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Ruby Princess Western Caribbean Itinerary Cruise Review                                           
 
 

 

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Cruise Review – Princess Cruise Lines’ Ruby Princess Caribbean Itinerary

As Princess Cruise Lines’ newest cruise ship, Ruby Princess calls Port Everglades her winter home. She is sailing one winter itinerary and that is Western Caribbean cruises.

From Port Everglades, Ruby Princess traveled the 735 nautical miles to Ocho Rios in Jamaica. When we left Florida, the weather was cold and windy – not conducive to sunning on the deck so we took advantage of this time to orient ourselves with the ship. Day 2 was a sea day – again cool and windy.

We arrived in Ocho Rios in the morning of Day 3 to find that the temperature had warmed up, but there was almost steady rain. We did a tour by taxi and of course did some mandatory shopping :-).

Day 4 found us in Grand Cayman some 254 nautical miles from Jamaica. This is when the warm winter break really began. We tendered (small boat shuttles) in to the pier at George Town. Here, we started with some shopping and later took a taxi to one of the fabulous beaches. We had a great time swimming, snorkeling and soaking up the sun in the 77 degree temperature.

Ruby Princess at Anchor in Princess Cay

From Grand Cayman we sailed approximately 328 nautical miles to Cozumel. As we exited the pier, there was a large shopping area with some performers putting on displays of Mayan dance rituals. We passed through this area to hit the next beach. Again we had great weather – 81 degrees.

Day six was another sea day. This time however you could easily sit on deck and enjoy the warm sunshine. There were a number of onboard activities as always on sea days. And this night was the second formal night with lobster on the menu - aaaahhhhh…

Day seven found us in Princess Cay on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas chain. We had sailed about 803 nautical miles since we had left Cozumel. This day would be the most wonderful day of our cruise. Princess Cruise Lines has a private beach area here which is very well set up and organized. There were plenty of chairs on the beaches. Some of the Princess crew came on shore to set up and man the two buffet lunch pavilions. The water was crystal clear and there were coral reefs near shore for snorkeling. We hated to leave this island paradise, especially knowing that this was the last day of our cruise.

 

 
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Overall, this was a fantastic cruise itinerary – especially for beach bums like us. Ocho Rios was very disappointing but the rest of the stops were fabulous. The snorkeling was unbelievable. I have taken tours to do snorkeling where I have seen much less than we enjoyed right from the beaches on this cruise. (Make sure you check out our article on the snorkeling and sea creatures that we saw.) Also check out our review of the Ruby Princess, her dining rooms, staff and amenities.


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