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1,915 Royal Caribbean Bahamas Cruise Reviews

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Kmc1007
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
My parents live near Port Canaveral so when I was planning a visit we jumped at this cruise which was very reasonable. Getting onboard was simple and quick. We went up to Windjammer to grab lunch while we waited for our room to become ... Read more
nyis
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
My husband and I took this short cruise out of Orlando on August 26, 2016 for our anniversary. We dropped the kids off at grandmas and were very excited for our short getaway to the Bahamas. We have cruised with Royal before and besides ... Read more
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dsak
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
When asked "why did I choose this ship", I would have to say the value of the cruise and the itinerary. I was on this ship about 20 years ago when it was called the Nordic Empress and now since the ship was totally refurbished ... Read more
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FEarndoc
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 helpful votes
RCI is a very reliable line to cruise. However, in July we happened to select a cruise for our 45th wedding anniversary and happened upon a great deal for a 5 day cruise on Empress of the Seas. The ship is top shape. Small and friendly, ... Read more
Shibbernackles
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
9 forum posts
16 helpful votes
When asked why did I choose this cruise it was simple.....PRICE. It was too good to pass up! Sure, I had read the negative reviews and heard some horror stories, but I knew one thing. Any cruise is what YOU make of it. I can always ... Read more

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Kathy Hazard
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Great trip. Awesome staff. Super Excursions. A TEN! Weather forced a change in destination while onboard. Captain diverted us from the Keys to Nassau. Turned out we had 100% great weather, super excursions and a tremendous cruise. ... Read more
proffurey@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I chose this cruise because I am a Diamond Plus member and wanted to experience this newly added ship to the fleet. I was concerned that the experience might not be very good due to the number of negative reviews that I read concerning ... Read more
burnir
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Lots of things went wrong during my first and perhaps the last time cruising with Royal Caribbean, including the following: 1. The ship overall is old and out of shape 2. The buffet was extremely crowded, lots of people had no where ... Read more
malg1
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
2,313 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We cruise 3-5 times every year: this was a perfect long weekend for us to get away from home and to allow my wife to be served meals rather than prepare them. We had no other activities scheduled, so Nassau was a great weekend sojourn. ... Read more
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j821@verizon.ent
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The crew was great!! Always smiling and willing to help! The food in the windjammer buffet was terrible. I was so disappointed! The main dining room wasn't good either, but the cookies were good. There were mostly Spanish channels and the ... Read more

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TBurr
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
14 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I do not know how many cruises I have been on, but I continue to enjoy them. RCCL has been a big part of my cruising experience. I am Diamond level member, and the Diamond staff member did an incredible job is taking care of us. The best ... Read more
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baileymouse
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
281 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise as an introductory cruise for my daughter. She and my husband had never cruised before. Embarkation went smoothly. I've cruised out of Port Everglades and it was a bit of a pain. We sailed through here pretty ... Read more
angela1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
wanted to swim in cocoa cay, and see key west. was not impressed with empress of the seas. couldn't get regular coffee in the room . husband had a mouth full of tooth paste and went to rinse and no water any where on boat for a while . Had ... Read more
sjwyche81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was my first cruise on Royal Caribbean. I enjoyed and would do another one with this cruise line due to the level or service we received. I am not sure if our service was better due to us being in a Junior Suite. I loved our Junior ... Read more
fliprcruzr
Member Since 2005
1 review
105 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Looking for a short weekender to celebrate birthdays, so we went with another couple on this cruise. We knew it was an old ship, so now worries there. Was a little leary as I read reviews here about sewage, but NOTHING like that ... Read more

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wisnir
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
This was one of RCCL's "casino players" cruise, and my first three day short cruise. First, the main dining room food and service was very good. Second, the bar and beverage service by the pool was EXTREMELY poor! RCCL ... Read more
RtisticMe
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for the price and the location. I was taking my son on a weekend getaway. For the first time, I booked the JR suite on the 10th deck and it was fabulous. Plenty of room for the two of us. Big sliding glass door and ... Read more
mightymite19
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
40 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Like everyone else, I was concerned because of all the negative reviews. No need to worry, this ship as well as everything that goes with it, was fine (and quite honestly was not really different from any other cruise I've experienced, ... Read more
Blu135
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was my first time cruising with my partner we had a great time! As other reviews have stated, this ship is pretty small but since we were first time cruisers we had nothing to compare it to and thought that the ship was spacious ... Read more
BorisN23
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Ship departure was over two hours delayed. Food was not good at all. People on ship were rude and disrespectful. Ship is very old and outdated. Beds and sheets were comfortable...that was the only bright spot. I won't cruise on RCCL ... Read more

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amelia00
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Took Empress of the Seas to Coco Cay and Key West for a 4 night quick cruise. Empress is the smallest ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. It was the first ship we had ever cruised on some 24 years ago, and we were doing a "retro" ... Read more
mikewmills@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was a nightmare due to maintenance on the AC on-board the ship. Royal Caribbean made up for it with a credit to our account. Food was ok. Not much changed in the Main Dining room options except for maybe one different entree ... Read more
cruisegal415
Member Since 2010
1 review
304 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our fourth RCCL cruise, sixth cruise overall. We've been on the Mariner OTS, the Oasis and the Allure. We were looking for a short (five day) cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Unfortunately, neither the Oasis nor the ... Read more
Nauticals
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose this ship & destination for a quick family summer vacation, Living in Florida made the commute to Port Canaveral( Orlando) a breeze. This was the first cruise experience for our 3 children ages:10-19. My spouse and I ... Read more
findmeonthebeach
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Left out of Miami, Arrived the day before Stayed at Comfort Suites near the Airport. The terminal was a little confusing. We drove there and parked across from Royal Caribbean.Porters were confusing as to where to go in. Apparently in ... Read more

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