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I love the Empress, never felt any movement / rocking. I did feel like the bed / mattress was really hard - I mentioned it to one of the bartenders in Boleros and he asked what deck I was on - that night my cabin steward had added another comforter to my bed to add more padding. The crew are outstanding throughout the ship!

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I have cruised on the Empress many times and will be again on the 19th and March 1   I love the feel of more space to sit and relax and watch the sea . Not every nook and crannie has something stuck there. The casino is small but I never found it over crowed and I definitely liked walking outdoors. 4 times around and it’s a mile. Enjoy

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Sounds like this ship is going to give us the old tyme great feeling like things used to be.

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12 hours ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

Sounds like this ship is going to give us the old tyme great feeling like things used to be.

So excited - just called to get info on Dec 2020 sailing & found out we have a handicapped room plus fridge (handicapped sister).  👏

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On 1/4/2020 at 8:31 AM, Cruisegirl6 said:

What is your favorite place to sit inside the ship to relax? We spent a lot of time outside on deck 6 just watching the watcher and reading. It was very comfortable.  Inside, we spent most of our time in Boleros or Schooner.

 

My other half loves to play  in the casino, I noticed the bar only has 6 seats, is it generally crowded?  (I like to sit and relax there) It was more crowded for the $2 mimosas at sea days. 

 

Are the buffets for breakfast and lunch packed and crowded and the lines go slow to get food, or do they have individual stations of different foods all around as they do on the Oasis class ships I did the Cuba cruise, so my mileage varies from Twangsters. They don't have individual stations really set up, and there were times the lines moved a little slow. But, for some reason, most everyone seemed to veer to the right side instead of the left. The left side has pretty much the same stuff, but it seems less crowded.

 

Thank you so very much for your help!

 

 

 

 

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I realize she does not have a diamond lounge...I do have the drink package and not looking for the drinks but do they offer food/appetizers for diamond guests on this ship and if so, where would this take place?

 

Is the bar in the viking crown lounge open during the day?

 

Our experience with Chops on all the past RC cruises we taken were not good, in fact, we stopped going to Chops the past two years, how is Chops on this ship, would you say its better or the same?

 

I have anytime dining and reserved my times each evening, what is the approximate wait time to get our table?

 

Is there anything besides room service to eat around 1am, if so what should I expect to find to eat?

 

Are there refrigerators in the staterooms, we have a JS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello,

 

We will be on the Empress and disembarking in Miami, question, for those who have cruised on the Empress out of Miami, what time did you get off the ship?

 

We have a 10:25am flight out of Miami International, do you feel we will make it?

 

Does RC have facial recognition for disembarkation?  How long did it take you from getting off the ship to going outside the terminal
 

Did you find difficulty or very long waits for a cab or uber driver?

 

We will be on the 6 night cruise arriving back on saturday.

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3 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

I realize she does not have a diamond lounge...I do have the drink package and not looking for the drinks but do they offer food/appetizers for diamond guests on this ship and if so, where would this take place? ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Diamond happy hour snacks.

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Thanks Bob, where would I find these snacks, and would they place a flyer in our stateroom to let us know of these events?

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12 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

I realize she does not have a diamond lounge...I do have the drink package and not looking for the drinks but do they offer food/appetizers for diamond guests on this ship and if so, where would this take place?

 

Is the bar in the viking crown lounge open during the day?

 

Our experience with Chops on all the past RC cruises we taken were not good, in fact, we stopped going to Chops the past two years, how is Chops on this ship, would you say its better or the same?

 

I have anytime dining and reserved my times each evening, what is the approximate wait time to get our table?

 

Is there anything besides room service to eat around 1am, if so what should I expect to find to eat?

 

Are there refrigerators in the staterooms, we have a JS.

 

 

 

 

 

There is no lounge or any dedicated event. You will have 3 vouchers loaded on your sea pass card to be used at a dedicated time and for the same menu as ships with a lounge.   Since you have the package, that won’t matter. No place for appetizers. Depending on your dinner time, I guess you can pick something up at the windjammer. 
enjoy. 
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52 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

Thanks Bob, where would I find these snacks, and would they place a flyer in our stateroom to let us know of these events?

 

There are no Diamond happy hour snacks.

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Oh oh....I just remembered, I take too many cruises and get mixed up....it was the Celebrity Edge that came around during diamond cocktail time with these wonderful assortment of appetizers...it wasen't RC....sorry all.

 

Does anybody have the dailies to a 6 night cruise just curious to see if the Viking Crown Lounge bar is open during the day and what kind of entertainment is on the Empress now.

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3 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

... what kind of entertainment is on the Empress now.

 

You can request entertainment info from web_reservations@rccl.com.

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8 minutes ago, Cruisegirl6 said:

Oh oh....I just remembered, I take too many cruises and get mixed up....it was the Celebrity Edge that came around during diamond cocktail time with these wonderful assortment of appetizers...it wasen't RC....sorry all.

 

Does anybody have the dailies to a 6 night cruise just curious to see if the Viking Crown Lounge bar is open during the day and what kind of entertainment is on the Empress now.

The Viking Crown Lounge is always open, the bar in evening hours. Parts of the VC are used by Adventure Ocean at times. The upper area is the Gym. This VC is not elevated like others just at deck level.

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Thank you for that info, where do you feel the most comfortable interior spot on the ship be to relax?

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On 1/3/2020 at 8:25 PM, Cruisegirl6 said:

I know ships movement is based on weather and such, but I guess what I am asking, if the weather is all nice and good and calm does this ship still rock?

 

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9 minutes ago, Race Watcher said:

With no DL is there specialty coffee offered? 

 

Not that has been reported.

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20 minutes ago, Race Watcher said:

With no DL is there specialty coffee offered? 

Not for the times we sailed Empress. Some  C&A members (D+ or upper end D+, pinnacle ) and suites  are offered breakfast in Chops and a speciality coffee can be ordered then. There might be a D and up area in the dining room so of course speciality coffee can be ordered there also

 

But, If I remember correctly, there are a couple of times where they have a brunch rather than breakfast or lunch in the dining room. When that was the case, one could receive a complimentary mimosa  or bloody Mary. It was not advertised  and you had to ask for it but it was complementary. It has been over 2 years since we’ve sailed empress so I don’t know if that is still the current practice.

enjoy 

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On 1/4/2020 at 8:57 AM, twangster said:
On 1/4/2020 at 8:57 AM, twangster said:

 

 

Empress has the best Boleros in the fleet IMO.  Great little ship.  HD is Julie Young unless she is on vacation.  She does a great job with the crew.  

 

 

 

Julie is getting off on January 26th to take a different position with Royal. Great HD.

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