Having spent 4 wonder full days in Perth we arrived at the Cruise terminal at 11am and after an excellent check-in were on-board by 1120am, as cabins were not available until 1pm we headed up to the Windjammer and had an excellent lunch of hot and tasty food. After lunch we then explored the ship and found her in good condition and easy to find your way around, we also met many of the staff and found them to be in our opinion the friendliest and most helpful we have encountered in our years of cruising. Our luggage arrived before muster and we did not need life-jackets for the drill, which is much easier.
DINING ROOM we had excellent wait staff in Darwin(waiter) and Luis Luis(asst) also best MD in Rakesh who was around every night and was most helpful. The food in the DR was excellent, the Chef presented excellent well prepared tasteful menus which were not repeated over the 18 day cruise, the food was the best we have had on recent cruises and could not be faulted IMHO. Breakfast for D & D+ members was held in the small adjoining room next to main DR, this was very well done and much appreciated, it was an excellent way to start the day.
ENTERTAINMENT This was varied and some good and some not so good, the RCCL singers and dancers were excellent with their routines as usual, however a good comedian could have balanced out the programme, Carly B was as usual excellent. The bands were really good and provided great music for dancing in all venues.
STATEROOM This was excellent apart from the lack of wardrobe space, there was only one small hanging space half of the normal size, to overcome this we were given a metal wheeled hanger on which all our long items had to be put onto, although inconvenient it did the job although it did take up space in the room. Our SR attendant was Richie who did an excellent job and was friendly and helpful in every way possible.
Bar staff were ever present but not in your face or overwhelming, just very helpful.
The Ports were varied and very good, weather although changeable at times was for the most enjoyable, some rough seas were encountered however the ship coped with them very well.
Last word must be about our very friendly and informative Captain Rick Sullivan and his Officers, who were excellent in everything they did and were a pleasure to sail with. We look forward to sailing on Rhapsody again.
Ports visited were, Bunbury-Albany-Adelaide-Melbourne-Burnie-Hobart-Dunedin-Christchurch-Wellington-Sydney.