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Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 19, 2010
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Comedy show was good, bingo host very entertaining, and the Sail-Away party was excellent.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
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).

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
bathroom was quite tiny, stateroom was small but well kept. would have appreciated a larger TV.
3 out of 5
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
3 out of 5
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.

Pros: Excellent service

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

Recommends Monarch of the Seas? Yes!

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