At the time this article is being published, the Ruby Princess is still located in the Mediterranean Sea. She will embark on a Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise on November 29, taking 15 nights to reach Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After that, Ruby takes on four and five night cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale for the next little while. It’s Ruby’s first cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale that has great last minute pricing that really isn’t that last minute with more than two weeks from today to prepare.
The Ruby Princess takes a bit of a rest after crossing the Atlantic by embarking on a simple four night Western Caribbean cruise, leaving Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4pm. This is an easy out and back journey from the Port Everglades cruise port in Ft. Lauderdale, stopping just once.
After a full day at sea, passing just above the north shore of Cuba, Ruby makes her one port call at Cozumel, Mexico. She is docked on the Mexican Island from 8am to 6pm before beginning the journey back home to Florida. Ruby Princess will take another full day at sea, retracing her steps and arriving back at Port Everglades at 7am on Wednesday, December 18.
If the Transatlantic crossing interests you, Ruby leaves Barcelona, Spain on November 19 and staterooms are still available for as low as $699. Along the way, she will make port calls at Toulon, France; Livorno, Italy; Rome, Italy and Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Interior staterooms for the 4 night Western Caribbean cruise can be had for as low as $149 per person. That equates to just $37 per day. This is ‘Flash Pricing’, meaning that full payment is due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. This deal expires November 28, 2013 at 6am.
Other flash deals include Ocean View staterooms for $229, Balcony rooms for $299 and Suites for $399. Not included in any of these prices is an additional $70 per person in government taxes and fees. Quite frankly, at $399 per person, this is a great opportunity to experience life at sea in a suite.
Ruby Princess is the youngest of the Princess Cruises Grand Class ships. She made her maiden voyage in November of 2008. Like many Princess and Carnival cruise ships, Ruby was built by Fincantieri in Italy, on the northeast shore of the Adriatic Sea.
At a gross tonnage of 113,000, Ruby Princess is not a small ship but reasonable. She is 951 feet or 290 metres long and has 15 decks accessible to passengers. There is room for 3,080 passengers and 1,200 crew members on board.
Ruby is one of three Grand Class ships in the Princess Cruises fleet. Crown Princess is the oldest, put in service in June, 2006. Emerald Princess is the middle child, on the job as of April, 2007. All three are nearly identical.
The Small Print
·Because of the nature of last minute deals, the pricing printed here is fleeting and could change at any time.
·Prices are in Canadian dollars.
·Most meals are included in a typical cruise price but DRINKS ARE NOT!
·Also not included are gratuities.
·Cruise pricing does not include air fare, ground transfers and hotel accommodations before and after the cruise.