Regal Empress

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  • My first Cruise - Getting my Sea Legs

    Nov 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very friendly staff and great service
    Cons: boat smaller than I thought it would be; Rooms not very good; lousy entertainment

    Summary: November 11 - November 15, I went on a 5 day, 4 night cruise on the Regal Empress. It left from Port Manatee, FL and went to Cozumel, Mexico. I had never been to Mexico nor on a cruise before, so I was pretty excited about going. My mom and ... read more

  • Have low expectations

    Feb 21, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good for someone who wants a real nostalgic kind of experience .
    Cons: Small outdated ship in need of repair. All about the money for extras.

    Summary: I wish I would have read more online reviews about this before I went on this 3day/2night cruise so my expectations would have been much lower and I would have been better informed. I took this cruise as part of a Ramada time share sales package. That is ... read more

  • Awfully expensive for an old and bad place

    Jul 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very nice crew, quiet ship
    Cons: Very old ship, small beat up cabins, EXPENSIVE (for the value).

    Summary: I received this reservation (for a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas) as a "FREE" gift for another vacation I bought to the caribbean. The **FREE** vacation does not include $279 (port fees) for every 2 persons and I was traveling with my wife and 2 kids. I ... read more

  • Fair Cruise for a fair price

    Jul 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Crew very helpful, Embarkation/disembarkation, cabin steward was excellent
    Cons: Cabins are small, limited shore excursions, old ship

    Summary: 7/8/2006 to 7/10/2006 This was our second cruise, our first was a 7-day western caribbean on Holland America's Maasdam, and we somewhat researched the ship before booking. Overall it's not a bad little getaway for the money. We paid $279.00 per ... read more

  • Review for Regal Empress 2004

    Oct 21, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: If you liked to be ripped off take this cruise you'll denfinatly be sorry.
    Cons: Theres nothing nice to say about this ship. Leave it at that.

    Summary: We went on a cruise to the Bahama's on this relic. We sailed on September 20th 2004 between hurricanes. This ship is very old and small but is very sea worthy. The waves were over 20 feet high and the boat was getting thrown all around. We up graded to ... read more

  • Imperial Majesty's cruise from Ramada Plaza Resorts was Great!

    Sep 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great service, great food, really clean ship and room, the Bahamas was lots of fun
    Cons: the cruise only gave you one day in the Bahamas and it seemed too short

    Summary: My wife and two kids took the cruise on the Regal Empress in May because of a package we got from Ramada Plaza Resorts. We really had a great time! When we first bought the package we were mostly interested in cruising to the Bahamas but were not sure ... read more

  • First Cruise, I am hooked!!!

    Apr 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The waiter, Dennis and oour cabin boy.
    Cons: alcohol sales pushed at you. too many fatties

    Summary: This was the first cruise for my wifa and I. We are in our late twentys and were given this cruise as part of a vacation deal in south Florida to listen to a pitch selling timeshares. We felt a little cheap since we are both lawyers, but are never ones ... read more

  • Bargain price - Bargain Cruise

    Mar 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Staff is very friendly and helpful
    Cons: Smaller ship so you feel the rocking - take Dramamine!

    Summary: We were looking for an inexpensive getaway for the two of us while visiting family in FL. This fit in our budget quite well, so we decided to jump on it. We weren't overly disappointed but weren't thrilled enough to sail with them again. The food ... read more

  • Best $189 cruise ever. Very enjoyable.

    Jan 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tons of good food. Great staff. Lots to do!
    Cons: Weight gain from all the food!

    Summary: Some of the bad reviews I've read about this cruise scared the hell out of me. But for only $189 per, my wife and I figured, what the heck. We were already in Florida visiting her relatives, and the this seemed like a good opportunity to get away and be ... read more

  • Sunspree Without the Sun!

    Nov 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wood paneling, Art Deco and old world charm.
    Cons: None unless you don't like the charm and history of an older ship.

    Summary: My husband and I recently boarded the Regal Empress for a two night Sunsrpree cruise to nowhere out of Port Manatee in Palmetto, Florida. I had done a lot of research on the Empress and was very excited to get on board and experience her fifty year ... read more

  • Panama Canal 2-23-02

    Mar 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Wait Staff
    Cons: Ship not fit to sail

    Summary: This ship has outlived it usefull days. We had an engine failure outside of the Panama Canal so we never got to sail thru the locks. Then we missed the next 2 ports of call San Blas Islands the #2 highlight of the Cruise, next we missed the Grand Caman ... read more

  • Would I Do It Again? Yes!

    Feb 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent crew and staff - quaint and calm ship - good food
    Cons: Pathetic entertainment offerings - ineffective security staff

    Summary: A veteran of more than 15 cruises in my day; my 81-year-old mother (wheelchair-bound) and I chose the Empress for our Christmas Cruise 2001. The price was very attractive, some friends had sailed with Regal and recommended the ship, and the sailing from ... read more

  • Fantasy Fest 2001 Cruise on Regal

    Nov 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 1)Price 2)Offers cruises that other lines do not 3)Nostalgic
    Cons: 1)Yellow water in cabins 2)No water pressure in shower 3)Poor menu choices for room service

    Summary: Greetings! I just got back from Regal Empress's Fantasy Fest Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Key West that sailed 10/24 - 10/29. I had a great time! The ship is nothing spectacular. I did not expect it to be. The ship is old and it ... read more

  • Regal Empress One Night Cruise to Nowhere

    Sep 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exceptional service. Good food. Good value.
    Cons: Ugly cabins. Luggage search.

    Summary: My husband Bob & I decided since it was our 30th wedding anniversary to do something a little different. I booked a 1-night cruise to nowhere out of NY on the Regal Empress. I have been on 11 cruises, never on Regal. I love cruising so much that even a ... read more

  • Regal Empress/Better than expected

    Aug 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service, food and accommodations
    Cons: Not good for handicapped or guests who had difficulties walking. The elevators were a constant source of complaint. We stayed away from them. Do not need so many pictures taken by cruise line.

    Summary: Traveled August 20 through Aug 25, 2000 on a New England/Canada cruise on the Regal Empress. Departed from New York and visited the cities of Newport RI, St John New Brunswick Canada, Portland MN and Martha's Vineyard MA. I was accompanied by ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Just Returned from a Great Little Getaway!

    Jun 19, 2008 by
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    Pros: Delicious food, itinerary was accurate and well done. Service was great.
    Cons: Hard-sell(frequently) over the loud speakers for the shore excursions and bingo games.

    Summary: My husband and I returned today from three days on board the Regal Empress. It was not a fancy cruise, but we had a delightful relaxing holiday. The entire crew was helpful and hospitable. The food was awesome. The ship has been in use for many years, ... read more

  • The Regal Empress is funky but fun

    Apr 14, 2005 by
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    Pros: Pros: --Good food --Good crew but a bit overworked
    Cons: --Embarkation & debarkations are extremely long --small cabins --limited excursions

    Summary: This ain't your father's cruise! The boat is old and not streamlined. It's a bit difficult to get here to there but it's fun because it's so funky. If you're looking for a swanky modern cruise this isn't it! But if you're looking for a relaxing ... read more

  • Classic boat, lacking amenities

    Apr 8, 2004 by
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    Pros: Classic Style Boat, Old artwork, not many people on board
    Cons: Doesn't have many activities on board, Food isn't extremely good, small pool

    Summary: At over 50 years old, this boat shows the classic style which boats used to have. Wood grain and other older styles and artwork from this era. The service on this boat is very nice and it is very clean. Everything it has is taken care of really well. One ... read more

  • Regal Empress:Bahama fun on the REGAL EMPRESS

    Mar 18, 2004 by
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    Pros: Strong drinks, Weak price
    Cons: Regal Empress is only sailing from Ft.Lauderdale to the Bahamas for a 3/2 cruise

    Summary: My husband and I were contacted by phone from FAMTRIPTRAVEL.COM about an e-mail we had responded to for a Florida,Bahama cruise vacation last fall. FAMTRIPTRAVEL.COM offered us a 7day, 6night vacation including 3days & 2nights on the REGAL EMPRESS,we ... read more

  • HONEYMOON JAN. 28, 2004

    Mar 12, 2004 by
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    Pros: The food in the dining room was fabulous. The staff was very friendly and courtious.
    Cons: The ship was old and needs to be updated. The water in bathrooms was yellow.

    Summary: The ship was old and very small and not what we were expecting. The staterooms were not attractive at all they were very small also. The staff were painting everytime we were ... read more

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