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Old August 29th, 2004, 07:21 PM
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I'm considering going on a 4 day cruise to Mexico out of LA on the Monarch in December. Can anyone give me pros and cons of cruise?

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Old August 29th, 2004, 08:42 PM
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The pros of a cruise are too many to list.

The only con that I remember is the last day when you realize that you have to get off in the morning.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 11:11 PM
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My family of 4 enjoyed the Monarch...we participated in many activities. The buffet lunch wasn't great but we did enjoy the dining room. We only explored Ensenada for a couple of hours and then returned to the ship. San Diego and Catalina were nice ports. We had 2 inside staterooms which were small but our room steward was wonderful as well as the dining room staff! For our 1st cruise, we thought the Monarch was an excellent intro to cruising.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 03:56 PM
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It is a nice ship, older but nice, we sailed her in '97, instead of the large windows, it was a port-hole, did not care for that.
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She's an older ship but the public areas got a major refurbishment last year. All round we enjoyed it, even the stop in Ensenada. The only con is the staterooms are on the small side. But you don't spend much time there anyways. Oh yeah, the breakfast in the dining room was pretty good, didn't care for the buffet eggs or coffee.


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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:57 PM
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ZH, I love all the port stops on the RCCL version of the 4-nighters.

Here is a link to the ship photos I took that are posted here:


Cabins are on small size, but the ship is easy to maneuver, and feels like a hotel. With the reduced rates in December, I think this is a great way to "try out" cruising.


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