Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) 221 Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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3 out of 5

A Relaxing 4-Night Get-Away

Sail Date: July 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Having never gone on a cruise, my husband and I decided to "test the waters" so to speak, with a 4 night cruise. My fears of seasickness, boredom, etc. were unfounded. We easily could have stayed another few nights and are already thinking about our next cruise with our teenaged daughter. I like the variety of people that gravitate to Royal Caribean: young, middle-aged, older -- and people from all parts of the country representing a good mix of black, white, Hispanic, Asian and more!

Pros: Attentive Staff, Relaxing Trip ... and Fun!

Cons: The smokers' deck -- but I guess the ship accommodates all people

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

Cabin / Stateroom
We opted for a larger room -- #9010 -- with a partially obstructed view (to keep down costs.) It was great! Spacious, comfortable -- and a wonderful view of the sea.
Service and Staff
The staff -- particuarly the dining room staff and our steward, Ruben-- was incredibly attentive. Captain Karin from Norway, the only female captain in the fleet, was gracious and competent. (As an FYI, I did resent the boat's shopping consultant, who apparently has an interest in Nassau's Diamonds International: a shop you may want to google for client reviews, before buying anything there.....)
Ship Quality
While not new, Monarch is nice looking and well maintained.
Food and Dining
The food was fine: not wonderful, gourmet fare, but tasty, decent and varied (though I suggest you avoid the salmon and grilled chicken on the regular menu.) We had dinner in Claude's and b'fast & lunch in the Windjammer, the ship's help-yourself buffet. One morning, we decided to try the dining room for b'fast, and quickly realized the Windjammer is a better choice.
Cruise director Jimmy Rhodes had a lively staff of entertainers who oversaw a variety of activities. The comedians were funny. The singers/dancers were typical of what one would expect on a ship, with the exception of Kiki, a talented woman who should be on Broadway.

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