Wait till after they renovate this ship!
Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: January 31, 2011
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This ship is going into drydock in the spring. After that happens it should be much cleaner and they should have the plumbing situation under control.
The majority of the crew was fabulous. Friendly, willing to help- often greeting me as I walked by even if I didn't initiate a conversation. They really went out of their way to anticipate needs and meet them. They also seemed happy. They seemed to work well together and often were singing while doing their work. Nice.
I have cruised many times but this is my first (and probably my last) with RCI. The ship is still taking reservations until dry dock several months from now and it is dirty-- really dirty--and very worn. In fairness it is their oldest ship and one cannot expect everything to appear new, but clean is possible. Quite frankly I don't think "old" is synonymous with" filth".
Specific examples: Dishwasher doesn't appear to be working well and I had plates with food still on them and a coffee cup with lipstick on it (I don't wear iipstick), floors in the public area bathrooms were not well cleaned- I don't mean it wasn't mopped, I am talking about grime that has built up over time-, my cabin ceiling was covered with marks and soil, the bathroom floor and shower floor in my cabin were really dirty- down in the "grain" of the flooring. This is probably due to plumbing problems since I often found the shower stall covered with wastewater that would sit for long periods of time- making the it unusable. I was told there were nice showers in the fitness area. Wastewater also leaked into the hallways and the carpet was wet. Carpets in common areas are covered with stains throughout the ship. Tables in the Windjammer were often left with food on them- they were bussed but not wiped down on many occasions. Lawn chairs were broken and very soiled. I could go on but you can get the picture.
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Don't Miss: Don't take your kids to the restaruant at the dock near the straw market. The cute frog is not meant for children. It is more like spring break on steroids! Great place for adults to party.
Pros: The crew on this ship were the best I have ever experienced. Embarkation and Debarkation were quick, efficient..
Cons: Ship is not clean. Dishwasher doesn't appear to be working well, Serious plumbing problems.