This was our fifth cruise, and fourth with Royal Caribbean. The previous three cruises with RC were good experiences, but this trip with Monarch was not the best. This was a last minute decision because the price was hard to pass up. Stateroom accommodations were very tight, but to be expected with a smaller ship, so no real issue there. Ship is showing its age and I understand it is being sold off next March/April. Entertainment was good, but the juggler wasn't my cup of tea. Entertainers also seem bent on sneaking in some off colored humor, even in so called family entertainment times. The opening night comedian and first show of the RC Dancers and Singers were both good.
Considering the fantastic price of this 4 day cruise to the Bahamas, I would typically temper negative comments, but it is difficult to find anything good to say about the food served at Windjammer. Kept hoping that the quality would improve, but it was just bland and tasteless during the entire cruise. I'm a cookieholic, but even those were overdone and not very good. By day 4 it was just hard to find anything palatable on the buffet.
My wife felt nauseous as we were departing the ship Friday morning. She became so violently ill with vomitting, severe stomach pains and diarrhea that we had to stop on our way home to Cincinnati, OH at a hospital in Adel, GA for treatment, and another trip to the ER in Cincinnati today (Sunday). Doctor suggests that symptoms were similar to the Norwalk virus, which he said was common on cruises. Wish we had known that beforehand.
I notified RC of the issue, but no response other than an automated email as of today. We had booked and paid for an RC cruise to Bermuda next month, prior to booking the Monarch trip.