Had a wonderful time

Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Empress of the Seas

8 Night Best Of Cuba (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 21, 2019

Ship: Empress of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We had a great time. We’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean before on other ships, and really noticed the smaller size of the Empress. But the staff are wonderful, and will do anything within their power to make your cruise memorable.


5 out of 5
Quick and easy. Had a friendly gentleman who got us checked in, Antwerp were on the ship in no time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room was great. Triandi and Marcie (our wait staff) were friendly and eager to give us whatever we wanted. Marcie remembered our drink preferences after the first night. They were both quick to offer something extra to add to our dinner. Buffet was very good, lots of variety, clean and well stocked. Didn’t try specialty dining.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
There aren’t a lot of activities on this ship, but we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. The pools, climbing wall and fitness centre didn’t interest us.


5 out of 5
Excellent shows

Children's Programs

We’re in our 60’s

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is small, but mostly clean and well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin 9156, junior suite. Smaller than junior suites on other RC ships but we didn’t spend a lot of time in there. Bathroom is tiny

Ship tip

Don’t over-pack. Enjoy your cruise

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
No excursions, we arrived the day before sailing and explored on foot near our hotel.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
Did a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour but stayed on for the whole tour and then explored the part of the city near the ship on foot.


5 out of 5
No excursion, did a self directed walking tour.


5 out of 5
Did an excursion to the fortress. Our guide was interesting, but his pro-government talk was targeted to the mostly American group. The relationship between Cuba and Canada is quite different.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5
No excursion. Our friends rented a cabana and we spent most of the day there. Extremely hot that day in Haiti.


5 out of 5
Walked off with our luggage with no issues. Quick and efficient.
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