We had a good time on the Monarch of the Seas on a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas. We traveled to the port the day prior and always enjoy going through the Merritt Island Nature Preserve. Nice drive through beautiful birding country. We stayed overnight at the Radisson at the port and they always are fantastic. Used their shuttle and everything was smooth as usual. We have used them 3 times now.
The ship is the oldest in the fleet but we enjoy it. Our first cruise was on the Sovereigns of the Seas(Sister Ship) and have always loved the layout. The staff is overwhelmingly accommodating and we has a good cabin attendant "Mr. Rogers" and 2 very good waiters in Alrick & Rosando. The ship may be older but the service was still above average. We heard some talk about the food but we had outstanding meals. The 1st night I had Prime Rib that I still talk about. It was a marvelous cut that you would usually go to a top end steak house to find. Buffet was average with good selection. The buffets on RCCL are laid out way better than Carnival.
We enjoyed our time in ports. CoCo Cay was just a beach day and we love the private island experience. Grandson did the Aqua Park and had a great time. I enjoyed the CoCo LoCo's and the rays. They served a great BBQ lunch. Nassau we did a self walking tour and enjoyed the exercise and people of Nassau. Went back to the ship and took a nap and that evening went to Atlantis and was able to go through the Dig. Great time. Last day was a sea day and the weather was overcast so we did some of the shows and shopped on board.
All in all a great value cruise and would not hesitate to recommend for a quick inexpensive getaway. We talked to people that were not pleased and stated Carnival was better...I reminded them that they were comparing Carnivals newest ship with RCCL oldest ship. They understood why cabins were a little smaller and TVs were small...I am a Platinum RCCL cruiser but had tried Carnival the prior 2 cruises and it was good to get back to RCCL.