Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Mexico

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4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Great value

Sail Date: September 08, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The 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.

Pros: Best buffet, great staff

Cons: So-so main dining room, poor disembarkation

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Again, the decor was a little dated, but no complaints factoring in the price. It was clean and the housekeeper was excellent.
Service and Staff
The contrast with the American staff on NCL was significant. Several of them took the time to answer questions about their country and about themselves. Daria from Russia was especially sweet and fun to meet. They were all attentive and helpful.
Entertainment
Johnny O' was good, but entertainment is such a subjective thing it is hard to please everyone. We only enjoyed one night in "Sound of Music". The best entertainment was watching people "learning" to line dance. Several of them just couldn't get it and provided us with lot's of laughs.
Food and Dining
As mentioned above the quality of the meats was lacking. From our experience and comments from others around us that seemed to be the norm. The soups were interesting and very tasty.
Ship Quality
Obviously a remodel is in order, but considering the price of the cruise I won't complain.
San Diego, California
We visited friends so this was hard to rate for other people. We rode the trolley which is an excellent way to get around. It is a great city.
Don't Miss: The trolley, which costs $5 for a day pass and can get you to a lot of places, but not all.
Ensenada, Mexico
The Wine Country Tour was the best value and a good way to experience a part of Mexico most of us don't know exists.
Don't Miss: Wine Country Tour.
Catalina Island, California
Plenty to do for one day. Once you have been there you have seen it.
Don't Miss: Just walking the streets and stores.


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