Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Bermuda

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

A Great Vacation on the Empress

Sail Date: August 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

It says Aug 2007 as sailing date, but the true April 2007 date no longer on the dropdown list. My family was on the same April cruise as the previous reviewer... coming back from Bermuda to Norfolk. We had a wonderful time. I was the guy on stage with the knife juggler the last night...i was featured in his act in which he supposedly dropped knives on me while juggling! haha

Pros: The staff was engaging and amazing

Cons: The size of the stateroom

Recommends Empress of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship is the smallest in the RC fleect, but we liked it. It was more intimate. The dining area, as a result, was fun and cozy too. I don't think i'd recommend this ship for families, as the size of the ship doesn't allow for some of big ship features like miniature golf, movie theater, wave pool, etc.
Cabin / Stateroom
This was really the only thorn about this cruise. We had an interior stateroom, and from our cursory glance across the hall, we noticed that our staterooms were the tiniest on ship. The ship is small and older, so that is to be expected but they were WAY small. Our stateroom was just 108 square feet. But, we weren't in there very often and the beds/linens were remarkably comfortable.
There was the usual stuff. Not a lot for teenagers to do.
Food and Dining
We had the best table on the upper deck of the restaurant. There were 6 of us cruising, so my family had its own table! Both our head server and back server were awesome. They gave us recommendations each night. One night the dessert suggestion was the sugar-free option...and it was terrific! On lobster night, our waiter presented us with 2 lobsters each! We were so full and happy!
Service and Staff
The best service and staff of any cruise i've ever taken...hands down. Exceptional and intimate.

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