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Considered one of the industry's first, true mega-liners, the Monarch of the Seas and her sisters, the Sovereign of the Seas and the Majesty of the Seas, ushered in a number of industry standards that are still with us today. Giant atriums, glass elevators, multi-level main dining rooms, and sleek designs are commonplace today, but not in 1991 when the Monarch first entered service.

Fine, but what has the Monarch of the Seas done for you lately? How about a complete $25 million makeover? Here's what's new:
  • A three-story Rock Climbing Wall - the first on any ship this size!
  • An expanded "Adventure Ocean" kids and & teens club area with no less than five, age-specific clubs
  • An enlarged, enhanced ShipShape fitness center and spa
  • Re-designed Windjammer Café with food court islands featuring a sushi bar, taco bar, and "customized" pizzas
  • A Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Parlor (plus the ship's complimentary, self-serve ice cream bar
  • A Seattle's Best Coffee Bar serving specialty coffees
  • A new hot spot - Boleros - your salsa music and Mojitos headquarters!
  • New conference facilities, expanded boutiques, and total remodeling of the ship's public rooms and staterooms
The Monarch's average cabin size remains small (standard cabins measure a tiny 120 square feet) but Royal Caribbean is betting that with their "Get Out There" marketing theme will be much more than just a slogan; passengers will get out of their cabins and head for the rock climbing wall or any number of fun facilities onboard. Cabin size aside, the new Monarch of the Seas makes perfect sense for the short, 3- to 4-night cruise markets.

.Recommended for:
.Not Recommended for:
  • All ages but particularly popular for families and couples
  • Passengers looking for a value-priced, quick getaway aboard a big-ship
  • Active, "Get Out There" passengers
  • Passengers seeking absolute luxury. The Monarch offers a "mainstream" cruise experience.
  • Cruise passengers who insist on large cabins and lots of personal space. Triple and quad accommodations are not recommended for adult passengers.
  • Passengers who insist on a multitude of dining alternatives. Though the new Monarch offers an enhance buffet-style restaurant (Windjammer) and a specialty alternative dining option (Jade Sushi), dining options are comparatively few.

ShipShopper Index™:
Year Built:
1991 (refurbished 2003)
Size Category:
Large (73,941 tons)
Passengers:
2,350
"Elbowroom" Factor:
Cozy
Outside Cabins:
68%
Balcony Cabins:
5%
Sister Ships:
Sovereign of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas
Length:
880 feet
Width:
106 feet
Crew:
840
Registration: Norway



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