Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Bermuda

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

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4-6 cruises

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1

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3 out of 5

An overall average cruise experience

Sail Date: September 02, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

My wife and I just returned from a cruise to Bermuda on the Empress, just catching the tail end of Ernesto and just missing Florence. Our main complaints were generally a result of the small size and old age of the Empress, the oldest and smallest of the Royal Carribbean fleet. The bars, lounges, shops, and casino were simply smaller, not as impressive, and the decor not as modern as on newer ships. The one and only pool is very small, and the jacuzzi's were all closed for repair (as were both ice cream machines--I'm not sure what was worse). Our interior stateroom was especially small, even compared to interior rooms on other ships. Aside from the physical limitations, however, the food and service was exactly what you would expect, and the evening entertainment was rather good (although guest entertainers are subject to change week to week).

Pros: Entertainers at evening shows

Cons: Size and age of ship

Hamilton, Bermuda
Hamilton is slightly nicer, but the best of Bermuda are its beaches, not its urban spots. Take a bus from Hamilton and head down South Shore Rd until you find a picture-perfect deserted beach. There are lots.
St. George's, Bermuda
St. George's is the ghetto of Bermuda and not worth visiting for long. Tobacco bay/beach is a nice spot, though.
Don't Miss: Stop and try free samples of rum cake at the Dockyard Glassworks Co.
Hamilton, Bermuda
Hamilton is slightly nicer, but the best of Bermuda are its beaches, not its urban spots. Take a bus from Hamilton and head down South Shore Rd until you find a picture-perfect deserted beach. There are lots.
St. George's, Bermuda
St. George's is the ghetto of Bermuda and not worth visiting for long. Tobacco bay/beach is a nice spot, though.
Don't Miss: Stop and try free samples of rum cake at the Dockyard Glassworks Co.


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