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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 , Caribbean - Bahamas , Cuba , Caribbean , Caribbean - Bahamas

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3.8 out of 5

Great time except for the hurricane by TMcC

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Not overly happy with RC - lots of untrue material circulated before the cruise - Cuba much more open than advertised

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3.5 out of 5

eh by dangregor

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went on this ship because it was one of the few that spent 2 total days in cuba .. Ship was small but managed (barely) for the 5 nights. Cuba experience was great and glad I got 2 full days in Havana. otherwise would NOT go on THIS ship!

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4.2 out of 5

This was an good cruise if you have never been to Cuba. by ericjaroch

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I have been on Empress of the Seas one other time. She is older. Inside cabins are what they are. Havana, Cuba was very good, however, I would recommend exploring the city on your own and not booking an excursion(s).

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4.5 out of 5

Cuba and Key West we're great!! by klafrance85120

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Overall, it was a great time! There were six of us traveling together and we had a fantastic time and all the ports! It It is a great first introduction to Cuba. I think next time I would probably fly over and stay in the city so we could see more!

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4.3 out of 5

Wonderful Havana Cruise by joechevalier

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Havana was a wonderful place to visit Royal Carribean staff go out of their way to make you feel special

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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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