Empress of the Seas may be smaller than our other ships, but don't let its size fool you. You'll find everything you've come to expect onboard a Royal Caribbean ship, like panoramic ocean views from the two-story ShipShape® Day Spa and Fitness Center, romantic dinners in Portofino, our specialty Italian restaurant and dancing in the Latin-themed bar, Boleros. Its unique combination of smaller size and amazing amenities has put Empress of the Seas in a league of its own.
Maiden Voyage: June 25, 1990
Passenger Capacity: 2,020
Godmother: Gloria Estefan
Gross Tonnage: 48,563
Max Beam: 100'
Cruising Speed: 19.5 knots
If you've been in search of the ideal cruise to board for your much needed and deserved vacation, look no further. Tie your hair back, kick off your shoes, relax, and enjoy your cruising experience aboard Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas. You're guaranteed to remains completely occupied by our plethora of activity possibilities for your enjoyment.
Guests who take advantage of the renamed Empress of the Seas' ShipShape Fitness Center and Day Spa will be treated to more than a great workout or spa treatment. The expanded spa and gym complex will be on two levels, including a fitness center overlooking the Viking Crown Lounge, perched at the top of the ship, offering spectacular, panoramic sea views. In addition, the ship features the line's signature rock-climbing wall.
If the ideal cruising experience includes fine cuisines, the perfect dining atmosphere, and the convenience of room service 24 hours a day, you've boarded the right ship. No matter what type of preference your appetite acquires, our highly skilled chefs are capable of satisfying even the pickiest of taste buds.
This Spring, Enjoy the Cuisine:
Increased dining options are in high demand among cruisers, and the renamed Empress of the Seas will feature a new Specialty Restaurant, Portofino, serving Italian Cuisine, in addition to an upgraded Windjammer Cafe and refurbished main dining room. In between meals, guests can enjoy specialty coffee drinks from Seattle's Best Coffee or indulge their sweet tooth with 16 different flavors from Ben & Jerry's at a new, combined Latte'tudes Coffee Bar and Ice Cream Scoop Shop.
Vacationers looking for high-quality entertainment will find plenty to choose from. The former High Society Lounge on Deck 6 now will be Royal Caribbean's Latin-themed bar, Boleros, offering specialty tequilas and cocktail favorites like mojitos, as well as outstanding live entertainment. Empress of the Seas also will feature the line's popular Schooner Bar, a Nautical-Themed Lounge with Sing-Along Piano Entertainment, which replaces the mid-ship Carousel Bar on Deck 5.
The ship's Casino will be moved to Deck 6, and a new card room will be created off the Centrum. In addition, the Main Theater, the Strike Up the Band Showroom, will be updated with new carpet and upholstery.