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Dan Ewing

Age: 35


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Imperial Majesty

Ship: Regal Empress

Sailing Date: 2009-07-10

Itinerary: Bahamas

It was a free trip and still wasn't worth the money. It would be best suited for people who need a cheap way to get from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau and back.

The restaurant was Denny's level -- ok, but nothing to write home about. The midnight buffet reminded me of a high school cafeteria. Other than the midnight buffet and scheduled meals, there were no other food options. I've heard it's really easy to pack on the pounds on a cruise, but not this one.

The rooms were run down and cramped. Wood trim was held in place with drywall screws. One porthole wouldn't open. 4-person suite consisted of a king bed and two couches that folded out into single beds (not even twins). You could not close bathroom door unless you were in the shower.

What onboard activities? If you're not a gambling addict, you'd better be an alcoholic. Good thing we brought an Uno deck to keep ourselves occupied.

We walked through Nassau for a few hours, but being a Sunday afternoon, most of the shops were closed. Only the die-hard tourist traps were open. We also went out to the Blue Lagoon. It was a decent beach but had shallow water. Good for the kids, but not terribly exciting after the first couple hours. Much better than staying on board the SS Minnow -- I mean the Regal Empress.

My wife and I travelled with another couple. Fortunately, we upgraded from the standard inside stateroom to a suite. Even the suite was cramped for four people. However, our luggage didn't make the upgrade. We had to go find it and bring to the new room.

Within the first hour of being onboard, we had about a dozen different people try to push Bahama Mammas into our hands. I enjoy a libation from time to time, but I got really fed up with "You can't go to the Bahamas without a Bahama Mamma" every time I turned around. Oh yeah? Watch me.

The only pool was a 6x6 kiddie pool. The only sport on the sports deck was...(any guesses?)...sunbathing! Not even a shuffleboard set. The three different bars all had their own theme, as a result, were at least interesting. The performers (singers) were decent, which was impressive given the fact that few spoke passable English. The casino was small but well maintained.

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