The warm and friendly crew of the Empress of the Seas is a perfect complement to Royal Caribbean’s small ship experience. The professional and varied entertainment venues completed a great cruise experience.
Here are all the details about eating and drinking aboard the Empress of the Seas. I’ve detailed our experiences with My Time Dining and included hours of operation in the various venues. With very few exceptions we thought the food was great and I only gained about three pounds on this cruise!
This is my second post about our recent cruise on the Empress of the Seas. Today I will talk about the ship itself and how good things often come in small packages.
I use Cruise Critic extensively for all aspects of cruise planning. In this post I’ll go into detail about how I use the Cruise Critic forums to find cheap parking and plan shore days.
The value of “status” with airlines, hotels and cruise lines has always eluded me. It seems like the time, effort, and money spent are not worth the nebulous perks. Now that I realize that I am a couple of cruises away from Diamond status on Royal Caribbean I may be changing my tune.
Several cruise lines are offering cruises that visit Cuba. They vary widely in price as well as the number of days actually spent in Cuban ports. I’m wondering if it is finally time for us to take a cruise to Cuba.
I’ve booked a short itinerary that sails from Tampa for Mom and me. We can easily drive to the port and she will be away from home less than a week. In the meantime I’ll be working on my Royal Caribbean Diamond Status. Continue reading “A Cruise for Mom–Five Nights on the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas”
You can pay for cruises with United MileagePlus miles. You will probably have to call to book, and you will get about 0.8 cents of value per United airline mile.
I have recalculated how much it costs to live on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, using the month of February 2017 on the Enchantment as an example. The total per day cost for two people has changed from $235/day to $229/day.
One of my fantasies is to sell everything I own and be a perpetual traveler. Like most of our fantasies, this one is not very realistic, but that doesn’t stop me from fantasizing about it! One way to do this would be to take an extremely long cruise, or a series of short back-to-back cruises. There are people who have done this, and I’ve gotten a lot of entertainment from reading about them. If you google “Living on a Cruise Ship,” one article that keeps popping up is the story of Lee Wachtstetter, who sold her house and is