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Location: Rockaway, NJ USA (formerly Minneapolis, MN)
Thanks for the info. I wondered about the old gal myself. I remember the ship well. The movie theater (I've never seen one on another ship which is sad because my husband loved it), the fun games by the pool and the sea sickness bags up and down the corridors.
Those were the days!
By the way, how do you know this stuff?
Carnival Carnivale 2/1991
Regent Sun 3/13/1995
Carnival Paradise 2/25/2001
Carnival Victory 2/10/2002
Carnival Elation 4/03/2005
RCL Explorer of the Seas 2/15/2008
Carnival Pride 2/13/2011
Have a few onboard pics of the Regent Sun we sailed in the Spring of 1995, would be happy to share them with anyone who loved her too. Our first cruise was on her has left us cruise addicted for life. If you have any pics to share would love to see too. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Regency Rainbow is still sailing out of Corfu for Thomson Holidays as Thomson Emerald. We did a two week cruise last year around the Eastern Med and Adriatic last year.
What a sturdy, solid ship, we never felt it move for about five days. Obviously calm mediterranean waters were no problem for a classic liner built for transatlantic crossings.
However it wasn't designed for sunny climes. Brilliant indoor public rooms for that five day sea crossing, but poor outdoor facilities by modern standards.
Liberty of the Seas December 2008, W Carib
Norwegian Jewel Sept 2009 TA Dover - New York
Mariner of the Seas 2010 Mexican Riviera
Voyager of the Seas 2011 Venice/ Eastern Med
Norwegian Jade 2012 Venice/ Eastern Med
Norwegian Breakaway 2013 Bermuda
We took our very first cruise on the Regent Sun back in 1989. After 25 cruises later, considering all the various cruise lines and ships we have sailed, this is STILL our favorite ship. The crew AND entertainment staff were incredibly friendly, the activities on board were fantastic (very abundant, NOT money-making events for the cruiseline - but rather purely for the passengers' enjoyment), the movie theater was one-of-a-kind (WHY, WHY, WHY don't they build these on the NEWER SHIPS??? - behemoths that they are???).
HERE IS THE KEY: The Regent Sun was 25 rgt (registered gross tons) and held 857 passengers!!! In case you think that is too small.... NO WAY! We were able to meet and get to know virtually everyone on board during the week... we felt like we knew everybody, both crew and passengers - it was one big, friendly family. We STILL keep in touch with many of the passengers (and crew!) up to this day.
It was SO different than the newest ships today, where they're made to generate the biggest buck for the cruiseline - that is, they're greater than 75 rgt so as to carry more people - this does NOT give you more space on the ship because, guess what?, these ships now carry 2,500 or more passengers!! This creates a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT environment during the cruise. Believe me, we've been on some of these ships and we will never go on these behemoths again... there is absolutely NONE of that friendly, getting-to-know-all-of-the-passengers, personalized service, etc that made the cruise experience SO special and perfect for us - which REALLY got us hooked on cruising forever. It's too bad most of the new ships being built are gargantuan 3,000++ passenger ships - we will not go on any of those, as it completely eradicates the incredible, special experience we had on the Regent Sun.
I was an entertainer on board the Regent Sun from Aug. '94 to Feb. '95....Great Fun!!
Hi. I was an entertainer/singer on board the Regent Sun from August '94 to February '95. It was an amazing time in my life. The people and experience was incredible! I miss it in so many ways. But, life moves on and you get older and there are other things to do. I will always treasure the times and the memories on board the Regent Sun. I was saddened to learn that she went down on her way to the scrappers in the summer of 2001. It almost brought a tear to my eye. I suppose the old girl would rather commit herself to the deep than to be pulled apart with blow torches by people who didn't know how special she was. Live on old gal, in our hearts and memories!
If you would like to know the full history of the Regent Sun or any other classic ocean liner and where they are today check out www.ssmaritime.com. This guy is awesome at listing all the old ships and where they are and what happened to them. He gives a complete history of their names throughout the years. Its great.
Here is a link for the Regent Sun. She started out as the SS Shalom. Please note, he makes a mistake and calls her the Regal Sun. He is referring to the Regent Sun, though.
Jeff Kearney was the Blackjack dealer on my cruise the Regent Sun in April of 1995. No I'm not a stalker. We had sort of a pen pal kinda relationship afterwards and then lost touch. Just seeing if he is out there still.