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We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and timing. The price was right as well. The activities staff were fun, personable, and lively. We enjoyed the main dining room as well as the Windjammer. The food was very good to excellent as was the food service staff. We were aboard the Empress for Halloween -great decorations! While the gym was small, remember this is the smallest ship in the RCCL fleet, there were more cardio machines than on some larger ships and they worked. I could always find one available. Here’s the only real negative experience on the ship. We were on the 9th deck, mid-ship, starboard side. We think there were elephant races above us at night. Sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. There was a constant banging of heavy footsteps above us. Others in cabins nearby thought the noise was caused by children running in the youth area, Adventure Ocean and vigorously complained to guest services. We would sail on the Empress of the Seas again, but AVOID deck 9 mid ship, starboard side.

Great Staff and Crew Older, Smaller Ship

Empress of the Seas Cruise Review by Jimbloom

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite with Balcony
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and timing. The price was right as well. The activities staff were fun, personable, and lively. We enjoyed the main dining room as well as the Windjammer. The food was very good to excellent as was the food service staff.

We were aboard the Empress for Halloween -great decorations!

While the gym was small, remember this is the smallest ship in the RCCL fleet, there were more cardio machines than on some larger ships and they worked. I could always find one available.

Here’s the only real negative experience on the ship. We were on the 9th deck, mid-ship, starboard side. We think there were elephant races above us at night. Sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. There was a constant banging of heavy footsteps above us. Others in cabins nearby thought the noise was caused by children running in the youth area, Adventure Ocean and vigorously complained to guest services.

We would sail on the Empress of the Seas again, but AVOID deck 9 mid ship, starboard side.
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Cabin Review

Junior Suite with Balcony
Cabin J3
The cabin was clean, but showing its age. At night there was generally very loud noise from above, as if there was a track meet above us. Once at 3:00 a.m., it sounded like someone dropped a stack of deck chairs just above our cabin. We would not use this cabin again.
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