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INTRODUCING EMPRESS OF THE SEAS
Newly Renovated and Renamed Nordic Empress
Arrives at Cape Liberty with a Dramatic Facelift and a New Port to Call Home
MIAMI, May 6, 2004 – Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas, formerly Nordic
Empress, returns to the Northeast this weekend with a new look, a new name and a brand new berth to
call home. The newly revitalized Empress of the Seas will be the first cruise ship to sail out of Cape
Liberty Cruise Port, in Bayonne, N.J. On May 9, Empress of the Seas will depart on a six-night cruise
to Bermuda from the new port, which will be officially opened in a ceremony on May 14, when Royal
Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, makes her Northeast debut.
Empress of the Seas offers alternating six- and eight-night Bermuda vacations from May
through October. The popular 1,602-passenger ship underwent extensive renovations from top to
bottom, bow to stern. To reflect the magnitude of the revitalization, the line officially renamed the ship
Empress of the Seas, bringing her in line with the remainder of Royal Caribbean’s fleet, which all
feature “of the Seas” names.
“Empress is a classic beauty and a longtime favorite of Royal Caribbean guests,” said Adam
Goldstein, executive vice president, Brand Operations, for Royal Caribbean International. “This fresh
look and the addition of exciting new dining, entertainment and fitness areas are sure to please both
returning cruisers and passengers experiencing Empress for the first time.”
Increased dining options are in high demand among cruisers, and Empress of the Seas features
an elegant new specialty restaurant, Portofino, in addition to an upgraded Windjammer Café and
refurbished main dining room. Guests also can enjoy specialty espresso drinks from Seattle’s Best
Coffee® or 16 different flavors from Ben & Jerry’s® at the combined Latte’tudes coffee bar and ice
cream scoop shop.
Guests who take advantage of Empress of the Seas’ ShipShape Fitness Center and Day Spa will
be treated to more than a great workout or spa treatment. The expanded spa and gym complex occupies
two levels, including a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the Viking Crown Lounge, perched at
the top of the ship, offering spectacular, panoramic sea views. In addition, the ship features the line’s
signature rock-climbing wall.
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Vacationers looking for high-quality entertainment will find plenty to choose from. The former
High Society Lounge on Deck 6 is now Royal Caribbean’s Latin-themed bar, Boleros, offering
specialty tequilas and cocktail favorites like mojitos, as well as outstanding live entertainment.
Empress of the Seas also now features the line’s popular Schooner Bar, a nautical-themed lounge with
sing-along piano entertainment. Guests will enjoy a variety of entertainers and Broadway-caliber
productions in the refurbished main theater, the Strike Up the Band Showroom, while those in a
gaming mood can head to the Casino Royale or the newly created Card Room just off the Centrum.
Guest staterooms in all categories have new and upgraded bathrooms. In addition, some
staterooms, including the Royal Suite and Superior Ocean View staterooms, feature new décor.
Empress of the Seas’ Owner’s Suites have been completely redesigned, with new furniture and
finishings. Other refurbishments include general facelifts to the lobbies, elevators, landings, corridors
and restrooms, and enhancements to the shopping areas and Pool Deck.
Unique Itineraries to Bermuda and the Southern Caribbean
Empress of the Seas is offering alternating six- and eight-night Bermuda itineraries from May
through October from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey. The six-night Bermuda
itineraries depart on Sundays and include stops in King’s Wharf and Hamilton, Bermuda. The eight-
night cruises depart Saturdays and visit King’s Wharf, Hamilton and St. George’s, Bermuda.
In late October, Empress of the Seas will reposition to San Juan, where she will offer guests a
choice of four Southern Caribbean adventures. The highlight is the 11-night Exotic Caribbean itinerary
that takes guests to St. Maarten, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Margarita Island,
Aruba and Curacao.
Empress of the Seas also will sail three-night St. Thomas/St. Maarten and St. Kitts/St. Maarten
sailings, as well as four special, four-night Dominican Republic cruises, with stops in Santo Domingo
and Catalina Island, on Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15.
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise vacation company with 19 ships in service and
one more under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada
and Europe. Additional information can be found on the company’s web site at
www.royalcaribbean.com or call 800-327-6700.
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