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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by jmbest78: Not my favorite cruise line

3 Reviews
Member Since 2012
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Cabin 1.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Not my favorite cruise line

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle

It was along wait in line at embarkation. I've had worse but many better experiences. Seems to be a problem with all the cruise lines I've been on. We were notified they had an outbreak of norovirus on a previous cruise and our cabins wouldn't be ready for an additional 1-2 hours. Shockingly our room didn't appear to have any extra cleaning done except for removing the ice bucket (not to be returned) On this this cruise we opted for an interior cabin. The cabin was much smaller than other interior cabins we've stayed in. Little room for storage, shower was too small and the bathroom sink was useless.
It was obvious they had sprayed many metal and glass surfaces down with disinfectant, but never came back to clean them off. Even with all the extra cleaning going on it was not uncommon to find a greasy elevator button or seat in the Windjammer.
The selection in the Windjammer was small with most of the same selections each day. Items would sit empty for 5-10 minutes More before being refilled. The staff would clear a table when someone finished, but leave the chairs dirty and crumbs on the table. In the Edelweiss dining room, the service was great. The food was good. One evening we made a special trip to the dining room for Prime Rib to be disappointed with a cut of meat that more resembled a pork chop. We tried all 3 specialty restaurants. Each one had great service and exceptional food.
The scheduling of the nightly entertainment caused conflicts with our meal time on one of the evenings. I would have loved to see the country music Broadway style show. The new ballroom style show was nothing special. The comedian was not that funny. The late night DJ in the Viking Crown Lounge was good. Derek Lewis in the Schooner Bar each night was a good time. There wasn't many activities going on around the ship. The Q&A with the Captain was interesting. They need a different format though. People would repeat the same question or ask some really dumb questions.
Alaska is a great destination and we really enjoyed the shore excursions! Over all we were disappointed on our first Royal Caribbean Cruise. We found many things lacking when compared to other cruises on Carnival and Holland America. You couldn't tell the ship had just gone through a multi-million dollar dry-dock. Less

Published 09/17/12

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Cabin review: Rhapsody of the Seas

Tiny room with a queen size bed pushed up against the wall. Not enough room to store your belongings for a 7 day cruise. Cabin was missing an ice bucket, pen, and hand soap. The bathroom sink was useless. It was difficult to wash your hands or brush your teeth. The shower was considerably smaller than other ships I've been on. It was always hot in our cabin and adjusting the thrmostat did nothing.

Port and Shore Excursions

Whale Watching

Did the Whale Quest, Orca Point Lodge, and Mandenhall Glacier tour. The salmon dinner at the lodge was delicious, the glacier was interesting, and even though the weather didn't hole out for the whale watching we did manage to see about 15 whales. The tour accommodations were comfortable.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

The best shore excursion I have ever been on. Board a former crab boat and find a seat on the covered and heated deck. Learn about crab and other fishing.

Historical Tour

A walking tour of the ghost and brothel history of Skagway with a stop at the Brothel Museum above the Red Onion Saloon. Great tour exploring the history of the brothels during the gold rush

Scenic Drive

A bus tour called "To the Summit" up to the summit of the White Pass Trail which was used by gold rushers.

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