Setting sail from Los Angeles, Monarch of the Seas is the perfect cruise for travelers who want to experience the ship’s recent extensive renovation as they sail off towards an exciting Baja destination. Some of the major additions include the Miami Beach-inspired Latin club, and the Johnny Rockets 50’s diner. The spa and the areas for children and teens had also undergone massive renovations and had been expanded.
The atrium has a futuristic feel, and marble and gleaming metal were extensively used. The ship is still in excellent condition despite its 19-year old sailing history. The service is generally impeccable from the waiters in bars and restaurants to the stateroom attendants. The 880-foot long, 73,941 ton vessel can accommodate up to 2,744 passengers.
There are two formal dining rooms on board that serve breakfast and lunch where the seating is open. The dining rooms are generally beautiful and spacious. For casual meals, head on to the Windjammer and Lido buffet which serves three meals daily including a casual dinner. If your taste buds call for Asian cuisine, head over to Jade. Viking Crown Lounge is the signature bar floating above the Caribbean Sea. You can have pasta over at Portofino, or classic American hamburgers at Johnny Rockets.
Entertainment and Nightlife
If you are feeling lucky, visit the Casino on board and have a great time at the slot machines or join a bingo game which is offered daily. You can also stay connected at the Internet café. Wi-Fi hot spots are also available in some of the rooms. Kids of all ages will have a grand time over at the Adventure Ocean youth facilities. For parties and events for Teens, Majesty Club is the place to go. There are two outdoor pools, nice tranquil pools at the Adults-Only Solarium, open-air basketball court, and a fitness center.
The ocean view staterooms are spacious, and features two twin beds and a private bathroom. The junior suites feature two twin beds that can transform into a queen-size bed, a small sitting area, private bathroom, vanity desk, a mini bar, and television. But for the ultimate treat, you may want to stay at the Royal Suite which offers a separate bedroom, a nice private balcony with hot tub, and a gorgeous living room featuring a grand baby piano.
Passengers on board Monarch of the Seas will have an easy time finding activities to keep them entertained. The rock climbing wall is one the latest additions. Seasoned climbers, as well as first-time climbers will have a great time trying out different levels of challenges. Climbing equipment such as shoes, helmets, and harnesses will be provided by the Royal Caribbean.
Health conscious travelers can also break a sweat at the jogging circle over at the Deck 7 or work out with one of the ship’s fitness trainers. The entertainment is mainly Broadway style productions composed of singers and dancers, and comedians who can tickle your bones.
Special onboard services will require extra fees (e.g. spa treatments, some special dining arrangements and so forth) and guests may also expect to pay additional gratuities. Royal Caribbean recommends a gratuity rate of $10 per day per person. Guests who have enjoyed suite accomodations are requested to pay a gratuity rate of $12 per person per day. Additionally, guests may expect to pay a 15% restaurant and bar gratuity.