Galveston’s cruise scene continues to heat up.
Princess Cruises this week announced the return of the Ruby Princess after a six-year absence.
The ship will operate a winter schedule of five- to 11-day Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston. It also will sail through the Panama Canal on two 16-day, ocean-to-ocean transits between Galveston and San Francisco.
The 113,561-ton Ruby Princess, one of the company’s high-tech Medallion Class vessels, can carry 3,080 passengers and 1,100 crew members. Passengers have access to an onboard spa, four swimming pools, multiple restaurants, entertainment, and plenty of teak-planked sun decks.
The Ruby’s return follows the recent arrival in Galveston of one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The Allure made its first departure from Galveston in November, marking the inaugural cruise from Royal Caribbean’s plush, brand-new terminal.