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Old March 31st, 2013, 12:39 PM
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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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Old March 31st, 2013, 01:11 PM
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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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Thanks for the report. I'm glad Monarch's last cruise for RCI is a good one
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I am very much looking forward to your photos of Monarch, the ship that got me hooked on cruising.
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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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After talking to you Friday night,I know you were having fun Enjoy the last night..
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Appreciate the update, send her off well
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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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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 !
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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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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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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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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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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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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.








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They were out of the shampoo for the shower dispensers, so they were putting these in the rooms
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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:



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What a great experience!
I wonder how the staff were taking it, do they get moved to another ship?
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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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The Schooner Bar is where we had our (unofficial) Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle. It was great to meet so many fellow CC'ers!







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