Last Voyage of the Monarch of the Seas!

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#1
Ocala, Fl.
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Joined Oct 2007
Hello everyone! It's been a very nice weekend on board the Monarch for her last cruise with RCI. We've had great weather all three days. The past guest party was yesterday, there are a TON of C&A members on board. Somewhere around 80 Diamond, 170 D+ and 30 Pinnacle!

Tonight will be the Farewell Party in the Centrum, I'll get lots of pictures to share when I get back home. The ship is still in good shape. Other than the empty gift shops and farewell banners you wouldn't know that anything was different.

I'll be back on later today or tomorrow with more, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the old girl's last cruise was going well!
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#2
Virginia Beach, VA.
11,158 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Thanks for the update. Looking forward to the pictures and your review which I am sure will come when you return.
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Monarch of the Seas May 2012
Allure of the Seas Sept. 2012
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Allure of the Seas Sept. 2013
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Allure of the Seas Sept. 2014
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Carnival Splendor October 2016
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#5
San Diego, CA
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Joined Feb 2009
I'm glad you are enjoying your cruise! I can't wait until you get back and post your review and pictures. They are always so good!!
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#8
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Joined Dec 2005
I never got to sail on Monarch, but I sailed her sister Sovereign, and that was one of my most memorable cruises. I am sad to see these ships leave the RCI fleet, they paved the way for cruising as we know it today.
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#9
Western NY
1,339 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by DarthGrady
Hello everyone! It's been a very nice weekend on board the Monarch for her last cruise with RCI. We've had great weather all three days. The past guest party was yesterday, there are a TON of C&A members on board. Somewhere around 80 Diamond, 170 D+ and 30 Pinnacle!

Tonight will be the Farewell Party in the Centrum, I'll get lots of pictures to share when I get back home. The ship is still in good shape. Other than the empty gift shops and farewell banners you wouldn't know that anything was different.

I'll be back on later today or tomorrow with more, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the old girl's last cruise was going well!
Thanks for the update. We look forward to more of the review and any pics. We were on her in Nov. for our last time with her. She will be missed !
#10
San Antonio, Texas
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Joined Jul 2004
It was a great cruise. I took lots of photos (and a video) but I doubt my pics will be as good as yours. Nice meeting you on Friday.

Oh, and Marc's FB page said the ship will sail out at 8pm.
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139 Nights at Sea and Counting

7/1997 Carnival Jubilee - Mexican Riviera
12/2004 Empress of the Seas - Southern Caribbean Photos
12/2007 Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas Photos
4/2008 Carnival Destiny - Southern Caribbean
4/2010 Serenade of the Seas - Southern Caribbean
9/2010 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas Photos
1/2011 Ruby Princess - Eastern Caribbean Photos
2/2011 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel Photos
8/2011 Star Princess - Eastern Mediterranean/Greek Isles Photos
4/2012 Jewel of the Seas - Western Caribbean
4/2012 Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean
3/2013 Monarch of the Seas (farewell cruise) - Bahamas Photos
11/2013 Caribbean Princess - Western Caribbean Photos
1/2014 Jewel of the Seas - Southern Caribbean Photos
1/2014 Allure of the Seas - Western Caribbean Photos
4/2015 Serenade of the Seas - New Orleans to Boston repo
10/2015 Serenade of the Seas - Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale Snowbird Migration

4/2016 Regal Princess - Western Caribbean
5/2016 Coral Princess - Alaska


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2/2017 Coral Princess - Panama Canal
4/2017 Liberty of the Seas - Western Caribbean
4/2018 Radiance of the Seas - New Zealand


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#11
Ocala, Fl.
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Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by PH8
After talking to you Friday night,I know you were having fun Enjoy the last night..
I did have fun Friday night. A little too much fun as it turned out. I woke up the next morning feeling like I had been run over by a large truck.

The pics are uploading right now, so I should be able to start posting them up soon.
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Coming Up:
Brilliance of the Seas, 3/16/17
Empress of the Seas, 5/11/17
Carnival Splendor, 9/14/17
Empress of the Seas, 10/21/17
#12
Central Florida
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Joined Apr 2009
Originally posted by DarthGrady
I did have fun Friday night. A little too much fun as it turned out. I woke up the next morning feeling like I had been run over by a large truck.

The pics are uploading right now, so I should be able to start posting them up soon.
It was nice to meet you finally and am looking forward to seeing your Photos!!!

It really was a great last week we had on Monarch. It could not have been better
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#13
Ocala, Fl.
10,764 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by Scotty G
It was nice to meet you finally and am looking forward to seeing your Photos!!!

It really was a great last week we had on Monarch. It could not have been better
Same here Ian! It was nice to meet so many CC folks. No one can say we didn't send the Monarch off in style!
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Royal Caribbean: 34, Carnival: 23, Bahamas Paradise Line: 3, Celebrity: 2, Premier: 1



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Coming Up:
Brilliance of the Seas, 3/16/17
Empress of the Seas, 5/11/17
Carnival Splendor, 9/14/17
Empress of the Seas, 10/21/17
#14
Davenport, FL
1,238 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Thanks for the update. Looking foreward for your review of the last cruise.

I wish I could have been on that last cruise but the prices were to expensive for me to go. Plus I had to work all weekend as we were busy with spring break crowd.

I took my last voyage on the Monarch during this past Christmas with my family. What great memories I have from that cruise and the 4 other times I sailed her since Dec 2009.
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2009 - HAL Ryndam; RCCL Monarch
2010 - RCCL Monarch(3), Freedom
2011 - RCCL Freedom, Navigator
2012 - CCL Destiny; NCL POA; RCCL Independence, Monarch
2013 - RCCL Enchantment, Oasis
2014 - RCCL Enchantment(2), Vision, Radiance, Independence
2015 - RCCL Enchantment, Independence, Serenade
2016 - RCCL Enchantment, Freedom, Oasis
#15
Ocala, Fl.
10,764 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Okay, so lets get started!

I'm not going to dwell a whole lot on the review portion of this cruise since Monarch is leaving and the information won't really be valid any longer.

My wife and I drove down the Port Canaveral the morning of the cruise. It's a two hour drive for us and we got to the port around 12:30pm. We used the cruise parking service at the Radisson Hotel. They are no longer allowing cruise guests to park at the main hotel. They've bought another lot directly accross the street.

Embarkation went very fast, we were on the ship within about 15 minutes after getting off the Radisson's parking shuttle. We found the ship to be in good condition. The only maintenance issue being the shattered window in the Schooner Bar. It's been that way for months now, I suppose they are waiting on her upcoming dry dock to fix it.





Our Cabin: 8020, Obstructed ocean view

The cabin was in good shape, with a newer flat screen TV. Our room steward kept it spotless and was very nice. The view was right between the two lifeboats.







#17
Ocala, Fl.
10,764 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
The Windjammer was in full swing the first day during lunch. We had a small meal there and also stopped by the roast beef sandwich station out by the pool after the muster drill.





I took some photos as I wandered the ship the first day:



Casino Royale


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#18
Long Island, NY
840 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
What a great experience!
I wonder how the staff were taking it, do they get moved to another ship?
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02/16/15 -Nassau, CocoCay (Cancelled), Key West (Cancelled) -Majesty of the Seas
08/18/13 -Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten -Allure of the Seas (Honeymoon!)
08/19/12 -Labadee, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, dodging Tropical Storm Isaac -Freedom of the Seas
08/19/11 -Juneau, Skagway, Victoria -Rhapsody of the Seas
08/23/10 - Key West, Nassau, CocoCay - Majesty of the Seas
08/01 -Scandinavia

07/95 - Nassau, Freeport -Carnival Fantasy


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#19
Ocala, Fl.
10,764 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by d4nigirl
What a great experience!
I wonder how the staff were taking it, do they get moved to another ship?
They all seemed to be in good spirits. About 60% are going on their vacations before starting new contracts on other ships. Some are still in their contracts and will be going to them within the next few days.
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Past Cruises:
Royal Caribbean: 34, Carnival: 23, Bahamas Paradise Line: 3, Celebrity: 2, Premier: 1



Ship Pictorial Links:
Allure of the Seas,Bahamas Celebration,Brilliance of the Seas,Carnival Destiny,Carnival Ecstasy,Carnival Fascination,Carnival Imagination,Carnival Inspiration,Carnival Legend,Carnival Liberty,Carnival Sensation,Carnival Sunshine,Carnival Paradise,Carnival Valor,Celebrity Century,Celebrity Constellation,Enchantment of the Seas,Freedom of the Seas,Grand Celebration,Independence of the Seas,Jewel of the Seas,Legend of the Seas,Majesty of the Seas,Monarch of the Seas,Oasis of the Seas,Radiance of the Seas,MSC Poesia,Norwegian Star,Vision of the Seas

Coming Up:
Brilliance of the Seas, 3/16/17
Empress of the Seas, 5/11/17
Carnival Splendor, 9/14/17
Empress of the Seas, 10/21/17