Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: September 08, 2008
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryThe price of this cruise was so low it's probably unfair to complain, but here I go. Out of the four nights on the ship we ate in the main dining room twice. The first night the New York strip steak was tough and too rare. They brought another one and it was no better. On the second night I ordered Sea Bass and it was mediocre. The buffet was actually better than the main dining room., so we ate Mexican food on the third night, including empanadas (which really aren't Mexican) and they were excellent. We decided to go for Sushi the last night which was extra cost, and it was worth it! We ordered California Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Mexican Rolls, along with Cucumber Salad and Plum Wine. It was all terrific. And the ambience was perfect--quiet with classy Japanese backgound music.
We enjoyed meeting and talking with staff. On our last cruise--NCL--the staff was too busy having fun with each other. I guess that is because they are all Americans. This staff was very focused on service and friendliness and it showed.
It took several hours to leave the ship and seemed organized for a small ship, not a cruise ship. I would challenge them to find ways to improve that process. There are certainly opportunities for improvement.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
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Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Wine Country Tour.
Don't Miss: Just walking the streets and stores.
Don't Miss: The trolley, which costs $5 for a day pass and can get you to a lot of places, but not all.
Pros: Best buffet, great staff
Cons: So-so main dining room, poor disembarkation