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

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Short and sweet

Sail Date: July 19, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Was a nice trip and itinerary for this ship -- the distance and 4-day duration of the cruise made for smooth sailing. My first-time cruising teenagers liked the boat, but wished for a few more amenities found on newer/larger ships. A number of long lines for key services (pool towel return, midnight buffet, guest services desk) wasted too much time. Excellent dinner service and friendly staff compensate for average facilities.

Pros: Excellent service

Cons: Dated amenities, not-so-great weather, long lines for key services

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

Ship Quality
Ship was well cleaned, and all areas were reasonably accessible. Elevators were insufficient to meet demand during peak times, and too many activities in the Centrum area (pictures, seminars, games) impeded access to the principal stairs for entry to the lower dining room.
Food and Dining
Breakfast/dinner was generally quite good with a variety of choices. Midnight buffet was quite good as well. many other choices, including lunch on Coco Cay was too limited, and they exceeded their quota of hamburger/hotdogs as food choices.
Comedy show was good, bingo host very entertaining, and the Sail-Away party was excellent.
Children's Programs
For what few they had for teens, the programs were good -- just needed a few more options and more room (a large tour group of teens stretched the teen facilities to the max).
Cabin / Stateroom
bathroom was quite tiny, stateroom was small but well kept. would have appreciated a larger TV.
Service and Staff
Some of the best dining staff I've experienced on any cruise. When there was a slight snafu on a special-order steak for dinner, the Head Waiter went above and beyond to make it right.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Poor weather (high winds) cancelled many excursions, and made the beaches difficult to tolerate. Would have liked to see more free options for children, instead of having to pay just to enter a waterslide or a water trampoline.
Don't Miss: parasailing
Nassau, Bahamas
High winds made any water or beach activity problematic. The Dig/Atlantis is a better-than-average aquarium, and the Predator pool was nice, but in general Atlantis is overpriced. Would have liked to try the Aquaventure, but it sold out early.

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