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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.

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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
(96 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $110 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.7
(155 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $127 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.2
(31 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $330 per night

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Empress of the Seas Dining

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The Main Dining Room The Main Dining Room
4.8
(5 Reviews)
Chops Grille Chops Grille
4.7
(27 Reviews)
Main Dining Room Main Dining Room
4.5
(16 Reviews)
Boleros Boleros
4.2
(6 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
(1 Review)
Focus Photo Gallery Focus Photo Gallery
5.0
(1 Review)
Viking Crown Lounge Viking Crown Lounge
5.0
(1 Review)

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756 Empress of the Seas Reviews

Wonderful Cuba Itinerary by ktseng327

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

As a pretty seasoned Royal Caribbean cruiser, this was not the best ship they had to offer. However, since Cuba's ports cannot accommodate a much larger ship, this was one of the few options. Overall crew interfacing was great. They were friendly, hospitable, and professional. Most seemed to poke fun at the fact they worked on the smallest ship, but made the brightest of the opportunity. Ports of call were terrific and I would recommend visiting Havana to anybody.

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Very old small ship cruising to Cuba by jmille8850

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

Key West and Grand Cayman are always good. I am very glad that we saw the real Cuba. The ship physical features and age were totally unacceptable.

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Had a Great Time in spite of... by rozlin313

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We found this cruise enjoyable overall. Would do again.

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418 Empress of the Seas Tips

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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