With the Empress of the Seas officially departing the Royal Caribbean International fleet, Cruise Industry News takes a look back on the history of the ship:
Admiral Cruises orders new ship from Chantiers de L’Atlantique for $150 million. Ship name: Future Seas.
Royal and Admiral Merge.
Ship transferred to Royal Caribbean brand while under construction, renamed Nordic Empress.
Christened by Gloria Estefan. Ship operates three- and four-night cruises from Miami.
Refit expands casino, adds photo gallery and new video arcade.
Ship moves to San Juan for short cruises.
More power: drydock work includes the addition of an engine.
Seven day program launched from Tampa.
Renamed Empress of the Seas. Moves to Cape Liberty to sail to Bermuda.
Empress sails out of Philadelphia, then becomes first vessel to call at new terminal in Norfolk.
Red paint: Transfers to the Pullmantur brand, serving Spanish and South American markets.
First ship to receive new Pullmantur colors.
Ship rejoins Royal Caribbean International fleet as the Empress of the Seas.
The Empress of the Seas made its inaugural visit to Cuba for Royal Caribbean International over the weekend as part of a five-night sailing from Miami.