Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas
By Shawn Manaher
In recent years, one of the biggest trends in cruising has been towards bigger ships offering more facilities and amenities and one of the best and most spectacular examples is the Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas. At just under 74,000 gross tons, the Monarch is one of the largest ships in the world and can easily accommodate just over 2,700 passengers. The ship also has the distinction of being one of the largest to be captained by a woman - the Swedish born Karin Janson.
Of course, the ship offers everything that you would expect from such a huge vessel, including not only a variety of spacious accommodation, varied dining options and entertainment to suit all taste, but other features too. There are two full size salt-water swimming pools, an outdoor basketball court and a rock-climbing wall, which was added in early 2003 as part of a comprehensive refurbishment of the entire ship. Many passengers who have sailed on the Monarch consider the rock-climbing wall to be a cruise highlight and in fact, Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line to offer this facility.
On board, accommodation is as varied and as comfortable as you would imagine. The rooms on the Monarch are designed to suit every style, budget, and range from interior cabins with 140 square feet, to sumptuous suites of over 1,000 square feet. The ship's Royal Suite features a whirlpool bathtub, a spacious private balcony and even a baby grand piano. Even the most modest rooms on the ship feature a television and telephone and of course, Royal Caribbean's impeccable service - everything from efficient room service to breakfast in bed to helping with your luggage trolley.
One of the highlights of any cruise is the chance to eat and drink as much as you like - without feeling too guilty about it. The Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas offers plenty of dining options, ranging from casual eateries geared towards children, to upscale dining establishments as good as any on land. Two of the more unusual dining options are Jade, featuring a sushi bar and a so-called do-it-yourself pizzeria - a sure hit with children. Another popular place on the ship for children of all ages is the Adventure Ocean Youth Center, which gives kids a place of their own to enjoy and allows parents to relax, knowing that their children are safe. The center features a disco, games and other activities.
The Monarch of the Seas sails from its home port in Cape Canaveral, Florida, including shorter cruises of just three or four days duration - ideal for the first time cruiser. The ship sails to the city of Nassau in the Bahamas and the tiny island of Coco Cay, which is leased by Royal Caribbean for the enjoyment of its passengers. Whether you are an experienced cruiser or are considering this type of vacation for the very first time, the spectacular and exciting Monarch of the Seas really does offer something for everybody.
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