Having one of the 5 Owner's Suites, 8012, maybe our expectations were too high. The Royal Suite next to us had, for some incredible reason, a player piano in it along with a lot of guests. The first two days, they played the piano at high volume with the balcony door open. My wife couldn't read from her Kindle and I couldn't hear my iPod. My wife took the high road and called Guest Services. The folks in the cabin couldn't hear the phone ring because of the music, so Guest Services sent Security; the music finally stopped. Then they did it a second day, and my wife called, and I went to Guest Services and said that if it wasn't resolved for the rest of the cruise, I would solve it. No more player piano.
Our cabin had a nice jacuzzi which worked well, as well as a bidet. I have no idea if the bidet worked, and just took up space as far as I was concerned.
The cabin is right below the Windjammer and we constantly heard noise from chairs and tables being moved, along with very early morning cleaning.
The balcony, being of an older design, has much less privacy than newer ships, with significant gaps between the screen and the superstructure.
All-in-all, I would probably sail on the Rhapsody again, although not pay for an Owner's suite. Not enough value in it. Read entire member review.
Obviously, I had to pay the money to have a little more space. I have spoiled myself with suites in the past and it is hard to go back to some of the other categories. The wife and I like the separate spaces the the suites offer because she can go to bed early and I can stay up and watch tv or whatever and it doesn't bother her. The cabin is what you would expect of a OS cabin, all the nice amenities, even a bade in the bathroom. My wife is a fan of the jetted tub.
The room is large, it is on the starboard side of the ship right next to the royal suite on deck 8 in the forward part of the ship.
Our only gripes about this room is that, (1) it is right over the Windjammer, so there is noise of rolling carts and of things dropping at different times of the day and night, and (2) there is this creaking and popping noises in the ceiling panels while the ship is at sea, and there seems to be something loose in the bulkhead between this suite and the Royal Suite....constant knocking.
When I opened the door, I thought wow! The bathroom is Devine with spa bath, glass shower, double bowl basin and even a bade. Plenty of room to move. The cabin itself is spacious and lovely.. We enjoyed spending time in our suite after each says outing.. Here's a tip too guys that I was so impressed.. If the bed is too hard, speak to the lovely Daniella and she will organise the mattress to be softened or visa versa.. The attentiveness of the help is second to none .. Our guy Joel was amazing! We cannot thank him enough for catering to our needs... The Vip package is well worth the money if you are after the being spoilt experience! Great seats with shows, the concierge was a great place to meet other cruisers and we enjoyed going there daily. We loved our home away from home... Once again our only gripe was the creaking of the roof when the seas are a little rough... Close to pool area but being the front of the ship can be a bit of a walk at times, but then it's advantages is its very private too. But well worth the extra money if you like comfort!
Cabin is extremely large with a huge separate sitting room. Balcony is also very large with two loungers and two small tables. Decor is uninspired at best. Cabin is forward on the ship but reasonably close to the elevators. For those with mobility issues, it is a decent walk to the Centrum. Good news is that, given cabin location, there is no "traffic" outside your door. Cabin is directly below the pool deck so you hear carts being pulled across the deck starting very early in the morning. That can be annoying.
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