Decent cruise for the money
Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Our materials said not to arrive at Port Canveral before 1:30. Our hotel told us you can get on much earlier. Most of the people seemed to be aboard by 1:30 and our room was available at 1:00. (One of the staff said they say 1:30 in case there is a surprise inspection or something.)
Port Canaveral is a great port, easy to find, great parking. Getting on and off the ship there went very smoothly,
The weather was sunny but cool and windy (early March). No one was in the pool. We couldn't go to the private island because it was too rough for the tenders. They had other activities to fill the time.
Food and entertainment were good, but not as good as I remember. Waiters were very accomodating for those who wanted extra appetizers or desserts. They made recommendations as to what to order and avoid --these were good suggestions except the steak on two days was too tough to cut with a steak knife.
The cruise material we had prior to the trip made it sound like getting wine was a hassle. Our waiters said if we ordered a bottle and didn't finish it we could leave it for the next night or take it to the room. The wine list was extensive.
There was adequate storage space in the stateroom. A couple nights when we returned to the room, the stateroom attendant had made animals out of towels--very cute.
In Nassau we took a $3 water taxi to Altantis. There are "tour guides" on the water taxis suggesting where to go--good suggestions.
Overall, a decent time!
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff
Cons: The weather ;-(