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  1. I am considering booking a Studio Ocean View cabin on the Empress of the Seas for a cruise to Cuba. I am traveling alone and RC is allowing me to booking this cabin without any single supplement. Are these cabins acceptable for one person?
  2. Hi - looking to book a cruise on the Empress OTS and want to select a deck 9, Jr suite. We have not cruised on the Empress before and definitely want a balcony. I'd so appreciate any help you can offer. Perhaps there is something on deck 10 that makes noise that travels down to the rooms below. I can't tell if the centrum is open on deck 9 but if so I should probably avoid rooms close to it. Aft rooms are no longer available for this sailing, only the ones on the sides. Thanks for your help and any advice you can share. -
  3. Hello, Most of our questions have been answered in past reviews.... we just booked the Empress of the Seas for March but I am very worried she be rocking badly. Can anybody who has caused on the Empress (we are on the March 29th sailing) can let me know whether she is a very rocky ship, just want to be prepared. Thank you.
  4. We have sailed on all ship classes that Royal have, except for Quantum and Empress. In 2021 we might do a "B2B2B" on Vison, Odyssey and Empress. Vision are a 11 nts cruise and the other two are both 8 nts. We have done a similar thing back in 2016, then we sailed on Majesty and then Celebrity Equinox. Going from Majesty to Equinox made Equinox look fantastic (sailed on her again last year and she didn't impress like she did back in 2016). With this in mind, I "fear" that going from Odyssey to Empress will make Empress feel very old and outdated. Have anyone been on both
  5. Hi, We're going on a seven day Empress of the Seas cruise to Bermuda out of NJ in May. I'm trying to find out about dining. Are there formal nights, Caribbean night, etc. on a seven day cruise on this ship? Also, we've been on about 8 or so cruises, and the theme nights always seem to be a secret until we get on the ship. Am I right? Or is does RC provide this information and I'm just missing it? Thanks!
  6. What can you tell me about Empress OTS? We are considering her for the week after Thanksgiving. What are the pros and cons of such a small ship?
  7. DH and I are sailing 6 nights to the Western Caribbean on Empress on 3/29. This is the smallest ship we’ve been on. We were specifically looking for a small ship, as our last cruise was on Allure, which way too big for us. This is also the first cruise we’ve been on without our kids since our honeymoon cruise on Grandeur. While I’m looking forward to this, I’m also a little worried about being bored on our sea days. Does anyone have any recent Cruise Compasses from Empress? What activities are available? Also, just now realizing there are much more limited places to grab a bite
  8. Hello fellow cruisers. It has been awhile since I have sailed on Royal and a longer while since I have sailed on a smaller ship. We are Diamond level and I wondered if there was a Diamond lounge like on other vessels? What else, if anything, can we expect from Diamond level these days? Someone mentioned in a review of the Empress that there is a designated area on RCCL's private island for suite guests, can anyone expound on this? Are there coffee makers in the suites? Anything of interest you can share would be great to read. I do not see many comments on this forum about the Empress. T
  9. i realize Empress does not have a Diamond Club or coffee maker. Do they load your Sea Pass Card for a free speciality coffee in the coffee shop? Not too crazy about their regular coffee.
  10. We're booked on Empress of the Seas on May 18, 2020. Live in Florida and this is our first non-tropical cruise and first time flying in instead of driving. Any tips or suggestions? Weather? Shore excursions? How dressy for 2 formal nights? What are Ship Activities (don't think there will be the regular pool games)? Looking forward to a new adventure.
  11. Good evening! Going on the Empress of the Seas the end of February. I am not new to cruising but new to this ship and I cannot find a good answer to the following question: Is there a jogging track on Empress of the Seas. Thank you in advance! Jeffrey71
  12. Hello, We are diamond will there be a designated place on the ship for us to get off priority? We have a 10:30am flight out of Ft. Lauderdale, I don't think we have an issue but do you feel that we may have a problem making our flight? For those who have been on the Empress, what time did you get off the ship? If we walk our luggage off where do we meet on the ship?
  13. In mid-July my family of three will be on Empress of the Seas to Bermuda. We'd like to do Hartley's Helmet Diving. It is not a Royal C. excursion but we'd just like to do it independently. Any suggestions how to accomplish our goal?
  14. Found a schedule that shows Empress is docking at Punta Langosta in Feb 6 - is that unusual? we will be there Mar 13. https://cozumelinsider.com/Cruiseships
  15. Does anyone know for sure if Empress will dock in St.George’s in August? We’ve heard some say it will tender. Others say it docks. Appreciate any info thx
  16. The Empress of the Seas was scheduled to be in Virgin Gorda today and appeared to moored offshore this morning however she is currently shown as docked in Tortola. Just wondering why? Maybe seas to rough to tender? We sail on the Empress on Saturday and going to Virgin Gorda was one of reasons we chose this ship and sailing.
  17. Got an email yesterday from Royal stating our Empress cruise in December will now go to Tortola instead of Virgin Gorda. Pulled up other sailings and the port has been removed also. You now have to pay to go on an excursion from Tortola to get to Virgin Gorda.
  18. We are thinking of booking a junior suite on Empress but want to make sure we are not on the side of the ship that is directly underneath the smoking area. Can you tell me what side allows smoking? Many Thanks!
  19. I am considering booking on Empress. Just wanted to know where the smoking sections are located. Can you smoke on one side of the pool deck? Also there is an outside area near the Viking. Is that a smoking area. Thanks.
  20. Does anybody know the name of the band that is currently on the Empress? We have select time dining, what would the best time to go for dinner to get the least wait time?
  21. I booked a guarantee inside cabin on Empress. It is the first time I have booked a guarantee cabin. I am not cruising until May but got my assignment this week. Can anyone tell me if this is a quiet cabin? I'm fine with the location except I am concerned about possible noise from the back of the ship. It is in the back on deck 3.
  22. Would anyone have an update wine/drinks list for the Empress please ? thank you
  23. How did your ship handle the strike problems in Costa Maya? What time did they make any announcer?
  24. Is there a location on the ship that caters to Diamond+ or is this a perk that is lost? I understand we still get 3 drink vouchers daily but is the a lounge with appetizers?
  25. I've read on a couple of sites that RCCL does not have a wine package across their ships, but that some RCCL ships do offer one. Does anybody know if the Empress of the Seas has a wine package?
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