Day MOS1, Monday, December 10, Board Monarch of th

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When I woke about 5:30 it was quite foggy. I had hoped to watch the
Monarch come into Port Canaveral, but it arrived earlier than I expected
and also there was quite a heavy fog. I left the hotel around 10,
dropped my bags off at the pier, and took a walk in Cocoa. It was just
after noon when I turned in my rental car and made my way to the pier.
It was about 1 when I completed checkin and was surprised to learn that
the rooms were ready, it seems like my past experience has been around
2. The Windjammer Cafe was crowded for lunch, but there was sufficient room and good
food. After an afternoon of unpacking and exploring ship, my steward
Michael knocked on my door and told me it was time to leave for the
muster drill. The drill seemed to have a bit of a split personality. It
seemed we were expected to be organized on deck ahead of time but when
the alarm sounded the announcement was "now proceed to your muster
station". It seemed like most of the room stewards got their people to
the drill ahead of time, but there were several room numbers read of
missing people, and they were all within a couple of narrow ranges of
room numbers.
Captain Kjell Nordmo had us pulling away from the slip around 4:25. I
stayed out on deck as we pulled out the inlet past Jetty park and
cleared the breakwater about 4:50. I am at a 10-top for my early dinner, we had 9 show up the first night, quite impressive.  Most of us are solos with one couple and a mother/daughter mixed in.  One of my tablemates is a docent at Bok Tower Gardens.  Oliver’s service was quite efficient and we enjoyed a leisurely desert but still had free time before the single 9:45 welcome aboard show with comedian Tom McTigue.  I did not really sleep well Sunday night and my having a bit of trouble staying awake was not Tom’s fault.

Today’s parting shot will be the Monarch itself.  I wanted to sail her before she leaves the fleet, and the only real down side for me is the short, repeating itineraries.  It seems in really good shape, the primary negative I saw from the point of it’s age was the small windows and sparse verandahs.  I think the ship will be a real asset to the new owners.

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