Royal Caribbean are getting a (new/old) ship…..

Rumors are swirling on the Royal Caribbean grapevine.

What we do know is they are Re-introducing a ship that they “sold” off in 2008.


The much loved Empress of the seas is coming back to Royal Caribbean.

At 48000 tonnes – carrying 2000 passengers she is significantly smaller than anything else on Royal Caribbean’s books at the moment.

  • Current smallest is the Majesty of the seas (74000 tonnes & 2350 passengers)

The ship is currently sailing for Pullmantour cruises (a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean & Pullmantour holidays)

At this stage it is unknown what they’ll do with the ship when she comes back to Royal Caribbean in spring 2016 – but they have confirmed that the ship will be receiving an “extensive” refurbishment.

As there is no information at the moment as to what they’ll be doing with the ship – all I can do is speculate.

The capn’s educated guess is…..

A new Azamara ship.

= Azamara cruises is a luxury small-ship subsidiary of Royal Caribbean specializing in Small port / luxury experience. They’ve been 100% sold out on all voyages for years now and is crying out for more capacity.

However… the only snag to this plan could be the Empress’s lack of balcony staterooms.

The ship is getting a complete overhaul – they could be adding balcony cabins at the same time.

This is only speculation – but it would be a sensible move for RCCL.


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