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Imperial Majesty Cruise Line acquired the former ocean liner "OceanBreeze" from the now defunct Premier Cruise Lines some years ago. The vintage ship was deployed on year-round short cruises to The Bahamas. The OceanBreeze occupies a unique place in maritime history. Christened in 1954 by Queen Elizabeth II, who chose the name Southern Cross , the vessel circled the globe, visiting ports in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, South Africa, the South Pacific, and Europe.

In 1972, the ship was acquired by a Greek company, renamed ss Calypso, given a $16 million conversion and a new cruise itinerary in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Alaska. On September 29, 1980, she was sold to the Gotaas Larsen Group of Companies of Bermuda, who sailed her under the name ss Azure Seas until May 1992. Purchased by Dolphin Cruise Lines in 1992 and she was renamed Ocean Breeze and cruised from Aruba to the southern Caribbean and Panama Canal. In 1999, the ship was chartered by Imperial Majesty Cruise Line. In May 2000, she was purchased by Imperial Majesty and subsequently given a $3.5 million renovation that added a modern tropical ambiance while restoring the original splendour of this classic ship. In 2003 Regal Cruises ceased operations and Imperial Majesty Cruises purchased their only cruise ship - Regal Empress which replaced the Ocean Breeze. Her ports of call were Fort Lauderdale and Nassau.

In the fall of 2008, several sources reported that the Regal Empress was due to be replaced by the 1981-built cruiseferry MS Bahamas Celebration in 2009, but this information came to be false. Instead, the Bahamas Celebration was going to be operated by a new cruise line operating under the same company Imperial Majesty cruise lines operates under. On March 9, 2009, the MS Bahamas Celebration took over Regal Empress cruise schedule. All crew and food stores were transferred to Bahamas Celebration prior to the ships departure. The Regal Empress was laid up in Freeport, Bahamas from March 16 until March 27. It was reported by Maritime Matters on March 26 that the Regal Empress was sold for scrap.

Cruise ships and itineraries:

Regal Empress: Bahamas registered; built 1953; 21,909 gross tons; 1.068 passengers; 396 crew members.
Itineraries: Florida, Bahamas.
  Imperial Majesty Cruises-Regal Empress cruise ship

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