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Old 08-19-2005, 01:52 PM
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DO ANYONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION OR HOW OLD THIS BOAT IS. AND WOULD YOU SAIL AGAIN WITH THEM.
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DO ANYONE HAVE ANY INFORMATION OR HOW OLD THIS BOAT IS. AND WOULD YOU SAIL AGAIN WITH THEM.
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TERESAW2798,

welcome to Cruise-Chat.com.

The "Regal Empress" (which is a ship, by the way, not a boat!) was built in 1953.

Just last week, the ship scored a near-perfect score with the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program. It is a great old liner if you like ships of that vintage that have a true soul. If you want a new ship and plan to go for the price only, I would suggest looking at alternatives. It really is a matter of taste. Personally, I love vintage liners, but I know many people who don't (which is fine, as well).
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Old 08-19-2005, 02:25 PM
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Teresa,
Welcome to cruise-chat. The Regal Empress (Imperial Majesty's ship) was built in 1953. I have not had the experience of sailing her, but for a two night cruise - she might be fine.

Hopefully someone else can provide more first-hand knowledge.
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Ooops -sorry Raoul - we must be posting at the same time.
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TERESAW2798,

welcome to Cruise-Chat.com.

The "Regal Empress" (which is a ship, by the way, not a boat!) was built in 1953.

Just last week, the ship scored a near-perfect score with the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program. It is a great old liner if you like ships of that vintage that have a true soul. If you want a new ship and plan to go for the price only, I would suggest looking at alternatives. It really is a matter of taste. Personally, I love vintage liners, but I know many people who don't (which is fine, as well).
Raoul-I noticed your review of the "Regal Empress." I received a gift opportunity to cruise on that ship to the Bahamas, and I'm a bit concerned as a first timer on a cruise. I don't need the bells and whistles of the huge ships, but I must be sure that this ship is in great shape and will provide us with a safe and enjoyable cruise experience. I will be travelling with my 73 yr.old Mother, and I want to make sure that the food and activities are great. Are the rooms air conditioned?Food good?Anything else I should know? I did see a review on another website which gave it 1/2 astar, out of a possible 5 stars, and I panicked! Feel free to notify me at cindyebrennecke@aol.com. Thank you so much for any info!!
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Hi cindyeb. I'm not Raoul, but I hope you don't mind if I chime in.

I am a great fan of this ship, and took a 5-night cruise back in 2001. The food and service were superb then, and I hear from friends that have sailed her recently that this is still the case.

Compared to brand new ships that offer rock climbing walls, alternative dining experiences, outstanding kids' programs, and other recent bells and whistles, I can understand why this ship gets mixed reviews. Yet as these are not critical to your enjoyment (and I feel the same way), I wouldn't worry about the bad reviews. And yes -- cabins are air-conditioned.

I give just one word of caution, and it's a big one - choose your cabin carefully. The two lowest passenger decks, A-deck and B-deck are very maze-like and the cabins are rather sparse. There is also a group of cabins on Main Deck that is not accessible by elevator.

That is not to say that all cabins are undesirable. We stayed on Upper Deck and found it a great location and very convenient to the dining room, show lounge, and other public areas. I'd recommend this location, as well as Sun Deck. Promenade Deck cabins are nice, although they overlook the indoor promenade rather than giving an unobstructed sea view. Note that people cannot look into these cabins, but occupants can look out.

Happy to answer any other questions. We're thinking of booking a weekend cruise, as well.
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Lisa-Thank you sooo much for your quick response! I have always wanted to go on a cruise and my now Ex-husband never wanted to go. After 27 yrs. of marriage, and now a divorce, I was shocked when my Mom gave me tickets for this cruise for Christmas, along with some other little Forida trips. Iwas qiute concerned because one of the ratings I saw was TERRIBLE! Even though it's only for 2 days and I know you're not in your cabin very much, I want it to be a great experience. I love the islands and have never been to the Bahamas, so I'm very excited!! If you don't mind, I'll keep your response in case I come up any other questions. Thanks again for your help!!-Cindy
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Lisa-now that I've sent the 1st. letter, I apologize for all of the typos! I guess I should have reread it before I sent it!I guess I'm just excited!!-Cindy
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Cindy,

when it comes to older ships, expectations and attitude are everything. The ship is more than 50 years old. And while Imperial Majesty does a superb job maintaining it, it's still 50 years old, and you will notice that. As LisaP indicated, if someone expects a ship with all the latest facilities and amenities he or she will be very disappointed. However, if ones sees the chance of sailing on the "Regal Empress" as a (rare) opportunity to sail on a vintage, former trans-Atlantic liner which is a real ship and not a floating resort, one will likely have a great time. Sailing onboard a ship of this vintage is like making a step back in time.

While this is a budget product these days, the value for the money is very good if you don't expect a luxury product (which few cruise ships offer, by the way).
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