Ruby Princess cruise – Day 1

So it’s embarkation day for our 12 night cruise on the Ruby Princess to ports around the British Isles. We checked out of our hotel and took a taxi to Victoria Coach Station about 15 minutes away. It was raining but I was prepared with umbrella in hand.

Upon arrival at the bus station, we encountered a long line of optimistic cruisers. We worked our way up to the front of the line where a cruise line rep accepted our luggage which was loaded on separate trucks for transport to the cruise pier. Then we waited for our turn to board the bus. It was about a two-hour ride to Southampton on England’s southern coast.

We checked in and received our boarding card/room key and before long we were in our room. Although it was an interior room without a window, it was quite comfortable. I really liked the layout which included a ‘walk-in’ closet area that separated the bathroom from the bed area.Ruby Princess - closet area

Interior Stateroom

If you haven’t experienced a cruise yet, here is a video that shows the different types of rooms and amenities on the Ruby Princess:

Our room steward came by and introduced himself then we were off to explore our home for the next 12 days. At 4:30pm we had an emergency drill and then I went to see the acupuncturist for a free evaluation.

After dinner in the ‘anytime’ dining room we went to the first of daily shows: Welcome Aboard Showtime featuring the Ruby Princess Dancers & Comedian George Casey–we enjoyed the show.

That’s it–checked email in the internet center and day 1 is done.

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