Cordelia Empress

Former names: Empress Of The Seas, MS Empress, Pullmantur Empress, Nordic Empress, Future Seas

Cordelia Empress current position

Cordelia Empress current location is at Indian Coast (coordinates 16.47420 N / 72.65680 E) cruising at speed of 16.4 kn (30 kph/ 19 mph) en route to GOA. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Specifications of Cordelia Empress

Year built1990  /  Age: 31
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassEmpress
Building costUSD 170 million
OwnerWaterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd (Essel Group)
OperatorCordelia Cruises India
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)210 m / 689 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage48563 gt
Passengers1607 - 1910
Crew671
Passengers-to-space ratio25
Decks11
Cabins796
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2021
Former namesEmpress Of The Seas, MS Empress, Pullmantur Empress, Nordic Empress, Future Seas
Christened byGloria Estefan (for Royal Caribbean)

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The 1990-built (as "Nordic Empress") cruise ship Empress Of The Seas was a Royal Caribbean Group-owned vessel previously operated by Pullmantur Cruises under the name "Pullmantur Empress" (2008-2016). The liner is currently named "MS Empress" (dubbed "Cordelia Empress") and operated by the new brand (2021-startup) Cordelia Cruises India. The company has plans to add a second ship in 2022, and by 2025 to have 4-6 vessels in its fleet. These plans are based on India's source market (~200,000 annual cruise passengers) and having the world's third-largest coastline (~7600 km / 4720 mi).

In mid-December 2020, RCI sold the ships Empress OTS (30-years-old) and Majesty OTS (28-years-old). The new shipowners were not disclosed. A total of 40x Empress OTS cruises (itineraries scheduled between March 6, 2021, and April 16, 2022) were canceled.

RCI Empress OTS' 2021-2022 itinerary program included voyages in the Eastern-Western Caribbean (7-day roundtrips from PortMiami / March 6 through April 25, 2021), roundtrips from NYC New York to Bermuda (April 5 - August 9, 2021), four 7-day Canada and New England cruises (NYC roundtrips, May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, 2021), 10-11-day Canadian cruises out of Montreal (September 2 - October 4, 2021) and the rest were 7-day Southern Caribbean cruises from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico (November 6, 2021, through April 16, 2022).

The vessel (IMO number 8716899) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000515) and registered in Nassau. Empress OTS was last refurbished (by RCI) in 2016.

History - construction and ownership

In late-December 2020, the India-based company Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd (Private Limited) announced the purchase of Empress OTS as well as the start of its fully-owned new brand "Cordelia Cruises".

Empress Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The shipowner (Waterways Leisure Tourism) was incorporated on November 2, 2020, with registration number 372580 and CIN number U63030DL2020PTC372580. The company is registered in Delhi India and specializes in supporting and auxiliary transport services and travel agency activities. The company's current directors are Vijay Kher and Saurabh Jain. Both companies are fully-owned subsidiaries of Essel Group India (aka Zee Group/parent company) - headquartered in Mumbai and led by Jurgen Bailom (President and CEO).

Following the announcement, in a press release, Jurgen Bailom commented that Waterways Leisure Tourism recently acquired the Jalesh Cruises brand and enters the Indian cruising market with "MS Empress". He added that Cordelia Cruises will have a second ship in its fleet, but didn't mention if there were negotiations for buying Majesty of the Seas.

Pullmantur Empress cruise ship

In late-August 2018, Zen Cruises/Jalesh Cruises (a new company owned by Essel Group) was announced as buyer of Pacific Jewel. Essel Group (1926-founded, headquartered in Mumbai India) is an Indian conglomerate of several corporations with business divisions in media, news, technology, entertainment, packaging, infrastructure developments, financial services, precious metals (gold and silver refinery), education, charity.

Jalesh Cruises operated only 1 ship (MS Karnika / Pacific Jewel) but in January 2020 announced the planned acquisition of a second (second-hand) vessel (the name was not announced) which was scheduled to start operations in October 2020. However, in mid-October 2020, Jalesh announced in a statement that the company suspends operations permanently due to the ongoing Coronavirus-related port closures and international travel restrictions.

Jalesh India suspended (initially temporarily) passenger shipping since March 12, 2020, mounting debts from creditors. MS Karnika remained permanently docked at Port Mumbai, with a skeleton crew of 60. In October, the company's creditors (via India's Admiralty Court) had the vessel arrested in Port Mumbai. Jalesh planned to restart operations on November 6, 2020, as India's government permitted cruise vessels to start passenger shipping from October 1. Sadly, karnika ship's AIS transmitted for the last time on November 24, 2020, showing the vessel anchored near Alang Ship Breaking Yard.

On December 13, 2020, the vessel left the Sauda Bay anchorage (off Port Sauda-Chania, Crete Island) en route to Malta. On December 30, it left the Sauda Bay anchorage en route to Muscat Oman (AIS data), on January 1st anchored off Port Said (Cairo, Egypt), on January 2nd transitted the Suez Canal and on January 11 anchored off Port Muscat.

During its service history, the cruise ship Empress OTS (construction order name "Future Seas") was operating under the names Nordic Empress (1990-2004, constructed for the Admiral Cruise Lines /defunct), MS Empress (aka "Pullmantur Empress", 2004-2008, operated by the RCCL's subsidiary company Pullmantur Cruises, Spain) and under its current name "Empress of the Seas" (between 2004-2008, and from 2016 onwards).

In 1987, Royal Caribbean merged with the shipowner Admiral Cruises, and the Admiral brand was dissolved. The still under construction vessel was incorporated into the RCI fleet and named "Nordic Empress" - the last RCI ship named without the suffix "of the Seas". The vessel's name was changed to the current "Empress of the Seas" on May 8, 2004, following an extensive drydock refit and refurbishment.

In March 2007 was announced that starting March 2008, the liner will be transferred to Pullmantur. The vessel's last Royal Caribbean cruise departed on March 7, 2008. The inaugural cruise of Pullmantur Empress was on March 15, 2008. In November 2012, Empress became Pullmantur fleet's first to receive the company's new logo and hull colors/pattern. In October 2015, the shipowner RCCL announced that after a drydock refurb in March-April 2016, Pullmantur Empress will be transferred back to the RCI fleet.

The 1600-passenger ship Empress OTS is attractive to travelers who prefer onboard relaxation instead of action-themed activities.

Decks and Cabins

Empress Of The Seas staterooms (a total of 796) are in 15 categories and include 329x Inside, 69x Balconies, 425 Oceanviews and only 6x Balcony Suites. The largest accommodation is the Royal Suite (590 ft2 / 55 m2, with terrace sized 290 ft2 / 27 m2).

The boat has 11 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Cordelia Empress has a 392-seat Lido Buffet Restaurant, the 56-seat Wu Fusion Restaurant (also offering a wide range of cocktails and exotic Far East dishes) and the 476-seat Miramar Restaurant (a la carte priced).

The ship's 1004-seat Main Dining Room (MDR) is an aft-located (on Deck 4) complimentary restaurant open for Breakfast (7-9.30 am), Brasserie 30 Lunch (12-noon - 2 pm /on sea days only) and Dinner (with 2 fixed seatings - at 6:30 or 9 pm). Chops Grille (RCI's signature steakhouse-seafood restaurant) is open between 5:30-9:30 pm and at surcharge (per person). Chops Grille's open kitchen allows guests to watch their food being prepared.

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 am, Breakfast between 7-11:30 am, Lunch 11.30-3:30 pm and Dinner 6.30-9 pm)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse/seafood).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Leisure facilities on Cordelia Empress included a fitness center, 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 boat has new swimming pools and whirlpools, a rock-climbing wall, an adults-only Solarium, and the signature steakhouse Chops Grille.

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 and nightclub)
  • Royal Shops and Boutiques (duty-free shops)
  • Focus Photo Gallery and Shop; Picture This portrait studio; Card Room; Library
  • RC Online (24-hour Internet computers center)
  • Casino Royale
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and 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

Cordelia Cruises Empress ship is marketed as "India's first premium cruise liner". Voyages are themed on India's food, culture and traditions. Cordelia's cruise ship targets mainly the domestic source market.

Cordelia Cruises offers several new shipboard dining options - including an in-house oriental restaurant (dishes from Japan to Thailand), Mughlai cuisine (dishes from the medieval Indo-Persian Mughal Empire), Indian street foods, several food stations (tandoor/tannour, grills, pizzas, pasta, Jain cuisine/Lacto vegetarian), in addition to various desserts (confectionery and sweets).

Cordelia's shipboard adult entertainment options include two Nightclubs, Casino Nights, 5 themed bar lounges.

Empress Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Cordelia itineraries

For Cordelia Cruises, Empress ship's inaugural season (2021) had scheduled 2- to 7-night long itineraries visiting Sri Lanka (Colombo), Maldives Islands (Male), also ports in India (Chennai, Goa, Mumbai). All bookings for voyages in June-July 2021 received kids-sail-free promos (for children up to 12 years of age) traveling with two full-paying adults.

  • The ship's Maiden Voyage was initially scheduled to depart on June 5, 2021 (7-night Mumbai roundtrip around India and Sri Lanka).
  • In mid-March 2021, Cordelia listed on its website an inaugural cruise leaving on May 7th from Mumbai (3-night roundtrip visiting Mormugao-Goa). However, due to India's increasing COVID cases, the brand's inauguration was rescheduled for September 2 (repositioning from Dubai to Mumbai) with call ports Muscat Oman, Mormugao, Lakshadweep (Bangaram Island), Diu Island, Cochin, Colombo Sri Lanka.
  • And finally, the Maiden Voyage for Cordelia departed on September 16, 2021, out of Mumbai.

Empress of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) itineraries

Since March 2016, Empress OTS itinerary program was based on homeporting in PortMiami, from where were offered 4-5-6-7-8-day roundtrips to Eastern and Western Caribbean ports. For winter 2017-2018, the ship visited Bahamas (CocoCay and Nassau). For summer 2018, from homeport Tampa Florida were offered 4- and 5-day roundtrips to Key West FL and Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel), also including Havana Cuba (on most itineraries).

On December 1, 2017, RCI added 2 new Cuban ports (Santiago and Cienfuegos) in the Empress OTS' 4- to 8-night Caribbean itineraries. Depending on length (6-7-8-day), the new "Best of Cuba" itinerary from Miami visited Cienfuegos, Havana (overnight), Santiago de Cuba, Key West Florida, Grand Cayman Island, Labadee Haiti (private island destination).

Following the US Government's June 2019-issued ban on group travel to Cuba from the USA, Empress OTS' itinerary program was revised. In all PortMiami roundtrips, the Cuban ports were replaced with San Juan Puerto Rico, Road Town (Tortola Island BVI) and Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas Island USVI).

For season 2020 were added new itineraries from PortMiami visiting Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda Island BVI) - a new for RCI Caribbean destination. The new 6- to 8-day Eastern-Western Caribbean program also visited ports in The Bahamas (including CocoCay Island / on select voyages), Mexico and Belize.

From homeport NYC/Cape Liberty New Jersey (starting May 2020) and Montreal Canada, the ship was scheduled to operate "Canada and New England Cruise" (10-11-12-day roundtrips to Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) and NYC to Bermuda voyages (with overnights in St George's and Hamilton). The Caribbean deployment from Miami was originally planned for the period October 2020 through April 2021.

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The ship Empress of the Seas was launched (as "Nordic Empress") in 1990 for Admiral Cruises. It was previously operated as "Empress of the Seas" by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) in the period 2004-2008. MS Nordic Empress was the last RCI liner named without the "of the Seas" suffix.

The vessel was ordered by Admiral Cruises under the name "Future Seas". In 1988, Admiral Cruises was acquired by Royal Caribbean. Following the merger, in 1989, the vessel (still under construction) was transferred to Royal Caribbean under the name "Nordic Empress". The ship was inaugurated and christened in 1990 (by godmother Gloria Estefan) and started mini-cruises from PortMiami (3- and 4-night itineraries). During drydock 1993 the Casino was expanded and were added "Photo Gallery & Shop" and "Video Arcade". In 1997, the homeport was changed to San Juan Puerto Rico. New engines were installed during the technical drydocking in 1998. In 2002 were started 7-day roundtrips from homeport Tampa Florida. In 2004, Nordic Empress was renamed to "Empress of the Seas" and homeported in NYC (Port Cape Liberty NJ) for roundtrips to Bermuda. In 2006-2007 were operated roundtrips from Norfolk VA. In 2008 the ship was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises, receiving the Spanish brand's signature hull colors in 2012.

Pullmantur Empress ship joined RCI in March 2016 following an extensive drydock refit in Freeport Bahamas. Built as the first mass mass-market ship (specifically designed for short break cruises from Florida) Empress started roundtrips out of Miami to Bahamas, Mexico and Grand Cayman. Some of the 5-day Western Caribbean itineraries included only Cozumel Mexico (overnight stay).

In 2015 was decided that MS Empress (commonly known as "Pullmantur Empress") will be transferred to RCI's fleet starting operations in Spring 2016. Vessel's inaugural season was planned with roundtrip departures from Miami to Caribbean ports. However, due to an extended drydock refurbishment period, ship's maiden voyage (March 30) and the following 4 cruises were cancelled. The vessel officially entered service for RCI on April 25, with a 5-day Western Caribbean ("inaugural cruise") to Mexico (visiting Costa Maya and Cozumel).

Empress OTS itineraries 2016 changes

In 2016, Empress OTS was homeported in Miami Florida. PortMiami departures are at 4 pm (on Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises) and at 5 pm (on Bahamas cruises). PortMiami 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), CocoCay 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 drydock stay (before entering the RCI fleet), the following RCI roundtrips from Miami were officially canceled: March 30, 2016 (5-day Eastern Caribbean "maiden voyage" to Key West, Grand Cayman), April 4, 2016 (3-day Bahamas - Nassau, CocoCay), April 7, 2016 (4-day Bahamas - Key West, CocoCay), 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 - CocoCay, 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 a 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.

In July 2016, RCI released new itineraries for Empress OTS, 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).

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 length 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 CocoCay), 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).

Cruises to Cuba 2017-2020

Empress OTS became the first-ever Royal Caribbean ship with cruises visiting Cuba. The itinerary program started in 2017 (on April 19, a 5-night cruise out of Miami to Costa Maya and Havana). The liner is the largest that Port Havana currently can handle.

Two more 2017 itineraries to Cuba were posted for booking in December 2016 - April 30 (7-night Tampa to Cozumel, Belize City, Havana) and May 20 (7-night Tampa to Key West FL, Havana, Cozumel). In early-February 2017, RCI expanded ship's new Tampa FL homeporting program with roundtrips to Cuba by adding 4- and 5-night itineraries with Havana overnights. The new itineraries also included Key West Florida and Cozumel Mexico and were available through November 4, 2017. Ship's inaugural Cruise to Cuba from Tampa started on April 30 (departure 4 pm). Port Tampa commemorated its ever first Cuban cruise with a special ceremony held on the ship at 11 am, while Empress OTS was docked at Terminal 3.

Next table shows the inaugural cruise to Cuba (5-day roundtrip).

Date / TimePort
19 AprDeparting from Miami, Florida
21 Apr 10:00 - 18:00Costa Maya, Mexico
23 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Havana, Cuba
24 AprArriving in Miami, Florida

Bookings for Royal Caribbean/s 2020 Cuban season were opened on May 17, 2019. The program is based on two liners - Empress (from Miami) and Majesty of the Seas (from Fort Lauderdale Florida). Empress OTS offers 3- to 8-night itineraries featuring Havana overnight (or late-night departure) plus CocoCay Island, Bahamas (on select cruises). Majesty OTS offers 4- to 6-night itineraries with stops in Havana (overnight), Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel), Key West Florida, CocoCay.

Royal Caribbean Empress Of The Seas itineraries 2021-2022 (CANCELLED)

Empress OTS ship's planned by RCI 2021-2022 itinerary program included voyages in the Eastern-Western Caribbean (7-day roundtrips from PortMiami / March 6 through April 25, 2021), roundtrips from NYC New York to Bermuda (April 5 - August 9, 2021), four 7-day Canada and New England cruises (NYC roundtrips, May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, 2021), 10-11-day Canadian cruises out of Montreal (September 2 - October 4, 2021) and the rest were 7-day Southern Caribbean cruises from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico (November 6, 2021, through April 16, 2022).

A total of 40x Empress OTS cruises (itineraries scheduled between March 6, 2021, and April 16, 2022) were cancelled. Next bales show the call ports of these itineraries (by theme) with the lowest prices in USD (Inside cabin rates with double occupancy).

8-day "Western Caribbean" itinerary (from $905 pp)

Date / TimePort
06 Mar 16:00Departing from Miami, Florida
07 Mar 17:00Key West, Florida
09 Mar 18:00Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras
10 Mar 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
11 Mar 07:00 - 16:30Belize City
12 Mar 19:00Cozumel, Mexico
14 Mar 07:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

7-day "Eastern Caribbean with Perfect Day" itinerary ($1015 pp)

Date / TimePort
14 Mar 18:00Departing from Miami, Florida
15 Mar 07:00 - 15:00Coco Cay, Bahamas
17 Mar 16:00 - 23:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
18 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Saint Croix Island, USVI
21 Mar 07:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

6-day "Western Caribbean" itinerary ($800 pp)

Date / TimePort
28 Mar 16:00Departing from Miami, Florida
29 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Key West, Florida
31 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
01 Apr 07:00 - 16:00Costa Maya, Mexico
03 Apr 07:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

7-day "Best Of Bermuda" itinerary ($1400 pp)

Date / TimePort
10 May 16:00Departing from NYC-New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ
12 May - 14 May 14:00Hamilton, Bermuda
14 May - 15 May 07:30St George, Bermuda
17 May 08:00Arriving in NYC-New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ

7-day "Canada and New England" itinerary ($1330 pp)

Date / TimePort
24 May 16:00Departing from NYC-New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ
25 May 07:00 - 15:00Newport, Rhode Island
26 May 11:30 - 18:00Boston, Massachusetts
27 May 08:00 - 16:30Bar Harbor, Maine
28 May 04:00 - 14:30Saint John, New Brunswick Canada
29 May 11:00 - 19:00Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
31 May 08:00Arriving in NYC-New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ

11-day "Canadian Adventure" itinerary ($1470 pp)

Date / TimePort
13 Sep 16:00Departing from Montreal, Quebec Canada
16 Sep 11:00 - 19:00St Johns, Newfoundland-Labrador Canada
17 Sep 11:00 - 17:00Saint Pierre Island, France
18 Sep 10:30 - 18:00Corner Brook, Newfoundland-Labrador Canada
19 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada
21 Sep 07:00 - 17:00Saguenay, Quebec Canada
22 Sep - 23 Sep 08:00Quebec City, Canada
24 Sep 07:00Arriving in Montreal, Quebec Canada

7-day "Southern Caribbean" itinerary ($1480 pp)

Date / TimePort
06 Nov 20:30Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico
07 Nov 09:30 - 18:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island
08 Nov 08:00 - 18:00St Johns, Antigua
09 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Roseau, Dominica
10 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Bridgetown, Barbados
11 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Castries, St Lucia Island
12 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Port Zante-Basseterre, St Kitts Island
13 Nov 06:00Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pullmantur Empress ship review

Follows information regarding the previously named "MS Empress" Pullmantur vessel.

  • 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 Restaurant (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 (saltwater, adapted for children), 3 Jacuzzis, Library, Internet Center, Shops, Camera and Video Store, Casino del Mar (2-deck), Medical Center.

Pullmantur Empress was formerly operated as "Nordic Empress" and "Empress of the Seas" by Royal Caribbean (RCCL). Nordic Empress was RCI's last vessel which name didn't have the suffix "of the Seas". Following an extensive refit in 2004, vessel's name was changed to match the rest of the RCI fleet. Nordic Empress was the first mainstream (mass market) cruise liner specifically designed for short breaks (3- and 4-day).

In November 2012, MS Empress became Pullmantur's first ship to receive the company's new logo and hull color scheme. Ship's interior was highlighted by the 9-deck atrium with waterfall.

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