The Ruby Princess is the latest cruise ship to join the fleet of Princess Cruises. Christened on the 6 November 2008, the ship will spend its maiden season cruising a western Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The $400m ship, which was built by Fincantieri at the Monfalcone yards in Genoa, Italy, has a displacement of 113,000GT, an overall length of 290m, a beam of 36m, 19 decks, and can make a maximum speed of 23kt. The Ruby Princess has a maximum passenger capacity of 3,782 and 1,200 crew members.
The ship’s main restaurants are the Botticelli, which offers formal dining, and the more informal Michelangelo and Da Vinci dining rooms. Other dining options include the Crown Grille steak and seafood restaurant; Sabatini’s Italian restaurant; Ultimate Balcony Dining; Cafe Caribe; and Vines wine and seafood bar.
Other facilities include an internet café; Gatsby’s Casino; Explorers Lounge; Club Fusion; Skywalkers nightclub and observation lounge; the Speakeasy cigar lounge; the Wheelhouse bar; the Adagio bar; and Crooners bar.
The ship also features a piazza-style atrium with a coffee bar/bakery; the Trident Grill; the Horizon Court Buffet; and The Sanctuary, an outdoor, adults-only lounging area.
The Ruby Princess also features the Lotus Spa; an ocean-view gymnasium; a sports court and jogging track; five freshwater swimming pools, including a swim-against-the-current lap pool; six Jacuzzis; a miniature nine-hole golf course and digital golf simulator; and the Princess Theatre.
The ship also has specialist facilities including a wedding chapel (with a wedding-at-sea programme officiated by the ship’s captain); dedicated conference centre/meeting rooms; an arcade of duty-free shops; and an art gallery. The Ruby Princess offers the Ultimate Ship Tour, which is a group tour around main areas of the ship such as the kitchens, engine room and bridge to see what goes on behind the scenes. If popular, this tour will be rolled out to the entire fleet.
Stateroom options include the suite with balcony; the family suite (sleeps eight); the mini-suite with balcony; the oceanview double with balcony; the oceanview double; and the interior with two lower beds. Around 900 of the staterooms are outside and of these 80% have balconies.