Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Good service, good food, old ship.

Sail Date: July 23, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

I would love to give this trip a better review, but when you see the commercials for Royal Caribbean, you only see the fun from the new boats. I booked this cruise under the label that Empress was "recently renovated." While that might be true, the renovations maybe amounted to new paint and some cosmetic clean up. The service, and the food was great. The staff tried their best. But I do not think I will take another cruise aboard Empress. My girls are very used to cruises where there are lots of things to do from morning to night.   

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was smooth, but Disembarkation was unorganized and staff was rude.
Ship Quality
Old boat. Built in 1990.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Very Good!
Food and Dining
Excellent! Maria Our server was top notch!
Miami, Florida
Awful port
George Town, Grand Cayman
Nice place to visit.
Key West, Florida
Loved Key West.


If you have thrill seeking teenagers, this boat is not for you.

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