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Old March 5th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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Is anyone going on the imperial cruise regal express on may 23 through may 26?? We already booked it and my 4 friends and I just discovered the reviews that say it is lousy??
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srry 2 break it 2 u it doesnt compare to royal or even carnival
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The M/V Regal Empress is an interesting tale. I don't count it as a sailing, bit i've been onboard this boat for 2 of her runs. For starters, she is the oldest operating cruiseliner in North America and will be exiting service in 2010 when new laws from the CSLS (Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) come into effect.

The ship is actually a passenger ferry with cabins and has been operating for a long time, since the early 50s.

The ship operates on 2 night junket cruises from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau and back.

It does not offer any teen programs or any of the activities like you may be acoustomed to on larger ships. and pales in comparisson to cruiseliners being only 14,000 tons.

I am trying to get my mom to book one more of these cruises this summer before the ship is retired because it is a piece of American History, having sailed for such a long time.

While it may not offer many activities and opportunities that are found on today's cruise ships, this ship represents the start of the cruise industry. The interior is unlike anything you've ever seen with wood panneling and lots of real personal touches not found on mass produced ships.

Its small and rocky, and isn't everyone's cup of tea but if you can appreciate the experience for what it is, then the RE is an amazing opportunity.
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THE REGAL EMPRESS WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART!!! I HAD THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE ON THAT SHIP AND I HATE ALL THE NEGATIVITY!! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN ...MAYBE I AM JUST A FUN PERSON BUT I MET THESE GREAT AUSTRALIAN GUYS AND WE LIVED IT UP GIVE IT A CHANCE...WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?
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a couple hundred bucks lol
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It's actually quite surreal now that it's over.

First time cruiser, first cruise... on the regal empress. I guess it must be my 'cup of tea' because I was intreagued and fascinated wtih the ship from the start.

The experience itself, it was good for a first time cruise. The food was great, the service was awesome, the staff was very attentive and looked to serve you.

the activities kept us busy and we did have a lot of fun doing the activities. We were never board.

Our cabin sucked but it was a outside room on A deck. It was quiet for the most part, sometimes I could hear the water rushing by a few decks below but overall very quiet. Bed was ok. To be honest I was too drunk to notice lol.

I'm kinda into the whole nostalgic thing, so for me the ship itself was part of the experience. I've heard that other ships actually don't even feel like ships. For me, I kinda liked the slight sway of the boat.... you can barely notice it but it's there. I kinda like the hum of the engines, again, barely there but you could hear it. The wood paneling and attention to detail is impecable where you can find it. Let your mind wander and you'll see something in her that's really beautiful. Even in little things like the fixtures, they're built so strong, from a time gone by where plastic didn't really exist yet and things were built to last forever... nothing like the mass produced "fun" ships of today. (from what I see in pics anyway)

Loved the fact that the ship was small and intimate. It was not uncommon to see the same people multiple times throughout the day, which was nice... after a while it felt like you knew some of the people. I smoked and drank on deck with many people who I also ate breakfast with the next day. Hell, our cabin neighbors across the hall from us ended up at our breakfast table by chance, what a coincidence!

Yes its old, yeah some parts of it are in disrepair but like mentioned before, it's a fading piece of american history and truly something to experience; I went into this cruise with zero expectations whatsoever and it came out a winner in my book, to be honest I do actually plan on paying for the best suite on the boat and taking another ride on the empress before she gets decomissioned.

The regal empress is the last of her kind... I think all self-proclaimed 'Seasoned' cruisers should give her a try before 2010 so they can at least get a feel for what the industry started out like.

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Excellent review, thanks for coming back and sharing with us.

I agree, anyone who has the chance should go, this old gal packs a lot of history and is really a work of art. Some will reply with "its a piece of crap that needs to sink" and thats fine. But if you need a flowrider and a nightclub to enjoy a cruise, then you've lost touch with what cruising is really about, experiencing the ocean and the service.
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hey the flowrider n clubs r essential 2 having a great cruise notice i used great not good
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Thank you for proving my point.
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