There were 7 of us this time and, beside my GF and I, our group included my GF's 16 year old DD, 12 year old DD, Brother, SIL, and Mother.
I made all the cruise arrangements and, because of a Tuesday sales event, I was able to get 3 guarantee OV staterooms for 6 of us for just under $190/per person including taxes and fees. I was also able to get a single occupant in a Category G OV on deck 3 for just over $260 including taxes and fees. These prices were all in Canadian dollars because the Canadian prices were a little lower than the US prices at the time I booked the cruise. In addition, because the Canadian Dollar was below the value of the US dollar at the time of booking, when we paid using a US credit card, we actually ended up saving a few more US dollars compared to what we would have paid had I booked the cruise in US funds to begin with.
When I made the original reservations I had My GF in a cabin with one of her DD's and her other DD was booked in a cabin with my GF's SIL. The original plan was to shift everyone around once aboard if we needed to.
The Guarantee cabin assignments were made within 24 hours and were all assigned Category F2 cabins scattered around 2 different decks.
Once the guarantee cabins were assigned, I went online to check what other cabins were available within that category and was able to call and get two cabins next to one another and another just two cabins away from those. I then was able to move my GF into my cabin, her 2 DDs into their own cabin next door and My GF's brother and SIL into the cabin 2 away from ours. I also was able to move my GF's mother to a cabin not too far away from the mid-ship elevators on deck 3.
On the morning of our cruise I drove my GF, her DDs, and mother from Orlando to Port Canaveral. I had made parking arrangements at Park N Cruise but instead of driving directly to the parking facility we decided to stop at the cruise terminal first in order to drop off all of our luggage we planned on checking curbside with the porters. We did that and then all drove together to the Park N Cruise facility to drop off the van and take the shuttle back to the port.
We arrived at Park N Cruise at around 10:30, parked the van, and then waited about 40 minutes for a shuttle back to the port. When we arrived back at the port there was a short line a the entrance where we had to show our setsail passes and IDs. There was another short line waiting to go through the port security but each of those lines moved quickly and we were upstairs waiting to check in within a few minutes.
We all got into the non-priority line and waited only about 10 minutes before getting to the counter to check in.
The 5 of us were checked in and sitting in the library aboard Monarch just slightly after noon. We didn't bother rushing up to the Windjammer because we had stopped for a big breakfast before we left Orlando. Instead, we relaxed in the library, made arrangements at guest services for our cash accounts, signed-up one of my GF's DDs for the soda package, checked our dining room table assignment and then waited just a few minutes for our staterooms to be ready.
I have much more to write but am getting sleepy...I'll continue with the rest in the morning. Good night everyone