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Empress of the Seas first set sail in 1990. Originally sailing for Royal Caribbean, the vessel did a stint with Pullmantur Cruises before returning to Royal to operate itineraries to Cuba and the Caribbean in 2016. Since Empress only holds 1,840 passengers, it's a perfect ship for couples or families who want a more laid-back, intimate atmosphere during their voyage. Families onboard the ship will enjoy pool parties, learning how to make towel animals, scrapbooking, outdoor movie nights, and the rock climbing wall. There are kids clubs onboard, divided up by age: Aquanauts for ages 3-5, Explorers for ages 6-8, and Voyagers for ages 9-11. Adults can enjoy some time to themselves at the Latin-themed Boleros club, dance the night away at Club 20, enjoy the piano at the Schooner Bar, participate in the wildly popular Quest game, and watch Broadway-style original productions in Empress’ main theater. Come mealtime, enjoy the main dining room, Windjammer buffet, Chef’s Table, or Chops Grille steakhouse. Special touches across the ship to celebrate sailing to Cuba include Cuban dishes in the buffet and main dining room, a corner in Boleros for playing dominos, salsa dancing lessons, and Cuban-style coffee in the cafe. Guests can also attend lectures onboard that delve into Cuban culture, and learn Spanish during a foreign language workshop.

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Sails from:

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida , Miami, Florida

Cruises to:

Cuba , Cuba , Caribbean

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4 out of 5

Could have been better by ladyrider8468

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Overall we had a good time. The ship is small without many of the big ship amenities and activities which equals few children, definitely a plus for us. They missed the opportunity to make up for this with the dining experience. The food was not near as good as expected. The waitstaff were exceptional. The spa is right by the pool so for my massage I heard the movie literally blaring while trying to relax. The cabin was small but adequate. Cuba was an awesome port to visit and really what the trip was all about.

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4.1 out of 5

An awesome Caribbean cruise!!! by maedonna

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Just being onboard a beautiful ship, with family, friends & food, stopping at unique ports of call ESPECIALLY CUBA, being entertained by our Waiters at dining, watching the water on the vast ocean made it all an awesome experience!! The entertainment was a low point on this ship but I had lots else going on to override that issue.

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2.4 out of 5

Terrible, Terrible, Terrible by pcaboo

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship was old, very small and things didn't work. DO NOT TAKE THIS SHIP!!! Royal Caribbean dropped the ball on this. Royal Caribbean is a brand and a brand is only as good as the weakest link. This was the "broken" link of the chain.

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3.9 out of 5

Interesting new experience by simondoole

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Empress of the Seas is a quaint older ship, a pleasant change from the modern behemoths that they are building today. However dining is somewhat limited and the buffet was a little disaponiting. Choice of beer very disappointment, no craft brew or Premium European beers.

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4.1 out of 5

Very good trip to Havana. Flaw: too little time in Havana. RC should skip Grand Cayman. by trogolom

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The ship is small and a little old but well maintained. Crew is AWESOME with capital letters especially in the restaurants and the cafe. Food, for being a cruise, is very good. Embarcation and disembarking was fast except in Cienfuegos, where you had to use the tenders to get ashore and it took us like an hour and a half to be called (plus almost the hour under the sun to change currency, that takes 2-21/2 hours of the time you get to spend there). The entertainment is okay. Only complain: we lost precious time in Grand Cayman and too little time in Havana.

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bernie43b0a
Sep 17, 2016

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

Drlopez
Sep 01, 2016

Little ship with a big heart

younggeo86
Aug 28, 2016

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

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