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Lisa Warfield

Age: 37

Occupation:Elementary School Receptionist

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Empress of the Seas

Sailing Date: May 28th, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I want to say that my family of 4 had the most Awesome time on Empress of the Sea. I was very concerned after reading others reviews. Where shall I start. Boarding was a breeze . We were able to board at 11:30. It was very quick and efficient. Yes the ship is older but I thought it was in pretty good shape very easy to manage. Because it is a smaller ship it was very easy to become familiar with the set up and feel at home right away. As I said we were a family of 4 traveling my husband and myself and our two boys 5 & 11. The kids program Adventure Ocean was out standing. The staff was fabulous . Both of my boys could not wait to get to there kid zone and have fun. We ate in the main dinning area at the 6:00pm seating @ table 101. The waiter ,the assistant waiter, and the head waiter were Great. They catered to our every need and want. They new my youngest son liked watermelon so before we even got to the table his watermelon was there. The assistant waiter did magic tricks for us and would do silly thing with the napkins to entertain the boys. The shows on the ship were top notch. We really enjoyed them. We really enjoyed key west . We took the trolley train ride very informative. We stop and had frozen key lime pie on a stick dipped in chocolate. This is a must have. In Grand Cayman we booked a island tour that took us to Hell and to the turtle farm. Our guide did not impress us but we really enjoyed the turtle farm . You get to actually pick up the turtles. It was really cool. My whole family enjoyed it. Now back to the ship. We would absolutely go back on the Empress. I can only think of 2 thing that would be considered negative. The rooms are very small but you are hardly in them but to sleep.And in some inside areas of the ship people are aloud to smoke not just cigarettes but cigars. All in all I would give the Empress of the Seas an A. We really enjoyed the smaller ship experience. It was GREAT.

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