Nice getaway on a "small" ship!: Empress of the Seas Cruise Review by CruisingBruce
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Nice getaway on a "small" ship!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation and disembarkation were both fast and easy. Here's a tip if you drive: use the Park4Cruise lot just across the street and down the block from the terminal. Cost is $8/day for secure "lock your car and go" parking. A shuttle to the terminal is provided, but its so close you could almost walk.
The Empress of the Seas is a "small" ship, carrying about 1600 passengers. Our first pleasant surprise: nowhere we went on the ship seemed crowded. Not the bars, not the dining rooms, not the theater. Sure, the pool deck was busy but we easily found lounge chairs and had minimum waits for drink service. The pool was small though, and full of kids! We did miss the adults-only Solarium found on the Majesty of the Seas and the Brilliance of the Seas. We probably won't cruise on the More Empress again because of this.
Our ocean-view cabin was 4114 and like others have said, very small. Another pleasant surprise: Lots of closet and storage space! We were able to unpack everything and keep the room organized and uncluttered. We hardly saw our cabin attendant Stevo, but the cabin was always nice whenever we returned after time out on the ship.
We were thoroughly satisfied with the food quality and presentation at the Windjammer buffet. This was our usual breakfast and lunch stop. The My Time dining option worked well for us with the flexibility in dining times in the main dining room, where we enjoyed the food quality, presentation, and service. We had a special birthday dinner at Chops Grille on Tuesday evening. The surf and turf did not disappoint and we've always had great, attentive service at Chops on any of the RC ships we've cruised on. Be sure to try out the coffee bar near the Boleros lounge, too. The drink package includes the premium coffees served here.
Cruise Director Elvis was entertaining. We enjoyed the nightly production shows featuring great singers and dancers and we'd recommend these if that's your thing. We also highly recommend the piano player at Schooners bar. Look for Joe Hollywood if he's onboard for your cruise!
Here's a special tip for you foodies! Try out the cooking class at Playa Mia beach resort, just a short cab ride south of Cozumel. You can book online at playamia.com. Chef Luis will instruct you as you prepare a 3-course lunch with appetizer, main course and dessert. Yes, you get to eat your creations! Less
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