Empress of the Seas Cruise Review by ncjuliee
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom
Since I'm a planner, I had done a lot of research on the Empress of the Seas, and I was a little nervous about the ship. That was all for nothing! The ship is amazing! Yes, it is a smaller ship - the smallest in the fleet - but guess how many lines we waited in during this vacation? None. That includes our embarkation. We walked in, went right up to the counter and were on the ship in a matter of minutes.
When we got to our cabin, we noticed that it was small, but we knew it would be. We had plenty of room in our cabin. I did bring magnetic hooks with us and that helped to provide some additional space by hanging things on the walls. Bringing these hooks was probably the best tip that I got from my research.
I've read in a few places that there was a weird odor on deck 5. I smelled it, but it wasn't a big deal.
The dining room was great and I was happy with the food quality and selection. The best part is if you don't like what you ordered, you send it back and get something else. Or, if you like it a lot, you order another! We went to Chops on my birthday and that was fantastic too. It was a step up from the dining room and my 9oz filet was so tender that I could cut it with a butter knife.
First class entertainers on this ship! Loved the shows I went to! The music around the ship was always fun and lively.
I booked some of my shore excursions through the ship and thought those were fantastic. We did the behind the scenes tour of the ship and loved everything we learned. It was great to learn about what goes on behind the scene on this ship!
My daughter found a great group of friends with the teen group. This really provided an opportunity for her to get to know the other teens and she really had a great time.
The pool was usually crowded, but it was still really great. I loved it!
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We took magnetic hooks to expand our storage to be able to hang some things.
The beds were comfortable and had plenty of space for storage under them.
The bathroom was also small but I loved that I could use the bathroom, wash my face and shave my legs at the same time! :) It was compact and functional. It provided us with togetherness. And, as they say, you're really only in the room to sleep and shower.
We did find that it was easier to get ready in shifts, so my husband would shower and change and then go wait for us in the lobby of the 8th deck. Then I got ready to go and joined him. Last, our daughter got ready and joined us. It wouldn't work to all get ready at the same time.
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