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Empress of the Seas

Formerly the Nordic Empress, The Empress of the Seas has gained experience with both Royal Caribbean and Pullmantur. Currently under Royal Caribbean operation, she may be smaller than other ships, but don't let her size fool you. You'll find everything you've come to expect onboard a Royal Caribbean ship, highlights being the panoramic ocean views from the Viking Crown Lounge, the luxurious Day Spa and Fitness Center, romantic dinners in speciality Italian restaurant Portofino, and dancing in the Latin-themed bar, Boleros. Its unique combination of smaller size and amazing amenities has put Empress of the Seas in a league of its own.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/1990
Tonnage 48500
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 4
Number Of Decks 9
Number Of Elevators 7
Maximum Capacity 1600 (2020)
Crew 685
Refurbished 2019

Ship Facilities

From succulent steaks to decadent desserts, Empress of the Seas has everything you could possibly want to make your culinary journey just as exciting as the destinations you get to visit. The popular Royal Caribbean staple Windjammer Café makes an appearance and with its assortment of global cuisine and comfort-food classics, guests can enjoy meals here from morning to evening. For a more formal setting, head to the Main Dining Room where you can expect world-class service and exquisite food proudly made by experienced chefs, all combined with stunning views of the sea. Expand your choices even further at Chops Grille, a popular steakhouse serving all the classics in a Chicago-inspired restaurant. However, after a busy day making the most of the cruise, you might not fancy leaving your room. If this is the case, you can choose room service and have your favourite dishes delivered all day and night.

Entertainment onboard is taken just as seriously as the dining experience, and with so much to choose from, your evenings onboard are guaranteed to be just as memorable as your days exploring. While you’re in the holiday mood, test out your skills (and luck) at the casino by having a go at Roulette, Craps and Blackjack, to name just a few. A night at the theatre watching a Broadway-style production comes highly recommended, as does a few drinks at one of the bars on the ship. For an al fresco cocktail to help you cool off after lounging about in the sun, the Pool Bar is the perfect location, or a nautical-themed evening at Schooner Bar may be more to your taste. If it’s a late night of music and dancing that you’re looking for, Viking Crown Lounge is the best venue on the ship for letting loose.

Whether you like to spend your holidays relaxing in the sun and reading a book or prefer to stay active, there’s something onboard Empress of the Seas to please everyone. Chill out for a few hours at the Spa by indulging in one of the fantastic treatments on offer, ranging from massages to facials. There are also several pools on the deck, so if you get a bit warm after soaking up the rays on one of the sun loungers, why not take a dip in the refreshing water? In addition, the Solarium, a space exclusively for adults, has its own pool if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. Once you’re finished relaxing next to the pool (for the time being at least!), head inside for a spot of shopping at one of the boutiques.

Customer reviews for Empress of the Seas

My family and I specifically chose the Empress of the Seas for its itinerary-Cozumel, Havana (overnight), and Nassau. After reading some of the reviews on Cruise Critic, I was a bit worried about sailing on this specific ship. No worries! My family and I were presently surprised at the service and how well maintained the ship was. The ship is the smallest in the NCI fleet, which was fine by us! Mega ships are overrated; being on a smaller ship makes it much easier & quicker to learn the layout of the ship and you can walk from one end to the other in 5 minutes! Excellent dining experience in both the dining room and the Windjammer cafe! Huge selection of foods available...and quality of the food was very good to excellent. Desserts at the buffet were much better than I remember from my past experiences on NCL and Carnival. There were options for beverages at the Windjammer for those who chose not to purchase the pricey drink packages-lemonade, iced tea, fruit punch, water, and coffee. The coffee was much too strong for my taste, but it was decent. Staff on the ship couldn’t have been more helpful-from Deny (our room attendant), to our waiters in the dining room-Valento and Viny, and who can forget the hilarious activities staff who made playing trivia every day a hoot! Our accommodation was an oceanview stateroom. Yes, the rooms are small, but how much time do you actually spend in your room!?! I don’t know about anyone else, but I go on cruises to spend time in the ports of call, on the sun decks, and at activities, not wasting away in my room!!! Past posts indicate the ship is in poor repair and musty/dirty. I can tell you that I found none of this on the Empress of the Seas. I am a neat freak so I would have definitely noticed these things! No areas of the ship were closed off due to maintenance when we sailed (as I had read in previous posts). The pool and hot tubs were well maintained and were never shut down. Embarkation and debarkation when stopped at ports of call was quick and painless. I was a tad worried about getting sick on a cruise, given what is publicized in the media so often. The staff went above and beyond to encourage passengers to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before meals to help with the spread of germs. I can tell you as a nurse I sincerely appreciated this! Shout out to Neilbert for greeting us at the Windjammer Café multiple times a day and encouraging us to “washy washy”!!! I would definitely consider traveling on the Empress of the Seas in the future!

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Ship was old and could do with some refurbishment. In our cabin we had a television but you could not receive any news or films only on a loop about fridge -no kettle-no self laundry-and no daily news paper. We had no news from home for nearly two weeks food was reasonable and i have seen better entertainment on other ships.

Really good holiday the cruise was lovely nice ship and good food. The holiday booked with Iglu cruises was good with no problems with good transfer service. With stay Miami first then cruise to Key West, two stops at Mexico, A cruise stay at Cuba. Iglu cruises helped sort out all our visa and transfer. Great holiday with Iglu, Thanks would use again

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