Royal Caribbean International said the Empress of the Seas will offer short cruises out of Miami, beginning in March.
The 1,600-passenger ship, built in 1990 as the Nordic Empress, is returning to Royal Caribbean from Pullmantur as part of a fleet reduction of the Spanish cruise line. Pullmantur and Royal Caribbean are sister lines.
Royal Caribbean said the Empress will offer four- and five-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Key West, Fla.
The ship will stay late in the evening at many destinations, and will overnight in Cozumel on select cruises.
Royal Caribbean currently offers short cruises to the Bahamas from Miami on the Majesty of the Seas.