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

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3 out of 5

Good cruise

Sail Date: March 10, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

This is considered to be a smaller ship but the size is still good. We had a room on the fifth floor with a window. Go for the window. It's worth it to know if its day or night and the sights are beautiful. The staff was great and friendly. It was actually nice to see staff from all different countries of the world. Be careful to stay informed about ship time. We used our cell phones as alarm clocks but when we reached Mexico the time on the phone went to Mexico time and not ship time so we got up an hour after we were supppose to be off for an excursion. They don't tell you this on board. The food was wonderful. There was food all the time and you can always order room service if you don't feel like getting dressed up. Drinks are pricey. They charge an automatic 15% gratuity everytime you order so one drink is atleast 7 to 8$.
Regardless, we felt good about this cruise even if we paid more than most people we spoke to. I'm personally not a cruiser I'd rather be on land and have my own time to explore but I see the appeal and why people would like it so much. We were told that the Baja Mexico on the Monarch will only be running until October 2008 so if you're considering it, go soon.

Pros: The service was great. Everyone is super friendly.

Cons: We thought we got a super deal on this cruise until we got there and found out that most people paid half of what we paid. Can never win!

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) 221? Yes!

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Get off and walk downtown. Seaport Village is nice with small boutiques and cafes.
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Rent a golf cart for $40/hour and drive yourselves around. Better than paying $16/person for a tour.

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