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Empress of the Seas Cruise Review
3.0 / 5.0
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Don't let the negative reviews fool you

Empress of the Seas Cruise Review by dhillon105

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2016
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean

We chose this cruise because other family members were already booked, and we wanted to join them. I did no research before hand, so after we booked it, I started to look into the ship and the ports of call. I was a little worried because of all the negative reviews, but we had a great time. It really is what you make of it.

The negatives- the ship is small, rooms are small, and the pool is very small!! For me, the pool was the only hang up. It got hot sitting on the deck and the pool was jammed packed, so getting into the pool to cool off was a challenge. We still made it work. We got up close and personal to some strangers and just made friends that much faster!! It was easy getting on and off the ship. We didn't have to wait in line long at all even at the tender port. The food is good, entertainment was good and definitely worth our time, and the staff was excellent! It was a less expensive cruise, so it was totally worth it. Me and my family (10 in all) had a blast!!! I would definitely go again!

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