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Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) 223 Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 43

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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11 Night Exotic Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 09, 2007
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our 7th RCI cruise (14th cruise overall), but the first on the Empress of the Seas. We prefer the smaller ships that are able to dock at the various ports and that allow you to meet other people and actually see them again (vs. getting lost in a large crowd). We did the 11-day Southern Caribbean cruise, and loved all the ports.
3 out of 5
We just did a beach day here, but the ride to the beach gave us a brief view of island life.
3 out of 5
We just did a beach day here, but the ride to the beach gave us a brief view of island life.
5 out of 5
Visit Punda - very colorful and interesting. The rest of our island tour was what I called "the real estate tour." All we saw was expensive homes.
Don't Miss: Kontiki Beach
5 out of 5
We visited the volcano, which was quite interesting, and took a nice island tour. On most islands, we just took local taxi tours with 2-8 others, which was a great way to meet people on our ship and costs much less than cruiseline-arranged tours.
5 out of 5
We visited the volcano, which was quite interesting, and took a nice island tour. On most islands, we just took local taxi tours with 2-8 others, which was a great way to meet people on our ship and costs much less than cruiseline-arranged tours.
5 out of 5
Lovely beach right outside the ship - what a relaxing day. Shopping is also right at the port, and the people were lovely!
5 out of 5
From the beach, watch the 747's coming in at the airport. They come right over your head!
5 out of 5
Avoid Frigate's Bay beach - not very nice. Everyone who went to the beach at the Marriott raved.
5 out of 5
From the beach, watch the 747's coming in at the airport. They come right over your head!
5 out of 5
Avoid Frigate's Bay beach - not very nice. Everyone who went to the beach at the Marriott raved.
5 out of 5
The beach at the Hyatt Hotel was fabulous, as was the hotel itself. Take the city bus for $2.30 round trip (vs. the $18.00 taxi). The bus leaves from the station on the main street right outside the cruise dock.
Don't Miss: Red Sail Catamaran Cruise - we did a wonderful sunset cruise!
5 out of 5
Lovely beach right outside the ship - what a relaxing day. Shopping is also right at the port, and the people were lovely!
5 out of 5
The beach at the Hyatt Hotel was fabulous, as was the hotel itself. Take the city bus for $2.30 round trip (vs. the $18.00 taxi). The bus leaves from the station on the main street right outside the cruise dock.
Don't Miss: Red Sail Catamaran Cruise - we did a wonderful sunset cruise!
1 out of 5
Police were all over the place - don't mess with them! Would not go back here. Avoid the Monkey Bar beach!!! What a scam!
1 out of 5
Police were all over the place - don't mess with them! Would not go back here. Avoid the Monkey Bar beach!!! What a scam!
5 out of 5
Visit Punda - very colorful and interesting. The rest of our island tour was what I called "the real estate tour." All we saw was expensive homes.
Don't Miss: Kontiki Beach

Pros: Size of ship and the ports visited

Cons: Some of the entertainment

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