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dfishner
March 22nd, 2012, 10:49 AM
Royal Caribbean International's oldest cruise ship, the Monarch of the Seas, will transfer out of the fleet in April 2013.
Built in 1991, the 2,390-passenger ship will be transferred to Royal Caribbean's Madrid-based sister company, Pullmantur Cruises, on April 1, 2013.
The Monarch currently sails three- and four-night round-trip Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral. It will embark on its last sailing for Royal Caribbean on March 29, 2013.
Royal Caribbean said a potential replacement for the ship's short Bahamas product would be announced in the coming months.
"She will go on creating wonderful travel memories through her final sailings for our brand through next March and then continue doing the same for Pullmantur's guests," said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, in a statement.
The Monarch will increase Pullmantur's total guest capacity by nearly 25%, and bring the Spanish line's fleet of former Royal Caribbean Cruises family ships to five. The line currently operates the Monarch's sister-ship, the former Sovereign of the Seas, as well as the former Empress of the Seas, Celebrity Zenith and Celebrity Horizon.
With the reduction, Royal Caribbean will have 21 cruise ships. The line said that it has not booked anyone on the ship after March 2013, so there's no need to re-accommodate any passengers

Wonder which ship will replace Monarch?

Aquahound
March 22nd, 2012, 10:52 AM
Well, the writing was on the wall. It will be sad to see her go because Monarch was my first RCI cruise, and was the ship that got me hooked on this cruise line. Now the question is, when will Majesty go?

dfishner
March 22nd, 2012, 10:58 AM
Well, the writing was on the wall. It will be sad to see her go because Monarch was my first RCI cruise, and was the ship that got me hooked on this cruise line. Now the question is, when will Majesty go?

Was thinking the same thing Paul Majesty probaly will be next

JP11283
March 22nd, 2012, 11:04 AM
Was our first Royal Caribbean cruise too.

CodyC815
March 22nd, 2012, 11:08 AM
Just booked it, I've never been on an Inaugural or last cruise for a ship, I'm kind of excited.

LBumb
March 22nd, 2012, 11:18 AM
last cruise on monarch sounds like a good idea.

cruisegirl1
March 22nd, 2012, 11:23 AM
The rates have already jumped up. We took the last weekend sailing of the Sovereign and had a memorable trip. I think there is a youtube video of some festivities from the last 4 night Sovereign sailing.

M

TexCruise371
March 22nd, 2012, 11:38 AM
last cruise on monarch sounds like a good idea.

Sounds like a plan!

ryano
March 22nd, 2012, 12:25 PM
I think i want to go ahead and book that March 29th 2013 cruise.

I personally will be sad to see her go. She wasnt my first cruise but she WAS my first Royal caribbean cruise and what hooked me on RCI.

ryano
March 22nd, 2012, 12:27 PM
The rates have already jumped up.

Yikes! Yes they have! :eek:

449.00 pp for a deck 9 SOV for a 3 nighter. I only have two choices of categories and only 4 cabins to choose from.

webgal318
March 22nd, 2012, 03:19 PM
Yikes! I just called Crown and Anchor and a SOV is 1100 for two!
I don't think so.

Sylvia

redlobster
March 22nd, 2012, 03:25 PM
What happens special on a FINAL CRUISE?

Monarch was also our first cruise that we took relunctantly. It connected us with cruising.

CCLNCLRCICRUISER
March 22nd, 2012, 03:54 PM
What happens special on a FINAL CRUISE?

Monarch was also our first cruise that we took relunctantly. It connected us with cruising.

Not sure about festivities, but there will be some amazing sales on Monarch merchandise :)

mygrace777
March 22nd, 2012, 04:13 PM
am i wrong...........i thought i knew the smaller ships and thought the majesty was now the oldest. I thought it was the sovereign then the
majesty and then came the monarch.

With the sovereign gone of the three i considered the majesty the oldest
but thought the monarch was the newest of the 3 ships.

does anyone know which order it is.

tahqa
March 22nd, 2012, 04:29 PM
am i wrong...........i thought i knew the smaller ships and thought the majesty was now the oldest. I thought it was the sovereign then the
majesty and then came the monarch.

With the sovereign gone of the three i considered the majesty the oldest
but thought the monarch was the newest of the 3 ships.

does anyone know which order it is.

Sovereign of the Seas -- 16 January, 1988
Monarch of the Seas -- 11 November, 1991
Majesty of the Seas -- 4 April, 1992


:)

EV2008
March 22nd, 2012, 04:50 PM
Our first cruise with Royal was on the Monarch and we loved it so much that we went the following year again on the Monarch. I think it was 1993. We have fond memories about the Monarch sorry to see her go

webgal318
March 22nd, 2012, 05:56 PM
OK, I broke down and booked a reservation for the three day final trip.
Prices are ridiculous but the Monarch will have only one last cruise.
Sylvia

webgal318
March 22nd, 2012, 08:37 PM
Do you know if a roll call thread has been started? Let me know when.

gmacruiser418
March 23rd, 2012, 11:48 AM
I'm anxiously waiting for the announcement of what will replace her. Living in the PC area, I hope it's a nice ship!

Piepkorn
March 23rd, 2012, 12:28 PM
I would like to do the Transatlantic on Monarch. :) Have had many cruises on her while on the west coast.

jmorgania
March 23rd, 2012, 05:22 PM
I have no special connections to the Monarch, yet. I've got a sailing on her for this September. Looking forward to sailing on her before she leaves the fleet. Everyone has favorite ships, or the ship that started it all. Despite all the advances and changes we still maintain our attachment to them. It's good to know she will still be sailing and providing wonderful memories. From all I have read about her she may be old but she hasn't stopped providing the "wow" for many many people.

Ander026
March 23rd, 2012, 06:57 PM
While the Monarch was not my first cruise overall (HAL Ryndam). She was my first on RCCL. The Monarch and her crew provided me the WOW, and convinced me that RCCL was my cruiline of choice to travel.

I would love to book the Monarch's last 3-day but the prices for a solo are way to high :(. I was looking deck 8 OV and it was over $850!! I will try and sail on her one last time later this year. Hopefully I can swing a cruise between my August and December cruises.

I would like to take time to say THANK YOU to the Monarch and her crew for great memories.

Cruzin-K
March 24th, 2012, 12:17 AM
Well, the March 29 cruise now has a roll call :D

I am NOT happy about the price though. Good grief :(

Still, I have never sailed on the Monarch, but sailed on the Sovereign and the Majesty so I want to complete the set.

Philly Steve
March 24th, 2012, 09:56 AM
Enjoying my coffee in my Monarch of the Seas cup and thinking about the great week we spent aboard that ship. Best cruise ever. :cool:

Skipbinner
March 24th, 2012, 10:11 AM
We've sailed on the Monarch 6 times; mostly because it's about an hour away from our house & the prices have always been good. We once had a 5 day which some of you will doubt, but it's true (we had to stay out an extra day because the port was closed due to a hurricane) Waves breaking over the pool deck was unsettling to some but our son thought that being at the highest point forward was "the best ever"
The only thing I don't like about the Monarch is that they changed the policy of having bar stools around the pool bar - Bummer!

fischymom
March 24th, 2012, 10:39 AM
When a ship retires like this does the crew have the opportunity to stay with it if they want? I am sure that they will drydock it to change things but I just wandered where it is a sister company to RCCI if current crew was given the chance to stay with the ship if they wanted to? :confused:

wolfcathorse
March 24th, 2012, 11:48 AM
crew does not stay with the ship. RCI invested too much in their training for a RCI product to just let them go work for Pullmantur. There is no TA for Monarch to Spain. She sails from Freeport after her refit as a Pullmantur ship and I imagine that is a shakedown for the new crew.

CruiseAdict218
March 24th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Pretty sure (could be wrong), RCI will retain their crew, they will go to other ships, or put them on the Project Sunshine ship when she come along, Pullmantur will have to seek out their own crew.

Virtopia
March 24th, 2012, 01:45 PM
I looked up the last sailing and for me to travel as a solo, it was $768 ... about a 220% markup.

I'll pass.

F27TW
March 24th, 2012, 02:00 PM
Royal Caribbean International's oldest cruise ship, the Monarch of the Seas, will transfer out of the fleet in April 2013.
Built in 1991, the 2,390-passenger ship will be transferred to Royal Caribbean's Madrid-based sister company, Pullmantur Cruises, on April 1, 2013.
The Monarch currently sails three- and four-night round-trip Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral. It will embark on its last sailing for Royal Caribbean on March 29, 2013.
Royal Caribbean said a potential replacement for the ship's short Bahamas product would be announced in the coming months.
"She will go on creating wonderful travel memories through her final sailings for our brand through next March and then continue doing the same for Pullmantur's guests," said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, in a statement.
The Monarch will increase Pullmantur's total guest capacity by nearly 25%, and bring the Spanish line's fleet of former Royal Caribbean Cruises family ships to five. The line currently operates the Monarch's sister-ship, the former Sovereign of the Seas, as well as the former Empress of the Seas, Celebrity Zenith and Celebrity Horizon.
With the reduction, Royal Caribbean will have 21 cruise ships. The line said that it has not booked anyone on the ship after March 2013, so there's no need to re-accommodate any passengers

Wonder which ship will replace Monarch?

Definitely will miss Monarch

BigKeith
March 24th, 2012, 02:40 PM
I'm reallygoing to try and head over the pond for the final sailing, would be great to see her off. I remember doing the old cruise the Monarch did out of San Juan and have done her Bahamas route a few times. Beautiful ship with a lot of history. Hopefully the replacement follows her departure swiftly and I might try to get on the replacements first sailing

Scotty G
March 24th, 2012, 02:44 PM
She sails from Freeport after her refit as a Pullmantur ship and I imagine that is a shakedown for the new crew.
Has this been announced? If so I missed it.
Why would they not use a European company for refit?

04mach1
March 24th, 2012, 08:18 PM
Definitely will miss Monarch !!!!

Pumbaamd
March 24th, 2012, 11:28 PM
RCCL does a lot of business with that Freeport drydock/shipyard. Prices and work quality must be acceptable there. Monarch has been there before, as were Majesty and Sovreign many, many times. They have all the experience re-fitting this class of ship.
R&D

Pumbaamd
March 24th, 2012, 11:36 PM
Crew member/friend on Monarch reports that Enchantment will take over Monarch's role in PC. So, what ship will go to Baltimore?
R&D

EVALUATOR
March 25th, 2012, 02:56 AM
Has this been announced? If so I missed it.
Why would they not use a European company for refit?

RCCL does a lot of business with that Freeport drydock/shipyard. Prices and work quality must be acceptable there. Monarch has been there before, as were Majesty and Sovreign many, many times. They have all the experience re-fitting this class of ship.
R&D

Probably another deciding factor.

From RCI's 10K...

In support of our maintenance programs, we own a 40% interest in a ship repair and maintenance facility, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd., which is the largest cruise ship dry-dock repair facility in the world and is located in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. We utilize this facility, among other ship repair facilities, for our regularly scheduled drydocks and certain emergency repairs as may be required. In addition, the facility serves unaffiliated cruise and cargo ships, oil and gas tankers, and offshore units.

jebuell
March 25th, 2012, 03:57 AM
Hrm... that's over my birthday. I'm so tempted to book but the timing is horrible. Plus flying to FL for a 3 days cruise? Well... maybe it's time for my first B2B?

Pumbaamd
March 25th, 2012, 07:20 AM
{QUOTE}: From RCI's 10K...

In support of our maintenance programs, we own a 40% interest in a ship repair and maintenance facility, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd., which is the largest cruise ship dry-dock repair facility in the world and is located in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. We utilize this facility, among other ship repair facilities, for our regularly scheduled drydocks and certain emergency repairs as may be required. In addition, the facility serves unaffiliated cruise and cargo ships, oil and gas tankers, and offshore units. {UNQUOTE}

vivavegas
March 25th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Gonna miss the Monarch too..

EVALUATOR
March 25th, 2012, 08:29 AM
{QUOTE}: From RCI's 10K...

In support of our maintenance programs, we own a 40% interest in a ship repair and maintenance facility, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd., which is the largest cruise ship dry-dock repair facility in the world and is located in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. We utilize this facility, among other ship repair facilities, for our regularly scheduled drydocks and certain emergency repairs as may be required. In addition, the facility serves unaffiliated cruise and cargo ships, oil and gas tankers, and offshore units. {UNQUOTE}

Most don't know about their airplanes either.:D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Pullmantur

RETNAVY1996
March 25th, 2012, 08:46 AM
Crew member/friend on Monarch reports that Enchantment will take over Monarch's role in PC. So, what ship will go to Baltimore?
R&D

I hope so DW and I love the Enchantment.

LuckiStac13*Majesty*
March 25th, 2012, 09:08 AM
Crew member/friend on Monarch reports that Enchantment will take over Monarch's role in PC. So, what ship will go to Baltimore?
R&D

I hope so, that would make more sense. Thanks.

PH8
April 4th, 2012, 10:30 AM
I looked up the last sailing and for me to travel as a solo, it was $768 ... about a 220% markup.

I'll pass.
I am also booked on the last cruise.......not only is it the last one,but it is Easter that weekend,so Im sure that has to do with the markup!:eek: