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

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2-3 cruises

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3 out of 5

A Great Time!

Sail Date: November 26, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our second time on the Monarch, and will be our last before she moves to another company in April 2013. As before, we had a great time, enjoying all that the ship and the ports had to offer. The staff is absolutely top-notch, and much to our amazement, two of the staff members actually remembered us from our last cruise, a full year earlier!

Pros: The amazing service

Recommends Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ship Quality
As the smallest in RCCL's line\, the Monarch offers a home-like atmosphere\, allowing you to see and experience everything without feeling like you've been rushed about. While we had a slight sewer odor in our cabin hallway\, the staff worked diligently to fix it through the entire cruise\, and it did not overwhelm anyone. Everything was kept clean and sparkling.
Food and Dining
As always\, the food couldn't be better! The variety was substantial\, and regardless of what our palettes were in the mood for\, we were able to obtain it. We were able to have appetizers for desserts (read: incredible fruit soups!)\, breakfast plates made available for cruisers at dinnertime\, and we all were left feeling like every person on the ship was royalty.
Cabin / Stateroom
Monarch launched in 1991\, so even with her 2011 dry dock for refurbishing\, there is only so much that can be done with a 20-year-old ship. The cabins are what you expect on ships her size\, which is to say very intimate. You don't book a room with someone you don't care much for! We had an Oceanview room on both trips\, and I can honestly say that there really isn't a bad cabin on the Monarch. She's small enough that there are MORE than enough beautiful views to be had.
Service and Staff
There isn't a less-than-friendly staff member on this vessel. They will bend over backwards to ensure that you are happy with every aspect of your stay onboard. As an example\, when we went into the dining room for our scheduled seating\, we passed one of the before-mentioned staff members that remembered us. After greeting us (by NAME\, no less!)\, we went on to be seated at another server's table. At the end of our meal\, we got to talking with our previous server\, and I made comment that I would love to be seated at one of his tables. The server in charge of the table we were at immediately went to the head waiter and told him of my wish\, and within moments\, we were set up to spend the rest of our on-board meals at the table of our request! We ended up sitting with two other couples\, and not one of the six of us could find a single fault with any of the amazing staff at the end of our trip. Our stateroom attendant was on top of our requests almost before we realized we needed it!
Entertainment
There are simply more activities than can possible be taken advantage of on board with the time constraints of a four-day cruise! We enjoyed comedy\, took advantage of learning opportunities for shopping\, making towel animals\, how to make sushi from legitimate Japanese sushi masters\, etc. It was a blast!!


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