Trip juggled due to Matthew
Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: October 06, 2016
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 8012
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 months 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
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
Cabin / Stateroom
Also, the shower was super small in comparison to past cruises