Empress of the Seas

Empress of the Seas will be delayed returning to Miami due to Hurricane Matthew

In:
04Oct2016

Royal Caribbean announced that due to Hurricane Matthew, Empress of the Seas will be delayed returning to PortMiami on time.

Due to the storm, PortMiami is planning to close to all marine traffic on Thursday and reopen on Friday. Because of this, Empress of the Seas next sailing will now depart on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Boarding on Friday will take place as soon as Royal Caribbean receives notification from PortMiami authorities.

To compensate for the missed day, Royal Caribbean will provide each stateroom with an onboard credit in the amount of one day based on the cruise fare paid, which will be credited to guests' onboard accounts. As a gesture of goodwill, we will also be providing all sailing guests with a 25% future cruise credit. 

Guests onboard Empress of the Seas have reported, Empress of the Seas will go to Costa Maya with their extra day and arriving back to Miami on Friday.

Royal Caribbean International will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

Royal Caribbean offering third and fourth guests free on select Empress of the Seas sailings

In:
27Sep2016

Royal Caribbean is offering for a limited time third and fourth guests sailing free onboard Empress of the Seas.

The new 3rd and 4th passengers sailing free offer applies to Empress of the Seas sailings booked Sep. 26-Oct. 11, 2016 , on sailings departing Nov. 1, 2016-Dec 15, 2016. Offer excludes sailing departing Nov. 21, 2016.

Offer provides for free cruise fare of third and fourth guests booked in the same stateroom as the first two offer qualifying guests in a triple or quad occupancy stateroom. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests.

Empress 3rd and 4th guests sail free Sail Free is combinable with Savings offers, BOGO offers, Instant Savings offers, Crown & Anchor discounts, and NextCruise offers. Empress 3rd and 4th guests sail free is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military). All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates, Shareholder Benefits.

Offer available to residents of the United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean ready to offer cruises to Cuba, but waiting on government approval

In:
20Sep2016

Royal Caribbean's Michael Bayley provided an update as to when its guests can expect to take a cruise to Cuba.

Speaking at a Crown and Anchor Society event aboard Allure of the Seas, Bayley provided an update to the likelihood of Royal Caribbean offering cruises to Cuba.

Bayley indicated the company is ready to offer cruises to Cuba on Empress of the Seas from Miami, but is being held up waiting for government approvals from Cuban and American authorities.

"Originally, we thought, that the various permissions [from the American and Cuban government]... we felt pretty good about going in at April, but we didn't get the permission," Bayley said during the event.

"We don't know all the reasons why, but part of what we think is happening now is because of the elections everything is kind of stopped. We think until that is finished and everybody knows who is doing what and what the position of the various countries will be, this all slowed down. "

Nonetheless, Bayley indicated that the company is firmly prepared to offer cruises to Cuba once the proper approvals are in place, "We're ready to go. Empress is going, but we can't go until we are approved to go by the Cuban government and the American government, and that's out of our hands."

"We brought Empress back specifically to operate to Cuba, to Havana. We have itineraries ready. The ship is prepared to go. The ship fits into Havana. The ship fits into the pier that we wanted to sail into. We are ready.

Royal Caribbean releases new Empress of the Seas sailings through the end of April 2017

In:
30Aug2016

Royal Caribbean has released new Empress of the Seas sailings that go through the end of April 2017.

The new sailings are a variety of 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7-night cruises to destinations in the Bahamas, Key West, Belize, Mexico and Grand Cayman.  

Bookings are not yet available on Royal Caribbean's web site for these sailings.

Empress of the Seas is homeported in Miami, Florida and offers signature amenities including a thrilling rock-climbing wall for adrenaline seekers; new pools and whirlpools; a spa with an extensive treatment menu; and a complimentary Adventure Ocean youth program. 

Royal Caribbean changes itinerary for Empress of the Seas cruise ship due to Invest99

In:
26Aug2016

Royal Caribbean alerted guests aboard Empress of the Seas that their itinerary was changed due to the weather forecast regarding the tropical disturbance Invest 99L.

Given the storm's current location and projected path, Royal Caribbean reversed the itinerary and canceled a call in Key West, Florida for the sake of the safety of its guests and crew members.

The new itinerary is as follows:

  • August 25: PortMiami, Florida 4pm
  • August 26: CocoCay
  • August 27: Nassau, Bahamas 9am - midnight
  • August 28: At Sea
  • August 29: PortMiami, Florida 7am

Guests that booked any shore excursions in Key West, Florida through Royal Caribbean will receive refunds in the form of a credit to their onboard account.

Royal Caribbean also apologized for any inconvenience, "We sincerely regret the impact weather is having on your sailing, and thank you for your understand and cooperation.  Every time one of our ships sets sail, our single focus is to give you a wonderful, outstanding vacation."

Royal Caribbean adds new Empress of the Seas sailings through end of 2016

In:
16Aug2016

Royal Caribbean released new Empress of the Seas sailings today that allow guests to book cruises through the end of December 2016.

There are a variety of new sailings and itineraries, that range between 4- and 8-nights.

With the longer itineraries, Empress of the Seas will now visit ports previously not available, including ports like

  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Roatan, Honduras

In addition to the new sailings, Empress of the Seas will mostly offer 3- and 4-night sailings to the Bahamas and Key West.

The new sailings are not available yet for booking on Royal Caribbean's web site, but should become available for booking soon.

Royal Caribbean changes itineraries for two Royal Caribbean ships due to tropical disturbance

In:
01Aug2016

Royal Caribbean was forced to change the scheduled itineraries for two of its cruise ships today, due to the predicted path of a tropical disturbance.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told Royal Caribbean Blog the change was made, "to ensure our guests enjoy a safe and comfortable cruise. Given the storm’s current location and projected path, we had no other option but to revise itineraries for Empress of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas."

Empress of the Seas revised itinerary will be

Monday, August 1: Miami, Florida
Tuesday, August 2: Key West, Florida
Wednesday, August 3: At Sea
Thursday, August 4: Nassau, Bahamas
Friday, August 5: CocoCay, Bahamas
Saturday, August 6: Miami, Florida

Liberty of the Seas revised itinerary will be

Sunday, July 31: Galveston, Texas
Monday, August 1: At Sea
Tuesday, August 2: Cozumel, Mexico
Wednesday, August 3: At Sea
Thursday, August 4: Nassau, Bahamas
Friday, August 5: At Sea
Saturday, August 6: At Sea
Sunday, August 7: Galveston, Texas

Royal Caribbean will continue to monitor the path and progress of the tropical disturbance in the Western Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean adds new Empress of the Seas sailings through October 2016

In:
29Jul2016

Royal Caribbean has released new sailings for Empress of the Seas that extends the booking window through October 2016.

The new sailings are for destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

  • 5-night Key West and Cozumel
    • Ports of Call: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel, Mexico; Cruising; Miami, Florida
    • October 1, 15, 29, 2016
  • 4-night Key West and Nassau
    • Ports of Call: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
    • October 6, 20, 2016
  • 5-night Key West & Cozumel
    • Ports of Call: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel, Mexico; Cruising; Miami, Florida
    • October 10, 24, 2016

The new sailings are available for booking immediately.

Royal Caribbean adds new Empress of the Seas sailings through September 2016

In:
12Jul2016

Royal Caribbean has released new sailings for Empress of the Seas that extends the booking window through September 2016.

The new sailings are for destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

  • 5-night Key West and Cozumel
    • Ports of Call: Miami, Florida; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel, Mexico; Cruising; Miami, Florida
    • September 3, 12, 17, 26, 2016
  • 4-night Key West and Nassau
    • Ports of Call: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida

The new sailings are available for booking immediately.

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