Just returned from our trip aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. This was our first cruise and we had a terrific time. We booked all of our excursions through RCI on the website.
Our room was 8011. An inside room. It had plenty of space for all of our belongings and had a safe in the room. The shower was small but it served its purpose. The room was very clean and the staff did a wonderful job of maintaining its cleanliness while we were on board. We had reserved a Q class room ( the most inexpensive ) and were upgraded to the eighth floor, which was great. The room was quiet eventhough it was next to the stairwell and was under the men's room for the Windjammer and the pool deck.
The food in Edelweiss was fantastic, I have no complaints about the food. We were in main dining at table 168 which was near the entry ways into the dining area. The staff was efficient and accessible. They fulfilled our requests quickly and remembered our names after the second night. They also remembered what we liked to drink and the breads that we liked. The food in the Windjammer buffet was exactly that, buffet. Not great but also not terrible...it offered plenty of choices and a wide variety...We chose to eat in the dining room most often, even for breakfast. (and lunch on sea days)
The entertainment was great...RCI put on nice shows nightly...our favorite of the trip was Mickey Dolenz of Monkees fame...the cruise crew also put on entertaining shows. Nicely done, very entertaining for the most part.
We participated in several of the on board activities during the cruise...dance lessons were fun, we played bingo and trivia, we danced in several of the venues and attended both midnight buffets...the casino was small but fun...we spent most of our down time either at the main pool or the solarium pool...One thing that I especially liked was that non-smokers and smokers each had a section of the main pool in which to hangout...I don't smoke but my wife does, and it was easy to find the smoking areas and not have to hear complaints from people who don't smoke, though I heard one person complain because she couldn't use her balcony in port because a person in another room was smoking on their balcony...all rooms on board are smoking rooms, but, unlike Vegas, the rooms do not smell of smoke...a sign, I think, of very good housekeeping.
On board shopping was emphasized a bit too much for our liking...and you are offered a "shopping information" program that points out the shops in the ports which the cruise line wants you to use. I will say, don't buy the book with coupons in them...not enough coupons to make it worth your while and it covers many ports that you don't go to. Go to the seminar for the raffle and the free door prizes, but save your money...the free bracelet offered must be picked up in one of the ports and if you have excursions booked you will most likely not have time to get to the store to redeem the coupon for the bracelet...just go to the onboard shops and buy a $25 bracelet...you will most likely get a better quality bracelet.
Our excursions were fantastic...I will say that our Ochos Rios excursion to Coyaba Gardens and Dunnes River Falls got off to a confusing start when we asked where to line up, we received 3 different answers and almost missed our bus...but, once we got to the right place, the tour was fantastic...The tours at our other stops were better organized and went much smoother...
The public areas were great...the Centrum was the scene of many of the photos that the ships photographers made...I will say that I thought the photos were priced a bit high, but there were many photographers and they have to pay them somehow...We loved the main dining room and music was played during dinner on most nights...we also love the music that could be heard through out the Centrum from the Champagne lounge...a nice touch.
We highly recommend Rhapsody of the Seas for anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced cruise and for those who want to go on their first cruise...The staff and crew of Rhapsody of the Seas made ours first cruise a fun and relaxing event that we will always cherish.