Just a quick review of our 4 day Baja Mexico cruise which iwas our 4th cruise, 3rd with RCCL, the other with Carnival.
Monarch of the Seas: We were not sure what to expect, our previous sailings with RCCL were both on the Radiance of the Seas. I can say for an older vessel, the Monarch is still a fabulous ship. In fact one can see how the Radiance could have evolved from her. Sure the cabin was small (inside on deck 2), but once the luggage was stowed we found it rather cosy and had no trouble having people over for pre dinner drinks. One small drawback was in order to gain the most flexibility with the cabin, we had the beds seperated.
The overall layout of the ship was good and we appreciated not having to go thru the casino everytime you wanted to go anywhere. It was esay to find our around and there are numerous areas to sit and enjoy the views or get away from crowds. The main show theatre has a small stage and as a result the live shows were ok, but not as good as on the Radiance. The hardest part of getting around was remembering which elevators or stairs went where, as not all went to all decks.
Cant go on a cruise without mentioning the food. The Windjammer was great for breakfast and lunch and had good variety and quality of food. We ate our dinners in Claudes on the 2nd seating. Service was great, meals were super. Our waiter seemed to always have seconds of your favorite meal close by. Need I say anything about a chocolate lovers buffet at midnight other than yes.
The ports were okay. (We had done this cruise previously with Carnival aboard the Holiday) The one thing both my wife and I missed was the day at sea.
This cruise is a great one as a sampler, and that is what we used it for. Besides us, we arranged a group of 18 family and freinds to join us, many having never cruised before. All now asking when will we be arranging the next cruise and all saying lets do 7 days or more.