ms Monarch

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See here the ms Monarch position and read about the history of this now “Pullmantur Monarch” of the seas. Royal Caribbean Monarch Of The Seas cruise ship related categories here are MS Monarch cruise ship accident reports (at page bottom), ship review and specifications (details).

MS Monarch ship is currently operated by RCCL brand Pullmantur Cruises. The RCI Monarch ship was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises (Europe) on April 1, 2013 (its last cruise for Royal Caribbean was on March 29 – a 3-day trip to Bahamas).

ms Monarch cruise ship information

MS Monarch was built in 1991 as Monarch of the Seas at Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, France). This is the second of the Royal Caribbean’s three Sovereign-class ships – ms Sovereign (Pullmantur) and Majesty of the Seas. At the time of completion, MS Monarch, with her 73,941 GT, was one of the largest cruise ships in the world. The ship can accommodate up to 2,744 passengers.

ms Monarch, Pullmantur cruise ship

MS Monarch boasts two shuffleboard courts and an outdoor basketball court. Two salt water pools, full-sized, are among the other amenities. After the 2003 refurbishment, a rock-climbing wall, a conference center, Asian-fusion restaurant, a Latin Bar, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream were added. The spa and fitness center, as well as the kids’ area were enlarged.

In 2007, ms Monarch became the first of the major cruise ships in the world captained by a woman, Karin Stahre Janson (Sweden). She was the only one until 2010. The British Sarah Breton then took charge of P&O MS Artemis. On April 1, 2013, the ms Monarch cruise ship was transferred from RCI to Pullmantur Cruises (Spain) and joined her sister – MS Sovereign ship, after 22-year service for Royal Caribbean International. Prior to being retired from RCI fleet, the Monarch ship was sailing 3 and 4-days cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida. Beginning April 27, 2013, ms Monarch is sailing year-round Pullmantur cruises in the Southern Caribbean.

ms Monarch Of The Seas statistics

ms Monarch of the Seas

  • Flag-state /Registry – Nassau (Bahamas)
  • Capacity – Passengers 2,350 (max 2,770), Crew 827.
  • Year built 1991 (by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France).
  • Building cost US $150 million, last Refit (2011), Identification IMO number 8819500, Flag (Bahamas).
  • Dimensions – Weight-Tonnage 73,940GT, Length 880ft (268m), Width 106ft (32m), Draft (28ft, 8,5m)
  • Cruising speed (25 mph, 41 km/h).
  • Sovereign-class ship (sister-ship Majesty of the Seas).
  • Fun Facts – the world’s first big passenger ship to have a woman as her captain (Karin Stahre Janson).

MS Monarch of the Seas accidents

 Date, location  Accident / Incident Report
January 30, 2006
  • ms Monarch of the Seas accidents, incidents at ShipCruise.orgCaptain Joern Rene Klausen, 38 year old, was found dead aboard the Monarch in his stateroom. The vessel was returning to LA from a 3-night cruise to Mexico. According to the reports, Captain’s death was of natural causes.
August, 2005
  • While the Monarch ship was docked at the Los Angeles port, maintenance on her sewage pipe caused small quantity of raw sewage, as well as unknown amount hydrogen sulfide gas. Boris Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Radomilja Frane (Croatia) and Willie Tirol (The Philippines) were the three crew members killed. Nineteen others were injured. The deaths were instantaneous, as the people were not equipped with breathing apparatus then.
December 15, 1998
  • MS Monarch evacuated a sick passenger and after that, while departing at St. Maarten (Philipsburg), Netherlands Antilles, the ship grazed a reef. A gash was opened along the vessel’s starboard hull, 131.2 by 6.6 ft (40 by 2 metres) in size. MS Monarch started taking water, thus beginning to sink by her head. Three of ship’s watertight compartments were flooded completely, and several others – partly.
  • In order to prevent sinking, the ms Monarch was grounded intentionally on a sandbar. The passengers were evacuated by local tender operators and crew members. No lives were lost. Ship’s grounding caused breaking of two diesel fuel tanks and a small fuel spill of about 380 l (100 US gallons). There was also hard damage to the ship. the United States Coast Guard and Norwegian Maritime Investigator found that this accident was due to numerous “human performance deficiencies”. The navigation out of the port of St. Maarten was done visually and not by using electronic navigation, so the relocation of buoy that was vital, was not pictured on charts.
  • The ms Monarch ship was drydocked for three months as she needed repairs at Atlantic Marine’s Mobile, Alabama. 114 ship compartments needed cleaning. The work included machinery replacement, 29 km (18 miles) electrical wiring and 460-ton shell plating.


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