February 10, 2003
Royal Caribbean is canceling voyages on Monarch of the Seas from May 6 - June 2 in order to complete what it’s calling a “major refurbishment” of the ship before it heads to Los Angeles. Sources there are mum on details -- but look for some fun, unusual additions and changes to features on the ship -- that will add some extra umph to its new assignment. Passengers booked on any of these four- or five-night Western Caribbean or Bahamas itineraries are being offered similar trips on other ships and a varying scale of onboard credit amounts. Probably the most significant passenger impact is on the ship’s transitional voyage through the Panama Canal; that 14-night Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles trip, originally slated to depart May 17, was among those canceled. Stay tuned and we’ll provide more detail on the Monarch’s “sexy” changes as they're unveiled.