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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by SydneySailors

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Rhapsody of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas
Member Name: SydneySailors
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: South Pacific
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 3110
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        10-12 3.0
        13-15 3.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation Not Rated
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Ship Facts: Rhapsody of the Seas Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Rhapsody of the Seas Deck Plans
Great Family Cruise
Reason for choosing this cruise - South Pacific ports Itinerary & school holiday time

Travelling - Family 2 x mid 40's plus 2 x teen boys (12 to 15)

Online Booking Experience - great

Online Accounting - great

Online Shore Tour Bookings - challenging but all ok on the day

Online Check in - Great

Onboard check in - Great - quick & very friendly, helpful staff - onboard under 45mins - bags in room almost immediately.

Cabin - 3110 & 3112 - interconnecting - awesome - compact, clean & comfortable - almost soundproof! Bedding clean & comfy, extra bedding found in cabin, bathroom modern & clean. Cabin staff friendly and efficient.

Meals - Main dining - lovely most nights - staff awesome. Buffet good variety, fresh & tasty. Staff excellent service & always friendly & helpful. Breakfast menus needs some improving - more variety. Tables cleared very quickly but not wiped which could be a much needed improvement. Park cafe - great venue - especially late night snacks. Chops Grill awesome & Italian restaurant great.

Entertainment & Theme nights - Off to a slow start but got better every day- some shows great, some good, some need improving. Sailaway party needs a lot of improvement - very low key (P&O do a great job of the sailaway party) All in all, lots of variety and enjoyed our time onboard.

Drinks - great - reasonable prices (under $10 frozen margaritas) service great - tables around deck 9 pool area need to be wiped clean - rarely saw them clean.

Casino - good fun - staff not as friendly as other staff onboard.

Spa services - heavenly - great staff!

Hubby's Must Do - $150 Behind the scenes ship tour (including the bridge) totally awesome!

Kids Must Do - Teen Lounge - although our kids seemed to be there 24/7 x 2 the room itself does not offer much more than a tv and music and the staff organised activities need some improving - meet & greet for the teens should be a bigger deal on the first night as many first timers did not go along due to shyness - NCL do a better job with the teens - getting everybody involved.

Islands highlights - Cascades in Vila - magic - a really wonderful day! Champagne Bay Beach (including Blue Lagoon) - Heaven on earth! Canoe the Riri River in Luganville - totally awesome - must do the Tarzan swing! Mystery Island - lovely little spot - great coco loco cocktails on the beach! Swimming in Isle of Pines - amazing water! Snorkelling in Lifou - like stepping into the Nemo movie! Noumea - cleaner than everybody says - people friendlier than everybody says - maybe because it was Sunday? Good trip $5 sightseeing on the shuttle bus followed by a good feed at McDonalds!

Tender boat service - very efficient - speedy service

Ship Layout - easy to get around - never seemed crowded - one improvement could be free coffee/tea station on lower levels/casino

Passengers - most friendliest, fun and polite people on a cruise ship - loved meeting so many great people.

Staff - most friendliest and helpful and happy team on any ship or from any resort/hotel etc that we have ever seen.

Disembarkment - Excellent - chose the carry off own luggage option - scheduled for 7.30 - from lift to taxi in under 30 minutes including customs & quick stop at quarantine inspection area.

Summing up - great holiday - heaps of fun on & off the ship - surrounded by great people passengers & crew - wonderful island adventures and good value for money - we will definitely sail away with RCCL again.

Happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Publication Date: 04/25/13
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