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Danielle D.

Age: 22


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Monarch of the Seas

Sailing Date: May 10th, 2004

Itinerary: Baja, Mexico

This is my second cruise, so I was the "expert" as my for my partner, it was his first. When we were dropped off at the port about 2 hours after boarding started, the line was not too bad. It took about 15 minutes to get through the line, and immediately we boarded. If you bring a passport you will get through the process faster, especially when you are leaving the ship. The rooms were small, though I thought it was very comfy. My first cruise, I was only 12, so this time I was on my own, and I loved it. The service was excellent, and the people were so nice. Everytime we left our room and came back, our room was cleaned. Even when we left in the middle of the day, our rooms would be visited twice by an attendant. Catalina was amazing. We rented bikes for $6.00, and we were able to check out the small island. Ensenada was also great. The weather was perfect, and the shopping was great. Even though the shop owners were trying to pull you in, you have to keep walking if you aren't interested in buying anything...That's how they make a living...Our tour guide was funny, and the people were very happy and excited. We got back to the ship on time, and we were exhausted. SO, we fell asleep, and it turned out that we missed the main seating dinner at 5pm. Make sure if you have the option to request dinner at 8:00pm, because you'll always miss the first one, or you'll be full from the buffet lunch and you won't be hungry by 5pm. If you do happen to miss it, there's always a buffet dinner, or a pizza dinner at 9pm. The buffet was ok. I loved the desserts more then the main course. If you like soda, make sure you get the $6 drink card (I believe its $6 a day) and you get unlimited soda refills. Otherwise, the soda provided in the rooms is $1.72 a can. We bought a six pack of coke at Catalina...came out to $4.60...Anyway, the ship had a basketball court, rock climbing, a casino and a gym. I enjoyed a lot of the planned activities, though I thought it could be more 20's (year old) friendly. There was al
ways stuff to do for kids, and older couples, but not much for my partner and I. We never swam in the pool because it looked dirty all the time. Other then that, I stress that you bring your passport. When you leave the ship, there is a LONG line for customs, but since we brought our passport, we got through in probably 1/8 the time. I was very happy with this trip, and the people. The service was excellent, the food was great and the entertainment was also great. I will definitely be sailing with Royal Caribbean again!

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