There are many open areas on the Ruby Princess.
The Calypso is an outdoor section on the Lido deck that offers a small pool with fairly extensive seating around the outside. The pool also features two hot tubs and the Calypso bar facing the pool. The loungers are cushioned so you can actually sit down for 2 hours and watch a movie at night or in the afternoon. The screen is large enough to be seen from many parts of the ship. They really jack up the volume to accommodate all areas, which can get pretty loud some times.
Neptune’s Reef and Pool sits opposite the Calypso on the Lido deck, featuring a similarly small swimming area with two pools and extensive seating surrounding the water. While both pools are situated right next to one another, the Neptune sits closer to many of the on-deck casual dining options like the Trident Grill.
The Terrace Pool is a small pool that sits at the rear of the Riviera deck below the Horizon Terrace and offers a panoramic views of the horizon behind the Ruby Princess. The swimming area is smaller, but the pool itself is located separate from the main pool and deck areas making it a little more private.
This miniscule area is for adults only, you can access it through Café Caribe or through deck 8. There are not many loungers here. The water is a little cooler, but there is a more private hot tub.
On the Sun Deck (deck 16), there is extensive outdoor seating across nearly the entire length of the Ruby Princess, with a large video screen for displaying movies for the Ruby’s “Movies Under the Stars” events. The sun deck overlooks both pool areas as well, with stair access to the Calypso and Neptune pool areas.
There is also a bar here, the Tradewinds, directly in front of the spa entrance. There is a smoking area here. We can’t imagine people emerging from the spa really enjoy this, but it wasn’t our decision to make.
This deck area gets pretty full on sea days, but not necessarily overcrowded.
The promenade stretches across decks seven and eight, with the main promenade circling the perimeter of the ship on deck 7. On deck 8, this upper-level section offers views off the bow and chairs to sit and soak it all up.
You can jog around the whole ship. If you make it 2.5 times, you have run a mile.
If you are taking the kids with you on a cruise, sometimes you need a little “you” time. The Sanctuary is an adults-only area designed for relaxation, with views extending out ahead of the Ruby Princess. The Sanctuary has a hot tub and swimming pool, as well as several shaded seating areas with umbrellas and tables to get away from it—the kids that is—for a short while.
To relax, Princess provides shade and an outdoor masseuse specializing in sport therapy, Swedish, couples, full body, and chair massages. There is a special food menu here, with light dishes and comfort food, spanning from fruit kebabs to full blown burgers and pizza. Food will set you back an additional $3 per delivery per person.
Entrance to The Sanctuary is $20 per day, or $10 for a half day. Drinks are free.