Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Mexico

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Cruise to San Diego, Catalina, Ensenada

Sail Date: January 07, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

Check in was fast and efficent. We boarded at noon and were having lunch by 12:30pm. Our luggage was there when we went to our room by 2:00pm. Cabin space is cramped but managable. Bring a strip plug for all your chargers. The bed was small and they only give you one pillow. But who stays in their cabin for long? The entertainment was the same as all cruises. The sexy legs contest was fun. Getting on and off the ship was easy..just need your Seapass and a government Photo ID to get back on. A variety of excursions at each port are offered. We went on the San Diego Tour of the City. Our driver was Richard and he was very entertaining. We just walked around in Catalina. I fed the pigeons and strolled along the main drag. It is a quaint, touristy town. In Ensenada, we boarded a bus to the vineyards. Driving time was about 45 minutes and we were taken to 2 wineries. They were very clean facilities and the wine was very good. The food on the cruise was nicely presented. Some dishes were good and some were not. If I did not like my choice, the waiter would bring me something else. The servers were extremely nice. The midnight Chocolate Lover's Buffet and Ice Sculptures were nicely done. It was a nice vacation and very inexpensive. I enjoyed myself immensely since I did not have to cook, clean or do laundry. I paid a total of $211.00 for 5 Days/4 Night cruise plus $39.00 for tipping, $70.00 for 2 excursions and $48.00 for parking. In my book that is a bargain! I won't say how much I lost in the Casino. All I will say is that the machines are so tight they squeak. If you gamble...I recommend the tables. You must be out of your cabin by 8:00am the last morning. While having our breakfast in the dining room, our departure color was called. It took 10 minutes to get through customs and 5 more minutes to get to our car in the parking lot. A very smooth process.

Pros: The Staff and Crew

Cons: Uncomfortable Bed

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ensenada, Mexico
Took the winery tour. If you like to taste lots of wine...take this tour.
Catalina Island, California
Relaxing to walk along the main drag.
Don't Miss: Glass Bottom Boat (I did this on a previous visit)
San Diego, California
Learn about the history of San Diego by Old Town Trolley Tours. Hop on and off at designated stops.
Don't Miss: Old Town San Diego. Eat lunch there...authentic Mexican food at all restaurants there.
Catalina Island, California
Relaxing to walk along the main drag.
Don't Miss: Glass Bottom Boat (I did this on a previous visit)
Ensenada, Mexico
Took the winery tour. If you like to taste lots of wine...take this tour.
San Diego, California
Learn about the history of San Diego by Old Town Trolley Tours. Hop on and off at designated stops.
Don't Miss: Old Town San Diego. Eat lunch there...authentic Mexican food at all restaurants there.


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