Amazing cruise for 10 yr old and mom/dad

Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 17, 2009
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago

The ship was clean, well maintained despite having a few years on her, and amply stocked with great food and attentive staff. The pools on board were fantastic and the childcare was also great (my son's favorite part of the trip, i suspect, was hanging out with other ten year olds in the "adventurer's lounge"). Casino is small, but friendly with dealers and croupiers giving advice on the best way to piece of the ship is the Compass Lounge, which offers a 360-degree view around the ship from the top deck.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great food either at the a la carte dining, or at the fancy dining room....we did both and loved it!


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I needed to make a ship-to-shore call to confirm travel arrangements post-cruise; one word to the guest services desk and that was taken care of. Though without that, the cost would have been $7.50 a minute. Internet rates are exorbitant as well, at .55 per minute.....Once you get on the ship you are effectively (unless you want to spend another fortune) cut off from the world, which is pretty cool even if you're a stock trader like myself.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
size was what one would expect on a ship; my wife and I slept on a lower queen size matress while our son was happy as a clam (so to speak) in the upper, pull-down berth. The shower is fairly interesting, as it's only about two feet by two feet (if that), but it's an experience all the same!
3 out of 5
The water was clear and there were many sites to see, including a sunken ship and a plane wreck that you can snorkel to. Main drawback was that there were plenty of jellyfish to swim around in the harbor of cococay. Bar-B-Q was pretty swell as well, though we were so busy snorkeling that we missed most of that.
Don't Miss: snorkeling around the wrecks in the harbor
1 out of 5
The port is located next to the most tourist-oriented part of town. I've never been a big fan of Nassau, so it was pretty much as I expected. We walked around a little bit, bought some t-shirts and a cohiba cigar and stepped back into the ship for swims in the salt water pools.
Don't Miss: not really much of a port of call, though hanging out on the ship while it was docked was okay

Pros: the dining, the salt water pools onboard and even the casino were fantastic

Cons: the only bad part was that the ship's main dining room is located so you feel the ship's motion.

Recommends Monarch of the Seas? Yes!

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