MS Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International Cruise List
Former Names:  Empress, Nordic Empress

Empress is a smart newly refurbished ship with attractive lines and plenty of activities for all ages. A nine deck high atrium is the focal point inside.  Empress of the Seas passengers tend to be All ages and Mostly American but more Brits/Europeans in Europe. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 30.5 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.5 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 25.8 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.9 passengers.
Size Medium
Rating Standard
Built 1990
Refit 2004
Tonnage 48500
Passengers (Min/Max) 1588/1877
Crew 645
Officers Spanish
Total  798
Balcony cabins have vanity desk, sofa, coffee table, chair and are reasonably spacious but the rest are very small and bathrooms utilitarian. All cabins have beds that convert to queen size. 
Balcony  69
Ocean View  411
Inside  314
Single  0
Cabin Details Cabins Deckplans
Pools Out/In  2/0
There is plenty of space for sunbathing and a polished wood wraparound promenade deck. Leisure facilities include two pools, fitness centre, sauna and Jacuzzis as well as a rock climbing wall.
Jacuzzis  3
Fitness Centre  Yes
Sauna  Yes
Steam Room  No
Deck Space  Good
The two level Carmen dining room is attractive with fine views . Food is reasonable with attentive and friendly but sometimes hurried service. Alternative buffet dining is offered at the Windjammer Café and the Portofino Speciality Restaurant. Main Dining Rooms  2
Sittings  2
Non Smoking  Yes
Alternative Dining  1
Production and comedy shows are well presented in the two level Strike up the Band Showroom with dancing, music and cabaret in Boleros, a Latin-themed bar and showlounge. Other amusements include a two level aft disco/nightclub and Casino.  Show Lounges 2
Cinema No
Library No
Casino Yes
Casual and comfortable during the day. In the evening dress is smart casual (shirt and trousers for gentlemen and casual elegance for ladies). Formal evenings require a suit or dinner jacket for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.
US$13 per passenger per day (including children) will be aded to your shipboard account for cabin and restaurant staff - more for suites. 15% will automatically be added on all drinks.
Wheelchair cabins 4
Wheelchair access is acceptable.  Hoists are not provided and passengers will need to bring their own.
Lifts 7
The rating for children is Acceptable. The ship provides supervised activities by trained staff. These include a children's club but no teens centre (this ship has less children's facilities than the other Royal Caribbean ships). 

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