This was our ninth cruise, but the first with Royal Caribbean. We had been to all ports except Champagne Bay. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and rate this cruise alone, as the BEST we have been on. We will definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again.
CHECK IN.....Very simple and super fast. We arrived at Circular Quay around 11am, where our luggage was promptly loaded onto a truck, by competent staff waiting at the curb. Went for a walk to take pictures of the ship. Boarding commenced at 11.30am, and was so well organized that we were onboard 15 minutes later, and eating at the superb Windjammer Cafe.
CABIN.....Our cabin was also better than expected. Ample room, plenty of cupboard and drawer space, and a very comfortable bed, with top quality linen and great pillows. The shower was always nice and hot at any time day or night. Our female steward was very polite and extremely attentive in an unassuming manner.
SHIP CONDITION....Always clean and tidy. Modern and appeared very well looked after. A very glamorous ship.
DINING......This is what set the Rhapsody apart from other ships we have been on. The food was overly abundant. The choices in the Windjammer were numerous and of top quality. The dessert bar was unbelievable, and I blame this for the 8kg I have put on over the past two weeks! The dining room also provided top quality food with lots of choices. Our compliments to the Chefs of both these areas. I will miss my made to order omelets, the best crepes in the world, and the variety that was offered.
SHOWS..... Good quality shows, with a range for all different tastes. Geraldine Doyle was fantastic, as were the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers.
SHOPS.....Again, better than we expected. Very competitive prices, and a larger array than we have been used to in the past.
ONBOARD ACTIVITIES....Terrific, entertaining and again a great choice of things to do. So much to do and so little time!
MUSIC.....I put this in because the music in the different areas of the ship was varied to cater for all tastes and all top class. We particularly enjoyed the band The Hot Spices, with their Caribbean Reggae renditions....cant wait for them to make a CD. SHORE TOURS....Very good prices, with a large choice of tours.
CHECK OUT....This was also very quick, very well organized, and took only 15 minutes....and that's with customs checking our bags.