Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Empress of the Seas Review–Entertainment and Staff

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.

Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Empress of the Seas Review–Food! Drinks!

Empress of the Seas Starlight Dining Room

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!

Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas–the Ship

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.

Continue reading “Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas–the Ship”

Cruising / Florida

Empress of the Seas–the Little Ship That Could

Mom Enjoying Sailaway on the Empress of the Seas

The Empress of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s smallest ship, yet provides a great cruise experience.  We sailed on her recently on a five-day itinerary out of Tampa to Mexico, and enjoyed the good food, excellent service and entertainment.  In this post I’m discussing our trip down to Tampa Port.

Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Chasing Royal Caribbean Diamond Status–Is It Worth It?

Crown and Anchor Club Benefit Levels

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.

Cruising / Family travel / Royal Caribbean

A Cruise for Mom–Five Nights on the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Itinerary
Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Itinerary

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”

Award travel / Cruising / Royal Caribbean / etc.

Booking Cruises With United Miles

Mileage Plus Cruises Portal

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.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Royal Caribbean

June Update–Cost of Living on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas

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.

Credit and Debit Cards / Cruising

American Express Platinum Cruise Privileges Analysis

American Express Cruise Privileges Program

If you hold an American Express Platinum or Centurion card, you are eligible for shipboard credit on your cruise if you book it with the American Express travel office (see updated info below.)  The name of the program is American Express Cruise Privileges.

Cruising / Princess

Cost of Living on the Royal Princess

Royal Princess

The cost to spend the month of January 2017 on the Royal Princess is about $295 per day for two people.  The ship sails out of Fort Lauderdale, and makes three cruises of 10 days each during this month.  The prices and itineraries were pulled directly from the Princess Cruises website in March 2016.