Hi Cruiser 2012
I've never cruised from PC or been on the Monarch...but I live to cruise. Are you driving down the day before? You should certainly consider it. Many ports have stay and cruise packages that will let you leave your car and provide you with a shuttle to the ship. That way you will be well rested and ready to appreciate the WOW factor when you step on board. It's a much beter feeling than the 'oh my God I'm exhausted, we just barely made the ship feeling of running into trafffic.
I hope you'll use these boards to search for information about anthing that worries/concerns or interests you.
Ask lots of questions and be prepared to become addicted to a whole new past time