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. More
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. Less
Rhapsody of the Seas Cruises to Australia & New Zealand
Excellent to visit although Taxis have set charge from port to city, 10$nz pp wherther there are 2 or 4 in taxis, Taieri Gorge Railway(76nz$pp) is great value and you just take an early taxi from port to stn and pay on arrival, you can book online if you wish, local bus from city back to port takes 35mins and costs 3nz$pp and drops you off outside port gates.
What can you say about SYDNEY that has not already been said by others, the only word for it is FABULOUS, great place to see, eat or sightsee, it is cheaper to eat out than in, tour buses HoHo 25au$ are great value and visit Bondi etc, as are the Ferries from Circular Quay, get a day ticket 14au$ which gives unlimited travel on ferries and buses, the Opera House is well worth visiting as is Darling Harbour. We also hired a car and visited the Blue Mountains which are great on a clear day but it rained on our visit, the visitor centre there provided lots of information and a free film show of the area and history. We also visited Botany Bay Wildlife park 7au$ per car entrance, where you can visit the place where Capt Cook 1st landed in Australia.there is also a visitor centre which has an interesting film showing Australian Wildlife, we then drove to Cape Solander a popular whale watching spot.
The Te-Papa museum is free and excellent it can take all day to explore if you wish but it can be done in 2-3hrs, the shops are varied and good views can be had if you go up the cable car(5nz$)rtn or 3 one way, then a walk back down through the Botanic gardens. A taxi for 3 from or to the ship costs around 15nz$.