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Frans Antonisse

Age: 68


Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Imperial Majesty

Ship: Regal Empress

Sailing Date: March 20th, 2006

Itinerary: Bahamas

I recently returned from one of the most delightful short cruises I've ever had the pleasure of being on.. I've cruised on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Regency; On this trip the two days aboard the Regal Empress were much better than my wildest expectations.

The Ship is in great shape, spotless, beautiful teak decks mahogany wall panels, all well maintained and very well run. The crew is very pleasant and accommodating, The food in the dining room was excellent, (better than the buffet)My waiter on table 38 in the 8:30 seating and his helper were pleasant and prompt, They never forgot any part of the order and always remembered that I like my beef cooked rare.. My tablemates were delightful people and we had good conversations.

My cabin steward, Cabin S15B was equally pleasant and kept the cabin picked up at all times, The cabin was small but adequate and clean, Since I traveled alone on this trip, it was very good. Although the temperature could never be properly set. it was too cold. This ship reminds me a lot of Holland America's former Rotterdam, later Premier's Rembrandt which is why I took this trip on her to begin with.. old Charm, a nostalgic experience.

The entertainment was very enjoyable, as was Captain Antonella's Cocktail party with h'ors doevres, To be introduced to the Captain and having pictures taken with him vas another highlight. The Bar drinks were excellent and the Piano bar with the sing-along was great fun.

The Jackpot Bingo was finally decided during the last game at the disembarkation morning back in Fort Lauderdale The winner received $1400.-!! One area of improvement must be in the embarkation and debarkation procedures upon arriving at embarkation, too few people have their Bahamas entry forms filled out (In duplicate !)

Upon debarkation too many passengers carry off their own baggage and clog the hallways and corridors. It is best to have your bag picked up the night before arrival and take your own carry-ons Since the Regal Empress is one of the last true ocean liners in existence today, I'm certain it will not be very long before I'll enjoy another short cruise on the Regal Empress

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