Space. Large Choice. Still Friendly.
This sister ship of Sovereign has been very recently renovated in 2013, which you will feel and see as soon as you board the ship.
The Cruise is known for its friendly atmosphere, and
the more intimate setting of its mid-size ships, the perfect size for our community feeling, that we all love so much.
So, join us in this epic journey and enjoy the 5-storey central atrium and the 12 decks offering a room for 2.386 passengers. Monarch is operated by Pullmantur Cruise Lines.
The Waves Yacht Club (new)
If you are staying in a Royal, Deluxe or Grand Suite, enjoy free access to exclusive Yacht Club.
It has both an inside lounge with private bar and buffet, and an outside deck with astonishing panoramic views at the back of the ship.
Bars & Dinning
With six bars plus poolside service, there are plenty of comfortable spots to enjoy a drink on board. So take a friend up to the spectacular 360º panoramic bar for a quiet conversation as the sea slips by, or gather a group at the piano bar to enjoy a few tunes before dinner. For the talented or simply fun loving, there is nightly karaoke as well.
With three restaurants on board, you’ll never go hungry. The Monarch features two à-la-carte dinner restaurants (also serving lunch on days we are at sea), a full buffet with extended opening hours, and a 24-hour snack buffet.
Sports & Fitness
Get sporty at the climbing wall. Work out in the expanded gym with panoramic views of the sea. Challenge a mate to a game of paddle tennis, or go for a sunrise jog around the decks. There are plenty of options on board to stay active, have fun and keep fit.
Once again this year, we add our own specialty entertainment to the ship’s excellent offerings. Laugh with Koka, La Prohibida, Maman and her girls. Thrill at the unstoppable voice of La Diva Live. In addition, marvel at the spectacles offered every afternoon and evening by the ship’s international team of professional dancers and singers.
At the heart of the ship, a gleaming central atrium rises five stories, ringed with duty free shops, lounges, a library, game room, business centre and many other amenities.
Bring your 007 luck (or just your love for the thrill of the game)
to the ship’s casino. Who knows—you might win big!.
Black Jack, Roulette, Poker, slot machines; it is all there.
This 7th edition of the European gay cruise (THE CRUISE) offers you a unique itinerary from Lisbon to Madeira and the Canary islands, on board of Monarch. Offering a perfect mix of culture, relaxation and the best open air parties.
Departing from one of the most charming capitals of Europe, sailing to Madeira and then visiting 5 of the 7 Canary islands, each one of them very different and unique. And finally arriving at Gran Canaria, the ideal gay destination to extend your holiday.
SEPTEMBER 18-25, 2017
THE CRUISE - CANARY ISLANDS
September 18, 2017
One of the most charming capitals of Europe, with a vast history.
visit the tomb of the great explorer Vaco de Gama at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and the Torre de Belém (UNESCO world heritage site). Discover the center with the charming Rossio square,
Praça dos Restauradores and the amazing shopping streets.
Party at gay districts Barrio Alto and Principe Real,
where you can find various restaurants and gay clubs. Cross the bridge to the stunning beaches of the Costa de Caparica and take the train to Praia 19, the famous gay beach
September 19, 2017
Slow down. Relax. Maybe visit the gym. Lay in the sun. Dangle your feet in the pool, or enjoy one of the activities: Mister The Cruise Election, games, cinema... Meet new friends… and get ready for the T-Dance Party!
September 20, 2017
Madeira was discovered by Hendrik The Sailor. The group of islands that forms Madeira consists of many small islands of which only 2 are inhabited: the main island Madeira and the smaller island Porto Santo. The other islands are unhabited and are protected nature reserves.
The tropical forests at the north of the island are UNESCO world heritage site. Due to it’s stunning nature Madeira is appreciated by hikers and nature lovers.
September 21, 2017
La Palma is the most north westly situated island of the Canary Islands. It is the island of the eternal spring. Amazing cliffs, abundant forests and streams form a green paradise at the north of the island. The south of the island is more rough and is known for its lava rock formations.
It is said that out of all the islands, La Palma is the most authentic one of all the Canary Islands. The name La Palma comes from the abundancy of palmtrees on the island and the locals are called Palmeros. Discover why Madonna named La Palma ‘La Isla Bonita’.
September 22, 2017
The second smallest island of the Canary Islands is La Gomera.
One comes here to enjoy the nature and peace and quietness.
La Gomera is 400 km2 and is very mountainous.
September 23, 2017
Tenerife is the biggest island of the Canary Islands. The biggest volcano on the island is El Teide, that with it’s hight of 3718 meters is the highest point in the whole of Spain. Jaw dropping rock formations, stunning nature and black sandy beaches, show how amazing a volcanic island can be.
The island has many faces: the north is green and not so touristic, aside from Puerto de la Cruz. The south where you find the resorts Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos is a lot drier and sunnier than the north.
September 24, 2017
Lanzarote is also named Isla del Fuego or fire island.
The scenery is mainly rough and volcanic, with colourful lavarock formations, stunning long beaches and around 300 volcanoes.
Architect and artist César Manrique influenced the island and gave it it's own style. His works of art can be seen everywhere on the island. UNESCO named the whole of Lanzarote as a biosphere reserve in 1993.
September 25, 2017
We end our cruise at the amazing Gran Canaria. For sure the most gay friendly island of Europe. Gran Canaria is the most popular island of the Canary Islands for sunseekers and is situated a few hundred kilometers west of Africa.
Laugh. Chill. Explore
A rich palette of possibilities has been carefully assembled for you: fabulous shore visits, good food, dozens of on-board activities, entertainment and parties, plus always the option to sit back and do absolutely nothing. On The Cruise, we set up the canvas and hand you the brush,so you can paint the perfect holiday by following your own inspiration, each moment.Traveling Alone? you wont be for very long.
Relax in the water, under the sun.
On board this floating village, two large pools, two jacuzzis and sundecks for every taste, guarantee you will get all the sun
and water you want.
Afternoons, DJs spin chilled lounge music around the pools. Relax with new and old friends, take a dip, chat, order a refreshing drink. Or slip away to one of our quiet decks, where all you hear is the sound of the breeze and the sea. If tan lines aren’t your thing, head up to our highest deck—a discrete haven for nude sunbathers.
Sporty? Head to the ocean-view gym, test your grip on the climbing wall or challenge a friend to a game of paddle tennis. Want pampering? Book a treatment at the Spa and Beauty Salon. Have you met someone you’d like to sit in the dark with? Sneak into the 24-hour cinema. Shopaholic? Eight duty free shops are calling.
In addition, we organize fun activities like the Mister The Cruise competition, the hilarious "High Heels Run", a treasure hunt, singles games and much more.
The Hottest Parties
Sunset Tea Dance
The perfect way to celebrate another day of blissful relaxation at sea and intriguing adventures on shore. Gather for some light-hearted fun as the light turns to gold.
Dance the night away under the stars in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, to the beats of the best LA DEMENCE DJs. We greet the magic moment of sunrise with a last dance. Open air cruising zone.
Not ready for the party to end? Or just waking up and feel like dancing your way to breakfast? Head to the ship’s disco for our after party. With darkroom.
DJs on board
Pagano (UK), Steven Redant (ES), Chris Bekker (DE), John Dixon (FR), Paul Heron (UK), Sebastien Triumph (FR), and Kenne Perrry (BE).
The Single Experience
Some just love to do their own thing. For the others, we offer several opportunities to make new friends or strike up a romance. From singles dinner tables to mix-and-mingle cocktail hours, we help you connect. The ship itself does the rest of the work—the warm, friendly village atmosphere means you won’t find yourself alone unless you choose to create some “me” time.
Most of our single friends share a cabin with someone they didn’t know before. And while many say they were nervous about this at the start, by the end they rush to tell us what a wonderful time they had with their roommate. If you join our "single share program", you will share the cabin with someone of your age.
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