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Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) 223 Cruise Review to Bermuda

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Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Bermuda (Philadelphia Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 29, 2007
Ship: Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) 223
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 10 years ago
The ship was incredible for the most part.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
EEK. Not a great selection with dinner. Sometimes things were a little fru-fru. I have a severe allergy to pork and it seemed that, especially at the buffett, that was all they had. Dining room was beautiful. The staff always was there to make sure you liked something and encouraged you to order something different if you didn't. I love salt, but some dishes had WAY TOO MUCH salt.


3 out of 5
Boring. A juggler, a not funny comedian x 2. The staff was WAY more entertaining! Although, the poolside games were quite enjoyable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Dining room staff, cafe staff, bar staff, stateroom attendant and other random staff were wonderful. It seemed like everyone knew my name and were smiling at all times. I live in a beach resort area and you don't see that often. Guest services was NOT HELPFUL at all to first time cruisers! Had to rely on other cruisers to find out what to do at end of cruise.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I loved the layout of the ship. It was easy to get around and incredibly clean. It was very fun to just wander.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Stateroom not as promised. VERY SMALL! Bathroom size was a fright. Closet space horrific. BUT did learn a valuable lesson, will upgrade to suite next cruise.Decor was plain. TV cut in and out. Our state room attendent, Gabriel, made us going to the room worth while, he was incredible.
3 out of 5
Very beautiful, once again very expensive. Non friendly hours - most things close at 5 - so you have a choice between shops/sites or beaches.
Don't Miss: Crystal Caves
3 out of 5
Beautiful, yet VERY expensive. Non friendly hours - most things close at 5 - so you have a choice between shops/sites or beaches. Remember, tourism is not their main source of income.
Don't Miss: Restless Native Catamaran excursion!!!


Cons: the rocking of the boat, lack of interesting shows, bermuda

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