TAMPA, Fla. -- The Regal Empress will likely have a new home with short-cruise operator Imperial Majesty Cruise Line.

Celebration World Cruises Inc., the holding company that owns the Imperial Majesty ship, the OceanBreeze, submitted the highest bid of $1.75 million at an auction in Tampa today.

Arthur Pollack, the president of both Celebration World Cruises and Imperial Majesty, said the plan is to bring the 900-passenger Regal Empress to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sail the ship on the OceanBreeze's current itinerary: three-day cruises to Nassau, Bahamas.

The future of the 936-passenger OceanBreeze, which formerly sailed with Premier Cruises, has not been decided, Pollack said.

The bid is subject to its acceptance by Florida's Middle District Court; Pollack said that would likely happen next week.


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