Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by alaskancruiseman: Rhapsody of the Seas - Alaskan blast
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Rhapsody of the Seas - Alaskan blast
We traveled to Alaska on the Rhapsody in July 2013. What a blast! Our stateroom attendant, restaurant staff and activities folks were perfectly amazing.
This is not a huge ship, but was perfect for our traveling crew - lots of family and friends. We were simultaneously able to satisfy a wide variety of disparate interests from gambling to exercise to drinks to relaxation.
From the start, the crew of the ship led by the Captain and cruise Director were there to be helpful but not overbearing. They were personable and fun and allowed a perfect balance of attention and privacy. The Captain's messages were hilarious and informative. Graham's daily message on the tele was a riot. We ate in the Wind Jammer (buffet) in the morning and Eidelweis in the evenings, which was an experience every single day - perfect and delectable.
The excursions in Juneau, Skagway and Victoria were perfectly timed and allowed for ample to time to get off the ship, get your land legs More and visit fun attractions, then get back on for more pampering and fun! They are expensive, so plan for lots of cash outlay on land - because the ports are certainly counting on it! And the scenery ... you just can't explain to someone how every moment is a breathtaking view of ocean, mountains, glaciers, wildlife, etc.
I worked out every day (not wanting to gain the 5-10 that's common) and found no challenge in getting into the small exercise facility and out. I tried the rock climbing wall, pools, hot tubs, walking route.
In the afternoons and at night, Graham and his crew owned the stage and made for fun, entertaining enjoyable shows, interactive events - even a cirque de soleil show in the Centrum - and the Broadway Theater was a constant positive experience.
I recommend anyone select this ship and trip to Alaska. Less
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Cabin review: Rhapsody of the Seas Large Interior Stateroom Deck 3 3119
This room is a large interior room. It was quiet and comfortable the entire time, except for disembarkation day (the last day) when the bustle of the stateroom attendants was audible and equipment bumped up against the room walls starting at 6am. Our room is right off the hallway to the attendant cabin, and possible other interior rooms. Because it's an off-main hallway, this is where the attendant would park his cart, and sometimes bump the wall. This was rare, but for sensitive people, it may matter. The room was ever-clean and tidy. Our attendant could not have been better - seriously. The bath is small but fit fine for us. A good selection for an interior cabin.
Port and Shore Excursions
Whales, Bears and Glaciers
We booked the combo wildlife, whales and glacier. In truth, it's hard to get it all in in one day. One of the events will fall a little slack - and for us it was the glacier. It's amazingly beautiful, but we were only able to see it for an hour or so. The whale tour was a blast. If you can, book a small boat. Ours wasn't huge, but held 40 people. People get in the way and the boat can't get as close. Smaller boats can accommodate a small group and be right up close.
White Pass Scenic Railway
The zips are kind of short in this experience, but definitely fun. We took a family of 4 (kids ages 17 and 12) and all of us had a blast. The crew operating the zips was safe and fun the entire time. I really like how the tour starts with a treed rope setup that validates your fear (or lack thereof) of heights and your ok-ness with squirrely ropes and perches. This is a fun adventure.
This is a must in Skagway. The rail trip provides an unbelievable view of the surrounding area, narrates a history of the gold miners trek over the pass and the engineering marvel of the railroad building, and you get to be on a train! This is fun and well-worth the cost
This tour was awful. After being mauled by the different tour companies as soon as we set foot on land and paying $10 per person just to take a bus into town, we opted for the Big Bus Tour. This is not a good option for anyone wanting to learn about the sites and have a chance to get off the bus. The staff (mostly the driver) was not helpful or audible most the trip. The lousy pre-recorded message was horrible and the driver never found a rhythm starting and stopping the awful recording as he actually passed the site. It was awful and recommend not using this company at all. In addition, downtown Victoria is pelted with bird droppings! One of my party, and another lady in another party, each were pooped on repeatedly standing on the sidewalk. As you realize, looking down, the sidewalks are streaked with droppings and the birds are never-ending overhead - WATCH OUT!!
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