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Royal Caribbean’s Empress Of The Seas Arrives at New Homeport of Miami

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May 25, 2016 – After an almost two-month delay which saw 13 cruises cancelled in order to complete extensive remodeling – including demolishing and installing all new food storage areas and galleys throughout the ship as well as a general refurbishing – Empress of the Seas arrived at her new homeport of Miami today.

Empress of the Seas offers the Royal Caribbean classic rock-climbing wall; new pools and whirlpools; a spa with an extensive treatment menu; and the Adventure Ocean youth program.

The brand’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille has also been installed. In addition, the ship has the new Voom internet which boasts of the fastest internet speeds at sea.

Empress Of The Seas Arrives at PortMiami

The ship will set sail on Friday, May 27, visiting Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship will then offer short 4- and 5-night getaways from Miami to Nassau, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Key West, Florida. With longer stays in every port, guests will be able to experience sunsets in the Caribbean. Plus, on select 5-night itineraries, guest can experience the authentic Mexican culture and cuisine during overnight stays in Cozumel, Mexico, which I particularly like.

Public comments made recently by Royal Caribbean executives indicate that once the company receives the necessary approvals, Empress Of The Seas will be making cruises to Cuba. No official word or timeline has been released, although many media reports state that Cuba cruises aboard Empress could begin as soon as July. Stay tuned.