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Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean
Empress of the Seas
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360

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247

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161

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1,385 Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Cruise Reviews


CapnBob avatar

CapnBob

7 Reviews Written

27 Helpful Votes

Smallest ship with the biggest heart

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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 ...
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Sail Date March 2020


capeman1 avatar

capeman1

13 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Nice smaller ship

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2020


ClarkMD avatar

ClarkMD

1 Review Written

Good Price, Great Service, Mediocre Ship

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. ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Gaynors avatar

Gaynors

12 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Smallest ship with the Biggest Heart

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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maseat

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

The Little Ship with a Big Heart

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. ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Faye G avatar

Faye G

1 Review Written

I won't return, but was okay

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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indycruiseman

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Different but Excellent

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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parkerwarnick

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Depends What Your Looking For

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2019


itrmom avatar

itrmom

1 Review Written

Tired ship but great entertainment

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Shaecampbel1

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Perfect 7 day cruise

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. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Tricey Boo242

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Empress Escapades a Good Ride

I chose this trip on November 15th, 2019 after my booked September cruise was during Hurricane Dorian. We went to Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Grand Cayman. I was disappointed that I was on the smallest of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


4405 avatar

4405

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Probably our worst cruise experience

My wife, her sister and I have taken a Thanksgiving Day cruise for the last few years. In planning this year we planned on Cuba and Grand Cayman and found the Royal Caribbean had one aboard the Empress of the Sea. ...
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Sail Date November 2019


lorenzod avatar

lorenzod

34 Reviews Written

49 Helpful Votes

Best cruise staff on the sea!

11/15/2019 Embarkation went smoothly. Everyone on the staff of the Empress was always friendly and helpful. The ship is of the smaller variety which we find to be better for our needs. Everything is always ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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joanmaryp

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Efficient friendly staff

We chose this ship as it was a very economical choice. We sailed two back to back cruises. The cabin had plenty of storage space for our belongings even though it was small. A bit of a struggle to get into bed at ...
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Sail Date November 2019


PatMunits avatar

PatMunits

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Exceeded our expectation. Totally would do it again.

This is a review by a first-time cruiser who have done many all-inclusives before, and have seen quarter of the world on his own. Bottom line: book the cruise, do it, you will not regret it! Empress is the ship ...
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Sail Date September 2019


zen_mother avatar

zen_mother

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

We all loved "washy washy!"

It was our first cruise experience. We were a little disappointed with the food. The food from Windjammer Cafe was okay and sometimes it's salty. Although it claimed to be a different theme for each night, I found ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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jazzy100

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly Surprised

Was originally scheduled to go to Cuba, but due to recent changes by the US government, the itinerary was changed. I followed the reviews for this ship for a few months and was very leary about going anywhere on ...
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Sail Date October 2019


drewmn11 avatar

drewmn11

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly surprised

My last two cruises have been on Freedom & Oasis....so booking Empress was going to be a huge change from the larger ships. I booked this cruise based on the affordability for only week we had free. It was a ...
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Sail Date October 2019


kcamp317 avatar

kcamp317

5 Reviews Written

34 Helpful Votes

Small ship with great crew and no crowds

We chose this cruise for just the wife and I. We have both been on about 12 RC cruises over the past 13 years or so. Our daughter is in school this time of year so she stayed back home and got grandma time. ...
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Sail Date October 2019


ctvroom avatar

ctvroom

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Worst Cruise of my Life

We booked this originally when we were supposed to go to Havana. When that got cancelled, we should have taken our money back when offered instead of taking the half price cruise. Big mistake. With the hurricane ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Tabbatte

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Home at last

NEGATIVES Photos cant only get on disc when complained of this manager said only corporate can make modifications and only pkgs starting 1 hundred on up or 19 for 1 Bingo 3 sheets $42 must be 21 but can gamble ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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lmbscruisers

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great ship and crew

We originally booked this cruise with the sole purpose of going to Cuba. Like most other reviews have stated, the laws changed and the itinerary was changed to a 6 day Western Caribbean, which we were fine with. We ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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norvilleryan1993

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disappointed

I chose this cruise due to its sailing date and my school schedule. I figured an 8 night cruise would be a good way to finish my summer before returning to class full time. When we were approaching the ship it was ...
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Sail Date June 2019


Ktravels avatar

Ktravels

4 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Small Ship which makes it easy to navigate, best service and crew!

We just got off this excellent ship after a six day cruise. Both my husband and I have physical limitations, he used a scooter the entire time, and I used a cane. This was the first cruise I can remember where when ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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prs2725

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Lot of cons but a few pros made it worth it

I was in a oceanview with 3 people. Two twin beds and bunks. The room was smaller than other ships but liveable. Dont expect to stay in the room and watch anything worth watching on t.v. Getting on the ship took ...
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Sail Date August 2019


Empress of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.5
Dining3.03.9
Entertainment3.03.9
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation2.53.4
Family2.03.7
Enrichment4.03.5
Service4.54.3
Value For Money4.03.7
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