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

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4 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise May 7th -11th

Sail Date: May 07, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Not enough room in Entertainment & Activities section. Nassau was very expensive; the least expensive trip onboard was a trip to the beach for $39. You could take a taxi for $4.00 a person. We went on a 2 hour island tour with a vendor when we got off the ship for $25 a person. We saw a lot they took us over to the Atlantis hotel but there was not much you could see or do without having to pay extra money, it was $40 a person to walk thru the aquarium. The people in the straw market would not let you look at anything without trying to push you into buying anything you looked at. We finally just walked out and did not buy anything because the people were just too pushy. On the cruise we didn't find much the first two day. The night we were in Nassau and the last night on the ship there were so many activities you didnt know what to do. The shows were great but we had the most fun going to the love and marriage game show and the Quest. The Quest is a must see and if youre brave enough to participate it was so much fun. By the end of the nigh they had the men down to their underwear wearing a womens bra and caring a purse, then they all had to model and pose for the audience. After the show they had dancing on the pool deck and a late night buffet. We saw a lot of people winning large amount in the casino. If you plan I buying pictures I would say have as many pictures taken as you can so you have a lot of choices, I would hold off buying until the last night so you can choose the ones you like the best and the photo specials were very good. Overall, the cruise was wonderful and relaxing.

Pros: Coco Cay Need a cruise that spends two days on Coco Cay

Cons: Size of state room

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Two of us stayed in one room which was small, didnt know the blow dry was in one of the draws for two day. If you enjoy a soft bed, the beds were a little hard but still very comfortable. The linens and quality of bedding was very nice. The shower was very small; you need to use the glasses in the bathroom to add extra water to the toilet so they didnt clog as there was never enough water in them for everything to flush. Closets were very small had hard time fitting the one large duffel bag in clothes and getting the door to close.
Ship Quality
Ship fairly old ship (scheduled to retire), it was very nice. The pools were very small, and no one seemed to be watching the pool or Jacuzzi areas, as the Jacuzzi was always filled with very young children which made it very hard for adults to enjoy when no one under 18 should have been in them. Several adults had to holler at children who were jumping on top of people and splashing the elderly adults in the pool. The bingo area on the 8th floor was not marked when you got off the elevators so you did not know which way to go. Getting on and off the ship was wonderful no big lines or long waits getting on or off. Highly recommend taking your own luggage off yourself everyone was off within twenty minutes tops. If you have to use the rest room, use the ones in the main areas of the ship they are bigger than the ones in your state room.
Food and Dining
Food in the dining room was outstanding. Not a lot of people knew you could have more than one appetizer or desert, and you could add to your meal or change something if you did not want what came with it. I loved the salmon and would add shrimp or scallops to it the prime rib was the best. There were so many food options; we had the buffets for breakfast and lunch. Depending on what you like the food was very good, the hamburgers were very, very good. Lots of choices for both breakfast and lunch, not sure about diner as we ate in the dining room. There were always long lines for ice cream. We got one soda card as we do not drink a lot of soda but it was nice to have.
Service and Staff
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our steward was wonderful and our waiter Kukus was the best and all the rest of staff was wonderful always ready to help and answer all questions.

You have to get off on the Islands; Coco Cay was the best I could live there. Not sure where the people who say the water were rocky were sitting or swimming. But I highly recommend walking down the beach past the water play area and the kayaks, to Bear Foot Beach. Early in the morning the water is about waist high and by noon it is only above your ankles you could walk halfway out into the ocean and only be knee deep at low tide. The sand was pure white no rocks or shells a few star fish, the water was a clear aqua blue, one of the most beautiful blues in the world. We rented a beach mat for $12 and floated in the clear blue waters, we saw a few sting rays and some pretty fish and star fish. The lunch buffet on the island was great lots to eat. There was a lot to do, and there were games and music on Coco Cay.

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