Ruby Princess

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Ruby Princess (ship, 2008) IMO 9378462; in Split, 2011-10-17 (2).jpg
Ruby Princess is leaving Split on October 17, 2011
Career
Name: Ruby Princess
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda
Route: Caribbean / Europe
Ordered: 2007
Builder: Fincantieri (Monfalcone-Trieste, Italy)[1][2]
Cost: US $400,000,000
Yard number: 6150[3]
Laid down: June 2007
Launched: February 1, 2008
Christened: November 6, 2008 by Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter[4]
Completed: October 2008
Acquired: October 23, 2008
Maiden voyage: November 8, 2008
In service: November 2008
Identification: IMO number: 9378462[5]
Call Sign ZCDY2[5]
MMSI 310567000[6]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Grand class cruise ship
Tonnage: 113,000 GT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36 m)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
Decks: 19 decks
Installed power: Gas turbines (25,000kW each)
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 3,080 passengers
Crew: 1,200

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.[7] She was officially named at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 6, 2008, by Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter .[4]

Design[edit]

The stern of Ruby Princess, captured near Split, Oct 17, 2011

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 like the original designs.[8] This modified design was first seen on the Diamond Princess/Sapphire Princess twin ships.

Ruby Princess 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 the ship. Weight-wise she was the largest ship in the Princess fleet before the arrival of the new Royal Princess.[9][10]

Current and planned cruises[edit]

Ruby Princess is currently based in Southampton for cruises to the British Isles, Norway and North Cape.[11]

In the Summer of 2015, the ship for the first time will sail out of Seattle, Washington on the line's Inside Passage route together with the Crown Princess, stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C., and either Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm Fjord.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ruby Princess Cruise Ship Photos". ShipParade. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Wagner, Richard H. "Ruby Princess Ship Facts". BeyondShips. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Colton, Tim. "Large Cruise Ships by Operator". ShipbuildingHistory.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Ruby Princess Delivered by Shipyard Today; Sets Sail for Florida". Princess Cruises. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Ruby Princess (982126)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. https://cgmix.uscg.mil/PSIX/PSIXDetails.aspx?VesselID=982126.
  6. ^ "Ruby Princess (IMO: 9378462)". vesseltracker.com. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Ruby Princess". Cruise Hive. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Klein, Robert. "Grand Class". Castles of the Seas. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Princess Cruises Debuts New "Ultimate Ship Tour" with Launch of Ruby Princess". Princess Cruises. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Garrison, Linda. "New Features on Ruby Princess". About.com. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
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  12. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/10804-princess-presents-2015-alaska-cruise-and-cruisetour-program-.html

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