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Monarch of the Seas - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Dining Room on Monarch of the Seas In the cruise business, twenty years might as well be a century, so the 74,000-ton, 2,390-guest Monarch of the Seas, launched way back in 1991 during the presidency of George Bush the First, is a veritable antique, with a shiny 1980s/1990s look and her fair share of the bumps and bruises that come with twenty years of hard cruising.

Activities & Public Rooms on Monarch of the Seas
Unlike almost any other cruise ship, Monarch and her sister ship, Majesty, are arranged with the majority of their cabins toward the front of the ship and the majority of their public areas toward the back, with a five-story atrium acting as the dividing line. There are several pluses to this arrangement, including making it easier to hop from nightspot to nightspot, and also minimizing noise from the louder public rooms seeping through to the staterooms.

On Deck 5, you’ll find the popular, nautically themed Schooner piano bar, the sprawling Casino Royale, and the multi-level Sound of Music theater, plus several shops, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, and Latte-tudes, a specialty coffee bar. Other lounges scattered around the ship include Boleros, featuring Latin music and drinks; the Circuit Lounge for small-scale entertainment and dancing; and the Viking Crown Lounge, perched at the top of the ship on Deck 12 and acting as an observation lounge by day and a dance club by night.

For kids, the Adventure Ocean club in the stern on Deck 10 offers activities and play opportunities for kids 3 and up. One deck up, on Deck 11, teens get two indoor spaces—the Fuel teen disco and a hangout space called The Living Room—plus The Back Deck, a dedicated sunbathing spot with a dance floor. There’s also a video arcade.

Outside, Monarch offers two good-size swimming pools on the wide-open, one-level pool deck, which can get very crowded on sunny days. Quieter sunning spaces can be found on the tiered aft decks and elsewhere on the top decks. The Sports Court, high in the stern on Deck 11, has a basketball court and Ping-Pong tables. One deck up there’s a rock-climbing wall, and two decks down there’s the half-moon-shaped gym, which offers good aft views from its treadmills, stationary bikes, and step machines. There’s also a small spa and beauty salon, and an aerobics area.

Dining on Monarch of the Seas
Dinner is served in two one-level dining rooms, Vincent’s and Claude’s, and at an Asian specialty restaurant called Jade, on Deck 12, serving primarily sushi. More casual dining is available at the Windjammer buffet restaurant on Deck 11 (which also includes a section featuring Asian dishes), and at a pizzeria called Sorrento’s.

Monarch of the Seas oceanview cabinCabins on Monarch of the Seas
Cabins are small and no-frills, with standard outside cabins measuring only 120 square feet, with tiny bathrooms and small closets — but on the other hand, Monarch sails only 3- and 4-night cruises, so how much space do you need?

Only 62 of the 1,177 staterooms and suites aboard have private verandas. For more space, you can bump up to a 221-square-foot Junior Suite, which has a 61-square-foot veranda. The ship’s top accommodation, the Royal Suite, measures 700 square feet and offers separate living room and bedroom, a dining area, a whirlpool bathtub, and a 145-square-foot balcony.

Ship Information
Monarch of the Seas belongs to Royal Caribbean's Sovereign Class of cruise ships. The Sovereign Class ships were the first, standard-setting mega cruise ships. They will take you to the Bahamas in style, comfort and convenience.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1991 ♦ Ship's Class: Sovereign Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 74,000 ♦ Length 880 ft - 264 m ♦ Cruising Speed 19 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,390 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,744 ♦ Passenger Decks 14 ♦ Officers and Crew 856 ♦ Officer's Nationality Scandinavian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 1,195 ♦ Suites with Balcony 13 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 50 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 670 ♦ Inside 462 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 4 ♦ Royal Caribbean's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "My Time Dining" allows you to be seated any time the dining room is open ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurant: There are no specialty resturants on Sovereign Class ships ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Rock Climbing ♦ Jogging Track

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center