Empress of the Seas

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago     Questions? 1-888-298-4230
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Empress of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 1840 passengers and crew, and sails from Miami, Florida and Tampa, Florida.

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Perfect for young spring breakers

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3 out of 5

Perfect for young spring breakers

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

This boat is clearly very old and you do get what you pay for (we paid very little).  However,  this was the perfect trip for us young spring breakers.

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4 out of 5

Not bad for A 4 Night Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We loved Key West, it was our favorite part of the cruise! The ship although older was very clean! The bar/waiter service around the pool deck could of been a little better, not sure if it's because of the beverage packages they have but it did take awhile to get a drink! Shows were just ok! They did have a comedian who was very good!

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5 out of 5

Little Ship, Big Heart!!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I went on a birthday cruise with my best friend. We had a blast on the boat! There was plenty to do to keep you busy or just lounge by the pool for some sun, drinks, and great reggae music. The lady who cleaned our room was by far the most amazing person I have ever met on a cruise. She not only took care of our room but also took the time to learn our names and greet us if she saw us in the hallway. She even noticed that one day I was under the weather and offered advice to help me get well. I wish I could remember her name. We sailed Feb 23-27 and were in stateroom 3017. Our waitress in the starlight dining room, Selene, was also very attentive to detail and was great at offering suggestions on the menu that never disappointed. She got to know us and really made us feel welcome. I would recommend this boat to anyone especially older adults who like the laid back no frills type of cruises. I can't say enough good things about this cruise! Key West was amazing and I loved the vibe the town had. In Nassau our snorkeling was magical! I can't wait to go back and take the whole family!

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4 out of 5

Smaller ship, tons of fun!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We had a great time!  We had great weather and calm seas.  The ship was smaller than other cruises we've been on but it was very nice.  The crew was wonderful!  We don't have a bad word to say about any aspect of our trip.

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5 out of 5

First cruise with the kids

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We're loyal to Royal, lol, and we took our kids this time. It was perfect! Perfect weather, great staff, good food, and lots of activities too. The only trouble we encountered was with the spa. We were celebrating our sons birthdays and the spa sent a gift card to each boy...All they wanted was a foot and hand massage. When we tried to use it they told us we could only use it on certain things. Those things were like like facials scrubs and things no 13 year old boy would want. They refused to work with us and we ended up not being able to use the gift card. My boys were very disappointed. That was they only hitch in our trip and we would definitely recommend this trip!

 

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4 out of 5

Empress of the Seas

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Service, food, activities and destinations were wonderful. However, our drink package had no value for us. The only drinks offered were sugared beverages. On the last cruise, many more choices including vitamin water.

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise liner

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The cruise of the 6 night on the Empress was great. Love the size of this ship. Doesn't take forever to get to one end to the other. The only time seems crowdd was the first day at sea, the pool area was packed, and that might not of been either but people would keep their stuff on loungers while the would eat, and do other things. The staff was nice, and very proffesional, the food in the Windjammer was good. The food in the Main dinning was excellent, and service was top notched. I would diffently go on the Empress again.

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3 out of 5

Empress of the Seas: A little less than good but better than poor. 2.5 Stars

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Small, older ship.  Small cabins, small shower.  No refrigerator in room.  Food was as expected, not great but not bad.  Not a lot to do on board but had most of the usual things you would expect to have on a cruise as far as planned activities. Might be a good ship for a short cruise, but save your money on the Jr. Suites.  I thought the service was good, especially in the main dining room for dinner.  We went to Chop's Grill one night and the food was excellent as it should be with the additional charge.  

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4 out of 5

Great service

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Small ship with a great heart....loved it!

I loved the entertainment staff who kept the ship alive and going. There were many activities for kids and families that we enjoyed very much. Loved the fact that after just few days we were friends with most of the staff because the ship was small. It made the trip very personal and memorable. 

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1 out of 5

Forget the Empress

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Don't do a cruise on this ship. Is too small for the passengers it carries. The pool is a joke. The last stop was reduced to only 4 hours. Descending took nearly 3 hours. The food in the Windjammer was good, the Starlight is a shame. Everybody on the ship ask for tips additional to the mandatory tip Royal Caribbean charges to your account. This must be your last option.

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DECK FIVE

Deck 5 features the lower level of the Royal Theatre, the Centrum, Shore Excursions, Information and Next Cruise desks, Schooner Bar, Chops Grille, Focus...

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DECK TEN

Deck 10 features Windjammer Cafe, the Pool, Pool Deck and Pool Bar, the Spa, Adventure Ocean, Viking Crown Lounge, and the Rock-Climbing Wall.

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DECK SIX

Deck 6 features the upper level of the Royal Theatre, the Royal Shops, Casino Royale, Challenger's Arcade, and Boleros.

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DECK ELEVEN

Deck 11 features the Fitness Center.

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bernie.43b0a
Contributor Level: Purser

Take you two bottles of wine or champagne they allow along with you.

Drlopez
Contributor Level: Purser

Little ship with a big heart

younggeo86
Contributor Level: Purser

İ didn't do any research about the excursions will do next time .... will sail again

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Price

L

Size

Aug 1989

Built

1 yr ago

Refurbished

1840

Total Passengers

9

Number of Decks

795

Total Cabins

18

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