Veteran cruisers trying new cruise liner
Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: November 09, 2012
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryMy wife and I are veteran cruisers and normally only go through another cruise liner. We wanted to see what other cruise liners offered and this great deal for a long weekend getaway came up and we jumped at the opportunity.
When we booked our cruise, we knew the ship was pretty old (compared to most other ships). Knowing this, we didn't have the highest of expectations for the quality on the ship. But we still figured that we could see how the staff works, the quality of the food, cleanliness of the ship, staterooms, and the level of entertainment and activities offered.
The cleaning staff did a great job in keeping the ship clean and organized. However, as with all older ships, they come with a musty odor to them. This was noticeable only on the first day, which we attributed to just getting used to it.
The quality of shows and activities met our expectations (our personal favorite was the comedian), and the casino offered a fair amount of games. One suggestion would be to either add a second craps table, and/or offer a craps-less table (all numbers except 7 can be played).
The main dining room was by far the best portion of the ship. I would rate the food a 4 out of 5 in quality, or the equivalent of a $40/person restaurant. The wait staff that we had was the best that we have ever had on a cruise. Our glasses were never less than half empty and we never left hungry. The best part was their personalities. There were times when our stomachs hurt from laughing so much.
The buffet and pizza stand however, left something to be desired. The quality of food in these areas was not very good. Breakfast was tolerable, but lunch was not. The pizza stand was literally like eating ketchup on cardboard. And the hamburgers at the buffet looked (and tasted) like the crappy fake meat burgers served at public schools. My wife and I literally skipped meals or paid to eat on the island so we wouldnt have to eat at them.
Bottom line, we couldnt
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Main dining hall and price
Cons: Buffet & pizza stand food