Farewell Monarch, March 29, 2013 (Part 2)

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Originally posted by Host Clarea
Guessing that they could have made your cruise with one azipod, but no way they would risk the TP with only one pod, so they had to cancel your cruise to get it fixed. What a huge disappointment. I hope you had your air with Air2Sea.
No. It was booked on my own using miles . I am not changing anything. Just trying to plan a land tour at the last minute. I have to kill 11 days before I fly out to Singapore. My flight and hotel in Singapore are non refundable, and although I haven't called my insurance company, most people in the Facebook group for this cruise are complaining that Insurance does not cover this because it was due to a mechanical failure.

While having my 50th birthday screwed up is a huge disappointment , others on my Cruise have it much worse. Two ladies were supposed to be getting married in one of the ports of call, and had about 18 friends and family going with them. There are also a lot of families with children who will be very disappointed. It has to be hard for the parents to explain to little kids why their vacation is cancelled

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So here I sit at home alone. DH and DS are in Florida visiting DD. I'm enduring my second day of thundersnow in 3 days. I wasn't invited to go along as I was reminded that since I had been on a cruise in January and February, that it was the boys turn to play. And it was my turn to stay home with the pets for a change. I don't think that should have anything to do with whether I see my DD or not.
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Hello, another post from an interloper (Monarch OTS last season but not last cruise).

I’m currently on Crystal Symphony’s World Cruise and just encountered Monarch twice, first in Colon and the next day in Cartagena. I hope you don’t mind but I like to keep a little bit of my ship in the picture.

We stayed ovenight in Colon and Monarc arrived the next morning:

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...archdocked.jpg

She was ahead of us as we were preparing to leave.

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...4/monarch1.jpg

As we passed she was holding her muster drill and left soon after us. Here’s a look back on our departure.

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...4/monarch6.jpg

I was in the terminal when Monarch arrived in Cartagena. On the way back I got a line of the 4 bows all lined up (Monarch, Eurodam, Symphony, and Regent Mariner.

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...8/04/4bows.jpg

The Eurodam left at 1PM and I got a better view from out ship after that.

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...4/monarch2.jpg

Both the Mariner and Monarch sailed about 7PM but the Monarch looked great in the last light of the day

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...4/dusk0421.jpg

It was dark by the time she sailed and she left all lit up:

http://morethangetaways.files.wordpr...4/monarch3.jpg

When I was in Cartagena last year Monarch was leaving on a transatlantic. It looks like for now she is staying on her 7-day cycle for at least the next year or so. Still going strong.

Roy
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I'm still hoping they bring back Monarch like they brought back Empress. Shoot, they could even bring back Sovereign too and have the entire Sovereign class do sailings for Cuba.
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rafinmd, thanks for the pictures and update. She still is looking good.
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I loved that photo of the Monarch at dusk - just beautiful
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Thanks for sharing the pics! We got to see her at GC last year, hopefully Pullmantur keeps her around for a while. Maybe long enough for RCI to bring her back home like the Empress!
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Originally posted by wolfcathorse
I'm still hoping they bring back Monarch like they brought back Empress. Shoot, they could even bring back Sovereign too and have the entire Sovereign class do sailings for Cuba.
Works for me! I keep hoping that someday RCI will figure out that not everyone wants the mega-ship experience, at least not all the time. I think they've been too quick to sell off the older and smaller tonnage. If only they'd build us a few more Radiance Class ships.....
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Originally posted by DarthGrady
... If only they'd build us a few more Radiance Class ships.....
I don't think that will every happen under the RC name. They are totally committed to the profits that come from the economy of scale of 4K+ passenger ships.
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I'd love more Radiance class as well, especially some with working azipods. Lol

I doubt they'll ever build more that size though. At some point the rest of the Vision class, and Radiance class will be sold and well be left with nothing but mega ships. Maybe by then I'll be retired and can afford Seabourn or Silversea for a small ship experience

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Originally posted by Host Clarea
I don't think that will every happen under the RC name. They are totally committed to the profits that come from the economy of scale of 4K+ passenger ships.
Ah, the dreaded economy of scale!

I guess it's inevitable in the hospitality/travel industry. The cruise lines will become just like the land resorts. Our choices will eventually be the cheaper gigantic, generic experiences or the smaller expensive boutique options.

Those of us who got to experience the pleasant days (I'd say the late 90s into the mid 2010s) of low prices AND smaller ships will have the hardest time acclimating.
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