Empress of the Seas

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    
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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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Contributor Level: Third Mate
2 out of 5

Older Smaller Ship

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The ship was an older ship. Refurbished.  Does not have any of the amenities that we were used to from larger, newer ships, such as a sports bar, piano bar, comedy club or dance clubs.  Entertainment was old.  Going back to Carnival.

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1 out of 5

Awfull experience

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

From the start  to the end was a terrible experience. Waste of time and money. We cannot do anything in the ship, we cannot went to costa maya, they didnt gave us alternatives to another port, boring as hell, all the attractions were close, i will never cruise again!

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4 out of 5

First Cruise ever. Very good time. Will cruise again.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I liked the smallness of the boat. Easy to get to different parts and good since it was our first time. The first 2 hours on the boat was a little overwhelming since we had no idea what to expect but that I would assume would be true for any first timer regardless o cruise line or ship. I liked all the entertainment options available throughout the trip. Looking forward to my next cruise. 

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3 out of 5

extra charge for sodas???

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

I would like to give recommendations for Abdul, Rami, David and Perminas in Starlight Dining Room.  We saw them also in the Cafeteria on the 10th floor.  Their service, kindness, attitude was super!!

 

I am disappointed that there was a charge for sodas??? Really, I understand the charge of alcoholic beverages but for soda.  It's just outrageous. Beside of that the fee for gratuities in a party of 7 people is really expensive.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excelent service

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Everything was perfect from breakfast to dinner.

the ship was very clean and the staff were very friendly,we had fun every day with Carlos the cruise directors and his friends

the dining room staff was very friendly fast and very well organized.

hoping to go back soon on one more cruise with same company Thanks for great time :)

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2 out of 5

Fun but disappointing

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Empress of the seas is the smallest ship in the fleet. Not much to do on the ship besides drink. 

 

The cruise was so rocky, many people got sea sick.

 

Food was very disappointing as a vegetarian. Very little options, and zero vegan food options. I understand that most people eat animals but if you give people a healthy and tasty alternative, some people will eat it. For salad bar there was no oil and vinegar or Italian dressings, only 4 very fattening dressings ranch, caesar, honey mustard and thousand island (all not vegan - and it's a freaking salad). 

If I wanted a veggie burger, I had to ask in the buffet line (and they take forever). And it's not a tasty veggie burger.

 

For dinner in the starlight dining room, every night had one vegetarian meal (no vegan) and had tons of mushrooms in it. I hate mushrooms. Only the last day had 2 veggie options. All they need to do is make a dish easily changeable to veggie (on the Menu) .  

 

For the brunch buffett they did not even offer vegetable sushi. I was very disappointed in that. Even when I asked for it they didn't offer to make any (not like vegetable sushi is expensive to make). 

 

If my husband and I didn't purchase the drink package I think the cruise would have been lame. No waterside, lack of space on pool patio. 

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5 out of 5

Empress of the Seas

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Our cruise was a very nice experience.  Ports of call were just right.  My husband doesn't like to stay on water too long. The staff was super nice.  The dining room staff was amazing. I want to mention Chandin that made our dining experience extra special. He always went the extra mile. Entertainment staff was really nice. Lots of activiites.. I wouldn't hesitate to take this ship again.  Loved it.

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5 out of 5

Amazing trip

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

Ship was small but amazing, Staff was very friendly and ship was very clean. Our overall experience was great. Staterooms were small but our stateroom attendant was fantastic. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Best Christmas Ever

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

This was my second cruise however the first one during Christmas and it was the best Christmas Ever!!! The ship was nicely decorated and entertainment was great and the staff too friendly. We made so many new friends not only from the staff but the guest as well. The ship was clean all the time, room spotless don't know what to say but WOW. They lived up to their slogan WOW

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4 out of 5

My first cruise

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This was my very first cruise and it was an amazing experience. The food was good, the events they had were nice, and the deals were great in the shop. The only thing that could've been better would've been if the boat wasn't rocking so hard, the bathrooms were bigger and the staff were a bit more hospitable. 

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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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