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MV Empress of the Seas – Past and Present

MV Empress of the Seas

Ex Empress, Empress of the Seas, Nordic Empress

© Cees Bustraan

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

Technical Data

  • 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

Location Data

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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.

© Robert J Smith

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.

© Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan

Empress – © Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 24/03/2008)

2008: Began cruising for Pullmantur.

© Simonwp

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.

© Jens Boldt © Jens Boldt

Empress – © Jens Boldt (Hamburg, 09/05/2013)

© Bob Scott

Empress – © Bob Scott (Tallinn, 05/09/2015)

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

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)

September 3rd 2020: Arrived at Souda Anchorage (Greece) and joined her fleet mate MAJESTY OF THE SEAS.

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.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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