Picking the Best Cabins on the Ruby Princess

A deck-by-deck analysis of the Ruby Princess's best and worst cabins.

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Ruby Princess Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary
Best Cabins onboard the Ruby Princess: staterooms on Caribe Deck and Aloha Deck.
Cabins to be wary of onboard the Ruby Princess: staterooms on Plaza Deck and Emerald Deck.

Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins onboard the Ruby Princess

Deck 5 -- Plaza Deck

***CruiseAdvice.org Warning ***
Several cabins on this deck with potential problems.
While some of the inside and outside cabins on Deck 5 of the Ruby Princess are located beneath the forward stage area, the rest of the staterooms are under public venues that are not likely to be much of a noise concern.

  • Forward on the Plaza Deck of the Ruby Princess, exterior staterooms P202- P304 port side and P201- P303 starboard are under the lower level of the theater. Noise generated from this area could occur during performances, and from staff prep work and tidying up before and after shows. Interior cabins in this area which will be most affected by the theater are P216- P244 and P215- P243.
  • Staterooms under the casino on Deck 5 of the Ruby Princess are P302- P336 port side and P301- P333 starboard, and inside cabins P318- P340 and P319- P327. These cabins might have after hours noise issues. If you are light sleeper, you may prefer to find a cabin elsewhere on the ship, bring earplugs, or invest in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).
  • P340 is wheelchair accessible.
  • Several of the worst cabins onboard the Ruby Princess are on the Plaza Deck. While we are not suggesting the cabins on this deck should be completely avoided, there are staterooms on other decks which will be quieter.

Deck 8 -- Emerald Deck

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Several cabins on this deck with potential problems.
Along this entire deck, you should be aware that the Promenade Deck of the Ruby Princess is right beneath your cabin. Noise could drift up from the theater, and lounges and bars which include the main lounge. Some of these venues feature live music and have dance floors, so there is a likelihood of after hours noise concerns. Also, Princess does offer good bargains for staterooms with obstructed views, and the windows in these exterior cabins do provide ambient light. However, if you are looking for a clear view of the ocean, you may want to confirm your preference when reserving a cabin on this deck!

  • On the Ruby Princess Deck 8, there are several cabins (E208- E302 port side and E207- E301 starboard) above the upper level of the theater, but none are located directly above the stage. There could be noise generated from performances, and the before and after show when staff are either preparing for a show or cleaning up after one. Noise from the theater is not likely to be much of an after hours concern.
  • There are few interior staterooms located on Deck 8 of the Ruby, and we suggest that you look for an inside cabin on another, higher deck to avoid noise issues.
  • Cabins E301- E304 are wheelchair accessible.
  • Inside cabin E712 is located by an elevator and could have resulting noise issues.
  • On the Emerald Deck of the Ruby Princess, exterior cabins E306- E520 port side and E305- E521 starboard, and interior cabins E310 and E316 are all generally over bars and lounges. Outside cabins E710- E734 port side, E709- E735 starboard, and interior cabins E712, E715, E716, and E719 are all over the main aft lounge. These venues have the potential for generating noise into the wee hours! If you are light sleeper, you may prefer to find a cabin elsewhere on the ship, bring earplugs, or invest in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).
  • There are several cabins with potentially obstructed views (E204- E330 and E420- E628 port side and E203- E327 and E421- E629 starboard). Again, if a view of the ocean is important to you we suggest this is clarified when you reserve a stateroom on Deck 8 of the Ruby!
  • Several of the worst cabins onboard the Ruby Princess are on the Emerald Deck. While we are not suggesting the cabins on this deck should be completely avoided, there are staterooms on other decks which will be quieter.

Deck 9 -- Dolphin Deck

On the Ruby Princess, Dolphin Deck staterooms have the advantage of cabin decks above and beneath, so there's a buffer zone from the noise generated from public areas. These accommodations are likely quieter than those on the lower decks! All of the exterior cabins on Dolphin Deck have balconies, but we do caution you that these balconies are not covered, and you can be seen from decks above.

  • Forward on Dolphin Deck of the Ruby Princess, Family Balcony Suites D105 and D106 boast up to 335 sq. ft. of interior space and have 92 sq. ft. balconies. However, given their forward location on Deck 9 of the Ruby , be prepared for a rather windy view (unless there's a tailwind). Family cabins are in short supply and are very popular given their attractive sleeping arrangements. They sell out very quickly, so, it is best to book early to get a family cabin.
  • There are over 25 interior cabins on this deck, and this is a great location for most of them. If you are interested in an inside cabin, we do suggest considering one on Deck 9 because these will be quieter than those you can find on lower decks of the Ruby Princess. Least recommended are D712 and D711 because these inside cabins are right next to elevators and will likely have resulting noise issues.
  • Cabins D304, D308, D703, and D707 are wheelchair accessible.
  • There are several mini-suites with balconies from which to choose on Deck 9 of the Ruby (D110- D732 port side and D109- D733 starboard). These have 277 sq. ft. of interior space and 46 sq. ft. balconies.
  • Aft, Vista Suites D736 and D737 have on average 383 sq. ft. living space and over-sized balconies. They are the largest suites on Deck 9 of the Ruby Princess, and have that beautiful (and less breezy) aft view of the ocean.
  • Outside cabins with balconies (D734 and D735) are right next to the Vista Suites on Deck 9 of the Ruby Princess, and will have that same highly sought after view of the ocean.

Deck 10 -- Caribe Deck

***CruiseAdvice.org Favorite Deck ***
Highly rated by our cruise experts!
The Caribe Deck of the Ruby Princess is clearly one of the best decks for a stateroom or suite. Its location between two cabin decks provides a sound buffer from public areas, which is always desirable, and the balcony staterooms and suites here are covered, which gives you more privacy! Some of the best cabins are on Caribe Deck of the Ruby Princess!

  • There are many interior staterooms on Deck 10, and all of them have that benefit of decks below and above. Once again, if you are looking for an inside cabin, this deck will be quieter than some of the others to be found on the Ruby Princess.
  • Of the inside cabins on Caribe Deck of the Ruby, C312 is wheelchair accessible.
    Forward on Deck 10 of the Ruby Princess, exterior cabins with balconies, C301- C304, are wheelchair accessible.
  • Interior cabins C711 and C712 are next to elevators, and this could cause noise issues.
  • Aft on Caribe Deck of the Ruby Princess, Premium Suites C750, C748, C749, and C751 are spacious (473 sq. ft.), have large balconies, and afford great views of the ocean.
  • Also aft, two outside balcony staterooms, C752 and C753, located beside the Premium Suites have wonderful (and less breezy) ocean views.

Deck 11 -- Baja Deck

Staterooms on the Baja Deck on the Ruby Princess also have the benefit of cabins above and beneath which provide a buffer from the noises public areas can generate. All of the exterior staterooms on Deck 11 are cabins with balconies!

  • On Deck 11 of the Ruby Princess, outside exterior cabins B301- B304 are wheelchair accessible.
  • Inside cabins B711 and B712 are the only two staterooms not recommended. These are by elevators and could have noise concerns.
  • Of all the balcony staterooms on the Baja Deck of the Ruby Princess, B748- B756 and B757- B749 command that highly prized (least breezy) great aft view!

Deck 12 -- Aloha Deck

***CruiseAdvice.org Favorite Deck ***
Highly rated by our cruise experts!
The Ruby Princess features two of the most luxurious suites on Aloha Deck, and this typically means that this is where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. Having cabins above and below also makes this one of the quieter decks on your cruise! Some of the best cabins are on Aloha Deck of the Ruby Princess!

  • Outside cabins with balconies A301- A304 are wheelchair accessible on the Ruby Princess.
  • Inside stateroom A312 is wheelchair accessible on Deck 12 of the Ruby.
  • Inside cabins A711 and A712 are next to elevators and may have noise issues.
  • Aft on Aloha Deck, Owners Suites A752 and A753, with 591 sq. ft. of living space, are the largest, most luxurious accommodations on the Ruby Princess! These will also have a great view of the ocean.
  • Also aft and between the Owners Suites, Premium Suites A750 and A751 are also quite spacious with 473 sq. ft. of interior space.
  • On Deck 12 of the Ruby Princess, exterior Stateroom A747 is next to an Owners Suite and has a larger than average balcony!

Deck 14 -- Riviera Deck

Except for staterooms located forward most on this deck, the majority of cabins on the Riviera Deck of the Ruby Princess are under the Lido Deck pools, bar, and casual eateries. Because many travelers enjoy the fun on Lido Deck, during the day there's probably not much of a noise concern.

  • Outside cabins with balconies R301- R304 are wheelchair accessible on the Riviera Deck of the Ruby Princess.
  • Inside cabins R403, R407, R507, R508, R514, and R515 are larger than average.
  • Cabins R312 and R415 are wheelchair accessible.
  • Interior staterooms R711 and R712 are next to elevators and could have noise issues on Deck 14 of the Ruby Princess.
  • The best cabins to reserve on this deck are all in the forward section. Exterior cabins R202- R304 port side and R201- R303 starboard, as well as interior cabins R204- R256 and R203- R257 are all located underneath the only section of Lido which has cabins. This will make these staterooms quieter than most of the other accommodations on Riviera Deck of the Ruby Princess. If you are looking for an interior stateroom on Deck 14, we suggest reserving one in this area.
  • On Deck 14 of the Ruby Princess, exterior cabins R306- R602 port side and R305- R601 starboard, as well as interior cabins R312- R344, R315- R407, R507, R508, R514, and R515 are under the Lido pool area where noise could be a concern at night. Staff clean this area after hours, so you could hear the scraping of deck chairs as these are moved around in that process.
  • Twelve Penthouse Suites (R402- R412 and R401- R417) are located midship on Deck 14 of the Ruby Princess. Each boasts 536 sq. ft. of interior space!
  • Aft, cabins R604- R746 port side and R603- R747 starboard, and interior cabins R712- R740 and R711- R745 are underneath the Lido Food Court areas, and could have after hours cleaning noises.
  • Exterior Staterooms R746 and R747 have larger balconies than standard on the Riviera Deck of the Ruby Princess.
  • Aft, outside staterooms with balconies R750, R748, R749, and R751 are nearby the pool and will have a great (less breezy) view of the ocean!

Deck 15 -- Lido Deck

Lido Deck features cabins in the most forward area of this deck on the Ruby Princess. While there are spa facilities above, we don't think this will present a noise concern, especially during those after hours times when travelers are seeking some sleep!

  • Forward, Premium Suites L106 and L107 are the most spacious accommodations on Deck 15 of the Ruby. Each has a very spacious balcony, but we advise that views from either are probably going to be a bit windy unless there's a tailwind!
  • Between the Premium Suites, Ocean View Staterooms L104, L102, L101, and L103 have a great ocean vista. Of these, L104 is oddly shaped and larger than standard.
  • Cabins L248 and L252 are wheelchair accessible.
  • Balcony staterooms L311 and L312 are closest to the pool area. Finding a cabin farther forward on Deck 15 of the Ruby Princess might prevent any issues with noise.
 

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