Renovated in 2013
Tonnage: 73.937 tons
Length: 268 meters
Beam: 36 meters
Draught: 7.55 meters
Top speed: 19 knots
Electric current: 110/220 Volts
12 decks for passengers
The Cruise European Gay Cruise 2017
September 1825, 2017
Pullmantur Cruises Monarch
This European gay cruise Produced by La Demence on board of Monarch offers you a unique itinerary from Lisbon to Madeira and the Canary Islands. Offering a perfect mix of culture, relaxation and outstanding open air summer parties, this is your best holiday option. The Cruise, is the best gay holiday experience ever!
Departing from one of the most charming capitals of Europe, The Cruise by La Demence takes you to Madeira and then visiting 5 of the 7 Canary Islands, each one of them very different and unique. And finaly arriving at Gran Canaria, the ideal gay destinaton to extend your holiday.
Experience our friendly village atmosphere in a custom-tailored holiday you won't find anywhere else.
Create moments and encounters you will remember the rest of your life.
Exciting ports of call. Wild parties and new friends. Quiet moments alone with the sea. Open yourself each day to new surprises.
Our friendly space.
For our 7th edition, we will enjoy the spaciousness, comfort and amazing views of the Monarch. Monarch is the sister ship of Sovereign,
and has been very recently renovated in 2013. It is operated by Pullmantur Cruise Lines. A ship offering the perfect size for our community feeling, that we all love so much.
So join us on Monarch, our biggest ship, operated by Pullmantur Cruise Lines.
• 2.386 passenger capacity
• 5-story Central Atrium
• Double Pools
• 360° Panoramic Bar
• Expanded Gym
• the Waves Yacht Club (new) - exclusive area for Suites.
A range of cabins to fit your style
The Cruise offers a selection of private homes at sea, so you can choose the one that best suits your style and pocketbook.
One of our luxury suites with a private balcony? A comfortable interior cabin for the budget traveller? A sea view? The choice is yours.
All cabins provide you with a private en-suite bathroom, dressing table, television, safe box, hair dryer and 220V outlets.
Laugh. Chill. Explore.
We supply everything, but you are the artist.
A rich palette of possibilities has been carefully assembled for you: fabulous shore visits, good food, dozens of on-board activities, entertainments 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.
Relax: Water + Sun
The ship has left the pier.
Leave your shore-bound life behind.
On board this floating gay 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.
Eat what you like, when you like.
Feel like a midnight snack,
formal dinner or healthy lunch?
The choice is yours.
With three restaurants on board plus room service, you will 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.
When (and if) you're ready
to leave your deck chair,
we're ready for some fun.
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. Did you meet 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.
Once again this year,
we add our own specialty entertainment
to the ship's excellent offerings.
Laugh with Koka, Nickie Nicole, Maman and her girls.
Thrill at the unstoppable voice of La Diva Live. In addition, marvel at the shows offered in the Broadway Theatre by the ship’s international team of professional dancers and singers.
Prefer to make your own fun? Test your talent in the karaoke bar or try your luck at the on-board casino.
Or enjoy the cocktails for groups (singles, nationalities, ...) in the spectacular 360° Panoramic Bar.
As evening falls, the pool deck is transformed into Europe’s hottest and friendliest floating open-air gay party land, complete with the best sounds, lights and a happy, high-energy crowd.
Check out the party themes and start planning your costumes! While costumes are not mandatory, it is much more fun to have a little something in your suitcase, so you can join in.
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 Atlantic, 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
to be announced soon
The Single Experience
Every year, we welcome hundreds of singles on board.
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.
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
If you are staying in a Royal, Deluxe or Grand Suite, enjoy free access to exclusive new Waves 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.
Resort amenities include double pools on deck - the perfect setting for relaxing, cooling off in the water and making new friends under the Canaries sun.
• 2 swimming pools
• 2 jacuzzis
• 1 nudist sundeck
Sports and 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.
• Climbing wall
• Minifootball court
• Running track
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.
• 360° Bar
• Panorama Bar
• Marina Bar
• Fragata Bar
• Rendez-vous Bar and Lounge
• Casino Bar
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.
• El Guardiana Restaurant
• Boreas Restaurant
• Auster Restaurant
• Panorama Buffet
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 …
The Cruise European Gay Cruise 2017 Itinerary
| 18 Sept
| 19 Sept
Day At Sea
| 20 Sept
| 21 Sept
La Palma, Spain
| 22 Sept
||La Gomera, Spain
| 23 Sept
| 24 Sept
| 25 Sept
Gran Canaria, Spain
Itinerary is subject of change
Day 1 - September 18, 2017
Lisbon is 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.
• Visit the aquarium, one of the biggest in Europe
• Treat yourself to Pastel de Belém. This pastry with cream filling, cinnamon and sugar is a must try.
• Make sure you stay a couple of days prior to the start of the cruise, to enjoy the city. it's more than worth it
• Take tram 28 to district Alfama, just outside the center
• Buy a ‘Lisboa card’, for unlimited acces to the public transport and free entry to many museums and landmarks.
Day 2 - September 19, 2017
Day At Sea
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!
• An early morning yoga session under the sun
• Offer yourself a spa treatment
• Try the climbing wall
Day 3 - 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.
Not to be missed
• Take the cable car to the botanical gardens of Monte
• Thrill assured at the Monte Toboggan. Slide from Monte to Funchal at the speed of 50 km/h
• Visit the Mercado de Lavradores at the center of Funchal
• Spectacular views guaranteed at the glass view point of Cabo Girao
• Have your lunch at one of the many restaurants on the promenade and try the local specialty 'steak on the stone' with Madeira wine.
Day 4 - September 21, 2017
La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
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’.
Not to be missed
• Discover nature reserve ‘Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente and enjoy the amazing view from the Roque de los Muchachos, the highest view point of the island.
• Visit Santa Cruz de la Palma, the capital of the island, with it's narrow streets, beautiful squares and colourful facades with wooden balconies.
• Nude sunbathing is allowed at Playa de las Monjas, roughly 2 kilometers south of Puerto Naos.
Day 5 - September 22, 2017
La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
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.
Not to be missed
• Discover National Parc Garajonay, one of the eldests forests in Europe (UNESCO world heritage site)
• View Los Órganos the 'organ pipes' (steep basalt columns) on a boat tour
• Try to spot La Palma from Mirador El Santo
• Have a swim at the natural sea pool of Hermigua
• Try the local specialty papas arrugadas, with mojos rojo y verde (sauces of peppers or coriander) in one of the many restaurants
• Relax and have a drink in one of the bars of San Sebastian.
Day 6 - September 23, 2017
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
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.
Not to be missed
• Take the cable car to El Teide and visit the nature park.
• Animal lover? Visit Loro Park, one of the top attractions in the Canary Islands.
• Discover the old city La Laguna (UNESCO world heritage)
• Show off your swimtrunks at the gay beach Playa de la Tejita
• Shopping at Calle del Castillo in the center of Santa Cruz.
Day 7 - September 24, 2017
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
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.
Not to be missed
• View the moon landscape of Montañas del Fuego from the back of a dromedaris
• Visit the Cueva de los Verdes, a stunning lava tunnel that was formed after a volcano eruption 5000 years ago
• Spot albino lobsters in the underground lake of Jameos del Agua.
• Sunseekers can find a spot on one of the 97 beaches on the island
• Hungry? Stop for a delicious tapas lunch at Costa Teguise
• Take wonderful pictures of the Lago Verde by El Golfo.
Day 8 - September 25, 2017
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
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.
Not to be missed
• Discover La Vegueta, the historic wine in Las Palmas
• The dunes of Maspalomas
• Party at Yumbo.
• Playa del Ingles, with many restaurants and gay bars is the ideal destination to extend the cruise.
Royal Suite with Balcony (RS)
Space, comfort and luxury
Invite new and old friends over for a private dinner and drinks, or to get ready for one of our famous pool parties. Throw open the doors to your balcony and take the party outside. Need some quiet time? When the guests have gone, or at the end of an exciting day of shore visits, claim all that space for yourself and relax on the balcony with the sunset.
However you choose to live in your home at sea,
space, comfort and luxury reign.
Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS)
A sanctuary offering both indoor and outdoor spaces
Put some music on. Change out of your shore visit clothes in your private dressing room. Depending on your mood, open the doors to the sea breeze and relax in your lounge area. Or step out onto the private balcony, put your feet up and enjoy the sunset with a refreshing drink.
Grande Suite with Balcony (GS)
At home on the high seas
Relax in your lounge area with your mate, comparing your photos of the day. Take an afternoon siesta to freshen up for an evening of dancing. Leave the doors open to the sea. Wake up and step out onto your private balcony to enjoy the sunset before dressing for dinner.
Junior Suite with Balcony (JS)
Open to the breeze
Getting excited for tonight’s parties? Have friends over for drinks on your private balcony as another perfect Mediterranean evening softens the skies. Our best value for a balcony suite.
Exterior Deluxe Cabins
Endless sea views
Enjoy full sea views from the window of this comfortable cabin.
Perhaps you’re just back from your excursion, or or perhaps you never made it further than your deck chair by the pool. Either way, this cabin is your personal retreat to prepare for the parties or rest peacefully at the end of another fabulous day.
Exterior Superior Cabins
Endless sea views
Only slightly smaller than the Exterior Deluxe, you’ll still enjoy full sea views from the window of this comfortable cabin. Perhaps you’re just back from your excursion, or or perhaps you never made it further than your deck chair by the pool. Either way, this cabin is your personal retreat to prepare for the parties or rest peacefully at the end of another fabulous day.
Exterior Porthole or Obstructed View Cabins
Natural light + all the comforts
Plenty of natural light graces this comfortable cabin. You may have a sea view porthole, or a full-size window with a partially obstructed view.
Either way, you still have a window onto the world, and a crisp, clean cabin to welcome you back from the day’s adventures.
Interior Superior Cabins
Budget-pleasing value + all the comforts
Offering all the amenities and comfort of the exterior cabins,
at a price that leaves more in your pocket for a day of luxury during your visit ashore, or extra pampering at the ship’s spa.