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  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Costa Maya
  • Day 4
    Belize City
  • Day 5
    Roatan
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Tampa

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

Cons

Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

Bottom Line

Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Our party of eight adults chose Rhapsody mainly for the itinerary. Sailing from Venice was a big attraction also. We spent one night in Venice prior to departure and enjoyed the sights despite the intense heat and the crowds. We stayed in ... Read More
Our party of eight adults chose Rhapsody mainly for the itinerary. Sailing from Venice was a big attraction also. We spent one night in Venice prior to departure and enjoyed the sights despite the intense heat and the crowds. We stayed in Hotel Olimpia which was a lovely hotel in a quiet part of Venice and near some nice restaurants and shops. Plenty of transport options nearby. It was also very handy for the cruise terminal. Embarkation was extremely smooth and quick. We boarded at 11.30am and there were not many people boarding at that time. We went to the Windjammer for an early lunch and our cabins were ready by 1pm. We were delighted to see that the ship, despite being an older ship and contrary to some previous reviews, was in very good shape. The ship was busy with a wide range of age groups. There were quite a lot of families with children. The children didn't bother us at all except that the pool was nearly always busy with them. The solarium pool is adult only but was also usually very busy and it is nicer to be outdoors when the weather is so nice. Sun chairs could be difficult to get around the pool especially on sea days, but there were usually some available on the promenade deck. We chose the late sitting for dinner but there was a mix up with our table and we were not that happy with the one we were given. We only ate in the MDR on 3 nights and tried all three of the speciality restaurants on the other nights. We went to Chops twice and thought the food and service was very good the first night and not quite as good on the second. The food was lukewarm on this occasion but still tasty. Lamb and steaks were very good. Giovanni's was only okay and neither the waiter nor the Matire'd were very friendly. Izumi's was nice but we thought the portions were on the small size. The food in MDR was generally very good. We only went to a couple of shows in the theatre. The singers and dancers were excellent in the piano man show. The magician was vey good also and the juggler was entertaining. Music in the Centrum was very enjoyable but there is not enough seating. We also enjoyed the piano player in Schooner bar. There is a nightclub on deck 11 and on one night there was a dancing under the stars party around the pool which was fun. The bar service in some of the bars could be quite slow and we often found it is quicker to go the bar to be served. In contrast the service in the Windjammer was very good with plenty of staff clearing tables as soon as people vacated them and also were helpful in getting speciality coffees or orange juice etc. We had the drinks package and enjoyed the coffee and fresh juice we could get with this. There was a good selection of food in the Windjammer although it could be very busy, especially on sea days. We had organised private tours for our party of eight in Dubrovnik, Kotor and Santorini. This worked well for us as we could plan what we would like to do which mostly involved some sight seeing, some swimming and somewhere nice for lunch in each destination. We enjoyed each place very much although Santorini is a nightmare when returning to the ship in the afternoon. We had been on the first tender in the morning so getting the cable car up was no problem, however in the afternoon when returning there was a very long line for the cable car so we decided to walk down the steps. This proved extremely difficult as the steps (approx. 600 of them) are slippery and have donkey manure on them. It is also upsetting to see the donkeys/mules hauling mostly overweight people up and down the steps in the hot sun. There was no water in sight for them anywhere. We were exhausted by the time we got to the bottom and then there was a long line for the tenders. Crew did their best distributing water and cold towels which were very welcome. I can't understand how with all the ships that go there (5 on the day we were there) that the cruise companies don't improve the cable car system to carry more people. Also, if a hand rail was put on the walls along the steps it would be helpful as it is dangerous at the moment. If we were to go there again I think we would book a boat tour, but really having seen Santorini, and it is lovely to see it once, I don't think we would want to return. Too many people and too difficult to get up and down the cliff. Katakolon is nice as the ship docks right in the town. So easy to stroll into the town for shopping. There is a small beach very close to the ship for a welcome swim and a nice harbour with restaurants to sit and have a drink. We enjoyed this cruise and would consider sailing on this ship in the future but perhaps during school term would be less busy. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
The Cruise itinerary was - Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Sea Day, Santorini, Katakolon, Sea Day, Venice. ) We are a relatively fit middle aged couple in reasonable health. ) No excursions pre-booked but we did buy the deluxe drinks ... Read More
The Cruise itinerary was - Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Sea Day, Santorini, Katakolon, Sea Day, Venice. ) We are a relatively fit middle aged couple in reasonable health. ) No excursions pre-booked but we did buy the deluxe drinks package (recommended). ) Port side balcony room booked (mainly for the sail out of Venice at 6:00pm) * Rhapsody of the Seas - getting a little tired but still tidy & clean * Port side balcony cabin - spacious enough for 2 of us with settee, reasonable sized bathroom, no kettle but this is easily got around by ordering FOC "breakfast in cabin" then going for your full breakfast later. Uncontrolable air conditioning making the room too cold. * We went for "My Time dining" in the evenings, which isn't flexible at all. The food was very good on the whole but sometimes could have been hotter. For breakfast we went to the Edelweiss restaurant and more often than not went for the Egg Benedict (Yummy!!). Lunch time we went in the Windjammer which also was very good if sometimes a little busy. Day 1 - Embarkation went quite smoothly, with the usual queues! Once on board (approx12:30pm) we had access to our room with our luggage arriving an hour or two later. We'd prepared for this by packing shorts and sun cream in our hand luggage. Food and drinks were available immediately. The sail through Venice at 6:00pm did not disappoint with magnificent views of the great city. Day 2, Dubrovnik - We did not book an excursion (this will become a theme) and waited for the queues to go down before taking a taxi to the edge of the walled city (cost 15 euro's). Once there, we opted to wander around the city and decided not to walk the walls (minimal cost of approx 6 euro's each, though Euro's not accepted KN's or Credit Card). We have done the walls before and they can get very busy. For some reason the taxi back was 18 euro's??? Day 3, Kotor, Montenegro - we have stayed here before so knew it fairly well. Again we didn't book an excursion and got an early tender ashore with the intention of walking up the walls before the walk was in the sun. The entrances to the walls are through the town and cost 6 euro's each. This is quite a challenging walk up to St John's Fortress and good shoes or trainers recommended, the health and safety police would have a field day here. But it's well worth the 800ft climb for the view. After a wander around the town we went to the shingle beach and spent a couple of hours there. Mid afternoon we were back on a tender (no queues) and aboard the ship. The sail out of the Kotor Fjords was great, and Day 3 was also the formal night which I'm always a little wary of but was instructed to wear my dinner suit with a concession that I didn't have to put on my dickie bow! Still a lot of gents had suits on and most had made an effort. Day 4, Sea Day - We had worked out that we needed to drink 4 cocktails (approx $12 + 18% gratuity) each per day, which wasn't much of a problem on any of the days (Aluminium bottles of Budweiser $7.25, Glass of wine $8 and everything has 18% gratuity added). Day 5, Santorini - Re-visiting Santorini after 31 years! We wanted to hire a motorbike and tour the island independently, but the rental company would only deliver to the ferry port or the top of the cable car port (two separate ports, not linked). We decided to get a relatively early tender (after the queues had died down, most of which were for excursions) jumped straight on a tender and walked up the steps to the town. Most reviews moan about how slippy they are and smelly, but the weren't that bad. As we were early we could have got on the cable car with a short wait but decided on the steps and were surprised by how quiet it was, a few donkeys (more like horses) coming down and none going up. We wandered around Thera Town for a while and sampled the drinks etc. then early afternoon jumped straight into the cable car and onto a tender with no queues. Day 6, Katakolo - This is the port to go to Olympia, we didn't bother as I'm not a great fan of fallen down columns and the such like, so we opted for a walk around Katakolon. However whilst walking around we found that there is a direct train to Olympia for 10 Euro's each return, also when cruise ships dock the modern a/c trains run every hour for the 45min journey. Strangely enough RCb don't seem to mention this as on option to get to Olympia. There's not a great deal in Katakolon but there is a small beach to the left of the port and the dock side bars are very pleasant. Formal Dress Night Day 7, Sea Day - Cocktails, drinks and food....lots of it! Morning 8, Venice - Early arrival, smooth disembarkation (Bags collected the night before) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Our family of 6 adults were very pleased with our cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. First, in terms of any negativity I would acknowledge our cabin and some areas of the ship are a bit basic and jaded in appearance. The Windjammer can be ... Read More
Our family of 6 adults were very pleased with our cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. First, in terms of any negativity I would acknowledge our cabin and some areas of the ship are a bit basic and jaded in appearance. The Windjammer can be very hectic and a little difficult to get seating but with patience and perseverance an enjoyable meal can be had. Very harsh, expensive and unfair that all persons in each cabin are obliged to purchase the same drink package. Overall though we were very satisfied with our choice of ship/cruise and had a marvellous holiday. Main Compliments; Standard of service; Excellent in all areas of the ship. The many staff we encountered were amazing. Restaurants - Quality of food and service exceptional. We opted for My Time dining in the evening in the main restaurant and this suited our needs and daily plans extremely well. We had the experience of being served at two different tables and at both the service was excellent. Mostly we were at a table being served by Eddie and Samson. These gents could not be bettered. Professional, humourous and friendly. Deck 9 Pool Area - great atmosphere and staff excellent. Entertainment- Very good. Some great shows in the theatre. Listening though to Alfonso play piano and tell jokes in the Schooner bar was our main choice most evenings. The mostly all girls band from the Philippines were also fabulous. Read Less
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