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Old February 23rd, 2005, 07:12 PM
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Hello all....hubby & I purchased a discount cruise voucher when we were recently at the Pomona County Fair in Los Angeles. We're booked on the Monarch of the Seas for August of this year. We used to be die-hard Carnival cruisers because they were the only cruiseline with a 100% non-smoking ship (the Paradise). Now that the Paradise has gone the route of all stinky ships, we decided it was time for a change!

Can anyone tell me anything about the Monarch? Good, bad or indifferent? Even so, I figure any cruise is a good cruise!

Thanks in advance....

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Old February 24th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Wow, no one has been on the Monarch? Now I'm getting curious....

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Old February 24th, 2005, 09:39 AM
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My dh & I sailed on Monarch 2 years ago. It's a nice ship, smaller than the big ones that many cruise lines are releasing lately, but it's clean and the staff is friendly and such. I think that you'll find that the night life isn't what it is on a Carnival ship, but the food and service are way better than on Carnvial. We just sailed on Carnival's Glory, after sailing on Royal Caribbean for years -- just thought we'd try another cruise line to make sure that we weren't missing out on anything -- and we found out that we weren't missing out on anything. Royal Caribbean has a friendly staff, the service is absolutely wonderful and the food is outstanding.

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We've been on the Monarch, but it was so long ago that I thought you'd get lots of more recent opinions. Just so you don't feel lonely here, I will tell you that we had a fabulous cruise on her - but then we always have had a really great time on RCI. Maybe it'll be even nicer than some of the newer ships because it may have been refurbishes recently. Have a wonderful time!
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Old February 24th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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I was on the Monarch in September 2004 and it was nice. Smaller than the other ships but I enjoyed my cruise. The staff was wonderful and the food was great. You will have a wonderful time. One thing that really stood out to me was the liveliness of the ship. I plan to go again after my upcoming cruise on the Brilliance on March 28
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Jean, we sailed on the Monarch for the second time in January.

Let me tell you, the food blew me away (and this was my 5th RCCL cruise). Our waitress (who was wonderful) said the Monarch had a new chef for about a year now, and that he re-did the menu. Presentation and flavor was fantastic.

The ship is a very easy one to navigate ... feels very homey because you can learn it so quickly for the short cruises. Only smokey place was the casino, so just pass that by if you can.

In comparison to Carnival, do expect a *much* smaller cabin but still liveable. The TV is great on RCCL -- they have a lot of their own channels, including retro TV, classic movies, family comedies and more.

Finally, I wrote a couple articles about your ports. Let me know if you need the links if you cannot find them under the news and features.

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My husband and I took our first Royal Caribbean cruise in Feb. 2005 on Monarch of the Seas. The food and staff were excellent but we were very disappointed in the condition of the ship. One of the two pools was empty, two elevators did not work and one seemed to always be in use for the staff. This made for a really long wait for an elevator and we were unable to take the stairs because my wheelchair bound 90 year old father was with us. The cabin was tiny and did not have a safe in which to keep our passports and such. I guess the real dissapointments were the sewage smells in several areas of the ship and that there was no hand sanitizer at the entrance to the restaurant and buffet areas. As I said earlier, the staff and food were excellent but we won't go on the Monarch again. I'm sure other RCL ships are just fine. We took an October 2004 10 night Caribbean cruise on Sun Princess and found it to be excellent in all areas. I would recommend Princess. We are also booked on the November 26, 2005 14 night Southern Caribbean cruise on Holland America's Veendam. Really looking forward to that one. Happy Cruising!
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we just returned from a 3 day Baja cruise on the Monarch. Nice ship, cabin was small, smaller than any other I have ever been on, but it was cozy for 2 and we enjoyed ourselves. Alot of kids on the cruise and must have been a bunch on the deck above ours as we heard running up and down the hallway most of the time, day and nite, not bad tho, just a little annoying at times.

The food was good, we ate in the Windjammer. There were 6 of us, the other 4 had never been on a cruise, we had a mix up for the dining room so they are there the 1st nite and then are in the Windjammer the rest of the time.

All in all, it is a nice ship...embarkation was a breeze, faster than any other ship we've been on but disembarkation was a pain, long line, long wait to get thru customs.....we hit it on a training day for new hires, so that was understandable, but still a 45 minute or more...

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We were given a free 3-day cruise on Monarch in Nov 2003 and were told the ship had been refurbished. Our experience with the ship is similar to hearttugs' above. The ship's condition was disappointing -- sewage smells in many areas; choked toilets in the common washrooms; elevators that didn't work most times; no safe in the cabins; and rooms smaller than normal (possibly due to the age of the ship). What really got us was the "no safe" bit 'cos we were taking another cruise immediately after the Monarch and were holding on to quite a bit of $$ and our passports. We had nowhere "safe" to store these items and ended up carrying them with us all the time. We've been on other RCL ships and they're fantastic. We just won't sail the Monarch again.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for all of the info everyone! Sounds like the Monarch will be different than the Carnival cruises we've been on, but we purchased a discount vourcher at the County Fair when we went, and this is the only cruise that corresponds with my week's vacation..

So we'll just hope for the best! I figure any cruise is a good cruise (I hope!)

Thanks again for the feedback...

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