Built 1990, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 48 563 GT
Length 210,81 m
Width 30,70 m
Draft 7,10 m
2 020 passengers
2 Wärtsilä-Duvant Crepelle diesels, combined 16 200 kW
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 19,5 knots
Empress was originally ordered by Admiral Cruises with the intended name Future Seas. Before she was completed, Admiral Cruises was acquired by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and the ship entered service with them as the Nordic Empress. In 2004 her name was amended to Empress of the Seas to bring her in-line with the nomenclature of the rest of the Royal Caribbean fleet. In 2008 she was transferred to the fleet of the Royal Caribbean Spanish-market subsidiary Pullmantur Cruises and her name shortened to Empress.
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Empress departing Helsinki West Harbour, photographed from Vattuniemi. 17 July 2010.