MS Empress of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was formerly operated by Pullmantur Cruises as Empress. 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,... Read more
MS Empress of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was formerly operated by Pullmantur Cruises as Empress. 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, it is not known at the moment when the rest of the fleet will receive the new rebranding.
In October 2015, it was announced that Pullmantur would transfer Empress of the Seas back to Royal Caribbean.
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 December 21, 2015, Royal Caribbean started offering 4- and 5-night Empress of the Seas cruises from Miami, originally scheduled to begin March 30, 2016, with the Bahamas, Key West, and Grand Cayman among ports to be visited. On March 18, 2016, Royal Caribbean announced that the reintroduction of Empress of the Seas into its fleet would be delayed until April 25, 2016, and on April 20, 2016, Royal Caribbean announced a further delay to May 28, 2016 to give them time to completely rebuild the ships galleys.
Back with Royal Caribbean, the Empress of the Seas was scheduled for the cruise line's first sailings to Cuba, beginning in April 2017 from the Port of Tampa. In May 2017, Royal Caribbean announced that sailings to Cuba would be extended through spring of 2019.
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.
Empress of the Seas is a senior cruise liner from the fleet of the Royal Caribbean International company . This ship, while void of the abundant and innovative facilities seen on other vessels, has plenty of options geared toward complete tranquility and relaxation. Photo by:...