Rhapsody of the Seas - Western Caribbean: Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Dean Klein
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Rhapsody of the Seas - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
We weren't impressed by the first two ports we sailed to. Key West was CROWDED, loud, lots of party people, etc. The sidewalks were so crowded you could hardly walk. We took one excursion there on a trolley and I don't recommend it. It was FAST, no opportunity for picture taking, and the guide was terrible. We only had a few hours in the early evening in Key West and it was dark after we finished the excursion and most museums, etc. were already closed. We ate delicious Key Lime Pie, and returned to the ship for dinner. The next port was Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and again it was terribly crowded. There were six cruise ships anchored there you we were tendered in and out of the port. We did two excursions there and neither was worth the money - the Butterfly Farm and the glass bottom boat that went out over the coral reef and old ship wrecks. Save your money! If you want to do sight seeing, make your own arrangements once you are at the pier. Again, it was so crowded with cruise people, you could hardly walk. The last port was Cozumel and it was much more enjoyable. They are doing a good job of rebuilding along the pier since the hurricane and it was very pleasant to just wander the streets, browse in the shops, and the prices were much cheaper than the first two ports.
Entertainment and activities on board were excellent. We went to the show in the theater each night and enjoyed all the entertainers thoroughly, although the night of the country musical presentation, the acoustics were much too loud. Many people said the same thing and some people got up and left. The casino was usually busy, though we didn't use it, and it is absolutely beautiful. The library is well stocked and very comfortable if you want to relax and read and you didn't bring your own novels. There are many lovely lounge areas with expanses of glass to enjoy the ocean view --- we loved that. We didn't use the exercise facilities or spa, or pools, but they were always busy and seemed enjoyable. I definitely recommend the cocktail seminar. The bartenders are entertaining and fun, and the drinks are awesome. Definitely worth the money for the ticket. In fact, the drink of the day, is one of the best buys on board if you enjoy a delicious cocktail. They are priced at just $4.25 per day and a different one is available each day. In fact we thought all their alcoholic beverages were very reasonably priced. All in all it was a great 7 day and night cruise; our first one and we've been married 47 years. It's a great bargain for we Texans who don't have to fly to port!! The personnel really make the cruise so enjoyable the entire time. Everyone is totally dedicated to serving you and we loved the way they pamper you. If we ever cruise again, it will definitely be on Royal Caribbean. Debarkation was just as easy as embarkation. We were off the ship and in our car by 9:30 a.m. In fact the groups they call to debark at specific times really works well and it ran about 30 - 45 minutes ahead of the time they had posted. Our luggage was waiting inside the port area and customs was fast and easy. Less
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