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

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7+ cruises


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1 out of 5

Messed up ship

Sail Date: July 09, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Old and not maintained. Definitely not like typical Royal Caribbean fleet; nonchalant upper management and security-\"anything goes\" vibe.

Pros: Our dinner table friends and stateroom service

Cons: Everything else

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

Ship Quality
If I had not booked this cruise myself\, I would doubt it was a Royal Caribbean ship.
Food and Dining
Awful. Having cruised 9 times prior with Royal Caribbean\, the food on Monarch was less than acceptable. When I got home and cooked dinner that evening\, my daughter told me \"mommy\, this is a million times better than the Monarch's food.\" I am not a chef\, by all means. I expected more from the Monarch\, as did my husband and 10-year-old daughter.
Cabin / Stateroom
Scratched up furniture\, rusted panels everywhere in the bathroom\, awful sewage smell all of the time\, leaky shower fixtures\, 13\" old tv with hardly no volume even though it was set as high as it would go\, smelly carpet\, no safe\, rusted window.
Service and Staff
The only two staff members that went above and beyond for us without prompting was Brian Carvalho\, our stateroom attendant and Waylon Whyte\, Bar Service. All others we encountered barely did the minimum for us.
Shows were awful\, at best. However\, Erkey from Turkey was very entertaining.
Children's Programs
Adventure Ocean was utterly phenomenal.

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