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


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Bermuda (Philadelphia Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 29, 2006
Ship: Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) 223
Cabin Type: Inside
Reviewed: 7 years ago
"Empress" is a beautiful ship, clean, comfortable and charming. We knew the staterooms would be small, but we managed to find a place for everything (even though I always pack more than we need.) The public rooms are well-appointed and attractive, with comfortable chairs. I should say, before I go on, that this cruise began with some big bumps, literal and figurative: the ship was two hours late coming in, which of course meant overlapping crowds and lots of waiting. I'm sure RCCL will work out the parking lot and terminal glitches, and their staff really tried to solve the problems. Then, we had the roughest seas we'd ever experienced: 27-ft. sea swells and 45 mile-an-hour winds! The Captain did all he could do, and we felt safe and knew he'd get us there! However, he had to travel so slowly that we were a whole day late arriving in Hamilton, losing the day in St. George's. But look at the stories we have to tell our friends and family. The voyage home was smooth and pleasant. This was our second trip to Bermuda, and I'm looking forward to going again, as soon as possible.
5 out of 5
St George's is charming, a must-see. We took the excellent bus from Hamilton, and enjoyed walking around St. George's.
Don't Miss: see it all
5 out of 5
The bus/ferry system is excellent! One can go almost anywhere and we did. The Botanical Gardens is lovely, the beaches gorgeous, the neighborhoods are charming. We went to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (not sure about the name) and it was very interesting. Driving along and seeing the beautiful pastel-colored homes and well-tended gardens is a huge treat.
Don't Miss: Can't say, we loved it all.
5 out of 5
The bus/ferry system is excellent! One can go almost anywhere and we did. The Botanical Gardens is lovely, the beaches gorgeous, the neighborhoods are charming. We went to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (not sure about the name) and it was very interesting. Driving along and seeing the beautiful pastel-colored homes and well-tended gardens is a huge treat.
Don't Miss: Can't say, we loved it all.
5 out of 5
St George's is charming, a must-see. We took the excellent bus from Hamilton, and enjoyed walking around St. George's.
Don't Miss: see it all

Pros: Staff, crew, people we met and beautiful Bermuda

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