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

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3 out of 5

I'd rate it a 7/10

Sail Date: October 22, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

My boyfriend and I took a 3 night-4day cruise to the Bahamas. It was his 24th birthday and the staff surprised us with a bottle of champagne and a whole cake on our bed. It was so nice!! What I liked most were the many activities on board. There were 6 different bars to go to, large pool, buffett breakfast, and rock climbing wall, rec center as well as a casino.

Pros: lots of food, many activities, loved the Bahamas!

Cons: long lines for food, room was tiny, dinner was mediocre

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) 221? No.

Ship Quality
Everything was always very clean and hallways and decks seemed to be well taken care of.
There was a lot to do on the ship. They had a comedy show for adults in the concert room which was awesome. They night club, bars, and hottub for adults only were wonderful. If you are wanting to meet people, these places would be where you'd want to hangout.
Service and Staff
Staff was always friendly. I didn't encounter any "above and beyond" except for the complimentary cake and champagne they brought.
Food and Dining
The staff was very friendly. The thing I didnt like was that after you had spent all of your money at the casino, and paid you seapass bill, you still had to tip your servers (state room attendent, assistant attendent, server, assistant server) so it was an additional $30-35 per person afterwards. The food in the main dining room was mediocre. For how many people they had on the cruise, you couldn't expect a 5 star meal-- it was more like a 6/10 dinner. The dining time we had was 8:30- the later time. The earlier time (5:30) would definately be for the seniors and families.
Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was so small. We had an interior room with no window and you could feel every rock and wave on the boat! We were in the middle of the ship as well. The beds were very comfortable, bathroom was decent except for that our toilet overflowed and it took maintenance about 30 mins to come and fix it. But you are hardly in your room anyway because there was soo much to do.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
DEFINATELY have a seapass card. All transactions are done on the island using your onboard credit account. It was nice to get to lay on the hammocks around the island, snorkle a little bit, and enjoy the view and relax.
Nassau, Bahamas
We rented scooters! It was a blast, although if you have NEVER ridden a scooter or driven one before, I would not recommend making this your first time. In the capital, people are crazy drivers and they drive on the left side of the road. It was awesome to see the different forts and culture. We tried conch fritters for the first time, and always ordered Kalik beer- it's a Bahamian beer and people are super friendly. Our scooter wouldn't start a couple times and people just offered to help us out, out of no where.

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