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"Since there were so many terrible reviews for the Empress’ earlier cruises I thought I’d let others know that all is well on the Empress of the Seas. First remember it is a small ship. If you are used to large..."Read More
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Smallest ship with the biggest heart

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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CapnBob

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

28 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

13 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom


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

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

4 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

7 Helpful Votes


I won't return, but was okay

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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Faye G

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Embarked Miami - we spent 2 nights there, one them a full day and night to explore - that was good and I enjoyed Miami for the day / evening and I think this was maybe enough time too. We stayed in the Hotel of South Beach and the food there was good. Overall, very nice. Embarkation was pretty easy and I don't recall any issues at all. I was a little concerned as I’d read a fair number of ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom


Different but Excellent

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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indycruiseman

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Overall Rating = 4.5 We have been on a total 19 cruises on many different lines, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney, and Carnival. This was our fourth cruise on Empress, beginning in her inaugural season in 1990. Reviews never cease to amaze me. Reviewers will complain about everything. Do these people eat gourmet style dishes with scrumptious desserts at home? Are ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

10 Helpful Votes


Depends What Your Looking For

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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parkerwarnick

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

We choose this cruise because of timing with families schedule. The idea of a small ship was appealing. Pros - super nice, fun, helpful crew. Trivia’s in the Scooners Lounge was an everyday thing. Getting on and off the boat was super easy. Pool band was awesome! Ports Of Call- Labadee was awesome. Set up camp at Nellies Beach. Explore the area but stay away from the market. There is a ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

4 Helpful Votes


Tired ship but great entertainment

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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itrmom

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Let me start by saying this ship was supposed to go to Cuba but now that port is closed to ships from the US. I'm hoping that if Cuba reopens RCI will give this ship the facelift it deserves. At this point the ship really damages the Royal Caribbean brand. We choose this sailing because it was convenient embarkation around some business meetings. We knew it was a small ship but did not expect ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Junior Suite with Balcony


Perfect 7 day cruise

Review for Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Shaecampbel1

2-5 Cruises

Age 20s

When I booked this cruise I immediately had buyers remorse after seeing the reviews about the boat. I recently went on a Norwegian Cruise that was smaller and I hated it: so I was worried this would be the same. WRONG. This cruise was fantastic. I originally got an inside cabin but was upgraded through the Royal Up program which I highly recommend doing because I’m so glad we for a window view ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

6 Helpful Votes


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