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Hey Everyone! Just returned from our cruise yesterday, and will be doing a small

photo review of our trip. We really didn’t hit a lot of venues this trip, as we were with a group of 16 and did more group socializing than clubs and activities.

 

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza LA Harbor Sunday night, with the cruise parking package. Nothing amazing, but nice and convenient. We booked our party for an Escape Room (split between two rooms) for that evening at the “Back in Time Escape Rooms”. Some in our group are avid escapees, but we had never done one. It was so much fun, and I highly recommend booking one if you have the time. The staff there was also really great.

 

Our embarkation was incredibly smooth— except for the part where DH managed to go over the Vincent Bridge a couple times. Well, once was on the way to the Escape room. He drove over some of our bags in the car, since he has a knee and shoulder injury. Wanted to reduce the stress of dealing with luggage in the shuttle. Once that was done and the car turned over to the valet, we quickly took the shuttle back to the port. We had arranged assisted wheelchair boarding for DH, as he wasn’t walking too well in the days leading up to the trip. Apparently he aggravated his knee a few days before. We entered the passenger area, and he was provided a wheelchair. To the desk for health forms, and on our way. Our older kids and some friends in a suite entered at the same time, and pretty much kept were on the same boarding track as we were, time wise. There was literally no waiting — we were aboard within maybe 15-20 minutes of arrival.

 

He was wheeled straight to our suite, and he relaxed with our youngest daughter while I went off to the Sanctuary to book for Wednesday morning. Some of our group met me there. We happily booked almost the full window section on one side. Then we popped down to the Spa to get our thermal suite stickers that come with the suite we booked before heading off to Da Vinci for lunch. There were 15 of us for lunch, at two tables. The food and service was excellent — a good omen for the rest of the trip.

 

Muster was quick and painless, after which we all joined up in our suite for a sailaway party. We were in the Port of Spain suite (OS) and friends were in the suite next door, so our cabin steward opened the balcony door to create one huge balcony. I sent the kids down for some cheese plates from the IC, and our steward had supplied us with s tray of wine glasses.

 

Which brings me to one of the very few issues we encountered on this trip. Getting anyone in room service to answer the phone. Obviously on embarkation day, that’s not unusual, which is why our steward Randy helped us out with the glassware. But, it was a trend that continued for the entire cruise, regardless of what time you called. Everyone in our group experienced this issue. Appears they are grossly under staffed at the desk for room service.

 

We made reservations for our entire group at Share, and used the “buy one, get one” specialty dining coupons some of us got. That was kind of strange, as there appeared to be no rhyme or reason as to why some did, and some didn’t, get the booklets. Dinner was very good, and we were happy to see that at our table (one of 3 for the group) we had Reza for our waitress. We had met her at the Sanctuary earlier in the day, and she already knew all of our names.

 

That’s it for tonight— will get some pictures posted tomorrow and continue with the review

 

 

 

 

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We made reservations for our entire group at Share, and used the “buy one, get one” specialty dining coupons some of us got. That was kind of strange, as there appeared to be no rhyme or reason as to why some did, and some didn’t, get the booklets.

 

There are two types of coupon booklets.

 

First is the one given to all passengers. Sometimes we find it in the cabin when embarking. Sometimes it is handed to us as we walk onto the ship. Sometimes you have to hunt for it at the shops.

 

Second is one used for Travel Agent promotions. If all in your group booked using the same TA and did it at the same time, then you all should have received the coupons if they were being offered at that time. Since the promotion comes and goes and since it is with different travel agents at different times, then using different TAs and at different times could be why not everyone in your group received the coupons.

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He drove over some of our bags in the car,

 

Got a chuckle over this one. Had to read it a few times to actually understand what you were intending. At first i thought he was really in the dog house.

 

Don

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There are two types of coupon booklets.

 

 

 

First is the one given to all passengers. Sometimes we find it in the cabin when embarking. Sometimes it is handed to us as we walk onto the ship. Sometimes you have to hunt for it at the shops.

 

 

 

Second is one used for Travel Agent promotions. If all in your group booked using the same TA and did it at the same time, then you all should have received the coupons if they were being offered at that time. Since the promotion comes and goes and since it is with different travel agents at different times, then using different TAs and at different times could be why not everyone in your group received the coupons.

 

 

 

As per usual, the people that didn’t get them were told different things from the stewards about why they didn’t get one. My family was booked at the same time, via the same TA. Three cabins for us, but only two got the booklets. Some friends booked direct, and got the booklets, some didn’t. We were told the steward “ran out”, that it was a TA associated perk, etc. Whatever the reason, it didn’t appear to be consistent. But we had enough to cover our group reasonably well for the dinner, since those of us who got them, got two of the booklets per cabin.

 

 

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Got a chuckle over this one. Had to read it a few times to actually understand what you were intending. At first i thought he was really in the dog house.

 

 

 

Don

 

 

 

Lol — nope, no dog house. I had an excess of baggage due to the event we were celebrating. DH fell off a ladder in February and had some ankle fractures, knee messed up, shoulder seriously messed up and a nasty 10cm gash on his calf. Needs surgery for the knee and shoulder. And then just days before we left, he managed to aggravate the knee injury to the point where walking was slow going. He improved after a day or so onboard with the knee issue, although he couldn’t use the stairs all week. Was just easier to go over in the car with the bags and one of our able bodied young men (aka our daughter’s boyfriend).

 

 

 

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Got a chuckle over this one. Had to read it a few times to actually understand what you were intending. At first i thought he was really in the dog house.

 

Don

 

Poor guy, I was thinking the same.

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Lol — nope, no dog house. I had an excess of baggage due to the event we were celebrating. DH fell off a ladder in February and had some ankle fractures, knee messed up, shoulder seriously messed up and a nasty 10cm gash on his calf. Needs surgery for the knee and shoulder. And then just days before we left, he managed to aggravate the knee injury to the point where walking was slow going. He improved after a day or so onboard with the knee issue, although he couldn’t use the stairs all week. Was just easier to go over in the car with the bags and one of our able bodied young men (aka our daughter’s boyfriend).

 

 

 

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Glad it got better over time. He will feel so much better once he has surgery. Enjoying the review so far.

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More detail on our Share experience. We were promptly seated, and offered our choice of table configuration depending on how we wanted to portion out our large group. The staff really went out of their way to be flexible and make sure we were happy.

 

As I mentioned earlier, our waitress was Reza (might have the spelling wrong -- Riza?) who was excellent. The pacing of the meal was quite leisurely, but always attentive. The host (or venue Maitre D -- not sure of his actual title) came by on several occasions to check on us. His demeanor was fun and friendly, so it enhanced the experience, rather than making us feel over supervised.

 

At our table, a variety of 1st courses were ordered -- I got the Pantaleo Cheese -- which I enjoyed, and was surprised that the onion was the best part. Most others got a variation of the Charcuterie -- there was a garlic version, spicy version, and one more. Everyone enjoyed their choices, and there was a bit of sharing going on. Portions are very small. With so many upcoming courses, it really allowed you to just enjoy each course, since you didn't feel overwhelmed.

 

Second courses were the Lemon Poached Prawns (ordered by several in the group, and everyone loved it), Gem salad (several people ordered this, and it was universally disliked)

 

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Ruby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

Lemon Poached Prawns

 

For our third course, I had the Pork Ravioli, as did one of our daughters. It was quite enjoyable, but the texture was a bit unusual and not a "rush to order again" dish.

 

27308149458_e41e856181_c.jpgPork Ravioli at Share by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

The Ricotta Cavatelli was ordered by quite a few, and really enjoyed. I tasted it, and found it to be quite delicious

 

27308156428_d91cc444a5_c.jpgRicotta Cavatelli at Share Ruby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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The fourth course included the Butter Poached Lobster Tail -- very good, quite enjoyed it.

 

39371576370_62236dc017_c.jpgButter Poached Lobster Tail at Share by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

The Day Boat Scallops and White Corn Veloute -- didn't get photos of those, but heard from those that ordered them that they were good. The scallops were particularly well received, the Veloute was "good, but not my favorite".

 

Course five brought us to the Land options. I ordered the Lamb Loin, as did one of my tablemates. I love lamb, and found it to be one of the most tender lamb entrees I've ever had, with a mild lamb flavor. My friend had never had lamb before, and found it to be too flavorful in the wrong way. So my take is that if you love lamb, you will probably enjoy this selection

 

41137684442_2fb90ecf73_c.jpgLamb Loin at Share Ruby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

A few ordered the Duck Leg Confit, which got a thumbs up. No photo of that, unfortunately. DH and a few others ordered the Strip Loin Steak. He thought it was a bit tough. I tasted it, and must have gotten a good bite, because I didn't think it was tough.

 

41182361681_8a26620c65_c.jpgStrip Loin Steak at Share Ruby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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Not going to over do the "day by day" info of the cruise, since a lot of it was centered around hanging with our friends. But will take this opportunity to post a little about our cabin and sail away photos.

 

I had intended on doing complete cabin photos and video, but under estimated the demands of hosting a largish group. As mentioned, we were in an Owner's Suite. A big splurge for us, but frankly, the price was right and the space ideal for this trip. We could not have asked for a more perfect hosting space, especially for the fare we booked at.

 

It was our first aft cabin, and definitely not our last. The motion didn't phase us at all, it was incredibly quiet, with zero foot traffic other than our friends and family. The cabin was well maintained, the decor was soothing and it was comfortably appointed.

 

The bed was luxe -- the mattress was on the firm side for me, but DH thought it was perfection. The bedding was heavenly to climb into at night, after a hard day of socializing ;) Closet was smaller than I expected from videos I had seen, but still nice. There was tons of cupboard and drawer space -- more than we needed.

 

Bathroom set up worked really well, and DH said it was the most comfortable tub he's ever been in. I missed checking that out, so will have to book this cabin again, lol.

 

Here are a few random pics of our sail away party and cabin space

 

40277617965_8c18c8ea19_c.jpgWet Bar A752 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277617065_5aea08210c_c.jpgLiving area A752 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277615205_9cc7bee118_c.jpgSailaway by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277104605_ed52f5a840_c.jpgSailaway view from A750 looking towards A752 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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One of the reasons I had extra baggage this trip, is because I wanted to decorate the cabin in the spirit of a "wedding" event. I spent a lot of time considering what options would be easily transported (small, lightweight, not too fragile, cost effective, easy to put up and take down). I settled on Chinese lanterns with radio controlled battery lights, silk flowers and magnetic hooks. I also brought some of our original wedding photos to put around.

 

I planned a tea party in our suite for Tuesday -- didn't get any photos (argh) but it was great. I had the decorations up, the tea service was delivered on time (ordered for 10, with 16 attendees -- it was perfect other than being short on cups). Even the guys showed up and enjoyed it. We also squeezed in the Maitre D's wine tasting just before hand. Here are some pics of the decor I came up with:

 

27299708918_1c9ebee5d1_c.jpgRenewal Decor Wetbar by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

27299711558_50f1b54bce_c.jpgDecor at desk, A752 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

41173656991_86221a9294_c.jpgWet Bar Decor, angle 2 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

With the lights turned on:

 

27299714908_f12b12cd18_c.jpgDecor lit up by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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Tuesday night was Formal Night -- I had purchased the All Inclusive package just for this purpose. Our group met up and lined up for various photo ops. I won't bore you with many :p. I've just discovered, when downloading my ship flash drive, that they didn't give me the digitals for our larger group photos. So annoying -- now I have a scanning task ahead of me, with reduced quality in the resulting image. I think they are now using a facial recognition program to pull out your images for the digital copies -- and it didn't work on the large group shots.

 

One note of issue with the actual photo taking. Generally, the photographers were personable and worked with us, but the first guy (at the ship background) was not so thrilled with our group size. He said he could only shoot a max group of 8, so we did our family shots first, then a few with DH and I with each family in our group. This annoyed him. Presumably because this held up the line?? Not sure. All the families involved, had also waited in line, and didn't take a family shot of their own, since they didn't plan on ordering any. So as far as I'm concerned, it was not inappropriate to get the shots we had waited in line for.

 

The staircase set up allowed large groups, so we did get some there, which were not on my flash drive. Ultimately, we are happy with our images, but figured I would mention it for future cruisers traveling in a larger group.

 

39382610140_88a4d10308_c.jpgCore Family by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40479671964_34e2a767b7_c.jpgalx_6897_r by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

After photos, we went to the DaVinci Dining room for dinner. This ended up being our big service issue, other than the room service line never being picked up.

 

So half of our group had Club Class, and half didn't. We had zero expectation or intent that we could get all of us seated in Club Class, but when we arrived at the host area for Club Class, I asked the hostess if she was aware, or if we could coordinate so that our non-club class people could be seated at least on the same side of the ship as the CC section. Note, that we waited to go to the MDR until just after 8pm, knowing that a later arrival time is usually less crowded. She called over the head waiter, who said "no". OK, no problem. I said something like, "we will just meet up with them again after dinner, and so we need a table for 6 in club class". To which he replied "No, you have to go to the MDR entrance to be seated". I thought he misunderstood, and repeated that all 6 of us were in suites, and that we therefore needed a table for 6 in CC. The resulting back and forth included "You should have shown up at your assigned time". ???? I replied Club Class is Anytime, and there is no assigned time. He says "You came too late, we close in 20 minutes" -- it was 8:15, so that was a lie, they did not close in 20 minutes, and it shouldn't have mattered, we were there before closing, period. He finished with "It's difficult to seat such a large group, you will have to go elsewhere". SIX?? Didn't know the was an excessively large group.

 

The kicker is, there was an empty table for 8 in front of us, prepped for diners. It was part of the regular MDR (white tablecloth) but it was right there, empty, next to the CC section. If I had been in his position, I would have said "one moment" and checked with the MDR team to see if he could seat our party of 6 at that table for CC service. But nope, we just got turned away.

 

I marched straight over to the passenger services desk and complained -- the staff member was visibly stunned. He said someone higher up would contact me, which never happened. After filing my complaint, I gathered up my group and we all went to the regular MDR hostess, and were all seated within minutes, and treated to outstanding service for our meal.

 

Needless to say, I made no attempt to ever eat in the CC section the rest of the trip, I was that irritated. We ended up ordering in several times over the rest of the cruise, and enjoying our suite and balcony. I did have to call the passenger services desk to actually get thru to the room service people ;p but it was worth it. We also ended spending a lot more in tips, because in room dining for 10-12 people at a time is a lot of extra work for the room service staff, as well as our steward. I also made all our guests scrape and stack the dirty dishes, to reduce the work load for Randy. ;)

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I forgot that earlier that day, DH, DD3 and I had lunch in DaVinci (regular section, DD3 did not have CC). The wait staff were excellent, and the food was delicious.

 

Starters are self explanatory:

 

27308150748_6dbb415b8f_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40469404964_4a9eb674ec_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

I ordered the Chicken Korma for my entree, which was fantastic. Really, really good. I'm going to have to learn how to make it.

 

39371576570_d8d599c405_c.jpgChicken Korma by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

DH ordered a fish entree

 

27308164478_3257de38fd_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

DD3 ordered a phillycheese steak sandwich, so didn't get a photo, as most know how that looks.

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I am enjoying your review. Thank you for taking the time to do it. Love all the photos. You have a lovely family.

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Wednesday morning we had booked the Sanctuary. It was a bit chilly for the first half or so, then perfect temps as we got later in the morning and further south.

 

It was not crowded, and the attendants were readily available and friendly. We had blankets as needed, drink service, and later in the morning, food. I just love the ambiance there -- definitely puts me in my happy place. We did book the starboard side, which for this particular morning was a mistake -- port side had the amazing views of the Arches and Los Cabo when we arrived. Didn't stop us from thoroughly enjoying our morning, though.

 

40277612415_1d87acc0b2_c.jpgSanctuary by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277610305_400f200aea_c.jpgDD1 and BF1, almost by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277595625_be7be0c9ed_c.jpgDD1, BF1, DD2, BF1 by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277607705_07f00a7ae6_c.jpgSanctuary Ruby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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I forgot that earlier that day, DH, DD3 and I had lunch in DaVinci (regular section, DD3 did not have CC). The wait staff were excellent, and the food was delicious.

 

Starters are self explanatory:

 

27308150748_6dbb415b8f_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40469404964_4a9eb674ec_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

I ordered the Chicken Korma for my entree, which was fantastic. Really, really good. I'm going to have to learn how to make it.

 

39371576570_d8d599c405_c.jpgChicken Korma by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

DH ordered a fish entree

 

27308164478_3257de38fd_c.jpgRuby Princess Dining by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

DD3 ordered a phillycheese steak sandwich, so didn't get a photo, as most know how that looks.

 

I'm sailing on the Ruby later this year. Thank you for the photos and review.

 

I have to say, personally, I don't think the Chicken or Fish dishes looked very appetizing. They may have tasted fine, but the mono color and mushy looking texture just didn't look appetizing to me.

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I'm sailing on the Ruby later this year. Thank you for the photos and review.

 

I have to say, personally, I don't think the Chicken or Fish dishes looked very appetizing. They may have tasted fine, but the mono color and mushy looking texture just didn't look appetizing to me.

 

Yes, I do basically agree. The Korma is not a visually appealing dish, but the flavors were wonderful. I love Indian food, so I'm willing to overlook the visual ;). That fish entree didn't look appetizing to me at all, but DH liked it. He liked mine better though :D

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Cabo! So we have visited Cabo every year the past few years, so didn't have any real interest in doing much in port. A portion of our group was up for visiting Cabo Wabo, so 8 of us did that. DD3 stayed onboard and relaxed in our suite, DD2 and BF2 did the Pirate ship scuba excursion, and everyone else did their own thing. I did hear some fun was had a Senior Frogs, when we bumped into some of our friends outside of the lighthouse tequila store. So much so, that they went back after tequila shopping.

 

Cabo Wabo was crowded, but we were seated rather quickly, had fast, friendly service and WaboRita's in hand in very short order. Live music was very good. We ended up getting a second round of drinks, and were all pretty happy :D

 

39362516260_54a3b1f127_c.jpgCheers! WaboRita time by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

39362515310_cc65723bf1_c.jpgCabo Wabo Cantina by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

39362515150_9d19301a9c_c.jpgPost WaboRita by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

After drinks, we went to a shop we visited last year, and more drinks :rolleyes: DH, I think, along with Mianmike ordered tequila shots for most of us. I didn't get any photos, but I know there is at least one great shot of the tequila out there, that I'm hoping someone will post, hint, hint. I also did some shopping at this store, as I like their glassware. Tradition has evolved to purchasing two pieces of barware each cruise. This year was two beautiful aqua glazed shot glasses, a lovely blue patterned serving tray, and a rack with 6 green swirled shot glasses.

 

Next up was the lighthouse for tequila. We did a little tasting, and ended up purchasing an almond tequila. They were out of the Pinta pomegranate tequila, and only had some nasty syrup like excuse for pomegranate liquor. We passed. After everyone made their selections, DD1 asked if we could hit Solomon's Landing for tacos. She loves their tacos.

 

Unfortunately, they don't serve them on their dinner menu, so we opted for a round of appetizers. We got a blue crab dip, a lettuce wrapped chicken, and an artichoke dip. The artichoke one was the bomb. I'm not actually a huge fan of this restaurant. Had no intention of returning here again, as I think it's over priced, but DD1, like her sisters, asks for very little. BUT, I would go back for the artichoke dip :)

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After leaving Solomon's Landing, I was ready to head back. We ended up doing a lot more than I originally thought, no complaints, but was feeling guilty that DD3 was alone. (Turns out she was reasonably engaged with friends she met in the Teen Lounge this trip) There was a reasonably long line for the tender, but we've been in much worse. Our trip back to the ship ended up being in the dark, which afforded a great view of the Ruby lit up in the night.

 

41173138561_2afa44c708_c.jpgRuby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

41173159071_89fe2d592d_c.jpgRuby Princess by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

We all freshened up and reconvened for dinner in our suite. Didn't take any photos, don't remember what we ate, but it was essentially all good. We'd been indulging in tequila, had cocktails in our suite, and were just happy to be sharing a wonderful day with family and friends. Doesn't get much better.

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Thursday morning we skipped the suite breakfast in Crown Grill (which I really haven't mentioned, but we enjoyed regularly) and had room service.

 

Room service coffee really sucks, so wish we had grabbed some cappuccino from the IC instead of ordering the carafe from room service. But other than that, it was a surreal and lovely experience to enjoy an intimate breakfast on our balcony with views of Cabo. OK, it was seriously warm, aka hot, but the ship shifted and we ended up with some shade on our balcony that saved the day.

 

27299715518_044b9bc824_c.jpgEarly morning Cabo by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

39362525640_19710dc6a0_c.jpgSouth Cabo beaches by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

40277104995_5cc8ce33b9_c.jpgBreakfast by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

After breakfast, DH and I made our way to the spa. We had the thermal suite access with our cabin, and had yet to check it out. The rest of the morning was spent enjoying those fantastic tile loungers and the wet steam rooms. Heavenly. We wanted to hit the hot tubs at the Lotus Pool, but they were a little crowded, and we were still in "us" mode. Our renewal was scheduled for that evening, and we needed time for lunch, showers, etc.

 

Taking a review break for now, will finish up either later today, or tomorrow. Thanks for reading :)

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I am enjoying your review. Thank you for taking the time to do it. Love all the photos. You have a lovely family.

 

 

 

Thank you [emoji4]. I always love reading reviews, so like to pay it forward.

 

 

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I have to say, personally, I don't think the Chicken or Fish dishes looked very appetizing. They may have tasted fine, but the mono color and mushy looking texture just didn't look appetizing to me.

 

All foods that are white are notoriously difficult to photograph attractively.

 

In her previous life Mrs. XBGuy developed recipes as marketing materials to aid in selling various consumer products. Often, she would be asked to assist in the photography that was used for the advertising collateral. After a full eight hours of work, it was not uncommon for them to get only two good shots.

 

Fish, chicken, mashed potatoes, potato chips, for example, are all very difficult for even professionals to photograph attractively. Keep in mind, also, that these guys are working in studios, using high-dollar very sophisticated cameras (multiple), and very sophisticated lighting equipment. The OP with her digital camera or her cell phone was able to point-and-shoot to get her shots in just a few seconds.

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All foods that are white are notoriously difficult to photograph attractively.

 

In her previous life Mrs. XBGuy developed recipes as marketing materials to aid in selling various consumer products. Often, she would be asked to assist in the photography that was used for the advertising collateral. After a full eight hours of work, it was not uncommon for them to get only two good shots.

 

Fish, chicken, mashed potatoes, potato chips, for example, are all very difficult for even professionals to photograph attractively. Keep in mind, also, that these guys are working in studios, using high-dollar very sophisticated cameras (multiple), and very sophisticated lighting equipment. The OP with her digital camera or her cell phone was able to point-and-shoot to get her shots in just a few seconds.

 

My comments had nothing to do with photography. It had to do with poor meals prepared by the kitchen. Mono color. Soft/ mushy texture. There should be some color and crunchy texture to make it more appetizing.

 

Yes ... the fish dish was red and had color. But again, all one color and soft fish and soft something on the side. Need to have another color and crunchy alongside. Add some variety & flavors.

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My comments had nothing to do with photography. It had to do with poor meals prepared by the kitchen. Mono color. Soft/ mushy texture. There should be some color and crunchy texture to make it more appetizing.

 

Yes ... the fish dish was red and had color. But again, all one color and soft fish and soft something on the side. Need to have another color and crunchy alongside. Add some variety & flavors.

 

 

My apologies CG999, I thought your were commenting on the pictures.

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Enjoying your review and all the pics. Thanks so much for posting! We sail on the Ruby on April 14.

 

~Denise

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My comments had nothing to do with photography. It had to do with poor meals prepared by the kitchen. Mono color. Soft/ mushy texture. There should be some color and crunchy texture to make it more appetizing.

 

Yes ... the fish dish was red and had color. But again, all one color and soft fish and soft something on the side. Need to have another color and crunchy alongside. Add some variety & flavors.

 

 

 

I knew what you meant, but will add that although it might not show in the image, the dish absolutely had texture variety, in addition to great flavor. You can add almond slivers, cilantro, and some other options per your preference. The assistant waiter comes with a tray of little dishes that have all the options to sprinkle on the Korma.

 

 

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All foods that are white are notoriously difficult to photograph attractively.

 

 

 

In her previous life Mrs. XBGuy developed recipes as marketing materials to aid in selling various consumer products. Often, she would be asked to assist in the photography that was used for the advertising collateral. After a full eight hours of work, it was not uncommon for them to get only two good shots.

 

 

 

Fish, chicken, mashed potatoes, potato chips, for example, are all very difficult for even professionals to photograph attractively. Keep in mind, also, that these guys are working in studios, using high-dollar very sophisticated cameras (multiple), and very sophisticated lighting equipment. The OP with her digital camera or her cell phone was able to point-and-shoot to get her shots in just a few seconds.

 

 

 

Great info on the process of food photography— I’ve heard they often have to use faux elements to achieve a appetizing appearance. I do manage to get better shots with my real camera, but generally don’t want to lug that to a meal [emoji1]

 

 

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Enjoying your review and all the pics. Thanks so much for posting! We sail on the Ruby on April 14.

 

~Denise

You are most welcome :)

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So the big impetus for this particular cruise, and inviting family and friends is that we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We have always wanted to do a vow renewal, and had to put it off a few times in the past for a variety of reasons. Last year, we added one on the spur of the moment to my 50th birthday cruise, to see what we thought of the renewal package Princess offers. We didn't want to invite everyone this year, without knowing it was something we actually were good with. We liked it, so here we are :)

 

We did a "first look" in our suite. DH had not seen the dress during the 6 months I worked on it. I have been wanting to try my hand at making a bridal gown for decades, but never had an opportunity that called for one. I don't want my girls to think they need to ask me to make theirs, so this was a perfect time to fulfill that creative drive, where ever the spirit moved me. So here are a few of our first look pics (courtesy of MamaMia2), then I will add a few of the professional ones. The more complete range will be in an upcoming review of the renewal package I'm going to do in the wedding section. I will add a link to my signature once it's done, in case you are interested.

 

39388515490_0165c2a5f9_c.jpgFirst Look by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

39388519830_b29e7f826e_c.jpgFirst Look by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

27299636168_654b857c8c_c.jpgVows by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

 

41153732652_7e23ba4226_c.jpgRing Exchange by Elisa of PetraElise, on Flickr

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