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Kathy Hartman

Age: 53

Occupation:Homemaker

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Empress of the Seas

Sailing Date: June 30th, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean


We were very excited about our first cruise, and were not disappointed! The ship was beautiful, very clean. We had expected a tiny stateroom, and were amazed at the actual size and roominess of it. We had plenty of space to hang and store our belongings. I had brought along a hanging shoe bag which did keep the floor neat and also served as extra space for things. Only one word describes the food...outstanding!! We liked everything we ate and tried many new things. Key West was a beautiful place, we walked around and did some shopping and returned back to the boat early. Since most of the others were on shore we had the pool basically to ourselves. We signed up for a tour and snorkeling adventure for Cozumel and on a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 6. Took too much time to get to the park and we only had about an hour of actual beach time. The shows on board were fun, and since we don't drink or gamble, I can't tell you much about the casino and bars, except that they were pretty busy most of the time. We were very impressed at the efficient check-in and departure procedures at Royal Caribbean. Everybody was so pleasant and helpful. We would definitely cruise with them again!

Oh, my only regret is that we missed the midnight Chocolate Buffet!

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