Empress of the Seas

3.8 out of 5

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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.

Sails from: Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida, Tampa, Florida, Miami, Florida

Cruises to: Cuba, Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Bahamas

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Great Trip to Key West and Cuba by ckdanna

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We are glad we went to Cuba. It was educational for us. Everything went smooth, no problems. The Tropicana Club was our hi light of the trip. Key West was also nice., Everything there is business as usual. It was a great cruise. Empress of the Seas is a nice, comfortable and lovely ship.

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Fun trip by mimushca1

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This trip was for my fiancé's birthday and the card that was left with the champagne and chocolate coated strawberries for him was a mess; the card was put to my name instead of his and the little message was not put; then where they are suppose to put from whom they wrote from Happy Birthday so that surprise was completely ruined which I had to explain that it was not for me but for him.

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RCL cruise to Cuba by robertwohl42

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We wanted to see Havana before it gets over developed or closed to Americans. The shore excursion was wonderful. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Havana Cruise by hwitsell.aol.com

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Great cruise. Really enjoyed it. Thinking about going once again but this time two days in Havana. Havana is a beautiful city. My guide drove us around in a 1956 Bel Air that was in factory new condition.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 1840

  • Built: Aug 1989

  • Refurbished: 2 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 9

  • Total Cabins: 795

  • Cabin Categories: 18

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bernie.43b0a says ...
Sep 17, 2016

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

Drlopez says ...
Sep 01, 2016

Little ship with a big heart

younggeo86 says ...
Aug 28, 2016

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

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