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Empress of the Seas cruises for 2020-2021


Empress of the Seas is RC’s smallest and oldest ship: not a floating theme park, much of the vessel still maintains the elegance of the early days. For most of the year Empress of the Seas is based in Miami and offers 4- to 8-night getaways to some of the most popular islands in the Caribbean: Nassau, The Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Grand Cayman and Key West. So you have a wide number of choices for your getaway. From May to October 2020 Empress of the Seas relocates to Cape Liberty, NJ, across the Hudson from Manhattan, and some cruises departing from Montreal. From there Empress runs 5- to 8-night cruises to the New England States, Maritime Provinces of Canada, and as far along the St Lawrence seaway to Quebec. The autumnal colours of the land scape stand out, and you can enjoy wandering the smaller ports of the region. Through 2021 Empress sails out of New York to the New England area, and from San Juan to the arc of islands separating the Atlantic from the Caribbean Sea. Empress has no formal dining evenings. The ship is ideal for first-time cruisers, budget travellers or simply those who enjoy a more intimate voyage.
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Empress of the Seas Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = onboard Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2020 CRUISES

26

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from Miami return

Currently sailing

N/A

2

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

$1,010

$168

8

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

16

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

23

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,233

$176

1

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

7

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$150
OBC

$1,080

$135

15

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

21

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

29

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,040

$173

4

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,436

$180

12

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,037

$173

18

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,338

$167

26

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

5

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,060

$212

4

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$2,141

$306

11

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

18

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,461

$209

25

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

1

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) to Quebec
Departs: New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) | Arrives: Montreal
UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,684

$153

12

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

10

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from Quebec to New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Departs: Montreal | Arrives: New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,680

$168

22

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

29

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$3,194

$456

6

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$150
OBC

$5,486

$784

13

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$150
OBC

$1,963

$280

20

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$2,058

$294

27

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,697

$242

3

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,833

$262

10

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,711

$244

17

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$150
OBC

$1,984

$283

24

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) to Quebec
Departs: New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) | Arrives: Montreal
UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,632

$148

4

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$2,576

$258

14

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

25

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$2,296

$230

5

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$2,540

$231

16

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

12

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from Quebec to Miami
Departs: Montreal | Arrives: Miami
UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,767

$147

28

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

3

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$597

$199

31

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,114

$139

14

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,028

$129

22

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$848

$141

28

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$946

$118

6

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$760

$127

12

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,075

$134

20

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,044

$174

26

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,644

$206

2021 CRUISES

3

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$829

$138

13

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

4

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

17

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$831

$139

23

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$911

$114

31

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$927

$132

7

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$926

$132

14

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$866

$144

20

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$911

$114

28

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$866

$144

6

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,016

$127

14

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$893

$149

20

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$979

$122

28

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$893

$149

3

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,084

$136

11

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$832

$139

17

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$911

$114

25

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$843

$141

4

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

6

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,134

$189

10

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,286

$184

17

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,313

$188

24

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,215

$174

31

MAY

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,337

$191

7

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,381

$197

14

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,429

$204

21

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,299

$186

28

JUN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,456

$208

5

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,470

$210

12

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,497

$214

19

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,374

$196

26

JUL

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,524

$218

2

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,456

$208

9

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,402

$200

16

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,168

$167

23

AUG

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) to Montreal
Departs: New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) | Arrives: Montreal
UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,984

$180

3

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,971

$197

13

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$2,100

$191

24

SEP

Empress of the Seas cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,971

$197

4

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

11

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$2,100

$191

15

OCT

Empress of the Seas cruises

15

NIGHTS

Empress of the Seas cruise from Montreal to San Juan
Departs: Montreal | Arrives: San Juan
UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,535

$102

6

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,368

$195

13

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,380

$197

20

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,273

$182

27

NOV

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,414

$202

11

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,414

$202

24

DEC

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,505

$215

2022 CRUISES

8

JAN

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,333

$190

19

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,251

$179

26

FEB

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,232

$176

5

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,251

$179

12

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,232

$176

19

MAR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,251

$179

2

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,373

$196

9

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,355

$194

16

APR

Empress of the Seas cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$76
OBC

$1,373

$196


Empress of the Seas — Ship Review Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.

Life aboard Empress of the Seas
Empress of the Seas is RC’s smallest and oldest ship: not a floating theme park, much of the vessel still maintains the elegance of the early days. For most of the year Empress of the Seas is based in Miami and offers 4- to 8-night getaways to some of the most popular islands in the Caribbean: Nassau, The Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Grand Cayman and Key West. So you have a wide number of choices for your getaway. From May to October 2020 Empress of the Seas relocates to Cape Liberty, NJ, across the Hudson from Manhattan, and some cruises departing from Montreal. From there Empress runs 5- to 8-night cruises to the New England States, Maritime Provinces of Canada, and as far along the St Lawrence seaway to Quebec. The autumnal colours of the land scape stand out, and you can enjoy wandering the smaller ports of the region. Through 2021 Empress sails out of New York to the New England area, and from San Juan to the arc of islands separating the Atlantic from the Caribbean Sea. Empress has no formal dining evenings. The ship is ideal for first-time cruisers, budget travellers or simply those who enjoy a more intimate voyage.

Empress of the Seas recently returned to Royal Caribbean fleet, following her refit in 2016. As the fleet’s smallest vessel the number of dining and activity options are fewer, yet proportional to the 1600 guests. Her specialty is offering short breaks, with entertainment for the young and families. There’s good Wi-Fi ship wide and wheelchair access for two interior and two oceanview staterooms. Décor throughout is warm and attractive and there are five bars and lounges, a library and card room for relaxation. You pay for many extras including gratuities, and need to plan where to eat and what to purchase, so order packages online before your cruise.

Accommodation
Staterooms come in five main categories and 16 price points, with variations based on guests’ needs: Royal Suites, Owner’s Suites, Mini-suites, Oceanview (some with restricted view), and Interior. The Suites have balconies. When selecting accommodation consider the view, the level of privacy, and location near to or far from activity areas. All staterooms come with private bathroom, twin or King size bed, vanity area, hair dryer, interactive TV and phone. Many cabins are family-friendly with up to two additional Pullman or sofa beds. There are no single or inter-connecting cabins, and four are wheelchair-accessible. In-cabin service and dining is available 24-hours, with a full menu service to the top suites.

Suites come with priority check-in, balconies, and depending on the suite you may have whirlpool tub, bath, and other amenities. The stateroom’s TV enables guests to request room service, to book show tickets, shore excursions, movies and specialty dining, and keep track of their onboard account. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom and any stateroom balcony. Cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.

Food and Dining
For the Main Dining Room select from three dining choices before cruising: fixed seating at the same table nightly, at either early or late sitting; open-seated anytime dining (with pre-paid gratuities) at a flexible time; and early sitting My Family Time Dining that allows children aged 3 to 11 years to leave for their Adventure Ocean kids club. Menus feature healthy, vegetarian and kosher options. Special dietary needs can be catered for by giving advanced notice. Menus change daily throughout the cruise. Evening dress is casual or smart casual.

There’s the specialty venue (cover charge) Chops Grille for signature dining and premium cuts of steak. Other complimentary eating options include buffet-style Windjammers Café open around the clock, and 24-hour room service. In all, the ship has 8 bars, clubs and lounges, with no cover charges. There are package deals for wine, juice, sodas and bottled water.

Entertainment
A signature feature of RCI vessels is a Broadway-style production in the Main Theatre. A second venue hosts cabaret shows and late-night adult entertainment. Try your hand at gaming in Casino Royale. Live music features in the lounges, bars and specialty venues. If you want a quiet cruise, try another ship. Alternatively, just stroll around and shop duty-free, or for a quiet time retire to the Library/Card Room or Internet Café.

On-shore excursions and explorations can be pre-booked or arranged on board. Choose from a range of classes and seminars to bring out your creativity and expand your knowledge. The Vitality Spa and Fitness Center are fully equipped and runs a variety of beauty services and fitness classes. Teens have their own lounge areas and disco, a video games arcade, and the Adventure Ocean youth programmes that cater for all ages. And every RCI ship has a rock-climbing wall.

Explore the decks

Empress of the Seas deckplans

Empress of the Seas deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

Staterooms come in five main categories and 16 price points, with variations based on guests’ needs: Royal Suites, Owner’s Suites, Mini-suites, Oceanview (some with restricted view), and Interior. The Suites have balconies. When selecting accommodation consider the view, the level of privacy, and location near to or far from activity areas. All staterooms come with private bathroom, twin or King size bed, vanity area, hair dryer, interactive TV and phone. Many cabins are family-friendly with up to two additional Pullman or sofa beds. There are no single or inter-connecting cabins, and four are wheelchair-accessible. In-cabin service and dining is available 24-hours, with a full menu service to the top suites.

Suites come with priority check-in, balconies, and depending on the suite you may have whirlpool tub, bath, and other amenities. The stateroom’s TV enables guests to request room service, to book show tickets, shore excursions, movies and specialty dining, and keep track of their onboard account. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom and any stateroom balcony. Cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.

Decks
Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean

Ship facts

Star rating: Empress of the Seas star rating
Maiden voyage: 1990
Number of decks: 9
Tonnage: 48563
Cabins: 800
Passengers: 1600
Number of crew: 685

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Shops, Souvenirs
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • Main Dining Room
  • My Time Dining or Traditional (2 sittings)
  • My Family Time Dining (kids eat early)
  • Dress for casual, smart casual, & formal dress nights
  • Daily brunch, complimentary drink
  • Windjammer café
  • Room service continental breakfast
  • Beverage packages
  • COVER CHARGE DINING
  • Chef’s Table (14 guests, formal dinner)
  • Chops Grille (lunch, dinner)
  • Room service: meals other than continental breakfast
  • CASUAL DINING
  • Bars, clubs, lounges (5)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • The Royal Theatre (3 decks)
  • Boleros Lounge, salsa music
  • Movies on pool deck
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • Guest lecturers
  • TECHNOLOGY
  • VOOM fast internet package (pay)
  • VOOM fast internet + streaming package (pay)
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pool
  • Whirlpools (4)
  • Scuba (Caribbean)
  • Solarium adults only pool
  • Sun deck
  • Vitality Spa
  • Fitness Centre, gym
  • “Quest” Scavenger Hunt
  • Culinary classes, wine tasting
  • Other classes for all sorts of things
  • Table tennis
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Library/Card room
  • Photo studio
  • Conference Centre
  • Weddings, Vows at Sea
  • WAIVERS NEEDED FOR:
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • UNDER 18
  • Adventure Ocean (programs for 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17 y)
  • Video games arcade (pay), Teen disco
  • Royal Babies & Tots activities (18-36 mths pay)
  • “Late Night Party Zone” group sitting
  • OTHER
  • Laundry, drycleaning (pay)
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Elevators
  • Electricity 110/220V
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Medical centre
  • No emotional support animals

What's included? ▼

  • Gratuities for Australia and NZ sailings
  • Bar service charges included in Aus/NZ sailings
  • All main meals on-board
  • In-cabin breakfast at no charge
  • Coffee, tea, iced water, lemonade 24 hrs
  • Anytime or fixed sittings, & multi-venue dining
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Infant crèche, kids clubs & teen programs
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • In-cabin dining menu USD 7.95 per order
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Certain entertainment, fitness classes
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Babysitting, individual or in groups (from 1 y)
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Itineraries may change due to unforeseen circumstances if NOT Australia or NZ sailings
  • Cabins may change for operational reasons
  • GRATUITIES if NOT Australia or NZ sailings
  • USD 14.50 (USD 17.50 Grand suites and above) pp/day all ages
  • May modify at Guest Services on board
  • May pre-pay gratuity on booking
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge dining at Johnny Rockets and Chops Grille
  • Service charge 18% automatically added to bar, mini-bar, spa & salon services.
  • REMINDERS
  • Check passport valid for 6 months after end of voyage
  • Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
  • Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions
  • Check dress code: Formal, best black-tie look; Smart Casual, dress to impress; Casual, shorts for b’fast & lunch
  • Special needs, dietary requests, arrange at booking
  • Smoking on board in designated areas only
  • Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
  • Don’t bring electrical extension cords
  • Aerial drones allowed: not operated on board, only on shore when legal
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