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Tired ship but great entertainment
"We knew it was a small ship but did not expect the poor condition, low quality accommodations and poor quality and inadequate food choices.I would not recommend this ship for children as there is only one small pool and not a lot of other activities available for kids...."Read More
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Small ship, big heart

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Penny simpson
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We truly enjoyed the staff on this ship. Last sailing for a month due to covid19 virus. The ship took extra measures to keep us safe. Yes the pool and bathroom is small but how much time is actually spent there. Cruisers seemed to mingle more maybe because it is smaller. I only wish there was a designated room to iron. You can send out to be done for a fee but needed to be done by second ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


Smallest ship with the biggest heart

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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CapnBob
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and value. Only problem is that on this small vessel the only balcony cabins are mini suites and above. The ocean view cabins and inside cabins are pretty small. No couch or easy chair, only the bed and vanity chair to sit on. However, if you are out of your room enjoying the activities and only need to use the bathroom and the bed, it's OK. The ship ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


Nice smaller ship

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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capeman1
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

So many people have written about the size of the cabins and bathroom and how cold it is in the cabins, and I always commented saying " come on you're not moving in you'er just staying for the week", how right they were! I have 51 cruises under the belt, with that said, I had to ask the cabin steward to separate the beds just so we could get in the room and have room to move and store our ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom


Not up to the usual standard for RCI... February 2020

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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Centurions
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Well, I suppose you get what you pay for...See my review about the cabin size, however the rest of the cruise was a bit of a let down. The entertainment on board was to say the least poor apart from a comedian on the second night. The production shows would have bee great for my dad in 1970 but not for today's family audience and as for the magician things went from bad to worse when he got a ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


Stay Away!

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Mommabare
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Traveling with 13 others. All age groups. This is my 31st cruise. This is the worst ship I have been on. As I write this I am on my 3 rd day on the Empress of the Seas. My sister booked this cruise. Based on reviews. Not sure what she was reading! The buffet food is so horrible you can’t eat it.. my 82 year old mother with dementia even commented how bad it is. The ship is ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

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Good Price, Great Service, Mediocre Ship

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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ClarkMD
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

We have always cruised with another company wanted to try Royal. We chose this particular cruise for an anniversary trip, it was priced well with all the ports we wanted to visit in one ship and in one trip. Getting on and off was very easy. There are at least TWO dress to impress nights and the rest are casual. We had no idea what nights to expect what so had to play it by ear would like to ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


Had a Wonderful Time

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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622sav
First Time Cruiser • Age 20s

Overall a great cruise. It’s smaller and older, but it has great charm. It’s obvious it’s an older ship by the decor, but I kind of enjoyed the decor unlike most. I think it shows character. Staff is phenomenal! They have the absolutely best hospitality I’ve ever experienced. They were friendly, helpful, and personable. I only told a worker my name once and then they remember it and greet me ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Smallest ship with the Biggest Heart

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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Gaynors
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We choose this cruise for our January girls cruise based on itinerary and price. Mainly because the Empress was scheduled to go to Virgin Gorda (notice the word "scheduled"). Upon arrival at the pier at check in we were informed that due to high winds and rough seas we would not be going to Virgin Gorda but to St. Croix instead. In addition, they changed our day in St. Thomas from Thursday ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom


Received HALF a cruise

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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Torielis
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

I chose this cruise for the ports of call. Specifically for Puerto Rico and Virgin Gorda BVI. Two places I had never visited on the 12 previous cruises I had taken. I always wave the Royal Caribbean flag and tried Carnival ONCE and went back to Royal for all future cruises but this cruise was only HALF my dollar value. I get that weather can't be predicted BUT Royal KNEW that the weather was ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


The Little Ship with a Big Heart

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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maseat
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We have sailed on just over 50 cruises. We are Diamond members on Royal Caribbean. The price for this ship was a real value and we live in Ft. Lauderdale so we decided to give it a try despite some negative reviews. Empress of the Sea is well worth your time and money. It is well maintained, run by an excellent crew and a ship you will feel great about upon conclusion of your trip. The entire crew ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom


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