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1,154 Royal Caribbean Tampa Cruise Reviews
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Jonbet
Member Since 2017
1 review
Small ship but beautiful it also was very clean .Our cabin was small ocean view. but a lot of space to store belongings so felt bigger than it was and was kept very clean .Dining was a joy wait staff was great and made sure every thing was ... Read more
Enchantmentwice
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Wanted to try a RCI smaller ship and wanted to see Cuba. Ship was very well kept and crew was extremely friendly and willing to help at every turn. Superb dining room service from the waiter and his assistant. Dining Room Captain ... Read more
msheets92
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it went to Cuba!! The friendliness of the staff was great!! However the food did not live up to expectation from previous Royal Caribbean Cruises I have done in the past. Cuba was fun, but very ... Read more
racecargeo
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Slogan for this ship is: The Empress of the Sea is the littlest ship with the Biggest Heart..is a very true statement. All services on board were excellent, from the greetings and checking in, to explaining why departure was delayed, due ... Read more
Ajax137
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Full disclosure: I'm 21 years old and I have been on Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean before this trip. For as old as the ship is, the inside is very nice and very clean. The ship only shows her age when you see the old wood ... Read more
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michele2875
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
There is a Fantastic Cuban Restaurant (La Terresita) we visited the night before we embarked and it was beyond FANTASTIC! This is a must if you are spending the night in Tampa! This was the smoothest embarkation I have had and the staff ... Read more
mmboysmom
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Empress of the seas is a great ship. Smallest ship in the Royal family which made it easy to get around. All staff is very accommodating. Cabins work well with 2 adults. Food was great. My friend is gluten free and the Dining Room staff ... Read more
CruisingBruce
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We just got back from a 4-night, Saturday-Wednesday sailing from Tampa to Cozumel. This was a birthday getaway and we were satisfied with almost all of the experience. Embarkation and disembarkation were both fast and easy. Here's a tip ... Read more
rowell
Member Since 2005
1 review
78 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
First off this is a 4-day cruise so with that said it is casual. Dinning: Lunch is in the Windjammer Café no other choice but the Chops Grille. We never ate at Chops Grille so I cannot give a review, but the Windjammer was the worse ... Read more
nherrington
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
The service was excellent, we had a wonderful time overall! We will definitely be going back! We loved having dinner in the main dining room. Our waiter and waitress were very positive and gave us excellent service. The food was ... Read more
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Cinderella01a
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
For a Royal Caribbean cruise I was disappointed. Getting on the ship was easy. We arrived around 11:15. I was disappointed when I saw several people with cases of bottle waters after I was told I could not bring any. I am a water snob. I ... Read more
WoodyJessie
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I love going in cruise on my vacations. We Booked this cruise because visits Havana. But was our Worst vacation ever. This cruise Empress of the Seas needs to be re builded. Its a very old and small cruise. Cabins are very noise. No ... Read more
kkotzin
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
If you are an experienced cruiser, be prepared for a giant letdown. The Empress was re-purposed by RCL to be able to access the port in Havana. Allegedly renovated for the western Caribbean, this ship is old and tired. Our cabin was ... Read more
CAB0224
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I was very excited to spend time with family (especially my Aunt celebrating her 79th birthday on HER FAVORITE CRUISE LINE) and friends. Sailing to Cuba we all thought was the icing on the cake - and I am sorry to say we were greatly ... Read more
FINNMAN
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
On May 29, we embarked on our cruise to Key West, Havana and Cozumel. The ship Empress of the Seas is about half the size of the Oasis but that turned out to be good. The ship is in great shape and has everything that we wanted. The ... Read more
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Cruising Photographer
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
320 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We booked this cruise because it goes out of Tampa (our home town) and visits Havana, Cuba. The ship is the smallest in the RC fleet, but that is one of the nice perks. Everything is a short walk from anyplace else. Going from dinner to ... Read more
rpcredl
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
My trip was educational. I had a great time partying with the crew and the guest. I got plenty of much needed rest. My wife had experienced a stroke a few weeks prior to the cruise and the crew was very healthful to ensure she had a ... Read more
Retired teacher 67
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Perfect cruise for a 4 day holiday vacation. Better to choose an itinerary that includes Havana, Cuba, where only small ships can dock. CAUTION: IF YOU ARE ONLY 2 PEOPLE WHO WANT A KING-SIZE BED DO NOT TAKE A ROOM WITH BUNK BEDS as they ... Read more
boston1010
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed May 2017
Ship is small with not a lot to do any children of all ages and adults. Crowded pool area and only one bar with slow service. Crew didn't seem to like their job. Cleanliness in the common areas needs some work. Positive note food and ... Read more
seabrite
Member Since 2003
1 review
157 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that 13 years ago I was on this ship for my very first cruise. Since then I have been on close to 20 others, including Royal Caribbean for about 5 cruises. Seeing the ship 13 years later was wonderful. ... Read more
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GAPaige
Member Since 2004
1 review
112 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We were on the Thurs-Mon sailing that only stops at Cozumel. True the ship is small, but we never found ourselves bored. The pool deck was maybe a little tight, but we were able to sit along the edge of the pool to cool off when we ... Read more
paris8747
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
Ship is old and very small. Service was good other then the rude DJ who would not play any requests and was not nice about it, The dj would only acknowledge you if you were a person of color. I watched him ignore white women who would of ... Read more
joymoulton
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
I wanted to try Royal Caribbean because I'd heard good things from friends who've cruised with them before. I did not necessarily choose the ship or destination, rather this was the only weekend I could take vacation from work. So, it ... Read more
novafluxx
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
The ship may be older and smaller but its very well taken care of and the crew do an exceptional job. The food was markedly better than I've had before on other cruises. My wife and I had a great time and we have no complaints whatsoever. ... Read more
BadLou
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line. The Empress of the Sea has been totally made over, and is very spacious for a small ship. Service aboard is top notch. To be one of the first cruises into Havana Cuba was very exciting. To see ... Read more
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