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Old 09-18-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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Does anyone have anything to say about this ship?

I have already read some on cruisecritic.com

I am planning on driving to Port Canaveral and parking at parkcruise.com

I know the ship is older, but we are just wanting to get away for a few days and relax some.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Ahhh..the Monarch....I love this ship. She was my 1st! And I would go on her again.

I was expecting worn and tired but I got a remodeled gem.

Not long after I went on the Monarch, I went on Celebrity's Infinity. I actually liked the Monarch better. It's small but doesn't feel crowded.
The Buffet is just that...a buffet, not bad but nothing to write home about. Go past it and you'll find an Asian Grill which is much better.
The MDR food was pretty good! They will have one formal night. Most dressed for it.
Entertainment was good.
Don't go expecting a luxury cruise and you'll be just fine.
As we left port, we stood on the forward deck and watched the dolphin giving us a send off.

Have a great time!
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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Thank you!

This is our second cruise. We are looking forward to it. Actually before yesterday we were planning on going to Kansas City that week, but things changed last minute. I looked on Costco's travel website, and they had some great deals. You can get a cruise for $109 per person inside or $119 per person ocean view that week. So for the three of us, it is a really cheap vacation.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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You just need to know that the cabins on this older ship are itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny....be prepared for that! An inside cabin is 119 sq. ft.....my closet is larger! An OV cabin is 122...not much bigger! And, remember, that sq. footage INCLUDEs the bathroom space!

If you have 3 in one cabin, hope you like each other!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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You just need to know that the cabins on this older ship are itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny....be prepared for that! An inside cabin is 119 sq. ft.....my closet is larger! An OV cabin is 122...not much bigger! And, remember, that sq. footage INCLUDEs the bathroom space!

If you have 3 in one cabin, hope you like each other!

Yeah, I just read about that. This is our second cruise. The first was on a Carnival ship. I remember hearing a passenger on the same ship remark that Carnival seemed to have bigger cabins than they were used to. I don't remember what cruise line they usually went on. I am going to pull up both ships today and look at the differences. The first was the Carnival Destiny and this is the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas.

Thanks for the input!

Re, your last remark...yeah we like each other!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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That's good! You will find the ship in good repair...they do take care of their investment!
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Does anyone have anything to say about this ship?

I have already read some on cruisecritic.com

I am planning on driving to Port Canaveral and parking at parkcruise.com

I know the ship is older, but we are just wanting to get away for a few days and relax some.
ok, my take, if you know what to expect and really do just want to get away, go and enjoy. She is very, very old and has really tiny cabins, similar to the Majesty, but the location for embarkation is great and you will hae a good time as long as you are prepared for a nothing ship. There was a time when she was wonderful, but like most of us, age has its down times.BTW, Carnival ships have cabins about 1 1/2 to twice as big as the Monarc will be.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Powell, Oh
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ok, my take, if you know what to expect and really do just want to get away, go and enjoy. She is very, very old and has really tiny cabins, similar to the Majesty, but the location for embarkation is great and you will hae a good time as long as you are prepared for a nothing ship. There was a time when she was wonderful, but like most of us, age has its down times.BTW, Carnival ships have cabins about 1 1/2 to twice as big as the Monarc will be.
Thanks for the input. We have cruised on Carnival before, so we are aware of their cabin sizes.

This was a last minute cruise that we got at a bargain, so we are going. We actually didn't plan on going 2 weeks ago.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks for the input. We have cruised on Carnival before, so we are aware of their cabin sizes.

This was a last minute cruise that we got at a bargain, so we are going. We actually didn't plan on going 2 weeks ago.
Have a great cruise, I wish we lived close enough to justify these creapy last minute cruises. Oh well, we can't have everything. We have a lot here in NWA people are not aware of, the AR football team isn't one of them. I would much rather be on a cruise ship today than have the damn game on.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I am a huge Costco fan, but for cruises (especially within 90 days of departure), vacationstogo.com usually has better prices.

Enjoy!
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