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William Dinwiddie

Age: 50

Occupation:Self-employed

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Monarch of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-09-26

Itinerary: Nassau

This cruise was good and bad. Our cabin was small but well organized and kept well. The
entertainment was OK. The food was about like a college cafeteria with a few exceptions. It was fresh but the quality of food was really low compared to other cruises of the same caliber. The steaks looked oven baked and the seafood felt microwaved. The coffee was bitter. There were too many extras to buy instead of things that were included in the cruise (e.g. deserts and specialty coffees with dessert).

The staff was friendly. Our waiter "palmed" our glasses. Every day they reminded us, "you know we depend on tips." He also rolled his eyes at me with disgust when I asked for an additional shrimp cocktail and when I ordered two entries instead of an appetizer. I was upset that there was no soft serve ice cream which is always available on cruises. The head waiter was very social and informative.

Getting on the ship was amazingly fast. Getting off was smooth and not a long wait.

The ship itself was not as good as majesty of the Seas, Carnival Glory or NCL Wind.

Our room was small, but clean and well kept.

We paid a higher price for a full view window and got a lifeboat in our "Full view". The cruise was booked and no move was possible. I was very unhappy about that.

One nice attraction were a couple of good movies in a theater if you did not want to be offended with bad singing during karaoke. It didn't make any sense to me that there was no popcorn though!

Comedian was not as crude as some; he used modified Bill Cosby stuff from the 70's. We do not gamble, smoke or drink, so we were limited as far as entertainment on ship.

Don't eat in Cocokay. Go back to the ship, eat, then go back to the Island. The food on the island is warm and flies are on it all the time. Take a taxi for $4.00 to Paradise Island beach.

We stayed two days at Cocoa Beach. Quality Suites were about $80.00 a night. They had ood beach, great pizza and it was in walking distance to "A New York Pizza Place". We went to Church on Sunday at Cocoa Beach Christian Church, a nice, small church full of friendly people. The motel let us leave our car in the guarded lot for $10.00 for the entire cruise and they drove us to he ship and picked us up with no wait.

Our cruise was relaxing, but disappointing compared to the same cruise on RCL Majesty of he Seas which we had done twice. It was not as good as Carnival Glory western or NCL Hawaii. The photography was very poor for a cruise line. I have detailed the pluses and minuses in my summery.

After we got off, we drove to Charleston, SC. We walked for a total of 8 hours and saw the beautiful buildings and smelled the urine in the streets where the college kids had returned to school and partied in the streets. We stayed at Comfort Suites in Mt. Pleasant. Used a local coupon for $70.00 Better free breakfast here than any we found on the ship. It is a 10 minute drive to free parking in the old part of town.

We then went to Myrtle beach, relaxed a day and went home to Raleigh, NC.

I liked being able to drive to a cruise port but doubtful that I will ever go on that ship again. If RCL does not acknowledge my letter, I may reconsider ever sailing with them again.

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