We are kicking off the start of the 2015 Alaskan cruise season on the Ruby Princess. As we make our way to Ketchikan, Alaska, here are 5 reasons why you should book an Alaskan cruise on the Ruby Princess.
Staff – The service you receive can often make or break your cruise, and the staff on board have done a tremendous job so far. They have always greeted us with a hello and friendly smile. The service for meals, whether in the main dining room or in the buffet, has been spot on.
Our room steward Jonathan stopped by our cabin on embarkation day to introduce himself to us and gave us a level of service that had been lacking on our last few cruises on various cruise lines.
Ship – The Ruby Princess is the perfect size ship (113,000 gross tons) that will appeal to almost everyone. While not near as massive as most of the mega cruise ships that are being built today, it is large enough to offer a good variety of activities. There are also tons of great spots on deck to enjoy the Alaskan scenery, including our favorite spot by the aft pool.
Caribe Deck Balconies – There are balconies on cruise ships, and then there are the balconies found on deck 10 of the Ruby Princess. Every balcony on this deck is at least 90 sq. feet, so you will have plenty of room to enjoy the scenery of the Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord. For our cruise it was only $20 more per person than a standard balcony, making it well worth the extra cost.
Cafe Selects Card – Having something hot to drink is essential when watching for whales and eagles off the coast of Canada and Alaska. The Cafe Selects Card provides you with complimentary coffee/tea as well as 15 specialty coffees such as espressos, macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, iced coffees, and coffee blends.
The best part of purchasing the card? Unused punches are redeemable on your next Princess cruise. The card I am using now had nine leftover punches from my cruise on the Regal Princess. What other drink package can you purchase on a cruise that carries over for future cruises?
Cruise Director – Bob Leininger, the cruise director on the Ruby Princess, is one of the most experienced cruise directors having spent more than 26 years at sea. He is also author of the book “Cruising Through Life” which can be found on Amazon for $9.99.
Bonus reason on why you should cruise to Alaska on the Ruby Princess: Former piano player to Frank Sinatra, Ray Coussins, performs nightly at Crooners.