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About Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing experience. If your docking time is before dawn, you'll see the lights of the principality twinkling throughout the mountains that surround the harbor and the beautifully lit Grand Casino at center stage. If you arrive during daylight hours, you are faced with the sight of one magnificent yacht after another vying for space in the little harbor.

Monaco is a self-governed sovereign nation under the protection of France. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family for the past 700 years (with a slight diversion during the French Revolution), and its 1918 treaty with France decreed that if the prince -- any Grimaldi prince -- failed to produce a son, the territory would be ceded back to France upon his death. This was changed in 2002. If Albert II, the current prince, fails to produce a male heir, the throne will be passed to his sister Caroline.

Monaco, which comprises a miniscule 485 acres in total, and is Europe's smallest state after the Vatican, is barely west of the Italian border and surrounded by France on all sides except for the 2.5 miles of coastline. If you are looking at Monaco from your ship in the harbor, you can't tell where the principality ends and France begins. (Hint: Somewhere around the Middle Corniche.) As tiny as it is, it contains five sectors, of which Monte Carlo is the best-known. The principality, which is home to the most millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world, has no natural resources; its national economy is based on tourism and banking.

The two go hand in hand in this idyllic slice of the Cote d'Azur. The wealthy Europeans who do their banking here expect -- no, demand -- the best, and cost be damned. This makes it harder for workaday folks to enjoy a stay (rooms go for an average of $700 a night in a nice hotel), but coming in on a cruise ship for the day gives one a sense of James Bond cool.

If you're lucky enough to be in Monaco during the third week in May, you can actually see part of the Grand Prix Formula One race from the comfort of your cruise ship. We were surprised to see that the track is actually in the middle of the city and goes under an overpass within direct view of the cruise ship dock.

However, whenever you are fortunate enough to visit Monaco and the dazzling district of Monte Carlo, you'll find plenty to do. In fact, these 485 acres offer so much, you'll need to come back to explore again.


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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Monaco, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 3
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 4
      Naples
    • Day 5
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Kusadasi
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      Istanbul
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      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Cruising
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      Rhodes
    • Day 13
      Limassol
    • Day 14
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 15
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 16
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

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    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Nancy62262
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First time I couldn't wait to get off the ship! Horrible!
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    Red E 4 Crusin
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First Time Norwegian Cruiser - was a bit disappointed !
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  • 117 Night
    Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Antigua, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    117 Night Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo) Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
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      Miami
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      Cruising
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      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
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      Antigua
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      St. Lucia
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      St. George
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      Bonaire
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      Salaverry (Trujillo)
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      Lima
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      Pisco
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Florence (Livorno)
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      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 118
      Marseille
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      Barcelona
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    werthdesign
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor cuisine and lack of variety
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Monaco, La Spezia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 3
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Sorrento
    • Day 6
      Ragusa
    • Day 7
      Kotor
    • Day 8
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 9
      Split
    • Day 10
      Koper
    • Day 11
      Ravenna (Bologna)
    • Day 12
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

    Reviews

    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

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    SkyeFlyer
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great Spirit Service Team and Renovation Despite Unfortunate Pandemic Impact
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    mertziek
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Spirit Cruise after drydock - BIG MISTAKE!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Palma de Mallorca, Cannes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 3
      Cannes
    • Day 4
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 5
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 6
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 7
      Naples
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Corfu
    • Day 10
      Kotor
    • Day 11
      Venice
    • Day 12
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Monaco, La Spezia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Monaco (Monte Carlo) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 3
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Sorrento
    • Day 6
      Ragusa
    • Day 7
      Kotor
    • Day 8
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 9
      Koper
    • Day 10
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

    Reviews

    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    swimboy09
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    $100 million upgrade and $0 spent on Officers and Captain Pinonchio
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    muesy
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Ceased to be a cruise.
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