Ruby Princess Departs on Inaugural Voyage from Galveston
Photo courtesy of Port of Galveston.
The Ruby Princess departed Galveston Sunday, Dec. 18, on an 11-day sailing to Mexico and the Caribbean, marking Princess Cruises' first cruise from Galveston in six years.
It was the first of 16 sailings from Galveston on Ruby Princess' winter schedule which includes 5- to 11-day voyages along with two 16-day, ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal transits between Galveston and San Francisco. It is estimated that Ruby Princess will carry upwards of 50,000 passengers from Galveston during its winter/spring 2022-23 schedule, with many guests opting for pre- or post-cruise land stays to explore the historic seaside city.
To mark the Princess' return to Galveston, Princess President John Padgett hosted a traditional maritime plaque exchange with Galveston Port Director Rodger Rees and Wharves Board Chairman Harry Maxwell prior to departure.
"Galveston is an important port for Princess Cruises and provides an exciting and easy-to-reach option for millions of people living in the southwestern U.S. to enjoy the ultimate in classic cruise vacations marked by our Princess MedallionClass service," said Padgett. "We appreciate the support of the Port of Galveston and the greater Galveston community for helping make this day possible."
Rees added, "Cruising from Galveston has never been better. Adding the first-class Ruby Princess to our sailing schedule, with its enticing itineraries, offers our cruise guests yet another spectacular sailing experience. These itineraries are a nice addition to our current ports of call. As the fourth most popular homeport in the U.S., we're excited to welcome this beautiful ship to Galveston."
The 113,561-ton Ruby Princess offers guests a wide range of onboard amenities including nearly 900 balcony cabins, as well as a luxurious spa, a delicious array of dining options, dazzling entertainment, four pools and acres of teak-planked decks for sunning and relaxing.
The 3,080-passenger ship has 19 passenger decks and guests are served by 1,100 crew members.