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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:

Miami, Florida

Cruises to:

Cuba , Caribbean - Western , Caribbean

Cruises on Empress of the Seas

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4.9 out of 5

Great value! Had a wonderful time, very interesting and informative by prlesiak

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Wonderful vacation, limited options on a smaller ship, but well done for a shorter cruise

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4.7 out of 5

Tiny Cabins but a Great cruise. by nlb1050

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While the ship is older it is very well cared for and if we found a cruise we wanted to take on it we would.

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The Best Vacation! by leeandramarie

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This cruise was one of the best we have been on. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our honeymoon. And we enjoyed meeting all the staff that we encountered!

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4.3 out of 5

Ok ship with GREAT staff by davdell

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Great staff! Ship is perfect for travel to Cuba but as others have mentioned, it is older and doesn't have all the "bells and whistles that the newer ships have. I wouldn't recommend this ship for people with kids. Not much for them to do.

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4.9 out of 5

Extraordinary experience. by MaureenGrace

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Our ship rescued two Costa Rican fishermen lost at sea. I watched the rescue for 3 hours. Also I got a close look at the 2 men en route to the medical clinic. The next day, as we were returning from Jamaica, I recognized them and went over to shake their hands. (They were being escorted off the ship) It was a moment of pure good will that I will remember the rest of my life. Also, on a lighter note, we loved the Caribbean Gold machine!!

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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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