Princess Cruises Announces Next “Gem” of a Ship

Princess Cruises will add another ‘gem’ to its fleet in November 2008, with the debut of Ruby Princess. The line has unveiled the ship’s name along with its inaugural deployment, A season of seven-day Western Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale.

Ruby Princess is a sister to the enthusiastically received Emerald Princess and Crown Princess, and will make its maiden sailing on November 15, 2008. Its Caribbean program will feature calls at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the line’s private beach call at Princess Cays in the Bahamas. The ship’s first season will run through April 2009.

“With the addition of Ruby Princess we’re continuing to offer vacationers further opportunities for a fantastic vacation escape,” said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. “The feedback from our passengers is that these new ships are really destinations unto themselves because of their great onboard amenities and features. Ruby Princess will be the perfect backdrop for our guests to enjoy the sun and fun of the Caribbean.”

The new vessel includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium featuring small-bite eateries and an ever-changing array of performing street entertainers. Passengers will also enjoy Princess’ other array of dining venues including the signature Sabatini’s Italian trattoria and the Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults called The Sanctuary.

Ruby Princess will also offer the many other innovations that define the Princess experience, including the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, multiple entertainment options, Personal Choice Dining featuring traditional or Anytime seating, a relaxing Asian-style Lotus Spa with fitness center, an extensive children and teen’s center, a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies – perfect for enjoying the scenic Caribbean islands.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at

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