Monarch of the Seas
February 22, 2008
Just got off the Monarch of the Seas 3-day cruise to Ensenada. For all of those that are diehard Monarch fans, you may not want to read this review. This is our 6th cruise and I have to say, by far, our least favorite.
We arrived at the San Pedro pier around 12:00pm and were on the ship right away (off to a good start!!). We got to our room and it was much smaller than anticipated. Good thing that I am not that large of a man or I may not have fit in the bathroom!! This was the smallest room that we have ever been in. Clean, but small. So at this point, I wasn't that upset with RCCL. We did get a good deal and I couldn't complain about the room as I knew it was going to be the suite that we were used to.
Now for entertainment: For the mostly 20-30 year olds on the ship, here is your Saturday night entertainment: The one and only cruise director Johhny-O playing the "hits" on his Opal. Oh boy!!! Let's rush the stage right now!!! Can you say B-O-R-I-N-G? What did RCL think that the age group from this cruise was 80-90 years old? Get with the times RCL. I was shocked. And then another night they had a comedian that appeared to be doing the same jokes from back in the 80's. I think his name was Roger Behr. Holy cow, this guy was unbearable. I don't even want to talk about it. So the wife and I thought we could have some fun at the disco with "DJ Terry." Well "DJ Terry" turned out to be someone who isn't real and must have burned songs onto a cd. That's right folks, no live DJ. The entertainment part of this cruise made me want to throw up over the 11th floor balcony.
As for the food, it was pretty good. Can't complain that much here. They may have edged out Carnival in the food department.
The cruise director (as mentioned previously) is nothing to call home about. I don't even think I heard this guy once over the intercom. He was very low key except for his incredible Opal playing -- snore.....snore...snore. Where are the John Heald's of the world??????
But if you are looking for a short and fun-filled cruise, turn your cheek away from RCL. They have got a looooooooooonnnnnnnnggggg way to go to catch up with Carnival. I am not sad to see the Monarch leave LA. They can take their boring ship and sail on out to Miami. From now on, we are going with Carnival and/or NCL. I can't explain my dissapointment enough. Either bring a fun ship and crew to LA or get out of town. I think RCL is making a good choice to leave LA. Don't come back unless you can hang with the West Coast crowd. Bye Bye RCL. You lost my business.