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Fred Smith

Age: 50

Occupation:Sales

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Monarch of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-03-22

Itinerary: Bahamas

Our first cruise celebrating our 20th anniversary was a wonderful experience. Okay, the weather was a bit cool on the first couple days, but the ship, staff, and overall experience could not have been better. CocoCay was a neat experience and I wan to go back when the water is warm enough to swim in. People who went in said it was a truly amazing experience. Loved Nassau and Atlantis and the day at sea on the way back was anything but boring. There are only two changes I would make. First, try to avoid cruising over Spring Break. Second, someone tell Royal Caribbean that if they are going to cruise to the Bahamas, they should at least stock Kalik beer.

Overall, food was great. Next time, we will probably skip the dining room experience overall since the food in the buffet was great and the dining room portions were a bit small for our taste.

Being an inexperienced cruiser, I was surprised by the small stateroom. However, I must confess that since I didn't spend much time in it, the small room was not an issue.

Overall, very fun and, in some cases, very inventive. The belly flop contest was the highlight for me. Spent a lot of time (and a lot of money) in the casino. I am sure some high rollers may not think much of it, but I found it very cozy and friendly. Also, I recommend Schooner's as a great place for a relaxing drink in the evening. The jazz band that played in there was terrific!

Watch your cabbies in Nassau. One wanted to give us a total tour of the city, but something about him just seemed wrong. Besides, we only wanted to go to Atlantis, which we could see from the ship, so why go all over the city?

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