Small Ship, Great Service

Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Key West & Cozumel (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 26, 2016
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 8128
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The Empress of the Seas is the smallest ship in Royal Caribbeans fleet.  That has advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages include a superb amount of service by every crew member on board, everything is closer, no need for reservations on my time dining, the lines getting on and off the ship are shorter, shows are easier to get to with short or no lines even to the last minute.  Disadvantages are: the staterooms are tiny and poorly laid out (no dressers either), a smaller variety of things to do, the food is subject to some difficulty on the my time dining (over cooked, not as described, etc.)  One disappointment was that solo traveler events were just notices to meet 15 minutes before some other activity where all the other passengers were coming to so there was no good way to meet other solo travelers (in an organized fashion.)

 

If you adjust for the price of the voyage, this ship is a great value.  On a straight comparison, it is good but not outstanding.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food was misrepresented on occasion and mostly overcooked on Deck 5 (my time dining). People on Deck 4 (main dining room fixed dinning times) seem to have had better results.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the Crew is friendly and helpful. They all say high to you as they walk down the halls including other pleasantries even if they do not know you or interact with you previously. They are all concerned for your having a great trip.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Cabins are only slightly larger than a coffin. The bed takes up the whole cabin. with the bed made as a "king" and in cabins with "bunk" beds attached to the wall, you can not stand up straight to get out of the bed. No dressers, no sitting area, and only a very small desk. Cleanliness was excellent

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Cabins are only slightly larger than a coffin. The bed takes up the whole cabin. With the bed made as a "king" and in cabins with "bunk" beds attached to the wall, you can not stand up straight to get out of the bed. No dressers, no sitting area, and only a very small desk. Cleanliness was excellent
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