I took the 4 day sailing of the Monarch of the Seas from Port Canaveral in December 2009. I considered this my Christmas Cruise. This was the first time that I sailed with Royal Carribean and the first time I sailed out of Port Canaveral. Since I live only an hour away from the Port, this cruise was a perfect choice for me.
Embarkation was a breeze. I got to the port around 1230 and was onboard by 1330. I even had enough time to run back to the car because I forgot something.
I stayed on the 7th in an oceanview room. The room was small (compared to HAL), but I knew that going in because of it being and older ship. I thought that the room was a perfect size for a solo traveler like myself. The one problem I had with the cabin was the small TV. They really need to upgrade the TV and add a DVD player as well.
I thought that the public areas were well thought out and easy to find for a first timer. There was plenty of space on the Lido deck and above where you did not feel crowded on sea days. The Casino was big and had slots and tables. I did both the slots and blackjack and did not do well.
I had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and all of my Dinners in the dining room. I thought that the food was fantastic
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES
I attended every stage show at the theater and thought that it was fantastic. The comedian that they had was also very good. I would like to thank Drew Devine the best cruise director that I have seen. I recommend the Quest game show and the viewing of the Love and Marraige game as well.
PORTS OF CALL
At both Ports (Coco Cay and Nassaha) I mainly walked around and went back to the ship. I did that to see what I wanted to do next time I went on the cruise
When we arrived back at Port Canaveral I took the latest debarkation time so that way I can relax and have a good breakfast in the Windjammer without having to hurry off the ship. From the time of starting to debark and getting to the car was less than an hour
Overall experience was fantastic and I would take this cruise again. In fact I will be in May 2010