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

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4 out of 5

We are now converted cruisers

Sail Date: April 01, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Ship was very clean and tidy with excellent staff. Every time we were off the ship we were surprised by how big it really was as it doesnt feel so big when you are on it. The whole experience is designed to make you spend money and not even realise you are doing it but if you are sensible and say no to everything they offer you then you will come away with some money left! with dinner you are offered a choice of coffees but they fail to tell you that coffee is not included for free and charge you for it.
It was great to have everything you need/want right on board and to wake up somewhere new each day! San Diego and Catalina island were amazing places but didnt really enjo Ensenada Mexico as every shop is identical and there is nothing to do there unless you do an excursion (we did Rhino 4x4 VERY fun)

Pros: Food and service

Cons: Small room, poor information

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

Ship Quality
very very clean and tidy and staterooms are cleaned and beds remade at least once a day. Layout is easy to understand and there are maps on every deck. Decor is very smart and up to date through out the ship
Food and Dining
Food was excellent. The main dining (we were sat in Claudes dining room) makes you feel like royalty, you have 2 waiters that go out of there way to make you happy. Food is amazing with a different menu every night and if you like you can order as many of each course as you liek (coupl on our table had multiple starters, mains and desserts every night just to be able to try everything!) The buffet in the windjammer cafe is also excellent and has a great range i could not belive how fresh and well cooked it all was. We didnt try the pizza or sushi restaurants but i heard they were also extremely good
Cabin / Stateroom
The rooms are tiny and its poor that you dont get what they show in brochures and on the website (picture of an Oceanview stateroom shows large room that you can walk round the bed and that has a sofa but in fact you cannot walk round the bed as it is tight to the room and there are no sofas in any of the rooms)
Also the windows on the ship are much smaller to the windows shown on all photos of the staterooms on Royal Carribeans website. On the first day there we found that the room had been laid out as 2 single beds one of which had a stain on the duvet. We were on our honeymoon so complanied and within an hour they had moved the beds and made us a lovely large double with clean bedding.
Location of our room (deck 4 middle of ship with oceanview) was perfect as it was on the main deck far enough from the casino and entertainment rooms. I would not like to be in the rooms near the theatre or just off from the main corridor (noisy). We got used to the small sized room quickly
Service and Staff
Everyone we met was very helpful and friendly. It would be easier for everyone if they gave full instructsions for where to go to disembark the ship each day especially on the final day as you get different instructions depending on who you ask! other that theses it was all great
There were 2 comedians on board. The first was great (best i have seen infact!) the second very por which you could tell by the lack of laughs and the amount of people (including us!) that left during his show. Dancing and singing on last night was great as was the scavenger hunt. The honeymooners night was a failure as they did t on the formalnight and hardly any honeymooners came (we only stayed 10mins as had to get to the meal)

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