The Ruby Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. The Ruby Princess was built in 2008 by Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy, as a sister ship to Crown Princess and Emerald Princess.
She was turned over to Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises in late October 2008. She was formally named at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 6 November 2008 by Trista and Ryan Sutter.
Ruby Princess has a laid-back, family vibe that despite carrying 3,000 passengers never felt crowded. And while not an overly active ship, people were always engaged — whether it was kids playing in the kids’ club or participating in a scavenger hunt or adults trying their luck at bingo, competing enthusiastically in The Voice of the Ocean, or soaking in the hot tubs.
Passengers tended to be friendly, and audience participation in most activities was the norm. Trivia nights were popular, with strangers quickly grouping up to become friends and allies.
The service throughout is noticeably good. Cabin attendants on our sailing went that extra mile bringing playing cards to our kids when they needed something to do; waiters remembered those that were trying to avoid carbs and asked if bread was wanted instead of just bringing it out.
Overall, the crew of Ruby Princess made an effort to offer personalized and intimate service, even while being on a big ship.
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Port of registry||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone–Trieste, Italy)|
|Laid down||June 2007|
|Launched||1 February 2008|
|Christened||6 November 2008 by Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter|
|Acquired||23 October 2008|
|Maiden voyage||8 November 2008|
|In service||November 2008|
|Class and type||Crown-class cruise ship|
|Length||951 ft (290 m)|
|Beam||118 ft (36 m)|
|Draught||8 m (26 ft)|
|Installed power||4 x V12 Wärtsilä Common Rail Diesel Generators, 2 x inline 8 Wärtsilä Common Rail Diesel Generators.|
|Speed||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|