June 4, 2003
After an extensive series of renovations, Monarch of the Seas will make its first post-facelift cruise on Friday from Los Angeles. New and improved features on the ship, which Royal Caribbean has assigned to the Baja Mexico three- and four-day itineraries, include an expanded spa and fitness facility, and completely furbished passenger cabins and public spaces. Falling into the fresh-funky-new category is the addition of a rock wall – which will be the first on a Royal Caribbean ship sailing western itineraries – the Latin-themed Boleros Bar, a Living Room coffee Bar, Fuel disco and three designated areas for teens. The ship also gets new restaurants, in addition to the usual dining rooms. These include Jade, with Asian-fusion cuisine, a sushi bar – a first in Royal Caribbean’s fleet – and an ice cream parlor. The ship, based in Los Angeles, will sail three day cruises that call at Ensenada. The four day variety adds calls to San Diego and Catalina Island. The 2,386-passenger Monarch of the Seas was originally launched in 1991.