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|Porthole TV DVD Classic ship Regal Empress|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
"Regal Empress": The Last Classic Liner To Sail From The US
Robert I. Hedges | 08/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Porthole TV presents "Classic Ship Regal Empress" is a half-hour presentation about cruising on a truly historic vessel. The DVD takes you around the ship, including the bridge and engine room, and talks with a number of staff while on a Northeast US itinerary with Regal Cruise Line. The video also discusses the ports of call on the cruise (Newport, Bar Harbor, and Prince Edward Island,) and interviews a travel agent and travel journalist about the ship.
The DVD is too brief to do its subject justice, and less time than I would have liked is devoted to the ship itself. I cruised on the "Regal Empress" in 2009 when it was owned by Imperial Majesty Cruise Line on a two night Fort Lauderdale-Nassau itinerary which was definitely less desirable than the cruise depicted here. I went on the ship specifically because it was the oldest cruise ship still working in the world, and was being forced to retire due to newer, stricter Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. It was truly a historic ship, and the original parts of the ship, particularly the woodwork, glass, and light fixtures were immaculate and beautiful.
The ship was originally built in 1953 as the Greek Line's ocean liner "SS Olympia" and spent her early career sailing from Athens to New York. She was withdrawn from service in 1974, and sold to Commodore Cruise Line in 1983 and renamed "Caribe I." In 1993 she was sold to Regal Cruise Line and renamed "Regal Empress," and it was during that incarnation that this feature was filmed. She was sold once again to Imperial Majesty Cruise Line in 2003 and operated until 2009, when she was taken to Alang, India and scrapped. As an aside, this was also the ship used in the television show "Mythbusters" to prove that it is possible to water ski behind an ocean liner.
This DVD covers the ship as no other available presentation can. I recommend it for fans of classic liners and those interested in maritime history."