Trip juggled due to Matthew

Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Key West & Nassau
Sail Date: October 06, 2016
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 8012
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Thursday - 1 full day removed due to Miami port close

Friday - supposed to board 10:30-2:30 and leave at 4; unable to board until 5 due to port decision; left at 9ish

Saturday - Itinerary changed due to this so we spent Saturday at sea going at a snails pace and went to Nassau (which was direct hit from Matthew) instead of Key West

Sunday - only a few excursions available and many stores not open on Sunday or due to storm

Food - not as much variety (not sure if this was due to the short cruise, the storm, or just changes from RC)

Ship - ok, this is smallest I have been on and seemed lacking but I guess this is expected

Staff - Loved Elvis!  Perfect cruise director!  Room and food staff lackluster.

Drink Package - worth it since so much time spent on the boat.


I would travel on RC again but only on longer cruise and bigger boat, before I decide to switch cruise lines.


RC did provide 1.33 days credit for room and the prepaid drink package along with a 25% off voucher for good will.  I thought this was great gesture.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5
limited options

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
we had comedy guy first night; he was ok
singer on second night was ok; his show was a bit cheezy
we didn't go to the show on third night as we chose to watch Sunday Night Football

Children's Programs

NA for us but seemed to have lots for kids to do while reading the daily sheet

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Elvis, our cruise director was great
Our shopping expert was good as well but I don't remember his name

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was small which was expected and had births above to sleep 4. These made navigating the room a challenge.

Also, the shower was super small in comparison to past cruises
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
love Key West even though we didn't go there. If you love frozen drinks check out Flying Monkey Bar and Fogarty's restaurant. Lots of flavors to mix and match
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