Just got off the Rhapsody of the Seas and it was FANTASTIC. We had bright sunshine and warm pleasant weather each time we went to a port and only one chilly rain day which was fortunately when we were at sea. Alaska this time of year has 19 hours of daylight so it seems that night never comes.
Rhapsody is a very comfortable smaller ship compared to the gigantic Oasis and I felt much more at home. This crew really works together to make sure everyone has a splendid time. For our first port, Juneau, we did the Tram and it was wonderful. There is a nice trail area up at the top and don't miss the movie.
Skagway, we did the White Pass Railroad and although it was spectacular, next time I would save $100 per person and just ride the motorcoach up. The train is noisy and does not stop for photos. Since these are the views of a lifetime, take the motorcoach which has four or five stops and you will get magnificent photos and be comfortable and able to hear the narrator. The train is noisy and you breath diesel fumes all the way down.
Dining is mostly the Edelweiss Room or you can pay the upcharge for Chops or Giovanni or Izumas.
The Park Cafe up in the gorgeous solarium is a great place to catch a fresh salad or fruit cup. Shows were pleasant but not Broadway, but my family was entertained.
Don't miss Butchart Gardens in Victoria. This place is absolutely STUNNING. Oh yeah, we did the weekend in Seattle after the cruise and had a magnificent time there too. The Duck tour, 3 hour city tour, Space Needle and the Wheel were almost as much fun as the cruise.
This cruise is SO MUCH more scenic than the Caribbean. They do try to nickel and dime you everywhere, the casino sucked, not many winners in there!, but GO because you will have the time of your life.
Our stateroom was small but comfortable. The shower curtain was a low point, it sticks to your body while showering, but that was my only complaint.
This ship has an amazing Centrium which is a great gathering place. Our Stateroom 2100 was a PERFECT location, it seemed to be close to everything. We have been on Disney 15 times, but this Rhapsody trip has us dazzled by an Alaskan wonderland.