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MS Regal Empress

Caribe, Caribe I, TSS Olympia


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Regal Empress berthed in Nassau

Photograph Copyright © 2004 Juan A. Figueroa

The 22,909 MS Regal Empress is a distinguished classic passenger liner that offers a traditional cruise experience. Today, she continues to compete with the giant ships of the 21st century, and does so with great success, being one of the highest earning cruise ships based in Florida.

Regal Empress was built in 1953 as the Greek Atlantic Liner TSS Olympia. Except for a few large Ocean Liners in those days, a 23,000 ton Liner was considered to be a large ship. Today she is considered as being a small ship. However, Regal Empress gives the cruise vacationer a unique ocean going experience on this genuine ocean liner. This is a ship that as many traditional shipboard features, including a superb décor that has a touch of yesteryear, yet this is combined with the very latest in marine technology! Public Rooms and hallways contain some of the best timber features found on any ship today. Cabins are traditional, but all offer private bathrooms and every possible comfort. Regal Empress has vast teak deck spaces, enough room for various sports and pool. Obviously, the Regal Empress can never offer the 5 star facilities found on the giant cruise ships of these days, but, she offers an experience these ships cannot offer.

Imperial Majesty Cruises offer two night mini cruises to Nassau, and have been operating this service for many years with great success. ssMaritime has received countless emails from past passengers complimenting IMC Cruises, for their service, food, entertainment and the overall ship board experience on board this fine Classic liner.

All photographs below, were taken by our good friend and supporter of our “Save The Classic Liner Campaign” Mr. Michael Barnes of Canberra Australia. We thank him for providing them!

Photographs below were taken by, and are © Copyright 2005 Mr. Michael BarnesAustralia


Our photographer, Michael Barnes


Spot the Regal Empress – She is seen at the extreme right

beside five giants of the sea berthed in Nassau in the Bahamas



Above and below:

The 22,909 ton MS Regal Empress is seen berthed alongside

RCI’s 138,000 ton MS Explorer of the Seas



Above and Below:

Two further shots of this fine classic cruise ship





Above & below: Two excellent views of Boat deck





 The Bridge


 Captain Sottos on the Bridge


The traditional ships wheel has totally vanished on all modern cruise Ships


 Looking aft from the Bridge


Michael Barnes on board the Regal Empress




 Restaurant – Captains farewell dinner 


TSS Olympia INDEX – Note new feature - # 8.


1…      TSS Olympia - The only Greek Trans Atlantic Liner ever to be built. Sold to become the Caribe and Regal Empress


2…      Caribe refit photographs - Photos and story by ex crew member Michael Goldsby


3…      Photo Album One


4…      Photo Album Two - Photos by an Australian passenger, Michael Barnes


5        Deck Plan


6…      The ex Save the TSS Olympia Campaign – The History of the Campaign


7…      Read the Memorandum of Agreement - Proof of how Senator Leonidas Raptakis turned TRAITOR and deserted TSS Olympia!


8…      Birth at Sea – The fascinating story of how Jim (Olympios) Bournelis was born mid Atlantic!



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