“Wonderful Experience”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas

turbowaverider Rhapsody of the Seas 5 Wonderful Experience
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We booked the 7-day cruise to Alaska with stops in Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria for ourselves and two children. We arrived at the cruise terminal in Seattle at Pier 91 and had to wait in line for approximately one hour before getting our sea pass and boarding. Once on board, we quickly found our way to our deck 3 inside staterooms and were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were, although compact. The ventilation and air conditioning were excellent, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom well laid out and clean, and the cabin was spotless clean.

Soon after, we all had to report to our 'muster station' for the mandatory lifeboat drill and then...we were free to begin exploring. Dinner seating was at 6pm and the dining in the dining room was outstanding. The menu varied every night, the food was all delicious (we tasted each others selections) and the wait staff pampered us to no end. We also ate a few meals in the 'windjammer cafe' which has mostly a buffet service, although there was also a grill where they would cook eggs to order and such. The buffet food was very good, although with the limitations that a buffet service entails. The entertainment on the Rhapsody was very good both the rhapsody singers, dancers, and musicians as well as the entertainer guests. We enjoyed every show and never missed one unless we were late getting back from a port visit.

They also showed movies every afternoon, had various enrichment lectures (enjoyed the ones about Alaska and the RCMP history), and all sorts of other stuff such as poker tournaments, ping-pong tournaments, climbing wall competition, karaoke nights, an interesting 'rock-a-rokie' night (sing with a 4-member rock band), the 'love and marriage' game show (wow was that funny!) etc. There was also a 1/4 mile running track on Deck 10 that was very enjoyable. There was also a fitness center that we didn't use. Just the ship stuff was a lot of fun.

The Rhapsody adhered to the schedule nearly to the minute and visited 'tracy arm fjord' where the Rhapsody captain pretty much parallel-parked next to a giant ice berg and gave us amazing views of the glacier and the beautiful surroundings.

Overall, we found the cruise to be amazingly fun, the Rhapsody to be extremely comfortable as well as immaculately cleaned and maintained (the crew was constantly maintaining the wear surfaces against the inroads of weather and passengers), and all of the staff to be wonderful. We highly recommend the 7-day Alaska cruise. The only bad thing was the day we had to disembark.

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruises to Alaska
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Cabin review: Interior Stateroom

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The cabins were small but very comfortable. Lots of closet and drawer space, great air conditioning and ventilation, and comfortable bed. The bathroom was very easy to use with lots of instant hot water and everything working well. There was a small sofa in the cabin that we mostly used to put stuff on.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
The port visits were even more fun than being on the ship, We did the zipline tour in Juneau that was a lot of fun...zipping through monstrous old-growth hemlock firs looking for bears. We were only in port in Juneau for about 8 hours so there was not a lot of time to shop in the stores. There was a killer hot dog stand a few blocks away from the waterfront that was selling 'Alaska Dogs' that were really good.

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Port
We had more time in Skagway, about 10 hours. In Skagway we did the bus tour to Carcross and accompanying train ride which took quite a while and also required passports to cross into Canada's Yukon territory. The scenery was awesome and the history was interesting. We also stopped in the ghost town of Dyea to see the graveyard where 40+ klondikers were buried who died in an avalanche on April 3, 1898.

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Port
Victoria was a fun stop. We did the city tour and went to Craigdarroch castle which was fun.

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Published 07/27/11
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