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Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean
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The flagship of the Empress Class, the ship itself is a little smaller and a little older than some of the fleet. Following a 2016 renovation and a new set of itineraries for 2020, including Montreal and Rhode Island in the north, all the way down to some of the smaller ports larger classes of ship can't quite reach.

The Empress was retired from Royal Caribbean's fleet in 2021 after more than 30 years of service. She sailed a few firsts, introducing 3 and 4-night itineraries to Royal Caribbean fans and was the first cruise ship to sail from Cape Liberty. The Empress was also Royal's first ship to visit Cuba in 2017.

Planning your cruise

Deck plans
Dress code

Dress is relatively casual for the most part, no swim wear outside of the pool deck and shorts are permitted only at breakfast and lunch. Expect smart casual for dinners throughout the sailing, collared and pantsuits welcome, as will be blouses and dresses. Want to wear something more formal still? It will be welcomed. The Empress has no formal nights scheduled at present.


Daily rates vary on cabin category and are applied to all individual guests regardless of age. The daily rate is per person in USD, $14.50 for Junior Suite cabin categories and below, $17.50 for all cabin categories at Grand Suite and above. The rate may be pre-paid or automatically added to their SeaPass account. There is also a rate for beverages, mini-bar items, and spa or salon purchases of 18%.

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