Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) 221 Cruise Review to Mexico

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

A short vacation..

Sail Date: May 01, 2006

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Overall the ship was clean. Our stateroom was clean and any public use restrooms were kept tidy. Food was above average and cooked to our tastes. The staff we dealt with were friendly and attententive.

We enjoyed the ports of call for the most part and found that there was much to do. We did not enjoy Ensenada. The excursions offered were limited and we decided to explore on our own. The shopping district (which was the shopping district that everyone on the excursions were taken to) was redundant in its shops. The people of Ensenada were every 30 ft on the sidewalk trying to sell their wares. My husband and I went into town for lunch and made the mistake of sitting outside. We were approached about every 5 minutes from someone trying to sell something.

Pros: The Fitness Center

Cons: The Pool

Food and Dining
The food was good but not spectacular. The Chef's choice entrees were generally good and the selection was plentiful.

Our seating time was nice but we were only in the same restuarant for dinner. There were 2 main restaurants on board but the theme was the same so that you didn't have to rotate. I thought they could have done that differently.
Cabin / Stateroom
One bed was soft and the other was hard but we thought it kept changing. Couldn't quite figure it out. There wasn't a lot of decor. Its not a hotel room, so yes its small but for only being in the room to sleep and shower, it was adequate.
Activities on the ship were pretty average. Dancing lessons were usually only offered once and at a time we couldn't take them. Excursions for ports of call were pretty varied except for Ensenada.
Service and Staff
We didn't have any issues with our ship staff. They were all friendly and welcoming. The Cruise Director was hilarious. Our waitstaff was attentive. But no one went above and beyond for us.
Ship Quality
The ship was 15 years old and while things weren't falling from the ceiling in disrepair, you could often feel the rolls, which I haven't felt on newer ships.

Areas were clean. The public restrooms were kept neat. The bars were also clean.
Catalina Island, California
Best restuarant was Armstrong's Seafood. The candy factory on Catalina was pretty neat but most of the shops are very touristy.
Don't Miss: Kayaking along the coast
San Diego, California
San Diego was pretty nice. The bus left from the ship on time and came back early, but left on time.
Don't Miss: Seaworld
Ensenada, Mexico

Don't Miss: Stay on the boat

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