Inside Look Ruby Princess – Princess Cruise Line

Unveiled in late 2008, Princess Cruises’ 3,080 passenger Ruby Princess is one of the line’s newest vessels. At 116,000 tons, the Ruby Princess is one of three sister ships that are among the largest in the Princess fleet. Its siblings, all similar in layout and look: The Crown Princess and Emerald Princess. Ruby Princess offers four pool areas, including the Terrace Pool on the back of the ship. The Calypso Reef and Pool area is designed with tiered seating from which passengers can watch movies projected on one of Princess’ trademark Movies Under the Stars outdoor screens. Yet another pool and two hot tubs are found at the Ruby Princess’ Lotus Spa. The Sanctuary is an extra-fee, adults-only zone that features a spacious sundeck with lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas. As of late 2010, the cost to enter was $10 per person for a half day. The Ruby Princess is home to a nine-hole putting golf course called Princess Links. One of the first things passengers see upon boarding the vessel is the soaring Atrium. Another view of the Atrium. Like other Princess ships, the Ruby Princess has a central, three-deck-high Piazza that serves as a hub for the vessel and is the scene of daily entertainment including street performers, piano players, singers and more. Another view of the Piazza. Located at the ground level of the Piazza, the International Café offers up sandwiches, desserts and extra-charge specialty coffees. Princess ships are known for their wide variety of bars and lounges. Here, the Crooners lounge, where live piano music provides the backdrop. The Explorers Lounge is home to comedy shows and live music by night, with art auctions and other activities scheduled in the room during the day. Another popular lounge is Adagio, which serves up live piano music and occasional jazz nights with a band. The Botticelli Dining Room is one of three main dining rooms on the ship and offers assigned-seating dining nightly. The Da Vinci Dining Room, shown here, and the Michelangelo Dining Room are the main dining rooms for passengers who sign up for the line’s more flexible, eat-when-you-want Anytime Dining program. The Michelangelo Dining Room. One of several alternative, extra-fee dining choices on Ruby Princess is the Crown Grill, which serves up steaks and seafood. The cover charge is $25 per person. Another extra-charge dining option is Sabatini’s, an elegant Italian eatery that’s known for sumptuous courses that keep on coming. The cover charge is $20 per person. Located around the Piazza, Vines is a wine bar that also serves up light fare. The Wheelhouse Bar is a cozy, pub-like space with faux wood paneling and comfy lounge chairs. Another shot of the Wheelhouse Bar, which also is home to lunches featuring pub fare. While Princess isn’t known for a party ship atmosphere, the Ruby Princess does have a dance club called Skywalkers that stays open late into the night. Fusion, another lounge area on the ship. Cabins on Ruby Princess are muted in tone with light wood accents and white-on-white bedding. Here, a typical balcony cabin. Balcony cabins range in size from 233 to 285 square feet. Ocean view cabins on the Ruby Princess range in size from 158 to 182 square feet. An inside cabin on the Ruby Princess, which measures in at 163 square feet. Among more upscale lodging options on the Ruby Princess are its 178 mini-suites, which measure in at 324 square feet. There are also a number of bigger suites on Ruby Princess that measure from 461 to 687 square feet (about two to three times the size of standard cabins). The Center Court on the top deck of the Ruby Princess. Like all Princess ships, the Ruby Princess offers a relatively large casino. Dubbed Gatsbys, it houses table games and more than 250 slot machines. Known for its appeal to passengers of all ages, from toddlers to their grandparents, Princess offers a comprehensive kids program on Ruby Princess that includes a dedicated kids center. The Ruby Princess’ cozy library. The Internet Café on the Ruby Princess has 25 computer stations where passengers can check their emails and navigate the Internet for a charge. Open daily from 7 am to 10 pm, the Ruby Princess’ large fitness center overlooks the bow of the ship and offers treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes and more.

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