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Old 09-27-2007, 10:30 AM
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Very informative....to bad we are only stopping in Bermuda for a short time. I am doing a repositioning cruise so it will take us to Hamilton, Bermuda, and then on to St. Thomas and St. Maarten and Mayaguez P.R. and then into San Juan to fly home. How was the waters sailing out of Philly? We are cruising Oct. 27 - Nov. 5th. I'm expecting we'll need jackets right?

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Old 09-28-2007, 08:53 PM
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saublewater, yes it's too bad you only have a short time in Bermuda. I'd love to go back for much longer someday. Leaving out of Phila wasn't bad at all. Yes, we felt it a bit but I didn't think it was bad. My sister sailed out of Phila another time and said there was more movement when the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the medical emergency and our returning to Wilmington we hit that point when most of us were in bed. That was nice that we didn't even notice it at that time. I'd say you could use a jacket in late Oct. and early Nov.


DAY 7
After breakfast at the Windjammer Café we went shopping for some t-shirts. I also picked up tipping envelopes since I forgot to prepay the tips. I went to the purser’s desk to pick up a guest satisfaction survey so I could fill it out during the day instead of waiting for tonight. We went to the towel folding demonstration which was fun. They said the stateroom attendants do different animals for different cabins to personalize them. It made me wonder why we got a crab one night. ? I used a casino coupon which matched a $5 bet and won $10. Then DH put the winnings back into the slot machine. We’re not big gamblers.

We headed to Boleros to listen to the Q&A of the captain and top staff. We got some interesting information. There are 1589 passengers (40 are children) onboard. There is 689 staff from 54 countries. Someone asked about the medical emergency. It cost about $5000 in extra fuel, but that was factored into our fares. They had 2 medical emergencies in the last 10cruises. A helicopter could not have been used since the passenger wasn’t stable enough. Unfortunately the passenger later died. Prevention of pollution was discussed. Royal Caribbean believes in ABC – Above and Beyond Compliance. Someone asked what the tops complaints on the ship were. They are 1) the size of the staterooms and 2) toilet problems. People throw things in the toilets that they shouldn’t. If one toilet is blocked it blocks an entire section and takes time to get it cleared.

A question was asked about the quality of English spoken by staff. All staff is required to take an English test to be hired. If it is noticed once they are onboard that they need improvement they are sent to classes onboard. When asked about working hours it was explained that general staff are required to work 10 hours a day. It can be up to 14 hours a day if there are special circumstances. The captain said he works 10 weeks on and gets 10 weeks off. He was quick to add with a smile that he had one more week left to work. He was asked how many weddings he had performed. He said he often gets that question but he has not performed any. He would have to get licensed to do so but very few captains do this anymore. Weddings are held onboard but the officiants are brought onboard for the wedding.

A question was asked about the entertainment. The cruise director said he is the one who chooses who will entertain. He tries to match the entertainment to the passenger demographics. There are changes all the time though entertainment is booked 4-12 months in advance. If someone wants to know who will be entertaining onboard their cruise they can e-mail Royal Caribbean via their website. You can also find out who the cruise director will be the same way. Shows that RC produces are done for about two years.

We went to lunch at the Windjammer Café. We spoke with a waiter from South Africa. He talked about crime in his home country and said one had to know where to go and not to go. We said it was the same in U.S. cities, like NYC and Chicago. He was quite surprised that there was crime in those cities, or anywhere in the U.S.

I couldn’t find my Seapass card so went to the purser’s desk to get a new one and get a printout of our bill to make sure nothing unusual had been added to it. They first checked a bunch of cards that had been turned in. I was surprised at how many people lose their cards. I didn’t feel so bad now.

They had another scrapbooking time. We basically used some of their punches and got the small packet they offer. Then my sister and I went to the napkin folding class which was fun. It was good to get the sheet to remind us after the class how to do the folds. Then I went back to the room to pack. It’s a lot easier packing to come home because there are no choices and it doesn’t matter if things get wrinkled.

After dinner we gave our waiters their tips and thanked them. We had to look around for the head waiter. He had been helpful during the week but wasn’t just hanging around to get his tips the last night. After dinner we went to the show which was an award winning juggler. He was good. Then we went to the karaoke finals. They were all good but the last one was fantastic. He got a standing ovation. I’m glad he was last since he would have been a hard act to follow. He obviously won.

It was time to go to the cabin and finish packing. It was nice not to have to put the suitcases out at night but having them out made the room seem even smaller. Tomorrow I’ll talk about disembarkation and a few last thoughts about the cruise and ship.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:49 AM
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We are all waiting...well maybe just me...? lol

So when will you post all those pics? I would love to see the beauty you captured.

Thanks for sharing.

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Hi saublewater. Sorry that I've been too busy to get to disembarkation and final thoughts. But part of that busyness was getting photos of the cruise uploaded. So you can now see pictures of the cruise and ship here. If you have questions after seeing them just let me know.

Disembarkation - It was so easy. We had thought about getting room service for breakfast that day but found out there is none on disemberkation day. Therefore, we got up by 6:00 a.m. and went to the Windjammer. It wasn't busy early on but filled up fast. We dropped by the cabin of my family/friends and said goodbye. They were just getting up as they had late departure.

We had signed up for express departure and were supposed to be in the lobby or Strike Up the Band Lounge at 7:30 a.m. with our paper pass that had been given to us at the purser's desk a day or two before. We couldn't find our pass since I put it in such a safe place that I didn't find it until we got to the airport. We still got in line. We figured they wanted us off more than we wanted to get off and we had signed up. It wasn't a problem. We were off the ship by 7:45 a.m. Customs was a breeze with nothing to declare. When we first got outside the terminal there were no taxis so we all lined up. When the taxis started to come some people who were just getting off the ship grabbed the taxis before they got to us. Still, we got a taxi at 8:05 and were at the airport by 8:25. The taxi was immaculate. We found that it was owned and driven by a Singaporean. The taxis there are also very clean. It was fun to talk with him about our visit to his country and what he thought about his adopted one.

When we got to the airport and got to the front of the line to check in we found that we were there too early (more than 4 hours). We had to get out of line and wait for 20 minutes to check in. We were sad to hear later that we had missed another one of my sisters who was in the port area early waiting to pick up our family and friends. We could have seen her, gone for coffee and had here take us to the airport.

Final thoughts - The Empress of the Seas is a lovely ship. It is easy to navigate. It is well kept up. The staff were attentive and did their jobs well. They didn't seem to be as outgoing as on a previous cruise (on LOS). Having been on only two cruises I can't compare more than two staffs. Maybe those on the LOS just excelled. Maybe the fact that the Empress staff will all be leaving the ship when it is sold/transferred had something to do with it. They did fine but there weren't as many smiles.

Yes, the rooms are small but there was enough room for all our stuff. The room didn't get any more messy than it had on the LOS. The entertainment was pretty good. The seating in the Strike Up the Band lounge makes viewing difficult in many areas since it is more of a lounge than an auditorium. The Viking Crown Lounge seemed a bit crowded at various times. The pool is quite small but we don't get in the pool much anyway. There was plenty of room to sunbathe. There was lots to do though events didn't seem to flow as much as they had on the LOS. And there was lots to eat. The food was very good. Bermuda was absolutely beautiful! We want to go back for a longer period of time. Getting on and off the ship in Phila was a breeze. Being a smaller ship made disembarkation quicker for everyone. We'd definitely cruise the Empress and to Bermuda again. With the upcoming change that won't be on the same cruise but that's OK too. It would be fun to sail the Med. on the Empress with Europeans. Until then we look forward to the two cruises we have planned for Jan. and Mar/April.
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Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to check out all the pics tomorrow when I have a few spare moments. I am sure I will have questions for you if you don't mind. Not too long and we'll be off on our first cruise. You have been so helpful and appreciate you taking the time to share with me and others.

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I enjoyed your pictures of Bermuda! Thanks for posting them...I was there in May on the Empress and took over 400 pictures, also. It was fun to see some of the same things that you took pictures of from a slightly different perspective! I especially liked your pictures from the dining room--it really brought me back to those highly anticipated dinners! I can almost taste it now!
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:31 AM
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Thanks jodiroadie. We had a great cruise. Bermuda is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I would love to go back! This time I'd spend more time just walking from beach to beach. I'd probably take another 1400 pictures!
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That's what we did last time--we climbed on the rocks and went all along the South shore! It was so beautiful. We love Bermuda, too! We try to get back there at least once a year. I wish that Royal Caribbean wasn't taking away The Empress--I love the 7 day cruise to Bermuda--5 days just isn't long enough!
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