Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by jstackhouse
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
I am writing this review 2 years later. I was living near the Tampa area and always wanted to go on a cruise, and I figured this was a good opportunity. I took my then girlfriend (now wife) on the cruise. I was well aware that Rhapsody was one of Royal's older ships, so I wasn't expecting the Oasis. A family member dropped us off at the port around 11:30am. We could have used a little guidance in terms of what to do with our luggage, but our bags ended up being small enough to take on board ourselves. We were able to get into our room before 1pm. We then explored, drank, and ate - and I proposed - before the ship left port.
For the most part, I thought it was a pretty elegant ship. You could see her age in some places. Never felt like the ship was dirty or smelled funny. Despite its age, the Rhapsody did have innovations where necessary, such as the interactive touch screen planners near the elevators to discover the ship and events.
Once again, the ship is a little old. We didn't spend much time in the cabin other than we were getting ready or sleeping. Plenty of stuff to do on the ship or at port. I will say, the water in the shower never got hot for us - we were wondering if this was just how cruises were. In retrospect, something was wrong there.
We ate at two of the specialty restaurants: Chops and Jamie's Italian. Chops Grill was by far our favorite. It felt comparable to a Ruth's Chris to us, but with an amazing view of the ocean from our table. Jamie's was good, but the food was heavy. Service was fantastic everywhere. At Jamie's, our waiter basically just brought us every appetizer without us asking. Other nights, we ate at the main dining room for dinner, which was honestly very good and we probably would not need specialty dining if we didn't love Chops so much. For breakfast and lunch we generally hit the buffet - the breakfast buffet got a little old and repetitive, but lunch had some good variety and taste.
Entertainment and Activities
My wife and I tried to take advantage of every entertainment opportunity. The cruise director (can't remember his name anymore!) was great. Whether it was a "Finish That Song Lyric" game or karaoke, it was a fun atmosphere. The broadway shows were excellent. There is a screen by the pool they play movies on at night.
Favorite place to hang out and have a drink was definitely the Viking Lounge!
I was happy with the fitness facilities (adequate cardio and weight training equipment).
Once again, the service was fantastic in all aspects of the cruise, from the main dining room, the bars, to the room steward. We absolutely adored all of those who took care of us, and the service on Royal Caribbean makes us worried to try another cruise line.
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