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Regal Empress Cruise

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February 8-10, 2008

My first cruise was on the amazing Regal Empress back in 2006.  I was fortunate enough to do 3 cruises on this grand liner one each year in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  The last cruise was just a month or so before she left service to be scrapped.  Here are a few photos of that third and final cruise.  As usual, the service was excellent, and the food was outstanding.  The menu had recently been upgraded and included Chateaubriand and Salmon.  It was among the best food I’ve ever had on any ship (not counting Crystal Cruises).  Top notch service as well.

Having recently come back from dry dock (this was only her second trip since her return), the ship did not look her 50-odd years.

The weather likewise was perfect, the temperature was in the low 80’s, and the sea was smooth.  She moved so little that, if you didn’t know you were on a ship, you would swear you were on land.  The last morning, the sea became a touch choppy so it was nice to feel a bit of movement to the ship.

We received an invitation from Alain Chabot, the hotel manager, to join him on the bridge as we left Nassau.  It was amazing and is an experience you almost never get on a larger ship because of all the corporate rules and regulations.

Sadly she is gone now, however, I wanted to leave my recommendation to sail on her up as a sort of tribute.  She was a great ship and is missed by many.

If you want to see a larger version of each photo, just click on it.