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Empress of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4.7 out of 5
Empress of the Seas

8 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 25, 2019

Ship: Empress of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7506

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

Empress of the Seas provided a wonderful experience for a bargain price. The crew performed flawlessly and their enthusiasm was contagious. It was apparent that the guests seemed to be all having a pleasant cruise experience. In fact, I never heard anyone expressing a single complaint or negative comment while on this cruise. I feel the ship best fits the demographic of those who are not "party animals" or action-packed thrill seekers. It may not be the best choice for youngsters or teenagers who are expecting more activities. Couples looking for carefree relaxation and just the right touch of elegance should really enjoy Empress of the Seas.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation was swift and efficient. We spent about 2 minutes at the counter and then directly boarded the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was tasty, proper temperature and well presented. The staff was overly courteous and attentive. The buffet offered a high level of diversity and all selections appeared to be freshly prepared.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Trivia and games/contests were interesting and well attended.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The entertainment was high quality and popular. I especially enjoyed the comedians.

Children's Programs

This was not applicable to me because I did not have any children on this cruise and did not familiarize myself with any of the Children's Programs.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The ship's crew was exceptional in all regards. Everyone was energetic, professional, engaging and courteous. It was apparent that the crew enjoys working onboard this cruise ship.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship's layout is very easy to navigate and all venues are in excellent condition and extremely clean. The ship is one of the more tenured vessels in the RC fleet but it does not show its age and does not show any neglect.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The suite was large and comfortable. My suite was located on the starboard side forward with a large front-facing balcony with two loungers and a table with 4 standard chairs along with an ottoman type stool/table. The suite was clean, the bed was as comfortable as my new mattress at home. The bathroom has an adequately sized bathtub/shower. There is an abundance of storage cabinets and drawers. The lighting is excellent inside the suite. The air conditioning worked like a champ and the suite never became warm or humid during the cruise.

Ship tip

Although the Empress of the Seas lacks the more modern "whiz-bang" attractions, the comfort and intimacy of cruising on a smaller vessel more than compensates for the absence of the latest attractions. I would recommend Empress of the Seas for a more laid-back elegant vacation rather than an action activity type of cruise.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Miami is Miami. There is more to do in Miami than there is available time to do, no matter what drives your plan for the day.

Perfect Day At Coco Cay, Bahamas

4 out of 5
We chose to stay onboard the ship at this port. I heard a lot of positive feedback from guests who enjoyed this port visit.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
We just toured San Juan on our own agenda. We have been here several times before. From our observations and experience, San Juan has made great strides in recovering from the hurricane devastation a few years ago.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
Nice views and nice people. We took a three hour open air "Jeepney" tour around the entire island. There were a lot of views but a lack of stops made photo opportunities very difficult.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
We took a taxi to the downtown shopping area (4 USD per person each way). The shopping was easy and the shop touts were not overly obnoxious trying to reel in the tourists.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We disembarked within 5 minutes of assembling at the assigned lounge area. The wait for Customs and Passport Control was minimal and our bags were easy to grab and head to the curb for transportation.
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