Royal Caribbean has today announced both Empress and Majesty of the Seas will be leaving the Royal Caribbean fleet before the end of 2020.
The line has confirmed the ships have been sold to an undisclosed party, based in Asia-Pacific, that will release details for future sailings at a later time.
“Empress and Majesty of the Seas made indelible marks on the cruise industry with their revolutionary design and size. Touted as the cruise industry’s most groundbreaking ships when they were introduced, they continued to make history throughout their more than three decades of service,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“Saying goodbye to these two beloved ships is a major moment in Royal Caribbean’s history – one that is difficult but necessary. With plans for new, innovative ships to join our fleet in the upcoming years, we look forward to our guests and crew continuing to make new memories with us,” he continued.
Empress of the Seas was the first ship designed for three- and four-night cruises when she launched in 1990, with her initial sailings visiting The Bahamas from Miami.
Empress also made history as the first cruise ship to sail out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey when Royal Caribbean opened the terminal in 2004. In 2017, the ship took centre stage again when she set sail on the global cruise line’s inaugural cruise to Cuba.
Majesty of the Seas was also the third ship to round out the impressive Sovereign Class and was more than twice the size of the average cruise ship – and the largest in the vacation company’s fleet – when she debuted in 1992. Her adventures began with 7-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami.
Guests and travel advisors with clients booked on Empress and Majesty will be contacted about their options.