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.