would prefer to attend the Teen Club and 14 is our introvert but loves all things board and video games. They have never Gravitated towards kids clubs but I’d like to encourage them to try it out if I hear good things about it. We are traveling with grad parents, aunt and 19 and 21 year old cousins. What have your kids liked to do onboard and at the clubs? 12 is on so On the cusp of kids and teen activities. Will there be enough to engage her in the kids club? With other kids her age? Can she join her brother in the Teen Club? thanks!
  16. I have taken 10 cruises, but they have all gone south. I am now scheduled on the Ruby Princess to Alaska in July. Can someone tell me what clothes to pack? Does it get cold enough for winter type clothes? Also if anyone has Princess Patters or Ruby menu's, I would love to see them.
  17. Anyone have any details on current movies and production shows currently on the Ruby Princess. We sail on Feb 24, 2020.
  18. My wife and I just signed up for a west coast trip on the Ruby... Vancouver to Frisco... Anybody have any reports on Her??? It has been years since being on her Thanks
  19. I need to know if the Ruby Princess has child safety locks at the top of the balcony doors so that small children can't open them when locked.
  20. Hubby, son (11 yo) and I just completed our 3rd Princess cruise. For this last cruise, we each got gold medallions. Close to the end of our cruise, we got a letter in our cabin saying with the completion of that cruise, we would be ruby. Only my hubby and my name was on the letter and not my son's. Is there a rule about minors not being able to get promoted after gold status? I was surprised he got a gold medallion because I thought minors stay blue until 18. If getting a gold medallion was an error, will he automatically get ruby when he turns 18?
  21. We are booked in cabins R333 and R337 BC for an Alaska cruise this summer. I'm a first time cruiser so I'm hoping someone can help me out. It looks like Riviera is the deck below the pool and spa. I see folks warning against staying below those areas. Can anyone who has stayed in these cabins offer their opinion on how good/bad their experience was?
  22. We are heading to Alaska on the Ruby with some other families and have a total party of 9. I am going back and forth with these dining options so any help is appreciated. The only TD time is 5:00 (?!?) and the 7:15 is waitlisted. Would you recommend doing AD instead, or is that a disaster for 9 people (including kids)? We really don't want to rush back to the ship each day for a 5:00 meal time. Also, we booked under a free upgrade for specialty dining restaurants, but they won't take reservations online or ahead of time under the promo. How likely can we get reservations at one of these places once onboard?
  23. My husband would like to know if the Ruby Princess still has a cigar lounge?
  24. We r cruising on the Ruby Princess fromSydney to New Zealand on 24/2/2020 I would like to join people with sharing costs on excursions ie: Sharing Vehicles. Please reply if interested.
  25. We were on the Crown in September and found her a little worn. Is the Ruby in similar condition?
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