Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by MOMMIAD: Royal Caribbean Rhapsody Rocks!
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Royal Caribbean Rhapsody Rocks!
RCCL's Rhapsody of the Seas cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska, was a wonderful experience for our 3 generations group of 20 - ages varying from 6 to 76. We were all together to celebrate my 50th birthday and there were plenty of activities for all ages and we all conveniently met for dinner every day to talk about our adventures. Recommended workshops are the "shopping in Alaska" (sit up front if possible) and the "gemology" as well as the traditional napkin and towel folding. The Centrum shows were spectacular and (for us) spur of the moment as we headed back to our cabins. My one complaint was the evening shows were so booked solid that there was not enough space for everyone, so you had to arrive almost 30 minutes early if you wanted a seat, and give up trying to meet anyone there.
Wine is 2 bottles per stateroom (with at least 1 over 21 year old). It needs to be packed in your carry-on bag. The all you can drink package is definitely worth it for the drinking set ... More
The cruise "excursions" were all well coordinated and handled efficiently. Of course that is why you pay a bit more to have the cruise line handle things. Alaska was extremely picturesque and we say whales, porpoises, one seal (we think), eagles, salmon, and even a bear!
RCCL provided the cruise critics a meet and mingle - which was a great way to meet the folks I had met on-line. We chatted about what things we can do and the differences between the inside staterooms and the window views. It would have been nicer if it was later in the afternoon - the timing was right after breakfast, so most of us could not enjoy the beautiful appetizers they provided.
All said and done - the cruise was the best stress-free extended family vacation we have ever taken. There was plenty for everyone and now all that is left is the sharing of the zillions of wonderful pictures.
Thanks RCCL Rhapsody crew for making my 50th birthday memorable for me and 19 of my family & friends! Less
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Cabin review: Rhapsody of the Seas Large Interior Stateroom Deck 3 4515
The only recommendation is to bring "flatter" suitcases. The flatter cases fit under the beds. Because ours did not fit, we were a wee bit cramped on one side of the bed. Oh and bring a multi-slot extension cord - there is only 1 outlet and it is nowhere near the headboard. You may also want to bring some binder clips to weigh down the shower curtain and some magnets so you can leave notes on each others' doors. Especially with a large group - it is nice to know that you are knocking on someone in your groups door ....
Port and Shore Excursions
Daughter did the dog sledding and found the puppies absolutely adorable.
We took the "big blue bus" based on other reviews and I'll warn you now - they ask for CASH up front for both up and return trips - and their buses DO NOT LEAVE at the expected times. We ended up running for the bus 10 minutes before it was scheduled to leave and the driver did not stop so we had to wait another 30 minutes for the next bus. As it was a rainy day, that was the one downside to our entire cruise.
Kids all did the rock climbing, rappelling, and zip-line excursion. The cruise line handled everything wonderfully. They were able to do the fun excursion and then meet up for us for some quick shopping.
Uncle and Aunt signed up for the rock climbing/rappelling/zip line just to do the zip line. Once there the cruise excursion folks gladly traded their excursion in so they could do a fun 5 zip-line (but not advertized on the site) excursion for the same price! A fantastic time was had - and all of us relished in the tale that night for dinner.
In Victoria - try to arrange to get off the ship with the crowds. We waited 3 hours for get off and ended up paying $10 each for a ride into town - when a cab (for 4) was $10. Oh and be sure to eat before you head into town - Canada is quite pricy for lunch, even at the pubs.