I just booked the Empress for our Bermuda Trip and wanted to thank everyone for their help in my decision. We just couldn't make our minds up between the Explorer for 5 days or the Empress for 7 days. Now that the decision is made I feel pretty confident that it's the right one for us. We'll sailing out of Philly on the 22nd. If there are any cruisers out there that have any more advise, I'd be happy to hear it! Thanks again, I really hope cruising suits us!