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Empress of the Seas

Capacity
1602
Crew
668
Tonnage
48,563
Length
210.81 m
First voyage
1990
Decks
9

Empress of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was formerly operated by Pullmantur Cruises as Empress.

History

The ship was ordered by Admiral Cruises and was intended to be called the Future Seas and join the other Admiral ships, the Azure Seas and the Emerald Seas. However, when Royal Caribbean merged with Admiral in 1987, the Admiral brand was dissolved and the newbuild (still under construction) was incorporated... Read more

Empress of the Seas

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
1602
Crew: 
668
Tonnage: 
48,563
Length: 
210.81 m
Beam: 
30.70 m
First voyage: 
1990
Decks: 
9

Empress of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was formerly operated by Pullmantur Cruises as Empress.

History

The ship was ordered by Admiral Cruises and was intended to be called the Future Seas and join the other Admiral ships, the Azure Seas and the Emerald Seas. However, when Royal Caribbean merged with Admiral in 1987, the Admiral brand was dissolved and the newbuild (still under construction) was incorporated into the Royal Caribbean fleet. A few signature Royal Caribbean brand elements were added, including the Viking Crown and Windjammer Cafe.

The ship was originally named Nordic Empress and was the final Royal Caribbean ship whose name did not end with "of the Seas" until the name was changed to match the rest of the fleet following an extensive rebuilding that ended on 8 May 2004.

Nordic Empress was the first mainstream cruise ship especially designed for the 3 and 4 day cruise market. Her initial itinerary was a short cruise to the Bahamas, which was then combined with 3 and 4 day cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1999, following the sale of the Song of America, the Nordic Empress took over the New York City to Bermuda route.

In 2000, Royal Caribbean announced that the Nordic Empress would be undertaking a series of cruises in South America. Shortly after these cruises were put on sale, Royal Caribbean decided to replace the Nordic Empress with the Splendour of the Seas on the South American itineraries, leaving the Nordic Empress in the Caribbean.

On 26 March 2007, it was reported that in March 2008, the Empress of the Seas would be transferred to the fleet of Royal Caribbean's subsidiary Pullmantur Cruises. Her final voyage for Royal Caribbean took place on 7 March 2008. The maiden voyage as Empress for Pullmantur Cruises took place on 15 March 2008.

In November 2012, the Empress was the first of the fleet to receive a brand new logo as well as new hull color scheme.

In October 2015, it was announced that Pullmantur would be transferring Empress of the Seas back to Royal Caribbean.

2018 rescue of two fishermen

On 21 December 2018 Empress of the Seas rescued two fishermen who were without food, fuel or water after having set sail in the Caribbean sea twenty days earlier. Crew members operating the radar system for the Empress of the Seas had noticed an anomaly that turned out to be the small fishing boat. Royal Caribbean lowered one of its lifeboats to rescue the fishermen.

Present Status

Pullmantur refocused on Europe after concentrating passenger sourcing efforts on Latin and South America after the Spanish market went soft. As a result, MS Empress returned to Royal Caribbean after a dry dock in Spring 2016 and was again named Empress of the Seas. The Royal Caribbean "Crown and Anchor" logo was reinstalled onto her funnel. She was repainted with Royal Caribbean's livery, although without her original hull striping.

On 21 December 2015, Royal Caribbean started offering 4- and 5-night Empress of the Seas cruises from Miami, originally scheduled to begin 30 March 2016, with the Bahamas, Key West, and Grand Cayman among ports to be visited. On 18 March 2016, Royal Caribbean announced that the reintroduction of Empress of the Seas into its fleet would be delayed until 25 April 2016, and on 20 April 2016, Royal Caribbean announced a further delay to 28 May 2016 to give them time to completely rebuild the ships galleys.

In popular culture

In the novel World War Z, by Max Brooks, the Nordic Empress is found to be heavily infested by zombies and drifting near Dakar, Senegal by the Chinese Type 094 submarine Admiral Zheng He.

Routes

Currently, Empress of the Seas operates sailings from Miami with calls at Key West, Havana, and CocoCay.

In 2019, the ship is scheduled to take longer and more extended cruises to Cuba. Besides Havana, she will visit Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
MS_Empress_of_the_Seas

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Attractions on Empress of the Seas


Schooner Bar

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This nautically themed bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink with friends.

Pool Bar

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Refreshing drinks all day long - and just near your pool!

Shore Excursions

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Book a tour and let our team guide you to the best each destination has to offer.

Adventure Ocean

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A play area with specially designed activities for kids from 3-17. Run by exceptional, energetic and college-educated staff.

Next Cruise

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Join our complimentary Crown & Anchor® Society loyalty program, and enjoy savings on your next Royal Caribbean vacation. While onboard, meet with our Loyalty & Cruise Sales staff to reserve your ne...

SPA

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Indulgence begins here. Our full-service spa offers a beauty salon and spa treatments, including massage, manicures and body wraps.

Chops Grille

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Our hallmark restaurant now features a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings.

Viking Crown Lounge

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A Royal Caribbean signature. Perched high above the ocean, this comfortable lounge offers spectacular vistas by day and turns into a lively dance club at night.

Focus

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Check out the moments that our ship photographers have captured onboard in our photo gallery. A great memento for families and couples.

Rock Climbing Wall

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Our signature rock climbing walls are our most popular feature and are available on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Whether it?s your first time on a rock wall or you?re a seasoned climber, there...

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