We just disembarked from Empress on Thursday, January 11, 2018. As a ship, it is the Oldest, and Smallest in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, but the crew makes it seem much Newer and larger!
Staterooms have received minimal upgrades, while the public bathrooms have been refurbished in the style of the newer ships.
Most staterooms do not have a refrigerator/mini-bar, nor a couch. Also, you do not have the ability to check your stateroom account via your stateroom TV, as you would be able to do on newer RCCL ships.
The table gaming section of the casino requires squeezing between tables and walls to access some table games.
The pool deck area is comfortably open, but the pool is small at best. There are 3 hot tubs, with a capacity of 6 persons each, which in a ship of 2,000 is fairly insufficient.
Food in the Main Dining Room was standard RCCL fare, well prepared as always.
The Windjammer buffet was refreshingly different from the Oasis class. More bountiful options that seemed to be more fresh, and better made.
All-in-all, we had a wonderful experience, however we would not sail on Empress again, unless we score another killer deal.
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