Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by triode20: Not overly impressed
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Not overly impressed
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
We went on a 12 night cruise to Fiji. I have travelled on p & o and princess cruises before.
Was totally disorganized. Took over 2 hours once we had dropped our bags off.
First impression of the ship. Not a wow factor but was still very nice. It took quite a few days to become familiar with the ship.
We had an outside cabin,large state room on the port side of the ship.First impression was the cabin and shower was very small compared to P&O and princess. Not much storage area for bags and beds too low to store them under them. The cabin steward was very friendly,helpful and very efficient.
The food in the windjammer was ok the views from the front of the ship were fantastic but can't understand why you would have a food serving area in the rockiest part of the ship.
The restaurant was really nice,the food was great,the waiters couldn't help enough but it was a bit disorganized we had to que a fair bit either until More tables became available or were set up. One disappointing thing was were we're traveling with 2 other couples and although we asked to dine at the same time the restaurant was not flexible they would not change our dining times which was very disappointing. We ate at 6 ,730 and 830 .
As they were not flexible we opted to pay the 100 bucks and eat at the speciality restaurant . The surprising thing was a flag fall just to eat inthe restaurant. The $100 covered that and the food was to die for especially the chops grill. The Italian restaurant was very squeaky in rough weather.
The drinks were very expensive,the wine started out at $13 per glass which included a 15 % tip which we had already paid for in our fare,so they were double dipping. They were no way as good as Australian Wines some tasting like vinegar.
Life on board entertainment was very average even below standard the abba show and magician I would not right home about. The trivia was held in the bar and was so packed you could not get a seat. They would not move it to a bigger venue. There were no laundries on board or ironing facilities ,you had to pay for this to be done. We washed ours in the shower and hung them in the room. The coffee on board was ordinary ,with only 2 places to purchase it unless you liked percolated coffee as I believe the Americans do! The solarium and vikinglounge were fabulous places to hide with the vikinglounge being right up the top with 180 deg views and quiet time,and no kids. There were adult only area pools and spas and curfew times but these were not policed.The big screen on top deck was turned off for all of the cruise and I asked if it worked. They told me of course it does, I asked well why don't you use it,other cruise ships have theirs on all day and night showing movies,sporting events or music videos. They had it on for the last 2 daysof sailing showing fish swimming around the ocean !
Come 12 o'clock on top deck came the reggae band. Now seriously who like reggae music ? They were loud,played until 5 and ruined the ambience. You could not relax around the pool or read a book,this was the time to pack up for the Viking lounge.
Overall I would not go on this ship again,the americans haven't quite got it right. They need to go on australian based ships and find out what we Australians like. It was only minor things but enought just to piss you off., Less
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