Number of Cruises: Many!
Cruise Line: Imperial Majesty
Ship: Regal Empress
Sailing Date: November 23rd, 2006
We, (my husband and I) have sailed with Imperial Majesty several times, dating back to when they had the ship, Ocean Breeze. Reading the reviews of the recent July/August travelers, I must agree with their comments.
First of all, for a first time cruiser, this is an ideal ship to go on to get a taste of whether or not you enjoy cruising. It's short, but has almost all of the amenities of a larger ship, even though the quality may not be as high. Yes, the rooms are small, however, before booking, look at the layout on the website and you can probably find a room that is not too small. Our last trip we booked a veranda room with a Jacuzzi. It was pricey for a 2 night cruise, however, the Jacuzzi made it well worth it. If you book P1, you'll have a larger room and bathroom, however, the view is compromised (my brother was in P1).
If you live in the Miami area and love to cruise at a moment's notice, but don't have a lot of time, when they offer the $99 cruise certificate, take advantage of it! We did that and must have cruised 3 or 4 times using the certificate which gives you a much lower discounted rate.
We noticed that the ship seemed to have been "polished up" since our last sail. The floors were shiny and the ship was very clean. The Global Dancers choreography had been upgraded and was exceptional. The vocalists still needed lots of improvement. It wasn't just their accents, but their singing ability left a lot to be desired. It was worth going to the shows, however, to see the dancing.
Service, as always, was very good. And yes, the food is okay...not spectacular, but adequate.
The only thing that drives us crazy is the constant announcement which you cannot tune out of your room. The regular cruise director was on vacation so the announcements were not as loud, as usual. They were also more honest. They used to announce that the meeting about the tours were mandatory. This time they did not say that.
If you don't want to spend money on the tours, take a taxi to Atlantis and spend time gazing at the aquarium. Just walking around the property is a great experience. Stay away from the water taxis as they wait for the boat to fill before they leave. Taking a regular taxi at $4 is much better. If you want to just lay on the beach, take the public bus to Cable Beach. The driver will let you know which hotel will allow you to use their facilities. Saves a lot of money and you can still have a good time. We did do the Breezes tour, and enjoyed it, however. I would recommend it if you want to be active and eat and drink.
Overall, Imperial Majesty will continue to see us cruising on them whenever we get the chance to get-away.