4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Sail Date: April 14, 2008 Ship: Monarch of the Seas Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 9 years ago
We've been on a lot of cruises, and our standards may be getting a little high - but this was an older ship and some areas showed wear and tear. There weren't any of the fun features on board, except for the rock climbing wall.
So yes, we reommend this ship for first or second time cruisers, but not if you've been on more than 2.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
We had the Main Seating, and that was nice. Tablemates were great. The food was good, but nothing exceptional. Presentation was better, but generally the food reminded me of the kind of food you'd get at a convention or a nice company cafeteria. Also, the bacon was terrible - it was cooked correctly, it just had the oddest taste. (And I really love bacon...)
3 out of 5
In house staff entertainment was above average in the lounge. Guest singer was very good, but comedian was below average - both his family show and adult show were sub par. Just not that funny.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Very polite, very attentive, and very friendly - couldn't ask for more
3 out of 5
I liked the size of the ship, but never got used to the layout - this is probably due to it only being a five day cruise. The chairs in the Sound of Music lounge are awful. On the chairs where the bottoms flip up, the stops are so worn out that the front of the bottom cushion is way lower than the back of the bottom cushion, so it seems that you are constantly in danger of sliding off the seat. Such a little thing to fix, it seems a shame they haven't taken care of it. The carpet by the pool areas is also showing its age. I also hate the "flushless" urinals - they stink. Other than that, the ship was well maintained and very clean.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Let me start out by stating that we typically spend very little time in our stateroom, so the Stateroom Quality is not a huge concern for us. However, the stateroom seemed smaller than other ships we'd been on, and there was no place to store any toilet articles in the bathroom? Not even a shelf. The room was very clean and well maintained.
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