Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Mexico

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5 out of 5

Great Time !

Sail Date: December 22, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Room Type: Oceanview

Just wanted to say thanks.

It was kind of a tough year for us, so when my daughter stated her preference to go away for the holidays, I could not refuse. Our initial intent was to vacation in Hawaii or New York. We did some price comparisons and for some reason, decided to compare prices to the cost of a cruise. Wow! I couldnt believe it. The price you folks quoted, which included both the air fair and cruise was less then just the air fair to our original target destination. We had no choice, and just based on economics, decided to take the cruise.

The process of getting on the ship was extremely slow, but once we were beyond that, everything else was wonderful. Funny enough, we decided not to take any of the excursions at the various ports, and just decide what to do when we got there.
We walked around Catalina on our own, which was nice, but decided to eat on the ship.
Remember, the food is included in the cost of the cruise, so we wanted to take advantage of that, and it is pretty good food at that.

We also stopped at San Diego and again, we decided to do things on our own, so we caught a cab and for $6.00, went to the one of the shopping areas, walked around again, and visited a local sports bar and watched the 49er game. Oh by the way; the ship had several lounges with large screens, broadcasting ESPN, but the 49er game wasnt on ESPN that day.

The last port of call was Ensenada and again, we decided to stay on the boat. OK, so why would we do that? Well, we had been to Ensenada in the past, and to be honest, the ship has so much to offer, we wanted to take advantage of everything that was taking place on board. Other then the staterooms being small, its Las Vegas, or a plush resort on a ship. There is something for everyone. You can eat all day long; relax by the pool, while listening to the band play. You can read in the library, work-out in the gym, take a dance class, rock climb, play basketball, go to the spa, get a massage, get your hair done, and a million things for both men, women and or families. I just cant remember them all. In the evenings, there is a feature show each night, comedy, magic show, and high-energy musical shows, etc.

At around 10:00pm, they did something like game shows in which they had audience participation. It was hilarious. At 11:30pm, we attended something called dualing pianos, which turned out to be one of our favorite late night activities. You have the other options, like hitting some of the other nightclubs on board too. The list is endless.
Most people I know really enjoy cruises, but for a first time cruiser, Id recommend a short 3 day cruise, just to make sure you really like it. If you dont, you wont be stuck, and if you love them, as we do, you can book a longer cruise for your next vacation.
The cruise is good for everyone, regardless of age, race, religion and marital status. They cruise lines are very good about respecting everyone and providing activities for all.


Thanks

Pros: Having many choices; relax, read, play, eat, music, shows, dancing, gambling, etc.

Cons: the boarding process

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

San Diego, California
San Diego was great. We've been there before, so visisted a local sports bar to watch a 49er game.
Catalina Island, California
Very nice place, but we enjoyed being on board ship more so then then the Island.
Catalina Island, California
Very nice place, but we enjoyed being on board ship more so then then the Island.
San Diego, California
San Diego was great. We've been there before, so visisted a local sports bar to watch a 49er game.


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