In this photo feature, we see Monarch (formerly Monarch of the Seas) during a port call at the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman.
Monarch was the second ship built in Royal Caribbean's Sovereign class. When she entered service in 1991 for Royal Caribbean, she, along with sister Sovereign of the Seas, was the largest cruise ship in the world.
After many years with Royal Caribbean, she was leased to Pullmantur Cruises, a joint venture involving Royal Caribbean's parent company. She then served the Spanish-speaking cruise market.
In 2020, Pullantur ceased operations and Monarch was recalled to Royal Caribbean. However, because of the crisis in the cruise industry resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic, Monarch did not rejoin the RCI fleet but rather was sold for scrap.
Grand Cayman is a tender port and so Monarch anchored in the bay in front of George Town.
Also calling at Grand Cayman on this day were: MSC Divina (above left); Norwegian Escape (above right); Disney Wonder (below left) and Freedom of the Seas (below right).
It is not a long tender ride to shore and there are good views of the ship. Above: A tender sits beside Monarch loading passengers. Below right: Monarch from the tender pier.
Cruise ship photo/video feature - - Pullmantur Cruises (Cruceros) - - Monarch - - Monarch in Grand Cayman