MV Empress of the Seas
Ex Empress, Empress of the Seas, Nordic Empress
Empress of the Seas – © Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 20/02/2008)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Alstom Marine Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No G29) as a Passenger Vessel/Cruise Ship
- Original Cost: $170 million
- Length: 210.81 m (overall) 176.0 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 34.40 m
Depth: 9.40 m
Draught: 7.317 m
Tonnage: 48563 gross/28860 net/5344t deadweight
Engines: 2 x Wärtsilä Duvant Crepelle 12V32E diesels
Power: 16200 kW/HP
Speed: 19.5 knots
- Passenger Decks: 9
Capacity: 805/2020 passengers
- Crew: 668
Call Sign: ELJV7, 9HJE9, 9HLE, C6CM8
MMSI Number: 311000515
- IMO Number: 8716899
Port of Registry: Monrova/Liberia, Nassau/Bahamas, Valletta/Malta, Nassau/Bahamas
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Ordered by Admiral Cruises under the name of FUTURE SEAS.
November 30th 1988: Keel struck.
August 25th 1989: Launched.
May 31st 1990: Delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia as NORDIC EMPRESS.
June 25th 1990: Commenced cruising from Miami to the Caribbean.
Nordic Empress – © Robert J Smith (New York, 14/07/2002)
May 15th 2004: Renamed EMPRESS OF THE SEAS.
March 2008: Sold to Pullmantur Cruises Empress Ltd, Valletta, Malta and renamed EMPRESS.
Empress – © Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 24/03/2008)
2008: Began cruising for Pullmantur.
Empress – © Simonwp (Warnmunde, 01/06/2011)
November 2012: Was the first of the fleet to receive a brand new logo as well as new hull colour scheme, it is not known at the moment when the rest of the fleet will receive the new re-branding.
Empress – © Jens Boldt (Hamburg, 09/05/2013)
Empress – © Bob Scott (Tallinn, 05/09/2015)
Empress – © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Arriving at Dover on the 19/05/15)
October 2015: It was announced that Pullmantur would be transferring the Empress back to Royal Caribbean International.
February 1st 2016: Renamed EMPRESS OF THE SEAS, registered in Nassau, Bahamas. The Royal Caribbean “Crown and Anchor” logo was reinstalled onto her funnel. The vessel underwent a $50 million refurbishment programme to make her ready for service from Miami.
March 18th 2016: Royal Caribbean announced that the reintroduction of Empress of the Seas into its fleet would be delayed until April 25th 2016.
April 20th 2016: Royal Caribbean announced a further delay to May 28th 2016 to give them time to completely rebuild the ships galleys.
May 25th 2016: Arrived in Miami, Florida to commence service.
May 28th 2016: First cruise following her extensive refurbishment sailing to Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas. After this the ship would offer 4 and 5-night getaways from Miami to Nassau, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman and Key West, Florida.
April 19th 2017: Commenced 5-night cruises from Florida to Cuba.
May 2018: Registered Owner; Nordic Empress Ltd, Manager; Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Empress of the Seas
July 1st 2020: Called at Dover.
🆕 © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover 01/07/2020)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Cees Bustraan, Jens Boldt, Bob Scott, © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
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