Empress Of The Seas Review and Specifications
Specifications of Empress Of The Seas
|Builder||ALSTOM MARINE CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE|
|Year of built||1990|
|Gross Tonnage||48563 gt|
|Former name||Empress, Nordic Empress|
|Passengers||1590 - 1877|
|Decks with cabins||9|
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 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.
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)
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)
Christened by Gloria Estefan
Official website link RoyalCaribbean.com
Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
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)
Pullmantur Empress ship
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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.
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.