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

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

7 day Bermuda trip from Philadelphia

Sail Date: September 29, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This ship is being sold to another division of RCI and will no longer sail out of Philadelphia. Because the port in Philadelphia cannot accomidate larger ships RCI will probably not sail from Philadelphia in the future. The water was a little rough going to Bermuda. Some of the passengers were sick. We took sea sickness medicine and were able to fully enjoy our meals. The highlight of the trip for me was snorkeling in Tabbaco Beach near Georgetown. The water was calm, and the fish and palnts were incredible.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Small Rooms - smallest ship in their fleet

Recommends Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) 223? No.

Ship Quality
small rooms. 42,000 tons
Cabin / Stateroom
too small
Service and Staff
Overall they were good and cooperative. They had good guest relations department.
We only saw a couple of shows. They were enjoyable.
Food and Dining
Creative and well done meals and service
St. George's, Bermuda
Definitly go to Tabbaco beach if you like to snorkel. You can walk there from the cruise ship in about 15 minutes or have a taxi take you. Get there early this small beach can get crowded. There is a bar and bathrooms available at the rear of the beach. The water is calm and you can swim, wade, or snorkel.
Don't Miss: Tabbaco Beach
Hamilton, Bermuda
I was able to walk a block to a library and check my e-mail. ' We took a taxi tour of the Island. That was ok. We took a bus to a beach. There was a public bathroom which stank to high heaven. The bus signs were confusing. It was hard to figure out until we asked a resident. The buses were an inexpensive way to see parts of the Island
Don't Miss: Take the ferry ride from Hamilton to Dockyard. The terminal is only 2 blocks from where the ship docks.

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