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  1. Just for info..Zumba instructors are "licensed". They have to have a license to teach it and all that is necessary is to take the Z workshop...only one. Anyone can purchase the license. However, whenever I have watched Zumba on the cruise ships it is always taught by a crew member with previous experience...like one of the dancers or a talented CD like we had on the Ruby. Certification is given to those who complete an in depth course to become a personal trainer, or group exercise instructor, or Yoga...or Pilates. I at one time had a group instructor certification, and then went on to pay a fee to get the license to teach Zumba (which I ended up not doing). To keep the license...the person teaching has to be a member and pay the fee monthly. On our very long 7 week South America Cruise on the Royal we had Zumba. The instructor was "Matt O", the Cruise Director who was a very talented guy. He was one of the best instructors I have ever watched. And then the assist CD took over on days Matt was not available. The cruise lines are also now offering line dancing...mostly happens in the evening, sometimes in the afternoons. We recently returned from an Alaska Cruise on the Ruby Princess and there was no Zumba. Likely there was a crew member but they were busy doing other required duties.
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    hi...we just returned home a week ago from a cruise on the Ruby. We sailed from Seattle to Alaska for a week. We all enjoyed ourselves as we were with many family members this time around. The Ruby is a tired looking ship, but we found it to be clean and the crew and staff to be wonderful. 'Service was excellent and we have taken over 25 cruises, most on Princess. We found the food to be better than average. The entertainment better than average. And our granddaughter and her cousin loved the kid's program called "Discovery". Everything from embarkation to debarkation was so smooth What was different?: Well, our daughter, hubby, and DD had a mini-suite. It was tired looking and definitely not up to the new mini-suites like on the Royal. However, if you have a child, it is nice because the room has a type of divider that gives a bit of privacy and play area for the child. My DD and SIL liked that feature. The International Cafe was nice but they did not have the sugar free syrups that I like for my iced mochas (not a huge issue unless on a long cruise) The Horizon court is an older design and it is a bit more of a challenge to find a table. However, we always were able to. We made sure to secure a table first before getting our food. I would sail on the Ruby again for Alaska. I would rather be on the Royal for a longer cruise. We took a seven week cruise around South America on the Royal a couple of months ago.
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