Last day of Monarch of the seas announced

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#1
ft lauderdale
2,372 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
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?
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Dale
Seaward,Norway, Rotterdam,
Sensation, Zuiderdam 3/04
Radiance of the Seas 1/06, Jewel of the Seas, 11/06, Century 1/07, Majesty OTS 5/07,
Navigator OTS 12/07, Caribbean Princess 5/08
Freedom of the Seas 12/08, Century 1/09,
Navagator OTS 3/09, Imagination 7/09,
NCL Pearl 12/09, Century 1/10, Oasis, 11/10,
NOS 12/2010, Azamara Journey 11/11
Celebrity Solstice 3/12, Azamara Quest 4/13
Liberty of the Seas 12/13, Allure 12/14
Navigator of the Seas 12/2015
#2
The Big Easy
18,397 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
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?
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Paul
Sunward II 11/88, Seaward 8/92, Seaward 4/96, Norwegian Sea 11/01, RCI Monarch 10/02, RCI Enchantment 10/03, RCI Majesty 5/04, RCI Adventure 10/04, RCI Explorer 10/05, RCI Majesty 5/06, RCI Freedom 9/06, RCI Explorer 5/07, RCI Adventure 10/07, RCI Navigator 2/08, RCI Navigator 8/08 (Med.), RCI Majesty 11/08, Celebrity Solstice 4/09, RCI Enchantment 7/09, RCI Radiance 11/09 (Mex. Riv.), Celebrity Solstice 4/10, RCI Majesty 6/10, RCI Majesty 8/10, RCI Oasis 10/10, RCI Radiance 11/10, Celebrity Century 1/11, RCI Allure 4/11, Nor. Sky 6/11, RCI Majesty 9/11, Nor. Sky 9/11, Celebrity Summit 11/11, RCI Liberty 2/12, Nieuw Amsterdam 5/12 (Med.), RCI Majesty 8/12, RCI Oasis 10/12, RCI Majesty 11/12, Nor. Dawn 12/12, RCI Liberty 2/13, RCI Majesty 4/13, Celebrity Millennium 6/13 (Alaska), RCI Enchantment 9/13, RCI Allure 11/13,Celebrity Constellation 1/14, Ruby Princess 2/14, RCI Liberty 4/14, Caribbean Princess 5/14, Zuiderdam (Alaska) 7/14, RCI Vision 8/14, RCI Liberty 11/14, Regal Princess 4/15, Oosterdam 10/15, Celebrity Eclipse 12/15, Nor. Escape 4/16,Carnival Liberty 10/16
#3
ft lauderdale
2,372 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by Aquahound
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
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Dale
Seaward,Norway, Rotterdam,
Sensation, Zuiderdam 3/04
Radiance of the Seas 1/06, Jewel of the Seas, 11/06, Century 1/07, Majesty OTS 5/07,
Navigator OTS 12/07, Caribbean Princess 5/08
Freedom of the Seas 12/08, Century 1/09,
Navagator OTS 3/09, Imagination 7/09,
NCL Pearl 12/09, Century 1/10, Oasis, 11/10,
NOS 12/2010, Azamara Journey 11/11
Celebrity Solstice 3/12, Azamara Quest 4/13
Liberty of the Seas 12/13, Allure 12/14
Navigator of the Seas 12/2015
#5
548 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Just booked it, I've never been on an Inaugural or last cruise for a ship, I'm kind of excited.
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Sovereign of the Seas- Bahamas 02/98
Explorer of the Seas-Western Caribbean 11/04
Mariner of the Seas-Pacific North West 05/09
Radiance of the Seas-Mexican Riviera 11/09
Navigator of the Sea-Mexico 01/10
Majesty of the Seas-Bahamas 03/10
Rhapsody of the Seas-Alaska 05/10
Navigator of the Seas-Western Caribbean 01/11
Monarch of the Seas-Bahamas 03/11
Brilliance of the Seas-Caribbean 01/14
#6
St. Charles Missouri
6,890 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
last cruise on monarch sounds like a good idea.
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Navigator of the Seas Sept 7, 2014, Independence of the Seas Mar 29, 2014, Allure of the Seas Nov 17 2013, Oasis of the Seas May 25 2013, Liberty of the Seas Nov 25 2012, Liberty of the Seas Nov 29 2012, Liberty of the Seas March 2012, Carnival Freedom Sept 2011, Majesty of the Seas Jan 2011, Mariner of the Seas May 2010, Carnival Fantasy September 2009, Majesty of the Seas March 2009, Freedom of the seas May 2008, Carnival Triumph July 2007, Majesty of the seas July 2006, Explorer of the Seas May 2005, Carnival Destiny April 2002, Sovereign of the seas July 2001, Monarch of the seas January 1999, Sovereign of the seas Feb 1998, Viking Serenade April 1997, Big Red Boat June 1996, Song of America October 1995
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#7
South Carolina
9,309 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
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.

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Happy Cruising !

favorite cruise? - the most recent!
#9
North Ga
8,522 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
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.
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Carnival Holiday - 6/08
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/10
Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas - 2/11
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas - 4/12
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas 4/15
Carnival Magic - 5/16
#10
North Ga
8,522 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by cruisegirl1
The rates have already jumped up.
Yikes! Yes they have!

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.
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Carnival Holiday - 6/08
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/10
Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas - 2/11
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas - 4/12
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas 4/15
Carnival Magic - 5/16
#11
Edgewater, FL
414 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Yikes! I just called Crown and Anchor and a SOV is 1100 for two!
I don't think so.

Sylvia
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Disney Magic April 2000
Sovereign of the Seas 2003~~Bahamas~~
Sovereign of the Seas July 9, 2004~~Bahamas~~
Zaandam (HAL) Thanksgiving 2004~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas July 2006~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas March 2007~~Eastern Carib~~
Zuirderdam (HAL) December 2007 ~~ Eastern Caribbean ~~
Adventure of the Seas March 2, 2008
Voyager of the Seas (Med Cruise) Sept. 13-20, 2008
Sovereign of the Seas October 2008 ~~Bahamas
Monarch of the Seas November 2008 ~~ Bahamas
Independence of the Seas~~Eastern Caribbean~~March 2009
Majesty of the Seas ~~ July 2009 ~~ Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas ~~ November 2009 ~~ Key West, Labadee
Oasis of the Seas ~~ December 1, 2009 ~~ 4 Day Inaugural
Navigator of the Seas ~~ February 13, 2010 ~~ 5 day Honeymoon Cruise
Grandeur of the Seas ~~ May 17, 2010 ~~ 5 day Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas--October 25, 2010--Western Caribbean--Cozumel, Costa Maya, Labadee
Allure of the Seas Inaugural Sailing December 5, 2010
Freedom of the Seas--7 day Eastern Caribbean--Feb. 27, 2011
Monarch of the Seas - 4 night cruise - July 4, 2011
Liberty of the Seas - 7 night Mediterranean Cruise - September 10, 2011
Oasis of the Seas ~~ 7 night cruise ~~ January 7, 2012
Jewel of the Seas~~7 night NE/Canada Cruise~~September23, 2012
Monarch of the Seas~~4 night Bahamas ~~Halloween cruise, 2012
Jewel of the Seas ~~ 4 night to Cozumel ~~ Mid winter break ~~ January 24, 2013
Freedom of the Seas ~~ 7 night Eastern ~~ May 19, 2013
Brilliance of the Seans ~~ 7 day Canada/NE ~~ October 6, 2013
Allure OTS ~~ 7 night Western Caribbean ~~ Feb. 9, 2014
Vision OTS ~~ 5 night Western Caribbean ~~ May 31, 2014
Enchantment OTS ~~ 4 night Bahamas ~~ Sept. 29, 2014
Explorer OTS ~~ 9 night Southern Caribbean ~~ Dec. 4, 2014
Independence OTS ~~ 6 night Western Caribbean ~~ February 8, 2015
#12
Los Angeles
297 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
What happens special on a FINAL CRUISE?

Monarch was also our first cruise that we took relunctantly. It connected us with cruising.
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#13
1,481 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by redlobster
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
#14
North Carolina
504 Posts
Joined May 2009
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.
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Sovereign of the Seas..June 4, 1999
Sovereign of the Seas..April 12, 2001
Sovereign of the Seas.. April 30, 2001
Sovereign of the Seas.. April 11, 2002
Sovereign of the Seas.. May 30, 2002
Majesty of the Seas.....May 31, 2004
Sovereign of the Seas...May 19, 2008
Majesty of the Seas......May 16, 2011
Majesty of the Seas......April 13, 2012
Majesty of the Seas......May 17, 2013
Majesty of the Seas......Oct 05, 2015
#15
Orlando, FL
2,118 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by mygrace777
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


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(really Symphony of the Seas, not Harmony)

Past Cruises:

2017 Jewel of the Seas
2016 Harmony of the Seas, Disney Dream
2015 Enchantment of the Seas x 2, Oasis of the Seas, Norwegian Sky
2014 Radiance of the Seas
2013 Brilliance of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2012 Monarch of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2011 Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas x 2
2010 Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas x 4, Grandeur of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
2009 Disney Wonder, Monarch of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas
#16
Texas
613 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
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
#17
Edgewater, FL
414 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
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
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Disney Magic April 2000
Sovereign of the Seas 2003~~Bahamas~~
Sovereign of the Seas July 9, 2004~~Bahamas~~
Zaandam (HAL) Thanksgiving 2004~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas July 2006~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas March 2007~~Eastern Carib~~
Zuirderdam (HAL) December 2007 ~~ Eastern Caribbean ~~
Adventure of the Seas March 2, 2008
Voyager of the Seas (Med Cruise) Sept. 13-20, 2008
Sovereign of the Seas October 2008 ~~Bahamas
Monarch of the Seas November 2008 ~~ Bahamas
Independence of the Seas~~Eastern Caribbean~~March 2009
Majesty of the Seas ~~ July 2009 ~~ Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas ~~ November 2009 ~~ Key West, Labadee
Oasis of the Seas ~~ December 1, 2009 ~~ 4 Day Inaugural
Navigator of the Seas ~~ February 13, 2010 ~~ 5 day Honeymoon Cruise
Grandeur of the Seas ~~ May 17, 2010 ~~ 5 day Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas--October 25, 2010--Western Caribbean--Cozumel, Costa Maya, Labadee
Allure of the Seas Inaugural Sailing December 5, 2010
Freedom of the Seas--7 day Eastern Caribbean--Feb. 27, 2011
Monarch of the Seas - 4 night cruise - July 4, 2011
Liberty of the Seas - 7 night Mediterranean Cruise - September 10, 2011
Oasis of the Seas ~~ 7 night cruise ~~ January 7, 2012
Jewel of the Seas~~7 night NE/Canada Cruise~~September23, 2012
Monarch of the Seas~~4 night Bahamas ~~Halloween cruise, 2012
Jewel of the Seas ~~ 4 night to Cozumel ~~ Mid winter break ~~ January 24, 2013
Freedom of the Seas ~~ 7 night Eastern ~~ May 19, 2013
Brilliance of the Seans ~~ 7 day Canada/NE ~~ October 6, 2013
Allure OTS ~~ 7 night Western Caribbean ~~ Feb. 9, 2014
Vision OTS ~~ 5 night Western Caribbean ~~ May 31, 2014
Enchantment OTS ~~ 4 night Bahamas ~~ Sept. 29, 2014
Explorer OTS ~~ 9 night Southern Caribbean ~~ Dec. 4, 2014
Independence OTS ~~ 6 night Western Caribbean ~~ February 8, 2015
#18
Edgewater, FL
414 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Do you know if a roll call thread has been started? Let me know when.
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Disney Magic April 2000
Sovereign of the Seas 2003~~Bahamas~~
Sovereign of the Seas July 9, 2004~~Bahamas~~
Zaandam (HAL) Thanksgiving 2004~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas July 2006~~Western Carib~~
Mariner of the Seas March 2007~~Eastern Carib~~
Zuirderdam (HAL) December 2007 ~~ Eastern Caribbean ~~
Adventure of the Seas March 2, 2008
Voyager of the Seas (Med Cruise) Sept. 13-20, 2008
Sovereign of the Seas October 2008 ~~Bahamas
Monarch of the Seas November 2008 ~~ Bahamas
Independence of the Seas~~Eastern Caribbean~~March 2009
Majesty of the Seas ~~ July 2009 ~~ Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas ~~ November 2009 ~~ Key West, Labadee
Oasis of the Seas ~~ December 1, 2009 ~~ 4 Day Inaugural
Navigator of the Seas ~~ February 13, 2010 ~~ 5 day Honeymoon Cruise
Grandeur of the Seas ~~ May 17, 2010 ~~ 5 day Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas--October 25, 2010--Western Caribbean--Cozumel, Costa Maya, Labadee
Allure of the Seas Inaugural Sailing December 5, 2010
Freedom of the Seas--7 day Eastern Caribbean--Feb. 27, 2011
Monarch of the Seas - 4 night cruise - July 4, 2011
Liberty of the Seas - 7 night Mediterranean Cruise - September 10, 2011
Oasis of the Seas ~~ 7 night cruise ~~ January 7, 2012
Jewel of the Seas~~7 night NE/Canada Cruise~~September23, 2012
Monarch of the Seas~~4 night Bahamas ~~Halloween cruise, 2012
Jewel of the Seas ~~ 4 night to Cozumel ~~ Mid winter break ~~ January 24, 2013
Freedom of the Seas ~~ 7 night Eastern ~~ May 19, 2013
Brilliance of the Seans ~~ 7 day Canada/NE ~~ October 6, 2013
Allure OTS ~~ 7 night Western Caribbean ~~ Feb. 9, 2014
Vision OTS ~~ 5 night Western Caribbean ~~ May 31, 2014
Enchantment OTS ~~ 4 night Bahamas ~~ Sept. 29, 2014
Explorer OTS ~~ 9 night Southern Caribbean ~~ Dec. 4, 2014
Independence OTS ~~ 6 night Western Caribbean ~~ February 8, 2015
#20
Monterey, CA
1,297 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
I would like to do the Transatlantic on Monarch. Have had many cruises on her while on the west coast.