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Old 04-17-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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DCL vs. Princess

Can you tell me the difference between a balcony room on the Disney Dream compared to the same on the Princess Ruby. Looking at pictures, it appears you get a couch on the Dream, but only a chair on the Ruby. Anyone know??
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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As a matter of fact, I have cruised BOTH of the ships in question.
So, I will tell you that the layout of the balcony room on the Ruby Princess is different than on a DCL ship. The bathroom is NOT split, you do NOT have a tub. As you walk in, the bathroom is first, then a large closet-like area (but no door), and then you get to the actual room. There is a chair, not a couch. There is less storage on the Ruby Princess.
Also, on the Ruby Princess, you will have the added benefit of cruising with your grandmother and all of her friends. The Ruby Princess has a nice, smokey, casino for you to walk through every time you decide to go somewhere on the ship as well. AND, there are tons of books out sunning themselves on the deck chairs by the adult pool (and if you try to move one, an old lady will come over and scream at you).
I do not enjoy the "anytime" dining either. I like to get to know my servers. I will say that the one redeeming quality of the Ruby was the spa...amazing!
As you can probably tell, I did not particularly enjoy my time on the Ruby Princess. While the ship itself was pretty nice, its not DCL, and I wouldn't do it again.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Disney standard balcony cabins are comparable to Princess Mini-Suites. The standard balcony room just has a chair, but no couch. We cruised Princess 8 times before we tried DCL. We liked the product, but LOVED Disney. I was skeptical, but indeed there is more storage on DCL. Previous poster is correct about the bathroom set up as well, although you do get a bathtub if you book a mini-suite.
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I have sailed on the Emerald Princess (sister to the Ruby) twice, and we'd sail that ship or the Ruby in a heartbeat. Princess does not allow smoking on balconies, and it's easy enough to avoid walking through the casino. You can also get traditional or assigned dining; you do not have to do the anytime. I'm not sure about the grandmother crack, but we enjoy meeting people regardless of age.

The Caribe deck cabins have the largest balconies, with half covered and half uncovered, so you can get some sun but also some privacy from the people above.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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I have sailed on the Ruby Princess's sisters, Crown and Emerald, and enjoyed them very much. However, both were in inside cabins. Princess has beautiful ships as well as great itineraries.

I prefer to cruise with adults rather than a bunch of kids, so Princess's older demographic doesn't bother me. As mentioned, Princess no longer allows smoking on balconies. I don't care for smoky casinos, so I try to avoid walking through them. (Celebrity's casinos are non-smoking - if you're looking for the most restrictive smoking policies.)

Unless I specifically want to sail with DCL - I choose a cruise by itinerary and price. DCL rarely wins based on that criteria.
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