7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Empress of the Seas from Miami, Florida Costa Maya, Mexico, Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
The 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami, Florida visits Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
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Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - Miami, Florida
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4 - Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 5 - Belize City, Belize
Day 6 - Cruising
Day 7 - Key West, Florida
Day 8 - Miami, Florida
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Costa Maya, Mexico, Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
A Mayan pyramid deep in the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
Miami, Florida
Onboard
Empress of the Seas
Day Port
1
Miami, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Cozumel, Mexico
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Belize City, Belize
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Cruising
Day at sea
7
Key West, Florida
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Miami, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Empress of the Seas

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Empress of the Seas
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Empress of the Seas, Aerial View, Bahamas and Caribbean Cruise Ship
Aerial View of Empress of the Seas Cruise Ship With Destinations in Nassau, Havana, and Cozumel
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Empress of the Seas

ADVENTURE MAXING MEETS ULTIMATE RELAXING

Stay active while soaking up views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Or unwind with a poolside movie or a visit to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. Empress of the Seas℠ is the perfect place to find adventure and your Caribbean chill.

RISE & DINE

All that exploring is bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, the options for next level noshing are endless. Five courses of gourmet goodness await at Chef's Table, while steakhouse favorites raise the bar at Chop's Grille℠. At Windjammer, you'll find a global array of options, all complimentary. And when the day winds down, the night heats up at Boleros.

BALLROOM STEPS & BOLD SETS

Get ready for some real scene stealers like Three, a grand multi-sensory production celebrating the golden days of show business, and Bailamos, a vibrant showcase of vocal ensembles and dynamic ballroom dancing styles.

Day 1: Miami, Florida

Day 1
Miami
Florida
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Miami, Florida, Oleta River State Park Aerial
Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Departs at 4:00 PM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own— from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Miami, Florida, Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue
Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.
Miami, Florida, Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars
Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Miami, Florida, Wynwood Mural
Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Miami, Florida, Ropa Vieja Plate
Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Miami, Florida, Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall
Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Latin Fiesta

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head — or cheek to cheek — with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 3
Cozumel
Mexico
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Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Park
Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Things to do in
Cozumel
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.
Cozumel, Mexico, San Gervasio Ruins
San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.
Insider tip
Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.
Cozumel, Mexico, Dolphin Swim
Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive Into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling and scuba to swimming with dolphins.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkeling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen— it’s a federal regulation.
Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Ecological Park Aerial Beach
Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.
Insider tip
Most of the vendors only barter with cash, so be sure to bring some.
Cozumel, Mexico, Michelada Mexican Drink
Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.
Mexico Cozumel Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask
Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed stores, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit.

Day 4: Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Day 4
Puerto Costa Maya
Mexico
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Costa Maya, Mexico, Great Mayan Reef Corals
Corals and marine life of the Great Mayan Reef
Things to do in
Puerto Costa Maya
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.
Costa Maya, Mexico Cenote Azul Scuba Diver
Scuba diver deep in Costa Maya's Cenote Azul

Cenote Scouting

Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of Cenote Azul, an open freshwater cenote known for prime snorkeling and swimming.
Insider tip
Don’t be afraid to drink the water in Costa Maya— it’s completely purified.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Steps
Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

Rockin' Ruins

Venture into the jungle for a taste of ancient Maya history at the Kohunlich and Chacchoben ruins— each well over a thousand years old.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkeling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen— it’s a federal regulation.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chinchorro Shipwreck Marine Life
remains of the 19th century Ginger soul shipwreck at Chinchorro bank on the Caribben sea, Mexico

Coral Conquest

Grab some snorkeling gear and explore the colorful underwater world of Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Cochinita Pibil Tortilla Dish
Traditional Mexican dish, Cochinita Pibil.

Local Cuisine

For casual fare, stick to Mahahual. For upscale options, like fresh seafood and Maya-inspired dishes, opt for Costa Maya’s resorts and boutique hotels. Definitely try cochinita pibil, a traditional dish of slow-roasted pork, and Agua de Jamaica— a sweetened hibiscus flower iced tea that’s a Mexican favorite.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Shop Ceramic Artifacts
Giftshop merchandise located in Costa Maya, Mexico.

Shopping

Within the port village, you’ll find shops and stalls selling everything from silver, leather and fragrances, to pottery, liquor and crafts.

Day 5: Belize City, Belize

Day 5
Belize City
Belize
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Belize City Crystal Caves Limestone
Natural Crystal Caves with limestone stalactites in Belize
Things to do in
Belize City
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
With all the heart of a Central American country and all the soul of a Caribbean isle, Belize and its bustling cruise port city open the door to a nation ripe for exploration. Here you can choose your adventures— from trekking ancient Maya ruins to snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef that teems with colorful fish and unforgettable coral formations. During your cruise to Belize, hike rainforest trails and take a zipline through lush treetops. Or hop on an inner tube and float through spectacular limestone caves and past tumbling waterfalls along the network of rivers flowing to the Caribbean. Divers and snorkelers come here from all over to explore the world’s second-largest barrier reef, and the famous Great Blue Hole. And along the 200-mile-long coastline, you’ll find hundreds of tiny islets called cayes (pronounced “keys”).
Belize City, Great Blue Hole reef divers
Scuba divers in Belize's Great Blue Hole

DIVE-DREAM COME TRUE

Snorkel or dive the Great Blue Hole. About 1000 feet wide and nearly 400 feet deep, this undersea sinkhole is visible from space. The revered dive site is part of the Belize Barrier Reef, a protected underwater wonderland that spans 185 miles of the coastline.
Insider tip
Cruise ships anchor outside of Belize City harbor and guests tender in.
Belize City Caracol Mayan Ruin Engraving
Engraving on Mayan Caracol ruins, Belize City

SKY-HIGH SIGHTS

Cruise to Belize and trek to the tallest building in the nation— an ancient temple built by the Maya. Standing 137-feet tall, the pyramid ruins of the Sky Palace, El Caana, preside over Caracol, one of the country’s 900 pre-Colombian archaeological sites.
Insider tip
Look for green license plates to identify certified taxis.
Belize City Hol Chan Shark Ray Alley Stingray
Stingray swimming on the ocean floor in Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan

MEET THE LOCALS

Set sail to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and snorkel alongside nurse sharks, southern stingrays, and colorful coral. The resident sea creatures are eager to meet you and will swim right up to the boat when you arrive.
Belize City, Conch Ceviche
A bowl of conch ceviche in Belize

LOCAL CUISINE

Local cuisine fuses a variety of influences in dishes like hearty meat stews, tacos and tostadas, and deep-fried meat-stuffed pastries called panades. Get your fresh seafood fix with ceviche and fritters made with conch. And be sure to spice things up with hot sauce— an essential condiment in Belize.
Belize City, Souvenirs
A table full of souvenirs in Belize

SHOPPING

Check out the Tourism Village on Fort Street, right at the harbor. You’ll find recommended and guaranteed stores with duty-free deals on luxury items. Most shops even accept US dollars, so you won’t have to exchange your money first.

Day 6: Cruising

Day 6
Cruising
At Sea
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Chefs Table - Dining Room
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table
FOR FOODIES
Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables - Chefs Table Restaurant
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables at the elegant Chefs Table restaurant. Enjoy cruise line fine dining menu with artisanal ingredients

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

Day 7: Key West, Florida

Day 7
Key West
Florida
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Key West, Florida, Pier Beach Sunset
Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Things to do in
Key West
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
You don’t need to venture outside the United States to find the perfect island getaway. Famously known as the southernmost tip of the country, Key West is closer to Havana than it is to Miami. Cruise to Key West and feel a world away from the bustle of the Magic City. Here, time seems to move more slowly than on the mainland. Locals pedal bikes past charming pastel-colored Bahamian porches. And live music spills out of the bars and restaurants that line Duval Street. From its fascinating history and beautiful natural landscape, to its diverse residents and their warm, laid-back attitude, Key West marches to the beat of its own steel drum.
Key West, Florida, Garden Party Parrot Jungle
Garden Party Parrot Jungle, Key West

Garden Party

Meet macaws and play with parrots at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds.
Insider tip
Key West is easy to explore on foot, but you can also rent a bicycle for about $12 per day. A lot of locals prefer bikes to cars, so look out for cyclists.
Key West, Florida, Conch Caboose Aerial View of Street
Aerial view of street, in Key West, FLorida

CONCH CABOOSE

Hop on the world-famous Conch Train to get a lesson in Key West history and hear local legends while touring Old Town and some of the island’s most iconic landmarks.
Insider tip
You can hop on the Old Town Trolley for about $29. The trolley comes through Mallory Square every 30 minutes and includes stops around the island.
Key West, Florida, Square Dancing Shops
Shops at a Square in Key West, FLorida

SQUARE DANCING

In the hours leading up to dusk, head to Mallory Square and watch as it comes to life with acrobats, dancers and performers. The grand finale is a sunset you must see to believe.
Key West, Florida, Key Lime Pie Slice
A piece of Key Lime pie with lime slices on the side

LOCAL CUISINE

You can catch all kinds of exotic fish in Key West’s tropical waters, so it’s no surprise that much of the local cuisine centers on fresh seafood. Be sure to try some conch fritters and the iconic key lime pie, of course. When it comes to bars, you’ll find no shortage along lively Duval Street.
Key West, Florida, Souvenir Shells
Souvenir shells at a shop in Key West

SHOPPING

In Mallory Square, you’ll find lots of local vendors selling seashells, souvenirs, cigars, rum, and of course, key lime pie. If you’re looking for art galleries and clothing boutiques, head to Duval Street.

Day 8: Miami, Florida

Day 8
Miami
Florida
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Miami, Florida, Beach Walking Entrance
Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own— from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Miami, Florida, Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue
Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.
Miami, Florida, Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars
Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Miami, Florida, Wynwood Mural
Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Miami, Florida, Ropa Vieja Plate
Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Miami, Florida, Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall
Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

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