Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Trip juggled due to Matthew

Sail Date: October 06, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.


Cabin / Stateroom
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
Embarkation and Disembarkation
this process was very easy
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs NA for us but seemed to have lots for kids to do while reading the daily sheet
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
Service and Staff
Elvis, our cruise director was great
Our shopping expert was good as well but I don't remember his name
Food and Dining
limited options
Miami, Florida
Key West, Florida
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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