Empress of the Seas Overview

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.

Empress of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 1,840
  • Number of Decks: 9
  • Total Cabins: 795
  • Cabin Categories: 18

Empress of the Seas Cabins

795 cabins and 18 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.5
(103 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $67/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.7
(162 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $77/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.2
(34 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $191/night

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Empress of the Seas Dining

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The Main Dining Room The Main Dining Room
4.8
(6 Reviews)
Chops Grille Chops Grille
4.7
(27 Reviews)
Main Dining Room Main Dining Room
4.6
(18 Reviews)
Boleros Boleros
4.4
(9 Reviews)

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Empress of the Seas Onboard Activities

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Card Room Card Room
5.0
(1 Review)
The Centrum The Centrum
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Library Library
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Focus Photo Gallery Focus Photo Gallery
5.0
(1 Review)

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Amazing crew, But boat needs complete overhaul or replaced by mikenabbie

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Ship is Very old and needs a complete overhaul if royal plans to keep using it! The plumbing issues need to be fixed or boat sold and replaced! You would think all the bad reviews and publicity would encourage them to do a complete remodel from top to bottom or just sell the boat considering its a 1989! The Sewer smell was present the entire cruise, and deck 3 had blowers running the entire cruise trying to dry the carpet! Rooms are showing the age and bathrooms need serious updating as well. Just got of harmony before this cruise and the staff is definitely nicer on the smaller ships. They aren't near as rushed with only 1/3 the people onboard. Dining room waiters ( Mark & okay) were amazing, and easily near the top on all but a dozen cruises we've been on! Room attendant was also very good and much better than some we've had. Food in the main dining room was good and the service was as well. Food in the windjammer was fair, way to repetitive on the longer cruises. Evening Entertainment/Shows were good but afternoon activities were lacking! The movies repeated wayyyyy to much! How hard is it to at least play a new movie every day!? Also the movie selection was very poor compared to other cruises we've been on! The Cruise we were on got extended do to hurricane and royal did not charge any extra, and handled the situation pretty well!

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Very nice Caribbean Cruise by msk

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

Very relaxing cruise. Another stop would have been better than 3 days at sea in a small ship.

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Small cruise, small service by Kayra23

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

Empress of the Seas is Royal caribbean's smallest ship where it feels like the send the waitstaff on their way out of the business and train their upper management. Would be a good first time cruise, not for seasoned cruisers.

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kalpabill
Jul 10, 2016

like Royal Caribbean but may not go with empress of the seas or recommend .

bernie43b0a
Sep 17, 2016

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

younggeo86
Aug 28, 2016

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

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