"I am so excited about this ship - I had to make an additional page on this website just to share the excitement with you!"
The Empress of the Seas was first launched by Royal Caribbean in 1990 under the name of the Nordic Empress. In 2004 Royal Caribbean renamed the ship Empress of the Seas in keeping with all of the "of the Seas" names of the ships in its fleet.
In March 2008, Royal Caribbean transferred the Empress of the Seas to its subsidiary Pullmantur Cruises and her name was changed to the Empress at the time of the transfer.
7 years later, in October 2015, it was announced that the Empress would be transferring BACK to Royal Caribbean's fleet, she went through an extensive $50 million dollar renovation in the Spring of 2016 and came out bearing her former name: the Empress of the Seas!
Cruise ships have been evolving dramatically in the last 40 years. New ships being manufactured all the time; bigger ships and more "things" on the ships: waterslides, ice skating rinks, zip lines, bumper cars, sky diving, carousels, etc.
Could it be that bigger is not always better? Is there a market for a ship that is just a great ship without all of the whistles & bells? Can smaller ships perhaps foster relationships better without the distraction of the aforementioned activities? Can smaller ships call upon smaller ports that are unreachable by the large mega-ships?
The Empress of the Seas accommodates 1602 passengers and 668 crew members.
Yes, this is considered small in this new world of big cruise ships.
The Empress of the Seas could be the biggest littlest ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet!