The Ruby Princess exudes a sense of classic sailing with friendly passengers, a happy crew, and a comfortable feel. The Ruby is a 3,000 passenger, 19 deck cruise liner which sails to Alaska, Hawaii, US West coast, and Mexico. The ship travels on 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 12, and 15-night journeys. These shorter trip lengths are great for filling spring and fall school breaks, or even an extra memorable long weekend. Travelers may even be able to find the rare one night trip, but these are few and far between so book early! The Ruby departs from a variety of ports varying between Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Seattle depending upon the itinerary.
After a recent partnership with Discovery, the Ruby has plenty on board to keep younger passengers happy with fun AND educational activities. The Discovery at Sea program is a recent addition to the Princess cruise line, featuring lecture speakers and interactive activities based on shows like Shark Week and Finding Bigfoot. Stargazers should take advantage of the ship's observation deck where lights are turned off for constellation viewing.
In addition to this, water lovers will adore the ship's four pools, perfect for swimming the day away or engaging in poolside competitions like pool volleyball. Families with less-than-great swimmers may want to opt for one of the two kid's splash pools, although kids MUST be potty trained to use the pools. As usual with most Princess cruise liners, the kids and teens areas are a huge hit with families. Younger kids age 3-7 can enjoy The Treehouse's puppet making and painting crafts, kids games like Bingo, and other organized activities. The Lodge is a club for slightly older 8-12 kiddos with arcade games and opportunities for kids to make friends on the ship. The typically harder to please teens will find a place of their own at The Beach House, a teens-only club for socializing, relaxing, and organized events like pizza parties and hip-hop dance classes.
The Ruby is anything but lacking in activities and entertainment on board. Princess cruise liners have recently begun including on their ships theater dockets their version of the singing competition show, The Voice, complete with blind auditions and the infamous spinning chairs. On other nights, theater fans will not be disappointed by the numerous Broadway-style productions, stand up comedians, and magic acts also available in the ship's theater. A miniature golf course allows families a fun day of fresh air and a little friendly competition. Daily fun has no limits with art auctions, wine tastings, onboard shopping, and Festivals of the World events to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your destination (on select sailings). For parents looking for a little alone time, to take advantage of the numerous bars and lounges or casino perhaps, group babysitting is available on board with a charge of $5 per child, per hour.
Each ship has a variety of fun activities for the whole family, so be sure to check your ship before you cruise to view what's available. Whether you're 8 or 80, there's no reason not to have fun on your getaway at sea; before breaking off into everyone's activities, enjoy some time together by planning to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
This is the time to make memories and nothing could be more memorable than setting up a shore excursion for the whole family. Plan your shore excursions ahead of time for the best chance at booking your top selections.
*Please note it is often cheaper to book two staterooms or two connecting cabins instead of one large stateroom suite - plus it gives you a second bathroom.*