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Age: 40


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Monarch of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-08-23

Itinerary: Bahamas

This cruise was the second one for myself and my wife. We intend to bring the kids next time. As some of the other people who posted comments on this site have stated, I would also agree that any strongly negative comments about the service on Monarch of The Seas should be taken with a grain of salt.

Day One - We boarded on Monday relatively quickly. After getting onboard, we checked out our room and our luggage was delivered soon afterwards. We visited the Schooner Bar for some drinks and then walked around the ship for a while. In a couple of hours, the ship left Port Canaveral for sea.

We used the My Time dining option for our dinners. The service in the dining room was excellent. Our only slight disappointment was breakfast in Windjammer Cafe. The chef at the omelet station did not know how to make omelets. There were plenty of other healthy breakfast offerings, so it was not a big deal.

Day Two - It started with our ship anchoring offshore from Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay. We took the tenders over to the island and we brought our own snorkeling equipment and had a great day swimming and sunning. The Coco Locos (drinks) are always great, as well as the cookout that the staff makes for the passengers who come to Coco Cay for the day. We were exhausted from our day in the sun and after dinner, we didn't stay up too long.

Day Three - We woke up as we were pulling into Nassau. After breakfast, we headed into town. We checked out the Straw Market and negotiated with the vendors for some souvenirs. Later, we got on a water taxi and took it over to Paradise Island. The Atlantis hotel is very impressive and very expensive, as are the shops near it. If you want to use the water park at the hotel, it will cost roughly $100 per person, which seems like a very bad value.

Day Four was spent in the pool for most of the day. We made some new friends and enjoyed our last dinner in the formal dining room. We said our goodbyes to Kevin and Salvio in the Schooner Bar and packed up our gear. The morning came too early and we have been thinking about our next cruise all weekend long.

Royal Caribbean is a terrific value and I highly recommend it to anyone!



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