Ruby Princess is leaving Split on October 17, 2011
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Port of registry:||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Route:||Caribbean / Europe|
|Builder:||Fincantieri (Monfalcone-Trieste, Italy)|
|Laid down:||June 2007|
|Launched:||February 1, 2008|
|Christened:||November 6, 2008 by Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter|
|Acquired:||October 23, 2008|
|Maiden voyage:||November 8, 2008|
|In service:||November 2008|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9378462
Call Sign ZCDY2
|Class & type:||Grand class cruise ship|
|Length:||951 ft (290 m)|
|Beam:||118 ft (36 m)|
|Draught:||8 m (26 ft)|
|Installed power:||Gas turbines (25,000kW each)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
Ruby Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She was built in 2008 by Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy. She is a sister ship to Crown Princess and Emerald Princess. Ruby Princess was turned over to Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises in late October 2008. She was officially named at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 6, 2008, by Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter .
Ruby Princess continued the modified Grand Class design with the Skywalkers Night Club moved just aft of the funnel, rather than suspended over the stern. As seen on the Diamond Princess/Sapphire Princess twin designs.
Ruby Princess also was the first to debut a new program called the Ultimate Ship Tour, where guests are given a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a city at sea. Weight-wise she was the largest ship in the Princess fleet before the arrival of the new Royal Princess .
Current and planned cruises
Ruby Princess is currently in the Mediterranean sailing 12-Day Grand Mediterranean Cruises. Planned are a transatlantic in October 2012 followed by 7-Day Eastern Caribbean cruises. In April 2013, she will move back to Europe, sailing 7/12-Day Greek Isles cruises. Moving back to Florida in late November 2013, she will sail 4/5/9-Day Caribbean cruises. In 2014, the ship will be based in Southampton for cruises to the British Isles, Norway and North Cape.
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