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Nathan

Age: 44

Occupation:engineer

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Monarch of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-11-19

Itinerary: Nassau and Cococay Bahamas

We found a great deal on a 3 night cruise. This was our third cruise on RC. We were a little nervous as MOS is an older ship and we had been on newer Freedom class vessels previously. After we booked the cruise we ended up upgrading to a junior suite with a balcony, as they had a good price on those. We stayed on the ship when we arrived at Nassau. Including our vessel, there were 5 cruise ships in port. We didn't feel like being hassled by vendors, etc. We learned later that it is not uncommon for them not to stop at Cococay due to inclement weather. The weather wasn't looking too good when we pulled up to the cay. Fortunately we were able to get off the ship and the weather improved as the day went on. We went jet skiing and had a couple virgin Coco Loco drinks. We waded through the water at low tide and found starfish, conch shells, and various other marine life. You'll want water shoes or something similar when you wade. Over all an enjoyable cruise. Had the cruise been longer we would have ran out of things to do onboard. For a 3-night cruise it was great. For an older ship RC's service is still quite good.

The food was good. Dining room service was very good. Still can't figure out what the head waiters do other than want a tip. The curry in the Jade restaurant is great. We had an easier time finding a seat than on previous cruises. I wish they would bring hot food to you for breakfast with room service, but other than that no complaints.

We had a suite so not sure what the regular inside rooms and/or outside rooms were like. Ours was great. The junior suites have lots of drawers and storage space. For a 3-day cruise we had more space than we could use. As this is an older ship, there aren't a lot of balconys to be had so we felt fortunate. The towel animals showed up and that is always a plus.

Limited activities. Some shopping, a few shows, but not much when compared to a Freedom Class ship. I can't imagine what Oasis or Allure must by like, but they are still pretty pricey.

Coco Locos are great! The jet ski excursion was great. Your experience at Cococay will probably be largely dependent on weather and no one really has much control over that.

Overall it was a great experience. Look for deals, depending on what dates you are sailing. Oddly, our prices for our cruise went up and down quite a bit as we got closer to the sailing date.

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