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Average Rating based on 6 Reviews
Value For Money  3.33/5  (3.33)
Cabin Design  2.67/5  (2.67)
Entertainment  3.00/5  (3.00)
Fitness Center  4.50/5  (4.50)
Food Quality  3.33/5  (3.33)
Ship Maintenance  3.50/5  (3.50)
Spa  4.50/5  (4.50)
Specialty Restaurant  3.00/5  (3.00)
Staff and Service  4.33/5  (4.33)

Compared to averages for similar items
Value For Money  4.27/5  (4.27)
Cabin Design  3.99/5  (3.99)
Entertainment  3.76/5  (3.76)
Fitness Center  4.22/5  (4.22)
Food Quality  4.24/5  (4.24)
Ship Maintenance  4.33/5  (4.33)
Spa  4.18/5  (4.18)
Specialty Restaurant  3.93/5  (3.93)
Staff and Service  4.48/5  (4.48)

 
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RCL Monarch of the Seas
RCL Monarch of the Seas

Based in Fort Lauderdale for year-round cruise vacations, the 2,350-guest RCL Monarch of the Seas cruise ship sets sail to some of the most beautiful ports in the Western Caribbean, weekly. Expect to enjoy all the very best in ship comforts and amenities.

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(Review ID: 899)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
 
Not up to their usual standard, March 6, 2013
Reviewer: Sandee
Pros: Room was nice, easy on and off the ship
Cons: Dinning room food was just ok, nothing special, not even desserts
Date of cruise: March 25, 2013
Departure port: Port Canaveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Outside
Found through: CruiseCompete.com,Cruise line website
    
Sandee saw things this way
Value For Money   4.00/5  (4)
Cabin Design   4.00/5  (4)
Entertainment   4.00/5  (4)
Food Quality   3.00/5  (3)
Ship Maintenance   4.00/5  (4)
Staff and Service   4.00/5  (4)

We have sailed Royal about four times in the past. This cruise was good but the food was not special. It was just ok, which surprised me. Maybe because this ship only had five more weeks of service and was sold.

Most of the staff was friendly and pleasant and we didn't have any problems. The room (superior ocean-view) was a good size and well taken care of. The room steward was very friendly as was the waiter and assistant waiter in the dining room (but we only ate there one night). There wasn't much on the menu the other nights that enticed us to go back. Entertainment was good.
 
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(Review ID: 770)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Ship is old, needs replacement. Some menu items very good, others very bland., July 4, 2012
Reviewer: Drhat49
Pros: The staff that depended on tips very good to excellent.
Cons: The non-tip staff were not as friendly or helpful, a few rude.
Date of cruise: June 29
Departure port: Port caneveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Inside
Cabin number: 5017
Found through: CruiseCompete.com
    
Drhat49 saw things this way
Value For Money   2.00/5  (2)
Cabin Design   1.00/5  (1)
Entertainment   4.00/5  (4)
Fitness Center   4.00/5  (4)
Food Quality   2.00/5  (2)
Ship Maintenance   2.00/5  (2)
Spa   4.00/5  (4)
Specialty Restaurant   3.00/5  (3)
Staff and Service   4.00/5  (4)

Not as well run as other ships
 
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(Review ID: 728)
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
 
Good boat for the price. Lots to do, great staff, bad food, good kids program., March 3, 2012
Reviewer: suemerm
Pros: Terrific staff, attractive boat, good activities.
Cons: Terrible food overall, except dinner. Breakfast inedible, desserts mediocre.
Date of cruise: February 24, 2012
Departure port: Port Canaveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Inside
Cabin number: 3521
Found through: CruiseCompete.com,Cruise line website,Cruise community site
Good for children: Yes
    
suemerm saw things this way
Value For Money   4.00/5  (4)
Cabin Design   2.00/5  (2)
Entertainment   3.00/5  (3)
Food Quality   2.00/5  (2)
Ship Maintenance   4.00/5  (4)
Staff and Service   5.00/5  (5)

Overall, really enjoyed the cruise. Plenty of activities. Staff was great without exception. Cabins are tiny but manageable after the initial shock. (It would be nice to at least have a few drawers to put things away though. Had to live out of a suitcase stashed under the bed.)

Nice bars and public rooms. My daughter enjoyed the kids' program very much (until she got seasick one night, but the staff took the trouble to come and find me).

Nightly entertainment was decent. So-so comic, rather good comic/juggler.

The main drawback was the disappointing food. Pancakes and eggs at breakfast, even when ordered in main dining room, were ghastly. Lunch was bad until I discovered Indian offerings in Windjammer and terrific salad bar in dining room.

Can't they find a good dessert chef? My 9-year-old makes better brownies from a mix. Dinner appetizers and entrees were quite good though -- the duck especially.
 
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(Review ID: 623)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Nice weekend getaway, July 9, 2011
Reviewer: caroldanny
Pros: Clean Ship
Cons: Entertainment
Date of cruise: July 1, 2011
Departure port: Port Canaveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Outside
Cabin number: 8040
Found through: CruiseCompete.com
    
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Value For Money   2.00/5  (2)
Cabin Design   3.00/5  (3)
Entertainment   2.00/5  (2)
Food Quality   4.00/5  (4)
Ship Maintenance   4.00/5  (4)
Staff and Service   4.00/5  (4)

We enjoyed this ship just to relax but it would be nice to get better entertainment at night.
 
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(Review ID: 536)
8 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
 
Monarch was a nice surprise!!, January 9, 2011
Reviewer: rcwhitmire
Pros: Outstanding customer service, great focus on each guest as it was smaller.
Cons: Family cabin was below the Windjammer, lots of pots/pan cleaning at night.
Date of cruise: 12-17-2010
Departure port: Port Canaveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Suite
Cabin number: 1549
Found through: AllThingCruise.com
Good for teenagers: Yes
    
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Value For Money   5.00/5  (5)
Cabin Design   4.00/5  (4)
Entertainment   4.00/5  (4)
Fitness Center   5.00/5  (5)
Food Quality   5.00/5  (5)
Ship Maintenance   4.00/5  (4)
Spa   5.00/5  (5)
Staff and Service   5.00/5  (5)

We have been on the larger RCI boats -- this was a very nice surprise to go on the smaller boat. It was so easy to get around, no big lines, you didn't wait forever for anything.

We didn't have young children but had older kids and they enjoyed the food and shows. We liked the shops and ports. I would recommend this boat and great staff to all.
 
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(Review ID: 521)
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
 
Cruise was really just okay, no better, December 28, 2010
Reviewer: thirty1flvr
Pros: They worked hard to cook for my special diet
Cons: Not good for families - lack of activities
Date of cruise: 12/17/10
Departure port: Port Canaveral
Region visited: Bahamas
Cabin category: Outside
Cabin number: 8024
Found through: CruiseCompete.com,Cruise line website
Good for children: No
Good for teenagers: No
    
thirty1flvr saw things this way
Value For Money   3.00/5  (3)
Cabin Design   2.00/5  (2)
Entertainment   1.00/5  (1)
Food Quality   4.00/5  (4)
Ship Maintenance   3.00/5  (3)
Staff and Service   4.00/5  (4)

Went on this short cruise with my son, age 9. He tried the kids' club for about 15 minutes but after witnessing a staff member yell over the megaphone at a couple of boys for playing on the Wii and PlayStations (that they weren't allowed to use while they were supposed to do art work,) he decided it wasn't a fun place to be.

It honestly looked more like a day care than a fun club for the kids. Staff did not appear to care much about the kids and didn't seem to interact with them unless they needed to because the schedule dictated art time.

The dining room did a nice job of working around my multiple food allergies. The food was tasty. They couldn't quite figure out a dessert for me but gave me fruit, so it was okay.

The ship was supposed to have a day at the RCL's private island. They have to use tenders to get passengers to shore and the waves were too high to safely do that so our day on the beach was cancelled. Disappointing but understandable. What was not understandable is that the activities they came up with for our "fun day at sea" were anything but fun. Not enough things to do, nothing for families at all (other than the day care which parents are not allowed in to). And the day care was actually closed for at least four hours during our "fun" day at sea.

There is a neat looking climbing wall on deck but it seemed to be closed during our "fun" day at sea. Perhaps it was due to wind? But there were no signs up to explain and it didn't seem that windy. Not sure why they would close it when there wasn't much else to do on the ship. Really poor planning for something that apparently happens pretty regularly (cancelling the private island stop).

The ship itself is old but has been fairly well maintained. I didn't notice anything dirty or in disrepair. Did notice a few funky smells here and there but just in the odd hallway or stairwell, not in our rooms or in the dining area thankfully.

Cabins are definitely on the small side. They work but don't plan to spend much time there unless you're paying for the bigger suites. Had an issue where the toilet wouldn't flush. They fixed it within a few hours.

Overall this cruise wasn't good for us, but mainly because it's just not family friendly. If your kids like day care, they will like the kids club; otherwise steer clear of this ship (and maybe all RCL ships??). Head to Disney where they know kids. Worth the extra money for sure.

Prepare yourself for the real possibility that your day at the private island will be cancelled if your itinerary includes this.
 
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