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Wayne Dryden

Age: 54


Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Imperial Majesty

Ship: Regal Empress

Sailing Date: June 6th, 2006

Itinerary: Bahamas

I had a great time on this old style ocean liner, converted to a cruise ship. I have sailed on some big ships to the Mexican Riviera and some old ships to Ensenada from LA and in the Andaman Sea off Thailand. I enjoyed Regal Empress for it's smallness in contrast to the 5 star ships where the ocean seems far away and size and luxury counts more. I do wish Regal Empress had a louder ship's horn like the old Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Regal Empress has two fine enclosed deck lounges with tables and chairs and even a sofa or two where you can watch the sea go by or have casual conversation. I met two delightful couples from Australia who were all formerly Welsh and Scottish people like I. The dinning room is classic style like Titanic, I think, and the food is excellent as were the largely Filipino waiters and servers. My Chinese girlfriend, the most critical of travelers, was pleased which made my trip much better for me. She likes to stay away from my adventure trips whenever possible.

The ship put on a fine musical review with talented and good looking performers from the Ukraine and Romania. I made some money at blackjack while Emily worked the slots and bingo. I shared my table winnings with Susan, my cute lounge waitress, on whom I got an immediate crush .

Getting on and off the boat was easy for us. I attribute any long delays to heightened security of modern travel. Ernie, our cabin steward, had our bags off before breakfast and the hallways were clear for easy exit.
My only complaint is that the engines vibrated our cabin floor a bit on the first night out. This all smoothed out later and I was up to see the sunrise and our arrival in Nassau harbor.
I would take this ship again for fun and adventure and of course, to see Susan if I could be so lucky.

Wayne Dryden, Pasadena, CA.


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