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MittenTravel
Member Since 2017
1 review
A visit to Havana, Cuba had been on our "bucket list" for a while and Royal's 5-night to Havana really seemed to check all our boxes. This is not a cruise for those looking for high-end shopping experiences or beach parties. ... Read more
JRBluebonnet
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
We much prefer the smaller ships and really enjoyed this cruise on Empress. The crew is fantastic and the service was excellent. I fell and injured my foot in Havana and everyone, including the doctor and med staff, couldn't have been ... Read more
ehudlett
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
My husband and I chose this cruise since it looked like a nice way to see Cuba and, as Florida locals, we love Key West and Cozumel, and Tampa was very close and convenient to where we live. The ship is SMALL. No surprise here, but ... Read more
Tyreeles
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because of the Cuba stop. Excellent shore excursion on new buses with a very knowledgeable guide. We wanted to see Cuba before it changes. The process has begun with new hotels going in the downtown. One of the best ... Read more
Nomo73
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We traveled on this cruise with extended family. We had a great time based on who we were with but the ship was pretty small with not all that many activities. The positives - very nice massage in the spa, bartenders and wait staff were ... Read more
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Fandreou
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was going to Cuba. This ship was refurbished and is considered "small" but needs to be smaller to fit in Havana's tight port. The ship, although older, was immaculate and well maintained. The ... Read more
gator88
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I selected this cruise based on the itinerary. Getting to see Havana as a wonderful experience for me any my boys (though we did sadly have some rain). Since I had two boys with me, we did the 3 hour bus tour. Would like to have spent ... Read more
bev3847
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
I have had the opportunity to sail on a few cruse ships and with other companies. The Empress of the Sea is by far the loveliest and most relaxing ship ever. We took my 89 year old mother to Cuba along with my two sisters. The size of ... Read more
Tarponjeff
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
255 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted to go to Havana again and decided this time to go by ship rather than fly. We love to cruise and had not been on Empress yet, but had heard good things about her. All true. Great ship, great crew, great food. Just wish it had ... Read more
Cachimbo
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
My wife and I chose this cruise as a lifetime opportunity to visit Havana, Cuba. We enjoyed the shipboard activities as well as the two excursions purchased from Royal Caribbean. The Tour Guides on the Walking Tour of Havana and The Best ... Read more
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sillyguy59
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
We wanted to go to Cuba since we were little kids and it was always forbidden. When this opportunity came along we 'got on board' as quickly as possible. Our cruise mates we met were the most traveled people we have/had ever met. The ... Read more
jamjwhite
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This is a real small boat with limited activities on board. We had 2 days at sea and the only way to describe it is this is the boat were fun goes to die. The band was playing slow style of music and when they were not playing the music is ... Read more
Bob Ginz
Member Since 2017
1 review
Our group (6 adults) really wanted to get to see Havana, Cuba. It was like going 'Back to the Future'. Seeing all the 1950 and 1960 cars everywhere was a very special experience. The Empress of the Seas is small, but very intimate and ... Read more
bernbrwn13
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
We chose this cruise, Because the Empress of the Sea was the only Ship sailing to Cuba. The price was right for us. Once we boarded the ship it was beautiful and the staff was attentive from the start. Our luggage arrived to our room in a ... Read more
agoldsmith52
Member Since 2017
1 review
I think the Royal Caribbean offers the best "bang for the buck" as far as price. The service is excellent as is the food and entertainment. Have never had a bad experience on board a Royal Caribbean Ship, and this last cruise on ... Read more
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Josecarty
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
The cruise in general was very good about the ammenities, including restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinning, bars, casino, gym, off shore excursions, swimming pool, sauna, etc., etc. The rooms for group of 2 or more persons is horrible, ... Read more
sherawhite
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
This trip was taken with family- the cruise line and ship were chosen based on our intent to visit Havana, Cuba. Although the ship was the smallest in the fleet, there were enough activities to keep occupied during slow times. The dining ... Read more
bandguy54
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The chance to visit Havana was very appealing. The price of the Cuba itineraries is a bit higher than other locales but worth it. However, the Empress of the Seas is really showing her age. ... Read more
TravlingSpirits
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed July 2017
Cuba was our special destination. We had only one afternoon to enjoy & experience. Recommend adding the bus tour to your destination. Will return some day to experience more. We made the best of it this ship is smaller than we ... Read more
jozef13
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise to specifically visit Cuba. Traveled with friends. The Empress was a pleasant surprise! Although she is the smallest ship in the fleet, she has amazing energy and is quite comfortable. Absolutely loved the retro ... Read more
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Christine C
Member Since 2017
1 review
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Cuba. The other two ports, Key West and Cozumel, were added bonuses. The food was a highlight. Everyone in my party liked what was served in the Windjammer and in the main dining room. As ... Read more
OhioCruiser4
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Many reviews downplayed the size of this ship. I disagree. The smaller size meant less waiting in line for everything. It meant lots of open spaces and open seating and not having to apologize for bumping into someone or slowing ... Read more
paris8747
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
The ship is old and very small. The ships air condition does not work well. It was very hot in our room and in most areas of the ship. The food is mediocre. No 24 hour pizza or even good pizza. You have to pay for room service. They ... Read more
mkwcpa
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Nice trip, We wanted to visit Cuba and this was a reasonable priced cruise. Staff and crew were very nice. It is a small ship, which we liked because there were not many kids on board. It was very peaceful trip. All the guest we meet ... Read more
Michelle Beck
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
On July 15, 2017, we set sail for Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba. This was a 5 day, 4 night cruise. Havana seems to be a popular new destination probably because it has only recently been available to tourist. We selected Royal ... Read more
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