I went on a cross Oct. 30-Nov. 3 on Monarch, and had a third floor outside cabin. They seemed to use some strong spray in the corridor which made me feel sick. It may be that they use this throughout the ship, but I did not notice it elsewhere. Next time I am going to book an obstructed view room, midsection, on Deck 8 for about the same cost.
The ship was much nicer than I expected, not quite as luxurious as Celebrity Mercury or Golden Princess, the other two ships I have been on. Know up front that the staterooms are very small. However, the shower is good, and the storage area is adequate (store empty suitcasesunder the bed so as not to take up storage area. The food, service and entertainment were very good. And even though the staterooms are VERY small, the beds, pillows, and Egyptian cotton bedlinens are wonderful.