When we first saw the fly/cruise deal with Air New Zealand and the Rhapsody of the Seas on the internet we thought there must be a catch ! glad we booked when we did as there was no catch, price even (N.Z.$3250.00 each )included gratuities.
We first flew to Hawaii for 7 nights in the Ohana West hotel, not a 5 star hotel but very nice, it is only a short walk to Waikiki beach, you could also board one of many free trams that stop right outside the front of the hotel, after 7 nights exploring Honolulu we boarded the beautiful Rhapsody of the seas, our boarding experience was quite smooth but I understand others had a 3 hour wait.
This being our second cruise we knew to head straight up to the Windjammer restaurant for lunch and as for the rest of the cruise there was an abundance of food the selection was fabulous, the other main restaurant The Edelweiss is just stunningly beautiful, everything about this ship is graceful everywhere there are curves, sweeping gracious lines, the centrum with the incredible art piece rising through 5 stories just magnificent, back to the restaurant the service was 5 star the food 5 star the choice 5 star, thanks Cleo and Ireal for looking after us so well.
I hired a Tuxedo on board, very pleased I did as the formal nights were very special, even the cabin attendants wore bow ties on formal nights.
Our ports of call were Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora in Tahiti, all very beautiful, would have to say though the shore excursions were half the price on shore than what we paid on the ship, and the snorkeling was not that great, after Tahiti we cruised back to Auckland New Zealand 14 nights altogether on this magnificent ship, would go on it again tomorrow if we could.
Must mention we found as did others that the web sight was hard to navigate and it proved impossible to hire the tuxedo on line.