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Empress of the Seas

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After 30 years of service, Empress of the Seas has left the Royal Caribbean fleet. Browse their other ships to find the perfect cruise for you.

Formerly the Nordic Empress, 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.

Things to do

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.

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