Sail Date: October 2018
Our agent recommended this ship as we wanted to travel to Santorini and also see Croatia. It was truly a fantastic experience. The ship was lovely and the staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was fantastic and the cabin was wonderful ... Read More
Our agent recommended this ship as we wanted to travel to Santorini and also see Croatia. It was truly a fantastic experience. The ship was lovely and the staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was fantastic and the cabin was wonderful - our room steward was incredible. Entertainment was good - some funny trivia games organized by Elvis and Tanya were a lot of fun. We couldn't get over the attentiveness of the crew - they were all amazing. We did our own excursions as the ones through the ship were a little costly. Very easy to do your own as at each port there were people there selling different day trips - like Hop N Off bus tours that worked well in the ports. Our embarkation and disembarkation was really easy and no issues at all. It was very quick and smooth. The dining room in Edelweiss had amazing food and great service; the buffet in the Windjammer was awesome - so much food to choose from; we went to the Chops Grille and had the most amazing meal. We also went to the Giovannis table restaurant - also had a good meal there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Sailed with my elderly parents and husband. We paid for assistance as my father is in a wheelchair although this was non existent. Service in the bars was extremely slow and staff in certain bars down to 1 bar man. Food was good ... Read More
Sailed with my elderly parents and husband. We paid for assistance as my father is in a wheelchair although this was non existent. Service in the bars was extremely slow and staff in certain bars down to 1 bar man. Food was good can not complain plenty of variety. Ship is looking tired now furniture in the solarium tatty and worn. The ports of call were very good. Beware if you buy any cigarettes on the ship they will let you buy as many as you wish without notifying you of the port of country rules. This i feel is unfair as we only purchased 400 each and then Venice port control took 200 each as you are only allowed 200 each. I know we should have known too but surely RCL could notify guests when purchasing. Entertainment was rubbish most guests were commenting on this who we spoke to during the week just not up to RCL standard. Time to try another cruise line. Avoid 3583 very noisy could not go to bed before 12 as right below centrium Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
First and last RC cruise for me. Awful cabin, shower a joke, entertainment appalling and 400 Euro more than its way superior competitor NCL Epic. Food was good, staff without reproach but pokey , old fashioned Tiny cabin with a ... Read More
First and last RC cruise for me. Awful cabin, shower a joke, entertainment appalling and 400 Euro more than its way superior competitor NCL Epic. Food was good, staff without reproach but pokey , old fashioned Tiny cabin with a leaking shower and no xpelair ! I’ve had far better cruises with Norwegian, MSC and Celebrity . The entertainment /shows were of a poor standard .... . However the food is the best I’ve had on board any vessel and kudos to all the staff who work round the clock . Mobility is also an issue. 2 members of our party were disabled so had to stay on the ship at some ports as there was no way to get them into the tenders. We were told this was due to health and safety reasons but should be outlined by the tour operator when booking the cruise . My overall experience was positive but would not travel on this ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
we were on the same cruise same ship,one year ago and thought to repeat a great experience,but tings had obviously changed,the following best describes those changes.our room attendant took three days to empty the bin,in the dressing table ... Read More
we were on the same cruise same ship,one year ago and thought to repeat a great experience,but tings had obviously changed,the following best describes those changes.our room attendant took three days to empty the bin,in the dressing table drawer magazines and items from past cruises in other parts of the world,the entertainment was the total same as per one year ago word for word,as to the dining cold food, little choice repeated menus,little attention to requests on one occasion my wife received a baked potato a small piece of chicken no sauce no gravy no other vegetables and cold,also tea and coffee served in large workmen like mugs fine dining? after 2.30 pm till 6 pm no opportunity for a hot drink except on the open top deck and most basic depending on weather conditions,standards have slipped on this ship continuous game shows child like,self entertainment when at sea,the windjammer catering resembled up market school dinners,and to top it all our room safe was broken from day one cold upon staff three times,but to no avail safe lay open on more than one occasion. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able ... Read More
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able to compare and contrast many aspects of the ship with those sailed on before. Rhapsody was similar in size to NCL Jade but was definitely older and a bit more jaded than our previous ships. Our cabin was a regular inside and was quite small. We asked out attendant (he was fantastic) to put a mattress topper on the bed as it was quite firm but then again my bed at home is quite soft. The bathroom is small but adequate. We were forward on Deck 2 but near the lifts which brought us straight up to the Windjammer Cafe and the pool deck in 2 minutes. The ship is easy to get around and the staff could not have been nicer. Our waiter, Belando in the MDR was excellent. Our only regret was leaving the Dining Room and going to Chops Grill one of the nights for a treat!. We were over 2 hours waiting for our main and some of our group sent food back for being overdone and/or cold. The Head waiter brought Champagne to our table in the MDR the following evening but it was an expensive lesson learned. Sixteen people at $38 pp is a large sum of money. There was always plenty of room in the Windjammer and we had breakfast and lunch here daily. I love being able to sample bits of everything and the food was always hot and plenty of it available. As a large group we created a lot of our own entertainment but those that went to the shows in the Theatre we not overly impressed. There was a good band who played in the Atrium most evenings and the Reggae band who played poolside and in 'Shall we Dance' were truly excellent. We had arranged our own tours in Kotor (Speed boats), Athens (Luxury 16 seater bus & guide) and Argostoli (luxury 16 seater bus & guide). They were amazing and definitely a highlight of our cruise. Kotor in Montenegro is somewhere most of us will return to. Our speed boats brought us from submarine bases to holy islands and picturesque villages. A trip around the quiet Greek island of Kefalonia has given us all memories that will stay with us forever. Swimming in the turquoise waters of one of the most famously beautiful beaches in the world, Myrtos Beach and eating fresh Calamari in a taverna is Assos village overlooking the lagoon. Heaven. One of our group left a wallet with money on the bus and the company emailed to say they had it and will send it home. No reward required. Every person we met on board or ashore was so kind and helpful (sorry i forgot about the grumpy gondolier in Venice!!). Corfu was a mixed bag. The town is very touristy. You can get a special Cruiseport/town public bus from the port building for €1.70 which is good value. Mykonos is by tender and is worth a look but also very touristy. If you are looking at these reviews deciding if you should go on Rhapsody or not, you should do it. She has been around the world many times but she was very homely and I became very fond of her shiny and glitzy appearance in the public rooms. If you get the Drinks package don't forget that the lovely coffee on Deck 6 is included. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special ... Read More
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special for me and the kind people i shared the cruise with. All went well on boarding Rhapsody we were an hour late due to fog at Gatwick but it was not an issue. Rhapsody is i think now 20 plus years old but still great for her age small but big enough to have a great vacation experience. My cabin was 7147 an inside towards the back of the ship it was good. Douglas looked after my stateroom and was always smiling. Douglas was due to go home on the day we docked back in Venice on the 13th October. It was so nice to share his happiness to counting down his days. He worked so hard everyday to look after everyone and make sure everything was OK The food was just the best that i have experienced so far on a cruise Ivan who looked after us in the evening at table 30 was great. We would sometimes meet up at lunch with him as well in the main dining room. The Windjammer was also really good and a great choice for lunch so many people said how good it was as well. I did have breakfast on a couple of days in the dining room and on the last morning i had the breakfast muffin in Park Cafe it too was good. I never went to the theater but enjoyed the bands on the pool deck and and the centrium. As i said i never went to the shows but speaking to people most people said that they were happy. Bingo was fun i had such a laugh with the people i met up with playing this. Some lucky person when we were playing won $1000. I met a couple who were on their first cruise they were so enjoying it, i was lucky to share their time at the airport and their time on Rhapsody. I really enjoyed Kotor and Agostolli a great experience, as with these two ports of call i just went ashore on my own and stayed in port. Rhapsody as i said is getting on in age but it was clean and well maintained. My personnel time on board and the people that i met up with mostly seemed to enjoy their time on board. To me there was a great atmosphere on Rhapsody and the staff seemed to me to care about us having a great time. As always i would like to thank every crew member for being so kind. Again this is a personnel view of mine, I look forward to joining Rhapsody again soon. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We choose this cruise due to the deals being offered and the places it was going. The room we chose was 2509 not really knowing it’s location but we hindsight we wouldn’t have chosen it due to the fact that we were right ... Read More
We choose this cruise due to the deals being offered and the places it was going. The room we chose was 2509 not really knowing it’s location but we hindsight we wouldn’t have chosen it due to the fact that we were right over the bow thruster which when operated was very very noisy and the room vibrated tremendously good if you want an early morning call. We thought we had booked anytime dining but was stuck with one table, food was ok but when my wife got a risotto which was glue pi the waiter asked if we wanted another but she refused,after that we ended up in the self service restaurant which had more chose, we believe that the food has gone down in quality to try and get you to buy the food in the on board speciality restaurants. Entertainment was fairly good but in the bars it always seems that they have to play very loud, which if you are trying to chat other passengers makes it more difficult. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have cruised many, times since last choosing RCI. In fact the last time was around 35 years ago. Since then we have travelled with P&O,H&L,Celebrity and many others of the same calibre. This was our third cruise in 2018. We ... Read More
We have cruised many, times since last choosing RCI. In fact the last time was around 35 years ago. Since then we have travelled with P&O,H&L,Celebrity and many others of the same calibre. This was our third cruise in 2018. We chose this cruise as part of a package put together by IGLU to encompass Lake garda as the starting point and a transfer to Venice to pick up the ship. We had little choice off cabins, normally travelling in Balcony, but we could only get Outside cabins at the time of booking some 9 months ago. We were allocated cabin number 4072. A small unit but adequate for the short 7 days cruise. The location was good being mid ship and near most amenities. And as we had 3 days of severe wind, which stopped us from berthing or using tenders, the location choice was therefore very good, and the rolling of the vessel was less than forward or aft. We had so many moans and complaints but I highlight just some. The Captain, who was obviously, very experienced and handled the ship very professionally, was from South America. This became a problem for us as some of the more important announcements made regarding the weather etc were given which such a pronounced latin accent we had to go to reception to find out what was said. The entertainments director was also Latin American and therefore most of his announcements could not be understood. His deputy was Italian and therefore the same problem occurred. This was then followed by the Excursions managers seminars and announcements, he was also speaking with a strong Spanish accent which could also not be understood. The entertainments Director, delighted in treating everybody like Morons and guests with very low IQ's. His presentations were like something from "Hidy Hi" from the UK 70's TV show and became a great annoyance to a good many people. If he was responsible for interviewing the guest performers, you can imagine what these turned out like........absolute rubbish, apart from a tribute Beatles Band. The Food in the main restaurant and buffet was of good quality but sometimes served cold or very cool. The staff in all of the dining venues were excellent. The Excursions were awful and where an absolute waste of money. Regretably our trip with Royal Caribbean has not only put us off travelling with them again, but also have now managed to put us off cruising deep sea. We are going to have to continue River Cruising where there are not so many crowds and one is certainly not treated as "Cruise Idiots". I could go on but now feel stressed after reliving this bad experience once again in my mind. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this ship because of the ports it was visiting and the date it was sailing. We had never sailed with Royal Caribbean before. The service on board was fantastic. From dining room to coffee shop to cabin steward the service was ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the ports it was visiting and the date it was sailing. We had never sailed with Royal Caribbean before. The service on board was fantastic. From dining room to coffee shop to cabin steward the service was amazing. The food choice was excellent and all the food tasted great! The entertainment at the shows each night was wonderful too. The cruise director and related staff were very entertaining and talented! The only down side is the price of drinks whether it be with alcohol, pop or water. We did not get the drink plan as it was ridiculously high and we are not huge drinkers but the wine and mixed cocktails were very highly overpriced. The only bad thing was the one day coming into and leaving Santorini. There were a lot of waves and high winds and the ship was really rocking. I felt very sea sick from all the movement of this boat as it is on the small side compared too all the bigger & newer ships. Read Less
Rhapsody of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 3.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.5 3.4
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.2

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