Empress Of The Seas

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Royal Caribbean

Current cruise:
3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
05 Dec, 2016 - 08 Dec, 2016

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Empress Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Empress Of The Seas

Flag Bahamas
Builder ALSTOM MARINE CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE
Year built 1990
Speed 19.4 kn / 36 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA) 210 m / 689 ft
Beam (width) 30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage 48563 gt
Passengers 1590 - 1877
Crew 645
Passengers-to-space ratio 30
Decks 11
Cabins 796
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2016
Former names Empress, Nordic Empress

Review of Empress Of The Seas

Launched in 1990 as Nordic Empress, Empress Of The Seas was previously sailing as one of the Pullmantur Cruises ships, Pullmantur Empress (2008-2016). The ship cost US $170 million to build and was last refurbished in 2016.

History - construction & ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCI is a cruise line brand established in Norway and currently based in Miami, Florida. As of September 2015, the line controls a 17% share of the world cruise market, with 23 cruise ships in service and other three on order. All vessels under the Royal Caribbean brand have had their names ending with "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Ltd. are Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and Pullmantur Cruises.

The 48,563-ton, 1,910-passenger cruise ship Empress Of The Seas is classic and luxury, attractive to cruisers who prefer to relax between visiting exotic destinations. In 2008, Royal Caribbean International thought the ms Empress had to retire, but Pullmantur Cruises proved them wrong. 

Cruise itinerary program

Empress Of The Seas, which left the Royal Caribbean fleet in 2008, sails on short cruises out of Miami after spending 8 years with the subsidiary company Pullmantur. The cruise ship offers 3-, 4- and 5-night itineraries (starting March 2016), including some 5-nights with Cozumel, Mexico overnight stays. 

Empress Of The Seas

Cabins

Empress Of The Seas offers a total of 796 staterooms in 15 categories, of which 329 Inside, 69 Balcony and 6 Suites. The largest aboard Empress are the Royal Suites (54.50 m2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Pullmantur Empress 392-seat Buffet restaurant was the spot to choose between various dishes to satisfy consumer preferences and tastes. The 56-seat Wu Fusion Restaurant had an exclusive design and featured a wide range of cocktails and exotic Far East flavours. The 476-seat à la carte Miramar Restaurant offered quality dishes and the attention of all waiters.

Empress Of The Seas 1004-seat Main Dining Room is an aft-located complimentary venue open for Breakfast (7:00 – 9.30 a.m.), Brasserie 30 Lunch (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. /seadays only) and Dinner ( 2 fixed seatings 6:30 or 9:00 p.m.). Chops Grille is the signature steakhouse-seafood restaurant of Royal Caribbean open between 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. ($39 surcharge per person is applied). Its open kitchen allows guests to watch the preparation of their food. Reservations are recommended.

Follows the complete list of Empress Of The Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Main Dining Room (1004-seat, aft-located complimentary restaurant)
  • Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant (580-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse/seafood).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Leisure facilities on Pullmantur Empress included a fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzis, rock climbing wall and two pools. Production and comedy shows were presented in the Broadway Show Lounge with music, dancing and cabaret. Other amusements were the two-level aft nightclub and Casino.

The Royal Caribbean ship Empress Of The Seas has new pools and whirlpools, a rock-climbing wall, adults-only Solarium, and the signature steakhouse Chops Grille. The Empress also boasts the Voom, line's super-fast Wi-Fi.

Pullmantur Empress entertainment

Follows the complete list of Empress Of The Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Royal Theater (740-seat, features 3D Movies, aerial acrobatic performances and Broadway-style productions)
  • Centrum (7-decks high Atrium area)
  • Schooner Bar (138-seat piano bar for live music, trivia games and classy cocktails)
  • Viking Crown Lounge (268-seat, with panoramic windows; becomes a disco club nightly)
  • Boleros Lounge (317-seat Latin-themed bar & nightclub)
  • Royal Shops & Boutiques (duty-free shops)
  • Focus Photo Gallery & Shop; Picture This portrait studio; Card Room; Library
  • RC Online (24-hour Internet computers center)
  • Casino Royale
  • Vitality at Sea Spa & ShipShape Fitness Center
  • Challenger’s Video Games Arcade; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
  • Pool area (2 pools, 3 whirlpools, poolside bar, sunbathing area)
  • Rock-climbing Wall.

Empress Of The Seas wiki

Year built 1990 (as Nordic Empress)

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2016

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 1590 (1877 max) / 645

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 48,560 tons / 693 ft (211 m)

Flag State (registered in) Bahamas

Ship builder Chantiers de l'Atlantique (France)

Building cost USD 170 mill

Ship owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)

Operator RCI (Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

Christened by Gloria Estefan

Official website link RoyalCaribbean.com

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 9
  • Cabin grades number: 15
  • Total number of cabins: 796 (of which 6 Suites, 63 Balcony, 302 Inside)
  • Dining Rooms: Restaurant (2-tiered, a la carte, 476-seat).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Windjammer Cafe (Buffet Restaurant / inside and exterior, 392-seat), Chops Grille Restaurant (56-seat).
  • Lounges & Bars: Royal Theater (2-tiered), Marina Bar (outdoor), Schooner Bar (Piano Bar, 130-seat), Boleros Lounge (317-seat), Card Room, Conference Center, Video Arcade, Viking Crown Lounge (and Disco Club), Adventure Ocean (kids & teens club lounges).
  • Vitality Spa, Beauty Salon, Solarium, ShipShape Fitness Center, Rock Climbing Wall, 2 Swimming Pools (salt water, adapted for children), 3 Jacuzzis, Library, RC Online (Internet Center), Royal Shops, Focus Photo Gallery, Casino Royale (2-deck), Medical Center.
  • The former Pullmantur Empress ship was launched as "Nordic Empress" in 1990. It was previously operated as "Empress of the Seas" by the Royal Caribbean company (RCI) in the period 2004-2008. The Nordic Empress ship was the last RCI vessel which name didn't have the "of the Seas" suffix.
  • Empress joined the RCI fleet in March 2016 following an extensive refit in Bahamas. Being built as the first mass market cruise ship - designed specifically for short cruises from Florida - Empress started round-trips out of Miami to Bahamas, Mexico and Grand Cayman. Some of the 5-night Western Caribbean cruise itineraries included only Cozumel Mexico (overnight stay).

Itineraries 2016 changes

Empress Of The Seas was home-ported in Miami Florida. Miami port departures are at 4 pm (on Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises) and at 5 pm (on Bahamas cruises). Miami port arrivals are at 8 am (on Eastern/Western Caribbean itineraries) and at 7 am (on Bahamas itineraries). Ports of call times are as follow - Nassau Bahamas (8 am – 5 pm), Coco Cay Bahamas (8 am – 5 pm), Cozumel Mexico (8 am – 8 pm), Cozumel (overnight stays are from 8 am to 6 pm on the next day), Costa Maya Mexico (7 am - 3 pm), Key West Florida (8 am – 8 pm), George Town Grand Cayman (7 am – 3 pm)

  • Due to prolonged dry-dock stay (before entering the RCI fleet), the following round-trip cruises from Miami were officially cancelled by Royal Caribbean: March 30, 2016 (5-day Eastern Caribbean "maiden voyage" to Key West, Grand Cayman), April 4, 2016 (3-day Bahamas - Nassau, Coco Cay), April 7, 2016 (4-day Bahamas - Key West, Coco Cay), April 11, 2016 (5-day Mexico - Cozumel, Costa Maya), April 16, 2016 (5-day Eastern Caribbean - Key West, Grand Cayman), April 21, 2016 (4-day Bahamas - Coco Cay, Nassau), April 25, 2016 (5-day Western Caribbean - Costa Maya, Cozumel), April 30, 2016 (5-day Eastern Caribbean - Key West, Grand Cayman).
  • Booked passengers were given the options to either rebook on Majesty of the Seas (same cabin type) through April 30, rebook on the Empress ship (plus USD 100 onboard credit) or cancel with full refund being provided. All Royal Caribbean Empress booked "flight and cruise" passengers (both through RCI or independent) were rebooked (no extra charge, flight change fees covered). The ship officially entered into service on May 9, 2016, with a 5-day Miami to Cozumel Mexico  ("Inaugural Cruise") itinerary.
  • NEWS: In July 2016, RCI released new itineraries for the Empress ship thus extending the bookings through (first) September and (later) through October 2016. The new cruises are from Miami to Bahamas and Caribbean: 5-night Key West Florida and Cozumel Mexico (departure dates are Sept 12, 26, Oct 1, 10, 15, 24, 29), and 4-night Key West Florida and Nassau Bahamas (departure dates are Sept 3, 17, October 6, 20).
  • NEWS: In August 2016, RCI added more itineraries extending the ship's Caribbean cruise program through the 2016's end (December). Added were also new for the ship ports of call - Falmouth Jamaica, Belize City, Costa Maya Mexico and Roatan Island Honduras. The latest added itineraries as departure dates (round-trip Miami) and lenght are as follows - Nov 3 (4-night to Cozumel), Nov 7 (4-night to Nassau and Key West), Nov 11 (6-night to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Nassau), Nov 17 (4-night to Key West and Nassau), Nov 21 (7-night to Nassau, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman), Nov 28 and Dec 5 (3-night to Nassau and Coco Cay), Dec 1 and 15 (4-night to Key West and Nassau), Dec 8 (7-night to Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel), Xmas Dec 19 (8-night to Key West, Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel) and NYE Dec 27 (7-night to Key West, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel).

Pullmantur Empress ship

Follows information regarding the previously named “MS Empress” Pullmantur vessel.

  • Passenger decks: 9
  • Cabin grades number: 15
  • Total number of cabins: 795 (of which 6 Suites, 69 Balcony, 329 Inside)
  • Dining Rooms: Miramar Restaurant (2-tiered, a la carte, 476-seat).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Panorama Buffet Restarurant (inside and exterior, 392-seat), Wu Fusion Restaurant (56-seat).
  • Lounges & Bars: Broadway Show Lounge (2-tiered), Marina Bar (outdoor), Rendez-Vous Salon (Cafe, 341-seat), The Pier Salon and Piano Bar (Pub/Cafe, 130-seat), Reading Room, Recreation Room, Cards Room, Tibu Club, Starlight Disco, Teen´s Club, Guppy Club, Tours Office, Reception.
  • Sea Spa, Beauty Salon, Solarium, Fitness Center, Climbing Wall, 2 Swimming Pools (salt water, adapted for children), 3 Jacuzzis, Library, Internet Center, Shops, Camera and Video Store, Casino del Mar (2-deck), Medical Center.
  • Pullmantur Empress ship was formerly operated as "Nordic Empress" and "Empress of the Seas" by the Royal Caribbean company (RCCL). Nordic Empress was the RCI's last vessel which name didn't have the suffix "of the Seas". Following an extensive refit in 2004, the vessel's name was changed in order to match the rest of the RCI cruise fleet. Nordic Empress was the first mainstream (mass market) ship designed to be operated with short (3- and 4-day) cruise deals.
  • In November 2012, Pullmantur Empress was the first ship in the fleet to receive a new logo and hull color scheme. The ship's interior was highlighted by a 9-deck atrium with waterfall.

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Empress Of The Seas Itineraries 2016

The below listed Empress Of The Seas cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
05 December 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $132
05 Dec        Departing from Miami, Florida
06 Dec 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
07 Dec 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
08 Dec        Arriving in Miami, Florida
08 December 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Cruise
Prices starting
from $374
08 Dec        Departing from Miami, Florida
10 Dec 10:00 - 18:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
11 Dec 07:00 - 17:00        Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras
12 Dec 07:00 - 16:00        Belize City
13 Dec 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
15 Dec        Arriving in Miami, Florida
15 December 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $199
15 Dec        Departing from Miami, Florida
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
18 Dec 07:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
19 Dec        Arriving in Miami, Florida
19 December 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Holiday Cruise
Prices starting
from $599
19 Dec        Departing from Miami, Florida
20 Dec 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
22 Dec 08:00 - 18:00        Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras
23 Dec 07:00 - 18:00        Belize City
24 Dec 07:00 - 18:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
25 Dec 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
27 Dec        Arriving in Miami, Florida
27 December 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Holiday Cruise
Prices starting
from $845
27 Dec        Departing from Miami, Florida
28 Dec 07:00 - 16:00        Key West, Florida
30 Dec 07:00 - 18:00        Belize City
31 Dec 07:00 - 18:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
01 Jan 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
03 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida

Empress Of The Seas Itineraries 2017

The below listed Empress Of The Seas cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
03 January 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $256
03 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
05 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
06 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
07 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
07 January 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Cruise
Prices starting
from $243
07 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
09 Jan 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
10 Jan 07:00 - 15:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
12 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
12 January 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $216
12 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
15 Jan 07:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
16 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
16 January 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Nassau, Cococay & Key West
Prices starting
from $263
16 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
17 Jan 07:00 - 18:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
21 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
21 January 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Key West & Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $263
21 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
24 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
26 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
26 January 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $226
26 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
27 Jan 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
29 Jan 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
30 Jan        Arriving in Miami, Florida
30 January 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $223
30 Jan        Departing from Miami, Florida
31 Jan 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
02 Feb 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
03 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
03 February 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $223
03 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
04 Feb 08:00 - 23:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
05 Feb 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
06 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
06 February 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $226
06 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
07 Feb 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
09 Feb 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
10 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
10 February 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Cruise
Prices starting
from $416
10 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
11 Feb 07:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
13 Feb 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
14 Feb 08:00 - 18:00        Belize City
15 Feb 08:00 - 15:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
17 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
17 February 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Yucatan Escape Cruise
Prices starting
from $363
17 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
19 Feb 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
20 Feb 07:00 - 17:00        Belize City
21 Feb 07:00 - 15:00        Costa Maya, Mexico
23 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
23 February 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $226
23 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
24 Feb 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
26 Feb 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
27 Feb        Arriving in Miami, Florida
27 February 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Key West, Nassau & Cococay
Prices starting
from $263
27 Feb        Departing from Miami, Florida
28 Feb 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
02 Mar 08:00 - 18:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
03 Mar 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
04 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
04 March 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Cozumel & Key West Cruise
Prices starting
from $276
04 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
06 Mar 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
08 Mar 07:00 - 18:00        Key West, Florida
09 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
09 March 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $236
09 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
10 Mar 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
12 Mar 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
13 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
13 March 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Labadee & Key West Cruise
Prices starting
from $283
13 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
15 Mar 09:00 - 16:00        Labadee, Royal Caribbean private island, Haiti
17 Mar 09:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
18 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
18 March 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise
Prices starting
from $273
18 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
19 Mar 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
21 Mar 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
23 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
23 March 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $256
23 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
24 Mar 08:00 - 17:00        Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
25 Mar 07:00 - 23:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
26 Mar 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
27 Mar        Arriving in Miami, Florida
27 March 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise
Prices starting
from $263
27 Mar        Departing from Miami, Florida
29 Mar 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
31 Mar 09:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
01 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
01 April 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise
Prices starting
from $283
01 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
02 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
04 Apr 07:00 - 17:00        Cozumel, Mexico
06 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
06 April 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Key West & Nassau Cruise
Prices starting
from $250
06 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
07 Apr 08:00 - 20:00        Key West, Florida
09 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
10 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
10 April 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise
Prices starting
from $256
10 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
11 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean private island, Bahamas
12 Apr 07:00 - 23:00        Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
14 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
14 April 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Grand Cayman & Key West Cruise
Prices starting
from $290
14 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
16 Apr 09:00 - 18:00        George Town, Grand Cayman Island
18 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
19 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
19 April 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise
Prices starting
from $283
19 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
21 Apr 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
23 Apr 07:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
24 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida
24 April 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise
Prices starting
from $283
24 Apr        Departing from Miami, Florida
26 Apr 08:00 - 18:00        Cozumel, Mexico
28 Apr 07:00 - 17:00        Key West, Florida
29 Apr        Arriving in Miami, Florida