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

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 ratings:

  • 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

Empress of the Seas cabins

795 cabins and 18 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin

Inside

3.5
(123 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $80/night
Oceanview Cabin

Oceanview

3.7
(185 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $96/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

3.2
(34 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $243/night

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Empress of the Seas dining

The Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room

4.9
(9 Reviews)
Chops Grille

Chops Grille

4.7
(28 Reviews)
Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

4.6
(24 Reviews)
Boleros

Boleros

4.5
(11 Reviews)

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Empress of the Seas onboard activities

Focus Photo Gallery

Focus Photo Gallery

5.0
(2 Reviews)
Card Room

Card Room

5.0
(1 Review)
Library

Library

5.0
(2 Reviews)
Pool Bar

Pool Bar

4.9
(7 Reviews)

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Caribbean cruise by ivette222017

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It was a awesome cruise just to relax and have a good time not the biggest cruise but it had everything in it

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Wonderful-Fabulous Time!!! by jill98918326

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group

I went with my Son, Sister and Brother and 2 nieces and 2 nephews we all had fun and loved our nightly dining at the same table everynight and being spoiled by the Royal Carribian crew!!

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wonderful cruise by laur82786

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

It was so easy booking with . However, I did not pay attention to the ship at all. The service and staff was great but I would have preferred a bigger ship.

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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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