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 - Western , Caribbean - Bahamas

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3.7 out of 5

Great trip to Havana by ksquare

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The ship itself was fine. It is small but that was expected. The smoke free casino was the best part of the ship. The lack of children's activities was the worst. Cococay was awesome and was happy to see the drink package was accepted. Carnival does not do that with their private island. Havana was the main reason for this cruise and RC made everything as easy as possible.

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4.4 out of 5

Excellent Cuban experience thru Royal Caribbean by christianbuild

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Very pleasant and professional crews member, and excellent food!

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3.9 out of 5

Best time in Cuba! by akfireweed

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This is a small and older ship but the cleanliest and staff was great! We loved Cuba and Cococay! The port of Miami is less to be desired. It's crowded, very confusing as there are no signs stating where ships are docked, check in was terrible.

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3.9 out of 5

I enjoyed the Cuban tour; unfortunately my husband had a fall and could not go off the ship. by docbull1996

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The waiters and room stewards were great. The opportunity for Cuba at night was great as was the drive in the early American cars!

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4.2 out of 5

Nice and easy experience for a first time cruiser by Cruiser25894420

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Overall, a good experience. Made me realize I need more time to experience all that Cuba can offer. And I also know that 7 days is probably the maximum amount of time I would spend onboard. 5 days was just enough for a first time cruise.

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Sep 17, 2016

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

Sep 01, 2016

Little ship with a big heart

Aug 28, 2016

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

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