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The Royal Caribbean Monarch Of The Seas: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Huffington Post     Shellie Braeuner
First Posted: 09/27/11 06:03 PM ET Updated: 11/26/11 05:12 AM ET

The Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Monarch of the Seas.


Destination

Monarch of the Seas is a mid-sized Royal Caribbean ship. It sails exclusively between Florida and the Bahamas for either three or four nights.


Family-Friendly Ship

Monarch of the Seas was the largest ship afloat when it was launched in 1991. Now, the 73,000-ton ship is less than one-third the size of her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas. The ship is ideally suited for shorter cruises. With its expanded children and teen centers, the Monarch is a family-friendly ship.


Special Features

Although Monarch of the Seas is a mid-sized cruise ship by Royal Caribbean standards, it has many amenities found on her larger sisters. A rock-climbing wall, its large, redesigned fitness center and basketball court all make this ship a healthy option. The spa, casino and Sound of Music Theatre provide ample ways to relax.


Accommodations

Staterooms on the Monarch of the Seas are smaller than on newer ships. In addition, the ship does not offer the family veranda suites common on other Royal Caribbean ships. Instead, the Monarch has connecting rooms that enable families to stay together.


Cost

A variety of staterooms, length of cruise and date all affect the price of a ticket. A three-night cruise to the Bahamas starts at $189 per person, while a four-night Bahamas cruise the day after Christmas can cost as much as $1,069 for a suite.


Excursions

Passengers recommended the Coco Cay Cabana Club excursion. A launch takes passengers out to Coco Cay, a small secluded beach near Nassau, Bahamas. The club rents both cloth and wood cabanas with mats and lounges. Lunch is provided with the excursion fee.


Dining Experience

Monarch of the Seas has a two-tier dining hall. One level is dedicated exclusively to assigned dining. The other level is split between passengers who opt for assigned dining or what's known as "My Time Dining." This option allows diners to eat whenever they wish. In addition, the Monarch offers a 24-hour buffet called the Windjammer and a pizzeria. Room service is always available.


Maiden Voyage

Monarch of the Seas launched Nov. 17, 1991. The ship's "godmother" is actress Lauren Bacall.


In The News

CBS News reported that a gas leak in 2005 killed three crew members.


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