This was my first time trying RCCL. I have not figured out why this ship has so many negative reviews? We had a great cruise.
Our embarkation at Port Canaveral was very fast, simple and easy to board. We basically walked right on with little wait time.
Our rooms were not going to be ready prior to 1:30pm so we went to the Windjammer Buffet. The buffet can use some improvements in all areas. With that said, we still found plenty to eat, and some dishes that tasted good.
We had plenty of time to walk around the ship after lunch. The ship may be old, but it is still a beautiful ship. We finally made it to our room, the room was a bit small, but for 1 person there was plenty of room. My daughter had a cabin next to me and it was for 2, they both had plenty of room. I would not recommend more than 2 in the cabin. I would purchase an extra cabin. Please note since the cabins are smaller, there is no refrigerator or safes in the room. The ship has very limited safes and offers safe deposit boxes at guest relations.
The dining room food was very enjoyable. We had no complaints regarding any of the food. Our waiter David was phenomenal! He did an awesome job every night. I ate in the dining room for breakfast and dinner. I would recommend the dining room for breakfast versus the buffet. There are many items to choose from on the menu: omelette's, eggs benedict etc... In addition to the menu, in the middle of the dining room is a granola bar with granola, fresh fruits and yogurt. Also, in the middle you will find scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and other items. Avoid the headaches and the morning mob at the buffet.
As far as the activities, there was plenty going on and plenty to do. The 70's party / show was awesome, that is a must. Don't miss it. We participated in many of the events, I must say they were all fun. Shows in the theater were very good too.
This is definitely a great cruise for anyone who loves to get away, one who wants to relax, one who is sailing for the first time. There is a lot offered for everyone of all ages.
We went to 2 ports, Nassau (been there a thousand times) and Cococay. Both ports were awesome and we had a lot of fun. At Cococay they have a BBQ, the food was good, no complaints and plenty to eat.
My biggest complaint of the entire cruise was that they do not serve lobster on formal night. Let me clarify that...It is on the menu if you want to pay for it: Maine Lobster $24.95, Filet Mignon $14.95 and Surf and Turf $34.95. To me, this is just another way to take customers for there money. All cruises I have been on served this as a specialty on formal night, not on this ship...
Other than that, everyone will have an awesome cruise on the Monarch of the Seas. Bon Voyage....