Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Bermuda

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Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

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6

5 out of 5

The best cruise ever!!

Sail Date: September 16, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

We recently sailed on the Empress of the Seas for the second time, and all I can say is "Wow!". She had undergone some refurbishing so I wasn't sure what to expect. The Boleros lounge was new, and a really great addition to the ship. While I didn't spend much time there, it appeared that the fitness center has also been re-done, and it was truly state of the art. We really like Royal Caribbean's style and service. We ate in Portofino fo rthe first time, and will continue to do so on every future sailing. The food was exceptional, the service impeccable, and the wine list estraordinary. But restaurant is beautiful and cozy, the service was even better than the already great service the dining room staff usually delivers. I had a filet that rivaled the best steakhouses in the world, and my sister had the seafood skewer which I can only assume was equally exceptional since she never stopped chewing long enough to say anything. The Windjammer buffet really isn't a "buffet" anymore, now it's like a cool marketplace/food court with many more choices, stations you can approach from all sides (so no endless line!). Very wide-open and airy feeling, a huge step up from the typical ship buffet. We loved all the nightlife options. The shows were great but we really enjoyed the new latin club, Boleros, and the live music at Schooner's Pub. Felt like a totally different night out, every single night. The new Seattle's Best coffee shop and the new Ben and Jerry's looked to be very popular, but we didn't patronize them. Our stateroom was cozy and certainly served the purpose, but we really didn't spend any time there. It was easy to unpack and fell like there was a place for everything. Overall we have to say the ship was really impressive, the staff was wonderful as always, and even though I've sailed on the Empress before, I can't imagine going anywhere else.

Pros: The staff and crew. They were all exceptional!

Cons: Getting off the ship at the end of the cruise.

St. George's, Bermuda
This was our second time to St. George's. There's a little more to do at King's Wharf, but this is a nice quiet little area that really gives you a flavor of the island.
Don't Miss: Don't miss the White Horse Pub if you go. (It's about the only place on the island where you'll be able to catch Monday Night Football if you're interested.)
Hamilton, Bermuda
Great shopping. Harbour Nights is not to be missed.
Don't Miss: Famous Homes and Hideaways excursion, as well as The Dark & Stormy Sunset Cruise. Smitty and Josh make it quite memorable!!
St. George's, Bermuda
This was our second time to St. George's. There's a little more to do at King's Wharf, but this is a nice quiet little area that really gives you a flavor of the island.
Don't Miss: Don't miss the White Horse Pub if you go. (It's about the only place on the island where you'll be able to catch Monday Night Football if you're interested.)
Hamilton, Bermuda
Great shopping. Harbour Nights is not to be missed.
Don't Miss: Famous Homes and Hideaways excursion, as well as The Dark & Stormy Sunset Cruise. Smitty and Josh make it quite memorable!!


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