Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

The ship may be small, but the smiles were HUGE!

Sail Date: April 01, 2017

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Fourth cruise for myself and my SO (second on RCC), but first for our 8yo son.  Everyone had a blast.  The food in the dining room was great, and Windjammer was generally good if slightly uneven. Son particularly enjoyed the towel (and napkin!) animals and Adventure Ocean.  I set up snorkel excursions at Key West and Cozumel through third parties; both turned out terrific.  Embark/debark were very smooth, maybe because of the lighter passenger load.


The ship being smaller, there was less variety of such things as dining options, shows/entertainment, pools, etc. So if that stuff is crucial for your cruise enjoyment, you may need to reconsider. But I can say we had a wonderful time.


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The acts were good, except for the one standup (a ventriloquist) who was trying too much to be Jeff Dunham and failing quite spectacularly.
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Food and Dining


The pool is small and there is only one. Set swim expectations accordingly.

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