Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I decided to book a cruise for our first wedding anniversary. I have been on a handful of cruises before but never with Royal Caribbean. This was my husband's first cruise. We didn't chose Rhapsody on purpose, we chose to ... Read More
My husband and I decided to book a cruise for our first wedding anniversary. I have been on a handful of cruises before but never with Royal Caribbean. This was my husband's first cruise. We didn't chose Rhapsody on purpose, we chose to port from Tampa in case we decided to drive though we ended up finding a nice deal flying. Embarkation was very smooth. We scheduled round trip airport transfers that took us to the port as soon as we landed. Tampa's port is a smaller one so that may be why it was so quick and smooth. We were on the boat about 30 minutes after arriving. I had read a few reviews about Rhapsody prior to sailing and I was a bit worried. I was aware this was an older, smaller ship. Yes, the ship does show some wear, but it was always super clean and size does not matter! Honestly, I liked the intimacy of it and seeing the same people at bars every night. The only time the ship ever felt crowded was breakfast and days spent at sea in between ports. I am not listing that as a con by any means, I understand that everyone is obviously on the ship and is most likely at the pool area. It was very hard to find chairs on these days though and people did save them even though rules stated you can't and your towel will be taken (didn't happen, pretty sure it's just a warning). We ate at the MDR every night except for one due to coming in past our dinner time at port. The food in the MDR was always good. I wish we had spent at least one meal in one of the specialty restaurants as a few couples we met told us how amazing the food was there. The Windjammer was great at breakfast but lacked options for lunch. The night we ate dinner there we had burgers from the burger station which were great. Unfortunately, we did not see any of the "Broadway" type shows because we spent most evenings in the Schooner bar playing trivia and listening to Kelly, the amazing piano player and talking with new friends. We did however, see the game show there and the little shows put on in the Centrum by Elvis, the energetic and always funny cruise director. Ports: Key West was our first port. It was beautiful and we loved it. We did the hop on hop off conch train tour. Highly recommend it to those who have never seen the island. Very informative and fun. We ate at a local bar after the tour and went back to the ship. Cozumel was the 2nd port. Also a favorite. We did not book an excursion through Royal. We instead booked an all-inclusive day pass at Mr. Sanchos resort. I read about it online and booked it through their website. Great decision! We took a $12 taxi to the resort and were welcomed with 2 beach chairs and drinks. The beach was gorgeous and water so clear and seaweed-free. Highly recommend if you like to drink and enjoy the beach/pool. Belize: We did not book an excursion ahead of time mainly because we were tendered there and I heard if the weather was even a tad off they will chose not to port. So, noticing the night before how clear the weather was, we booked a last minute excursion at the desk. Of course, there was not much left. We ended up booking the Calypso train tour. The tender was smooth and only took 15 minutes to get to Belize. The tour was absolutely not worth $80. The port of Belize is very much catered to tourists and that's about all there is to it. The "vendors" were very pushy and got upset if you did not answer them. I finally had to tell one of them who would not leave that we were late for dinner and could not stop. The town itself was poor and very run down. I would not feel safe walking around in the actual town. It left very much to be desired and I don't need to go back. I have heard Belize is great for snorkeling so if I did decide to go back I would try that. Our fault for waiting til last minute. Costa Maya: We booked an excursion here through Royal. We did the all inclusive beach day at Uvero beach. When we met our group at the pier, the tour guide informed us that the club they were originally taking us to was infested with seaweed and they were going to take us to a different but just as nice beach club. We then hopped on the bus and arrived at the beach club. It was very nice with a pool and cabanas near the beach. Still a large amount of seaweed that made it nearly impossible to enjoy the ocean. We stayed near the pool which had a swim-up bar. I would definitely sail on Rhapsody again, may go for one of the larger ships next time though. Still a great, relaxing, and fun cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary we love to cruise. We have been on RC launches of Anthem of Seas, On Mariner of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Sister ships Celebrity Cruises to Alaska, and then was on Rhapsody in April from Tampa ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary we love to cruise. We have been on RC launches of Anthem of Seas, On Mariner of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Sister ships Celebrity Cruises to Alaska, and then was on Rhapsody in April from Tampa Bay, FL - WE LOVE TAMPA BAY as well. We had been reading the reviews and seems many don't like Tampa Bay Port (too small) well book what you want. Was a bit upset by some Grand Suite owners that were seemed upset with boat and their grand suite - really they should be in inside cabin - and should be Happy and blessed - don't ruin everyone else's Fantastic time. We were upgraded (with fee) to Owner's Suite and we LOVED IT and every perk!! Thank you Alexandrum our attendant and Ligia our Concierge. THEY WERE OUTSTANDING. Everyone in the dining room and restaurants were great. We loved Chops and Giovanni - not just the food but the customer service, thank you Sheila and Victor. I can't say enough how happy were are and were - we booked our next cruise on the ship and cannot wait. Thank you Marina the Next Cruise Staff. Excellent. A special shout out to Claudia - her customer service outstanding. Thank you again for a great vacation on board. We loved it and feeling blessed we got the opportunity to see and be in the Owner's Suite - Thank you RC. Hoping to get again soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This trip consisted of two one week western Caribbean cruises back to back. Ports of call were standard ones such as Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Key West. Weather was near perfect and seas extremely calm. Our cabin steward was ... Read More
This trip consisted of two one week western Caribbean cruises back to back. Ports of call were standard ones such as Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Key West. Weather was near perfect and seas extremely calm. Our cabin steward was great and the staff on the ship were excellent at solving problems that arose during the cruise. But some of the things on this ship seemed to indicate a lack of attention to detail. The shows in the theater were presented with a recorded soundtrack but no live orchestra, even though the ship had a very good one onboard. At the beginning of the cruise there was no grapefruit in the buffet at breakfast. Then some appeared. Then there were none again. One scheduled show was never presented due to an illness, but the only replacement was a game show usually presented after he main show. You would have thought that a proper replacement show could have been presented using the orchestra and other singers. The calypso band in the centrum was good but so loud it was painful. The buffet at lunch and dinner had very limited offerings, especially vegetables. Hope you like spinach because it was often the one offered. Desserts were poor. No key lime pie or good cakes, even though they had some of them at Cafe Latitudes during the day. Why not at dinner? Every cup of coffee was filled with grounds and bitter because no attention was ever paid to ensure that the filter basket was put in so it did not flip over. Pretty basic. I can't think of anything memorable served in the buffet. But the staff were truly excellent at responding to trying to solve some of the problems on the ship and that ultimately made for an enjoyable two weeks. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Based on the reviews of this ship, I wasn’t expecting too much from this cruise. We got a good deal so decided to book it. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the size of the ship, cleanliness, service and food. In 21meals on ... Read More
Based on the reviews of this ship, I wasn’t expecting too much from this cruise. We got a good deal so decided to book it. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the size of the ship, cleanliness, service and food. In 21meals on board, only one was less than delicious. We did end up purchasing three upgraded meals but in the end, it was unnecessary as the main dining room food was very good. We ate breakfast and lunch there every day. The premium restaurants were also very good. The music aboard was pleasant and we enjoyed the illusionist one evening. We missed most of the other shows due to our meal schedule. The size of the ship was actually nice and we preferred it to the larger ones. The gym was too small so we tried to schedule our workouts when it was less busy. The outdoor track was great for morning walks. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted a smaller cruise ship and wanted to tour the Western Carribean. From the time of getting on the ship to getting off ran so smooth. RC has staff on hand to help at each station. The entertainment and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a smaller cruise ship and wanted to tour the Western Carribean. From the time of getting on the ship to getting off ran so smooth. RC has staff on hand to help at each station. The entertainment and activities was first class. Along with the food and staff. Everything was first class. We met so many wonderful people on the cruise. I really wasn't thrilled with Key West. They shuttle you in and you are there with other cruise ships and it is very crowded. Belize was my other not too favorite port of call. They have to shuttle you in by tender boat. It looked very unsettling so we did not go out of the port. Not too many restaurants either at the port. Costa Maya was another least favorite. Not too much to do there. My husbands good sunglasses were stolen there. All in all this is the cruise we chose. I can say we will only cruise with RC and look forward to our next cruise. Maybe Eastern Carribean this time! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband has Parkinson's and uses a scooter and we thought that this would be a relaxing fun getaway! Boy, were we wrong! The food was terrible, in the dining room and if they hadn't had fresh prepared eggs for breakfast in the buffet, ... Read More
My husband has Parkinson's and uses a scooter and we thought that this would be a relaxing fun getaway! Boy, were we wrong! The food was terrible, in the dining room and if they hadn't had fresh prepared eggs for breakfast in the buffet, I wouldn't have found anything to eat!! Everything was a hassle, from the first night in the My Time Dining room, when we were run around the entire room, with my husband trying not to run into anything, to the inedible food, lack of knowledge of the food. Our waited said everything was "excelente'"! if you ever asked his opinion. It appeared that much of the food was frozen, pre cooked, unseasoned, etc. Yuck!! When we requested info about getting my husband off in Key West, due to us parking at the Navy Pier and also with the tenders in Belize, they just shook their heads, and said too bad so sad. Therefore, he had to go on a lift on a shuttle to and from town in Key West, which was a hassle and couldn't go anywhere in Belize. I went on the carriage ride in Belize by myself and it was okay, but truthfully no one would ever go to Belize City for a vacation. They would go to the cayes or jungle. We did go to most of the evening shows, but they were very mediocre at best. The gal that "impersonated" Celine Dion was awful & was just promoting herself and having us sing Happy Birthday to her boyfriend. Very amateurish! The magician was interesting, but didn't really do much of his act. Everything on this cruise was very second class and mediocre. We did enjoy our cabin 8050 a handicapped Jr Suite. The only issue was that is was near the centrum and very noisy some nights with the game shows. We will never go on RCCL again and probably never cruise again. With all the rules, hassles, time changes, lack of any caring or assistance, it would be more pleasant to stay home. On last thing, we had requested special assistance to disembark the ship and were turned down and had a very difficult time getting off and then our luggage had disappeared and no one really cared. (much more complicated than this, but I don't want to write anymore.) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean for the last 10 years and we wanted to try the different cruise lines available to us. Rhapsody was a very small ship considering the others we've traveled on. Interesting enough it was the very first ... Read More
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean for the last 10 years and we wanted to try the different cruise lines available to us. Rhapsody was a very small ship considering the others we've traveled on. Interesting enough it was the very first time we managed to see people more than once and it was nice. The cabin, ship, dinning and entertainment was very nice. Some of the usual dinning facilities like the Wind Jammer closed earlier than what we are used to but the did have a smaller spot to get something to eat. We only went on one excursion which was the zipline trip in Belize which was awesome and the cave trip. Overall we had a great time and like we said the service was Royal Caribbean +1 Excellent! Santhosh and Joblender or dinning waiters were amazing and always responsive to all our needs and most importantly remembered our names and what we liked. Amazing people!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Being a first time cruiser traveling with my veteran cruising boyfriend (I believe he had been on 12-15 cruises already) we both REALLY enjoyed this cruise! Royal Caribbean I believe goes above and beyond for everyone on board. Every ... Read More
Being a first time cruiser traveling with my veteran cruising boyfriend (I believe he had been on 12-15 cruises already) we both REALLY enjoyed this cruise! Royal Caribbean I believe goes above and beyond for everyone on board. Every employee we came in contact with were so nice and willing to answer questions with a smile. Yes, I will say the ship is showing age being an older/smaller ship in the Royal Caribbean family, but it was still very nice and enjoyable. My boyfriend and I choose this cruise based on the ports of call, not for what the ship had to offer. Maybe in the future I would choose a bigger ship, but the smaller this time was perfect for us. We had a ocean view cabin in room 3512, it had 2 portholes but still perfect size for the two of us. Dining was fantastic, our waiter, Christavo, was awesome! He went above and beyond each night. One night we went to the speciality Italian restaurant and it was delicious! We did not attend too many shows. The two we attended were the "Love and Marriage" and "The Final Show". Both funny and good, but nothing special. Everyday there was different entertainment on the pool deck which was fun. We went through RC for the Cozumel and Belize excursions. In Cozumel we did the Dolphin Swim and Push (LOVED it, that was my first time interacting with dolphins) and in Belize we did the Zip-line and Cave Tubing at Jaguar Park (also, my bf and I LOVED it). At both places the directors were awesome. Overall a great week! Definitely will book with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My first cruise not what I expected. A number of problems had to be corrected the first day. No diner seat assigned. It took till after 6 for luggage to be delivered. The room had dirty cloths from prior cruise. The room had marks on the ... Read More
My first cruise not what I expected. A number of problems had to be corrected the first day. No diner seat assigned. It took till after 6 for luggage to be delivered. The room had dirty cloths from prior cruise. The room had marks on the wall like dry marker. The trim was coming of the wall. Many of the people working couldn’t understand English I asked for a wet cloth to clean the table and got a glass of water and a smile. Everyone was very friendly just understanding was difficult true ship was dirty. The windows in the buffet were so dirty it was hard to see out of many of them some windows had piles of dirt in the corners. The food was ok nothing special. The last night the beef stroganoff was to tough to eat and the lasagna had no cheese or tomato sauce to sleek of it was tasteless I enjoyed to locations and trips we found outside the cruise area. We will go on another cruise but not with royal caribbian Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We live in Ocala so last minute sailings out of Tampa are easy for us. We wanted to do this itinerary again so this was a perfect option. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. Some previous reviews had me a little concerned. ... Read More
We live in Ocala so last minute sailings out of Tampa are easy for us. We wanted to do this itinerary again so this was a perfect option. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. Some previous reviews had me a little concerned. Yes, the ship is older but it has charm and suited us just fine. There was plenty to do to keep us busy. Perfect weather made everything seem even better. We went to all the shows. We've seen better but these performers were very good. The food was good. The buffet was better than most buffets on all the other ships we have been on. If anything was lacking on this ship it was made up for in service. Our room steward was great. The waitstaff in the main dining room was excellent. All of the personnell on board went out of their way to make this a very enjoyable cruise. Key West was Key West. Again, we had to dock at the naval pier and take a shuttle to town. We walked around for a while and the went to D.J.'s Clam Shack on Duval to get lobster rolls. In Cozumel sometimes we don't even get off the ship. This time we had heard about trikes-cozumel.com and decided to check it out. It was a hoot. We went all around the island on a 3 wheel motorcycle. We were the only 2 customers that day but it would be so much fun to have a group. It was by far one of the best private excursions we have ever taken. You are escorted with their employees in a car ahead of you. Belize is were we stock up on some meds at the local pharmacies and enjoy lunch at one of the wateringholes. We've been to Costa Maya so many times but this time we went to the bird sanctuary. It was $12 per adult but really a nice place and the birds were beautiful. Overall, this was a great cruise. Read Less
Rhapsody of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
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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