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:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 1,840
  • Total Crew: 675
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.73
  • Built: Aug 1998
  • Refurbished: Jan 2016
  • Number of Decks: 9
  • Total Cabins: 795
  • Cabin Categories: 18
  • Gross Tonnage: 48,563
  • Length: 692
  • Beam: 100


  • Cabin / Stateroom 3.8
  • Children's Programs 3.4
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.0


795 cabins and 18 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(117 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $82/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(176 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $94/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(34 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $242/night

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The Main Dining Room The Main Dining Room
(9 Reviews)
Chops Grille Chops Grille
(28 Reviews)
Main Dining Room Main Dining Room
(22 Reviews)
Boleros Boleros
(10 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Card Room Card Room
(1 Review)
The Spa The Spa
(2 Reviews)
Library Library
(2 Reviews)
Focus Photo Gallery Focus Photo Gallery
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Great small ship! by abbeydegen

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Small ship, great staff, friendly people & lots of activities.

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Cruise From Hell by ethnicempress

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Horrible experience and the cruise from hell. We were promised on board credit... never received it. No porters to help with luggage. Bugs in cabin. Horrible, tasteless food... so much so I lost weight on the vacation because I refused to eat the slop they served. Watered down drinks. Lack luster entertainment.

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First Cruise Experience by lindeliz24

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I'm new to this cruising thing, and while we aren't booking another for the forseeable future I'm open to going again. We'd need a bigger boat with more things to do on the days at sea, for sure. Thanks for an enjoyable time, RC! I'll miss your french fries.

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Jul 10, 2016

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

Sep 17, 2016

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

Aug 28, 2016

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

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