Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

A decent cruise

Sail Date: September 25, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The quality of food offered in the main dinning room is similar to those you'd expect from an expensive restuarant on land. Even better is the fact that we were allowed to try as many items per sitting as we want. Each night we'd have multiple starters and deserts.

The staff is comprised of all ethnicity and nationality. Yet all strive to make your cruise the best. All was pleasant and helpful, even when they are not on duty.

Pros: All the food you can eat

Cons: small room on a small-ish ship

Ship Quality
Ship is clean but on the smaller side. You can feel the vibration of the engines even when you're on deck 11. The hall ways on the lower decks is a bit musty but given the age of the ship it is to be expected. The layout is also a bit inconvinient as we'd have to walk all the way to the front elevators from our room on deck 2 and then walk all the way back to the rear of the ship to reach the spa on deck 11.
Food and Dining
As mentioned, the quality of the food offered in the main dining room is great. Unfortunately the food from the buffet left much to be desired.

They also had a mid-night chocolate buffet that was just ok. The sculptures were great but the actual deserts was disappointing.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was small and we had to find room to fit our luguage. The width of the room is barely big enough to fit the queen bed (made from putting two single beds together) and a small walk way of about 2 feet. The bathroom's shower stall is so small that you can barely fit inside. At least our stateroom attendant is great in keeping it stocked with fresh towels. The TV is a small 13" with bad connection (local channels full of static).
Entertainment
The cruise offers a different show every night in addition to the usual entertainment (dueling pianos, bingo, etc). The spa was decent although the spa rooms are very small. The pools (2) and hot-tub (2) are small and very crowded. They did have a rock climbing wall that seemed very interesting although we didn't have a chance to try it out.
Service and Staff
Even though the staff came from different ethnicity and nationality, they all share the same strive to make your trip pleasant. The only complaint is that some times it is hard to understand what they were saying.
Ensenada, Mexico
There isn't a whole lot of things to do near the piers. The tours are ok but you'll probably have more fun on the ship.
Catalina Island, California
Everything is close to the piers. The only thing is that you have to use tenders to get to/from the ship. Since the tenders goes once everything 1/2 hour, you have to time things just right otherwise you end up waiting for the next one. We went horse back riding which was decent but the trails were dusty due to lack of rain. We also went snorkling which was good but you have to keep an eye out for those glass bottom boats otherwise you'll get run over by one.
Don't Miss: Shopping and seafood!
San Diego, California
There was supposedly a shopping area 2 blocks away from the piers which we did not go. Instead we went to Sea World. Sea World was great although you'll probably need more than a few hours to see all the shows they had available.
Don't Miss: Sea World's "Believe" Shamu show.


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