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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 - Western , Caribbean - Bahamas

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4.4 out of 5

First time to Cuba by bbishop92698233

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This is an easy way to see Cuba. The ship was remodeled in 2016. It has older design elements, but I like traditional ships more than the newer ships with all the bells and whistles. The entertainment was great, and all of the food that I tried was good to excellent.

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3.6 out of 5

Locations visited were superb, but boat is too small. by CruiserPhyllis

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Trip should be shortened and price reduced on this boat for its lack of amenities offered. Drop Key West - experienced cruisers have been there too many times. We had a group of 13 onboard, ranging in age from 11 to 73. It was so small, we should have had more room and amenities for this price.

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4.9 out of 5

Relaxing Caribbean Cruise by gtwhiteside

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Reagan and Amol in My Time Dining were amazing. They were thoughtful and efficient while sharing a little of themselves. It was a personal experience with them and we requested their table every night. Alvaro, our room steward, was very busy and a hard worker. Our room was always neat as a pin and very clean.

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5 out of 5

Excellent!! Cruise!! by katbel2003

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Benni and Dominic amazing dining room service!! The shows incredible. The Cuba experience unforgettable

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Great! by kendrajwilliams

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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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