Cruising With My Family To the Bahamas

Our Vacation On Royal Caribbean

We cruised on Monarch of the Seas one of Royal Caribbean's ships.
We cruised on Monarch of the Seas one of Royal Caribbean's ships.
Our first night at dinner we met Terry who lives in Florida. He has cruised over 98 times and gave us numerous ideas on how to cruise at cheaper rates.
Our first night at dinner we met Terry who lives in Florida. He has cruised over 98 times and gave us numerous ideas on how to cruise at cheaper rates.
Our head waiter who made sure that we had everything we needed during breakfast and dinner,
Our head waiter who made sure that we had everything we needed during breakfast and dinner,
First night at dinner on the ship. John Jeffrey served as our waiter. He was very attentive to our needs,
First night at dinner on the ship. John Jeffrey served as our waiter. He was very attentive to our needs,
Our daughters Wanisha and Jaleesa joined us for dinner on our family cruise.
Our daughters Wanisha and Jaleesa joined us for dinner on our family cruise.
The first dinner on the ship consisted of Sirloin Steak, baked potatoes and green beans.
The first dinner on the ship consisted of Sirloin Steak, baked potatoes and green beans.
After dinner we toured different levels of the ship to discover where things were located.
After dinner we toured different levels of the ship to discover where things were located.
Shelley served as coordinator of Karoake. The first night we also played a game where we had to guess 20 songs from the 70's. I won the contest.
Shelley served as coordinator of Karoake. The first night we also played a game where we had to guess 20 songs from the 70's. I won the contest.
The second day we spent at sea so my family chilled around the pool eating barbeque and drinking tequila sunrises.
The second day we spent at sea so my family chilled around the pool eating barbeque and drinking tequila sunrises.
We enjoyed music performed by the ship's band. while we enjoyed the sun, food and drinks around the pool.
We enjoyed music performed by the ship's band. while we enjoyed the sun, food and drinks around the pool.
The second night was the Captain's dinner. Walker had broiled lobster and filet mignon.
The second night was the Captain's dinner. Walker had broiled lobster and filet mignon.
On the second night I had the roasted duck, lobster bisque and a shrimp cocktail for dinner. The duck was perfectly cooked and delicious. For desert I had peach cobbler with ice cream.
On the second night I had the roasted duck, lobster bisque and a shrimp cocktail for dinner. The duck was perfectly cooked and delicious. For desert I had peach cobbler with ice cream.
My and daughters had the grilled salmon and shrimp ravioli. Our waiter John allowed them to have a second helping if they wanted.
My and daughters had the grilled salmon and shrimp ravioli. Our waiter John allowed them to have a second helping if they wanted.
After dinner each night we went to The Sound of Music Theater for broadway level performances that consisted of singing and dancing.
After dinner each night we went to The Sound of Music Theater for broadway level performances that consisted of singing and dancing.
During our boat tour we passed Oprah Winfrey's house in Nassau, Bahamas. Tom Cruises house was not far from her house.
During our boat tour we passed Oprah Winfrey's house in Nassau, Bahamas. Tom Cruises house was not far from her house.
Some of the fish we saw while on the underwater submarine on Wednesday.
Some of the fish we saw while on the underwater submarine on Wednesday.
During tour of Nassau, Bahamas we visited Queen Victoria's 66 steps often referred to as the Queen's staircase.
During tour of Nassau, Bahamas we visited Queen Victoria's 66 steps often referred to as the Queen's staircase.
Viscount Fincastle's fort on Bennett's Hill.
Viscount Fincastle's fort on Bennett's Hill.
 Walker and I ended our 3rd day with a Champayne Cruise of Nassau, Bahamas.
Walker and I ended our 3rd day with a Champayne Cruise of Nassau, Bahamas.
The sunset over was beautiful as we sailed and drank champayne and bahama momas.
The sunset over was beautiful as we sailed and drank champayne and bahama momas.
The sail was raised on the ship as customers viewed this process.
The sail was raised on the ship as customers viewed this process.
My husband Walker and daughters, Wanisha and Jaleesa play in the water at Cococay, Bahamas. Afterward we enjoyed a delicious Royal Caribbean barbeque on the island.
My husband Walker and daughters, Wanisha and Jaleesa play in the water at Cococay, Bahamas. Afterward we enjoyed a delicious Royal Caribbean barbeque on the island.
Corn on the cob, hotdogs, hamburgers, spareribs and a variety of salads were part of the barbeque on Cococay island in the Bahamas.
Corn on the cob, hotdogs, hamburgers, spareribs and a variety of salads were part of the barbeque on Cococay island in the Bahamas.
John Jefferey and Bronson Alfonso, served as our waiters. They both did an outsanding job making sure our dinners which consisted of Sirloin steaks, broiled lobster, chicken marsalla, golden roasted duck, shrimp ravioli and filet mignon.
John Jefferey and Bronson Alfonso, served as our waiters. They both did an outsanding job making sure our dinners which consisted of Sirloin steaks, broiled lobster, chicken marsalla, golden roasted duck, shrimp ravioli and filet mignon.
The last night before leaving our cruise, we got to thank the staff of Monarch of the Seas, for their outstanding job of taking care of our needs daily.
The last night before leaving our cruise, we got to thank the staff of Monarch of the Seas, for their outstanding job of taking care of our needs daily.
On the way home from our cruise, we stopped at South of the Border as a midway point during our drive back home from Florida.
On the way home from our cruise, we stopped at South of the Border as a midway point during our drive back home from Florida.
Statues of dinosaurs and other animals are displayed throughout the theme park of South of the Border.
Statues of dinosaurs and other animals are displayed throughout the theme park of South of the Border.
A statue of a camel was displayed in the gift shop at South of the Border.
A statue of a camel was displayed in the gift shop at South of the Border.

Relaxation, Good Food, Fun and Entertainment on Monarch of the Seas

Cruising with my family to Nassau, Bahamas was a vacation of pure gratification. Unfortunately, it had been at least six years since my family took advantage of a cruise. Finances impeded us from these titillating adventures. One night after our family Bible study, my daughter went online and discovered a reasonably priced five day/four night cruise, for less than $300 per person. Remnants of summer fast approached and we had not gathered for a family vacation. Each of us worked diligently on our secular jobs and tried to stay spiritually alert in our ministry. It was time to recreate in preparation for our new beginnings that would evolve during the month of September and onward. The family reunion had been scheduled toward the end of August in Tampa, Florida. Due to financial interest we wanted to combine our vacation with this major family event. Airfare was outrageous because our reunion was planned the same weekend of the Republican National Convention. We decided to rent a reasonably priced vehicle through my nephew Elliott Duren, rather than put a lot of wear and tear on our family car. For a mid-size chevrolet during the entire week, our total was a little over $250. Although the car remained parked in the lot where we boarded the cruise ship; Elliott advised us that this would be the best way to eleviate opening two different contracts from Enterprise Car Rental. The travel time was not that difficult because we had a total of four drivers which included our daughters, Wanisha and Jeleesa. We left mid-afternoon and arrived in North Carolina for dinner at our favorite southern restaurant, Cracker Barrel. It was crowded which did not bother us because we had an opportunity to sit lackadaisically on their porch and rock in those big rocking chairs. Our dinner included southern fried catfish, country ham, fried okra, spiced apples and other delectable items from the menu. We arrived safely for our reunion Saturday morning, after our gps directed us through back roads off the main highway; where big willow trees intertwined as we felt we were going through tunnels. The reunion was over on Sunday afternoon. On that Monday, we left early to go on our cruise. Swirls of wind and rain surrounded us as we left the hotel for our cruise.

Our Cruise on the Monarch of the Seas

After we checked in, there was the routine ritual of emergency guideline and instructions given during a demonstration. The ship left Port Canaveral, Florida before 5:00 p.m. Our dinner time was scheduled for 5:45 p.m. When we arrived at our table, we met our charismatic waiters, John Jeffrey from the Phillipines and Bronson Alfonso from India. People from all over the world either travelled or worked on cruise ships. That is why we chose to sit at a table for eight rather than one for four. This would give us an even greater opportunity to meet different people from other countries. We longed to meet people from various nations because our Bible baed teachings help us to understand that Almighty God wants us to worship with people of all nations based on Isaiah 2:2 where it states, ". . .all nations must stream," to the house of Jehovah. Our family first met Terry who sat our table. He was an interesting character who shared vital information with us. Terry discussed how he had been on more than 98 cruises. He had just come off a cruise the previous Friday and immediately did a turn around because of the great deals. Terry lived in Florida and he got the same cruise that we were on for $145. He enjoyed the good greetings from people all over the world along with the good food. During his travels, Terry has met people from numerous countries such as China, Germany, Trinidad, Mexico and Spain. He then reminded us about how we should turn off our cell phones because the roaming charges can be astronomical. Unfortunately, he learned the hard way while on one of his cruises. Terry expressed how he returned to a bill of more than $500 due to roaming charges. We appreciated that information and immediately turned our cell phones off. A mother who could not speak English along with her daughter from the Phillipines also sat at our table. We enjoyed our discussion with them. Individually, our succulent dishes included such things as sirloin steak, baked potatoes with sour cream, ceasar salad, lobster bisque and key lime pie for dessert. After dinner we met Shelley Stanislasis, who served as our attendant for games and karoake. We were now cruising toward the Bahamas and our first day at sea had been enjoyable.

Our Second and Third Day at Sea

The second day was spent at sea due to the weather. That gave our family the wonderful opportunity to sleep in and relax around the pool, eating pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw and sweet tea. By Wednesday, the third day of our cruise after breakfast we booked an excursion to view Nassau's island. Our tour guide discussed how, tourism was their main source of industry. He mentioned salt mines and 83% of the jobs in the Bahamas are associated with tourism. We were then shown the homes of such famous entertainers as Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise. Queen Victoria's Staircase and a fort built by Viscount Fincastle on Bennett Hill was also a feature of the tour. The straw market was also amazing with a variety of straw hats, creative artwork and beautiful clothing. We returned to Monarch of the Seas for lunch because we had a champayne cruise later that afternoon. This tour had been described as "magnificent." Our tour guide was correct. My husband Walker and I, went on this tour alone with about eight other couples. We sat on various parts of the boat as the wind blew briskly through my hair. We basked in the warmth of the sun, drinking champayne touring various parts of the island as the sunset. I was thankful to be alive because those sunsets proved that their was a creator greater and much more wiser than we are. We watched the sun go down with a beautiful haze that was simply unforgettable. Afterward, we joined our daughters for a production in the theater that demonstarted the talents of broadway in New York. The performances were stunning and exquisite. My husband and I realized, these are truly the times we must cherish as husband and wife. This had been an interesting day.

Thursday, the Fourth Day of Our Cruise

After a breakfast of eggs, bacon, oatmeal and french toast it was time to check out Cococay Island in the Bahamas. This was to be a day of fun and sun as well as the last tour of our cruise. My daughters NeNe and JoJo along with my husband Walker, played in the ravishing blue waters. The sun was a little intense so iced drinks enhanced our endurance. Hundreds of lounge chairs were maticulously placed throughout the beach which was not for purchase. We played vigorously in the crisp blue waters of Cococay as drinks arrived to refresh us. By noon time we enjoyed the aesthetic barbeque of spareribs, hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken and various pasta salads. After we baked in the sun, it was time to return to the ship for dinner and entertainment. We decided to have the surf and turf which consisted of filet mignon and broiled lobster which was absolutely delicious. I appreciated the fact that I could have what I wanted rather than go to a separate restaurant facility on the ship. My waiter John Jefferey had proven to be quitely capable of handling our desires for dinner although it was a little additional cost. After dinner, we attended our final broadway performance which featured the music of such artist as Beyonce, Whitney Houston and numerous other talented artist. We thanked the Monarch of the Seas' staff for their enduring support and hard work. Finally, it was time to end our trip with a final performance of karoake. I walked up to Shelley, the attendant for karoake and told her that I wanted to sing a song by Anita Baker that I could not sing. When I realized that, I started to improvise and Shelley so graciously helped me. This made it a memorable experience that I will never forget. Good job Royal Caribbean for making our vacation something we will always remember.

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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Wow - that experience with family on the Monarch of the Seas was enjoyable. Same thing when I went there on its 20 anniversary voyage last November, though the food could be a bit better (but it tasted good). Hope those are great memories!


angelladywriter 4 years ago

Thanks Talfonso,

We had a great time just being together as a family. Being on the cruise just made it even better. The food wasn't spectacular but I did appreciate the variety along with the service. Thanks again for your comment.

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