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Having been on both Royal Princess and Regal Princess in the past year, we expected a better experience. The Royal had the very best food and entertainment that we have ever had on-board. The Regal was a close second. We were on the Ruby a few years ago before it was "overhauled" as they claimed. It wasn't much better than before. Even the Crown Princess was better, It was a short five day trip from LA to Cabo and back. But that was no excuse for the food choices (or lack of food choices) and the lack of entertainment in the Piazza. During the day, for the most part, the ONLY entertainment there was prerecorded music. Around dinner time, they occasionally had a Mariachi group who were very good. Once or twice we heard a pianist play for a brief time. No contests, no arts and crafts, no dance contests, no singers.... mostly listening to the crickets chirping! The Princess Theater had an excellent comedian (Jamal) and a great singer on the last night named "Teacup" but we had seen all of the stage shows in the past year or so on other cruises. In the Explorers Lounge, a duo called Walker Black were really great. On Formal Night, we dressed up a bit and went to the dining room. The menu choices were so poor that we went to the buffet which was only adequate. The only good Dining Room meal was the last evening with Surf and Turf. A small steak and two good size prawns. No Lobster on the menu. The buffet usually had something decent to eat but we couldn't take much more of the food there. Was it the short trip that made this disappointing, or was it the way the Ruby is run? We will not be on-board her again.

Disappointment with food and entertainment

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by Davey Jones Dentist

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
Having been on both Royal Princess and Regal Princess in the past year, we expected a better experience. The Royal had the very best food and entertainment that we have ever had on-board. The Regal was a close second. We were on the Ruby a few years ago before it was "overhauled" as they claimed. It wasn't much better than before. Even the Crown Princess was better,

It was a short five day trip from LA to Cabo and back. But that was no excuse for the food choices (or lack of food choices) and the lack of entertainment in the Piazza.

During the day, for the most part, the ONLY entertainment there was prerecorded music. Around dinner time, they occasionally had a Mariachi group who were very good. Once or twice we heard a pianist play for a brief time. No contests, no arts and crafts, no dance contests, no singers.... mostly listening to the crickets chirping! The Princess Theater had an excellent comedian (Jamal) and a great singer on the last night named "Teacup" but we had seen all of the stage shows in the past year or so on other cruises. In the Explorers Lounge, a duo called Walker Black were really great.

On Formal Night, we dressed up a bit and went to the dining room. The menu choices were so poor that we went to the buffet which was only adequate. The only good Dining Room meal was the last evening with Surf and Turf. A small steak and two good size prawns. No Lobster on the menu. The buffet usually had something decent to eat but we couldn't take much more of the food there.

Was it the short trip that made this disappointing, or was it the way the Ruby is run? We will not be on-board her again.
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