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Lindalou76 11-03-2009 08:19 AM

Anyone ever stay on the 2nd deck of the Monarch of the Seas? I'm already feeling a bit clausterphobic (sp?)...... Myself & 3 other ladies got an awesome deal ($149 each b/f taxes) and are all sharing a room on the 2nd deck. I know it only has a port-hole window which slightly disappoints me.....and are we going to feel like sardines with 4 beds in 1 room? I'm sure we'll have a good time, and we really won't be in the room much at all so i'm really hoping this doesn't bother me once we board. My last cruise was on the Rivera deck on Carnival and i think that's a pretty low deck, thought we had a huge gorgeous picture window and there were only 2 of us....but we didn't feel cramped at all. Thanks....

Dave 11-03-2009 08:35 AM

The deck really has nothing to do with it. A standard cabin is the same size regardless of the deck. Standard cabins on the Monarch are 119 square feet. On Carnival they are 185 square feet. So I have to tell you, yes, 4 ladies in one cabin is going to be mighty cramped. And then there is the closet and drawer space - fine for two but a challenge for four people. I'll post some photos of my cabin on the Sovereign last year. It was an inside cabin but the same size as your outside.

Jim C. 11-03-2009 08:46 AM

Yes, 4 people in a cabin is going to be cramped. If its a short cruise, no big deal. Like you said, the cabin is only used for changing and sleeping anyway. If the cabin could not sleep 4, they would not have allowed you to book 4 people into it. You got a great deal, don't let the cabin size ruin your cruise.

Use my previous advice and make use of the spa locker rooms/ showers. That way you all can get showered/changed at once and the sharing of a bathroom will not be such an issue either. (Bring a tote bag to bring your clothes and bathroom supplies to the spa with you.)

Dave 11-03-2009 08:50 AM

Rather than upload my photos, here is a photo of the same category cabin as you have. Now imagine that bed split into two and two more beds pulling down from the walls.

Sandy 11-03-2009 10:50 AM

It's going to be close. The biggest problem may be the storage space. There are 4 drawers, and a closet with no shelves.

Getting showered/dressed/drying hair etc at the same time will be a challenge, too. But it may be worth the bargain you got, to put up with some inconvenience. You're the only ones who can determine that.

Jim C. 11-03-2009 11:26 AM

Ok Lindalou.. I have to ask.. why didn't you just book 2 cabins and avoid the trouble altogether?

I just check RCI's website and found the Monarch sailing on the 16th for $159 1st and 2nd passenger and $129 3rd/4th. So right now all of you in a cabin is costing $144 ea before taxes. SO for $15 more each you could have had 2 cabins and no cramping....

queenofcruzin 11-03-2009 11:49 AM

You got there first Jim C, excellent thought. I did the 4 to a room in high school and college, but I would not again. Just a few more bucks for storage space and showers. If not enjoy, and make a schedule. I still can't believe they let us go cruising for a senior trip, ahhhh a different time....

Cruise Fanatic 11-03-2009 11:54 AM

A quad cabin with only 122 square feet is designed more for two adults and two children, not four adults. The upper beds will not be as comfortable. I just came off the Monarch yesterday. You will have four small drawers approximately 12 inches wide 4 inches deep. The hair dryer was in the top drawer which I moved to the ledge above the mirror to make more space. However; the bottom of the top drawer was broke and kept sliding out of the frame. The width between the two lower beds is approximately 24 inches to maneuver around each other. You will then have a little more room in front of the vanity area and closet. Be careful when opening the bathroom door that no one is standing in front of the vanity or closet or you could injure them. There is very little space on the vanity surface for your belongings as half the vanity is taken up with four large bottles of water, six cans of soda, and boxes of candy that the cruise line calls a mini-bar and is selling at ridiculous prices. You will have a very small six inch ledge in the bathroom to put your make up, and necessities. I wish you Good-luck with four adult women.

queenofcruzin 11-03-2009 12:15 PM

We had a balcony cabin with 172 sq ft, and it seemed small. The things the cruise line puts in your room for "convenience," I just put away when we arrive and the cabin steward gets the hint and packs them away. I even empty the fridge and use for myself, and that's never been a problem. This said I remember the days with four "girls" in the cabin, and it ended up funny and we laughed alot, cuz we were still CRUZIN !

Dave 11-03-2009 01:32 PM

I think the standard cabins are around 8 ft wide and 15 feet long. Within that the bathroom was maybe 2.5 to 3 feet wide and 4 feet or so long including the shower stall. I did some rough measurements when in one of those cabins on the Sovereign last summer (same as Monarch for those wondering).

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