Sail Date: February 2018
This is a smaller, older ship but it was in great condition and very clean. The ship almost never felt crowded and finding seats on deck, solarium, and in the theater was never a problem. really not much to complain about...but I'll try. ... Read More
This is a smaller, older ship but it was in great condition and very clean. The ship almost never felt crowded and finding seats on deck, solarium, and in the theater was never a problem. really not much to complain about...but I'll try. First. The coffee is undrinkable. Don't even try. I can't imagine what Royal is thinking. Worse than Chuck full of Nutts bad! Go to the Latitudes on deck six for something drinkable. Second, drink service is almost non-existent. You'll be fetching a lot of your own drinks thanks to the sale of the drink packages, Royal doesn't make anymore than a token effort to serve you. We ate in the Specialty Restaurants each night with the Ultimate Dining Package which was OK but there is only three of these Restaurants on board so you have to double up and I could have used more selection. I wish we had stuck with the Main Dining room. I also was annoyed by the additional tip line on the Specialty receipts. I don't like to be made to feel cheap after already paying the 18% gratuity. The shows were good. Enjoyed the Production Shows, the magician and the comedians. Cabin was fine, elevators worked fine and weren't too crowded. Everything is close by on this smaller ship so it was convenient for me as I was nursing a bad foot. If you are looking for lots of on board sports and activities you might want to find a bigger ship. I was looking to relax and this ship was great for that. We were last on the Oasis and I enjoyed this one just as much. Hope this helps and Happy Cruising!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I won't write about ports, simply because those that I disembarked on, I didn't leave the port area. Just drank and returned to the ship. The ship itself is aging...But, for 20 years old, looks terrific, backed with a terrific staff that ... Read More
I won't write about ports, simply because those that I disembarked on, I didn't leave the port area. Just drank and returned to the ship. The ship itself is aging...But, for 20 years old, looks terrific, backed with a terrific staff that blends with a great harmony throughout. I didn't eat in the MDR at all throughout the 7-nights. The breakfast buffet had decent choices everyday with something for everyone. Lunch changed it up daily, again, something for everyone. What I noticed, the food was hot. In past, this seemed to be lacking. Now, at times you still are wondering exactly what the meat is or what part of the friend chicken did the fried chicken come from, a result of profits, is all I can say. The staff, always friendly in the buffet. Dinner at Chop's and Giovanni's was terrific, as was the serving staff. Stay away from restaurants on day one, if you can and reserve a 5:45 from then on out, if you want a window for two. Izumi shot to the top, in our opinion. Best view, deck twelve, aft. I would tell you to try that one first, you may be surprised. It doesn't book like the others. You'll be able to eliminate some of the patting on one's back that you often hear. Casino slots played miserable the whole cruise. But, the host Bo, the bartenders and the servers were all fantastic. It now takes 2400 points to receive the inside cabin. We were disappointed in the selection of cruise choices, after we received the certificate. But, again, it is what is and I'm sure we'll use it. After all, we "paid" for it. Cabin 7565, inside, no problems, centrally located about 100 feet to centrum elevators. Quiet all hours and Helena was spot on in cleaning it. Plenty of closet space. We had no children would do it again in a second. Oftentimes I'll say I wish there were different ports, truth be told, I don't cruise anymore for the ports. At least in the Gulf/Caribbean. As Crown & Anchor, if you are diamond and above, you'll benefit with your lounge. I'll disclose that I have been on about 50 cruises, if this assists you. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
16 friends cruised together just to get together and enjoy the ship and ports. Rhapsody is a smaller ship and we enjoyed not having to hike long distances to get to different venues. Yes, the ship is older and not as classy as others but ... Read More
16 friends cruised together just to get together and enjoy the ship and ports. Rhapsody is a smaller ship and we enjoyed not having to hike long distances to get to different venues. Yes, the ship is older and not as classy as others but that did not detract from great service, comfortable rooms and friendliness of the entire staff. We are veteran cruisers and felt that the staff on this cruise was the friendliest we have ever encountered. I have read mixed reviews of the food and have to say we were all satisfied, but then again, we are not "foodies". The entertainment was good: the RC dancers and singers were fun to watch, the magician (and I usually don't like magicians) was down right funny and had us scratching our head how he did things, the comedian kept us chuckling. One entertainer who did vocal impressions was the only show we did not care for,. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We choose this cruse for the ports mainly, but also wanted to see how the smaller ships were. This was the smallest ship we have ever been on. I loved how easy it was to get from one side of the ship to the other! We have been on the ... Read More
We choose this cruse for the ports mainly, but also wanted to see how the smaller ships were. This was the smallest ship we have ever been on. I loved how easy it was to get from one side of the ship to the other! We have been on the larger ships like the Oasis and the Allure which definitely have a lot to offer, but to go from dinner to a show at night is a trek across the whole ship. I also really liked that because it was a smaller ship, there were no lines everywhere! Our cabin was very comfortable, food was good (although maybe not as good as the bigger ships), and the service was great as per usual with Royal Caribbean. The entertainment was good, the comedians were funny, but the production shows were not as good as the ones on the larger ships, but better than other cruse lines. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
I am a Diamond member on RCCL and usually have a wonderful experience but this was not the best cruise of my life. We found the music so loud in the Centrum that we were not able to converse with our friends on any of the open decks ... Read More
I am a Diamond member on RCCL and usually have a wonderful experience but this was not the best cruise of my life. We found the music so loud in the Centrum that we were not able to converse with our friends on any of the open decks surrounding the centrum or talk with the people at the Shore Excursion Desk or Guest Relations. Also at the check in at the pier in Tampa after we had completed our check in papers the guy that checked us in just wanted to update one little thing and then changed my name and status to a completely different person. Once onboard I had to go to the Loyalty desk to get straightened out who I was and also then to the Guest Relations to get a whole new card. In this mess I lost out on all of my Diamond Status benefits. This was a first for me. We had rough seas and missed Grand Cayman completely and our excursion in Belize was cancelled and changed to just a city tour because of the amount of the rain they had there.This was done very quickly. The Spirits of the Staff was high and this would not stop me from booking another RCCL cruise though. Also found there to be a shortage of plugs in the balcony cabin. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
To be honest, we took this cruise to get the last 7 days of sailing to achieve Diamond member status in the Crown and Anchor Society. Departing from Tampa was convenient and allowed us to visit family members nearby. The mission was to ... Read More
To be honest, we took this cruise to get the last 7 days of sailing to achieve Diamond member status in the Crown and Anchor Society. Departing from Tampa was convenient and allowed us to visit family members nearby. The mission was to rest and relax and we achieved it! We had not been to Belize or Costa Maya before and thought it would be fun to see different western Caribbean ports. Weather preempted our tendering into Grand Cayman where we were scheduled for a shore excursion. RCCL promptly refunded not only the fee for the tour but also the port fees and taxes! Cozumel was definitely THE BEST shopping port on our itinerary. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and created a very pleasant atmosphere. Cruise singers and dancers were very good, but the mediocre "canned" shows didn't do them justice. Sound mixing was poor as the orchestration drowned out the singing. Other on board bands/talent were good and the specialty acts (comedians & hypnotist) were the best! Time to come up with some new gameshow ideas... Food was okay but "over sauced". However, fresh salad greens in the Windjammer (buffet) and overall smaller portion sizes in the dining room were greatly appreciated! We don't plan on doing this itinerary again but only because we've done variations of it before. Royal Caribbean is still our go to cruise line! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Went chose this 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Tampa primarily to be with some friends. This was our first time on Rhapsody and it was nice to see one of the older ships in such great shape! Meals were excellent. We had ... Read More
Went chose this 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Tampa primarily to be with some friends. This was our first time on Rhapsody and it was nice to see one of the older ships in such great shape! Meals were excellent. We had MTD with a requested seating time of 6:45. We were always seated by 7:00 since we wanted a 2 top with the same waiter and assistant. Both of them were great and that was reflected in our survey. We ate the first night in Giovanni's to use our C&A buy one get one benefit. It was one of the best meals that we experienced in Giovanni's or Portofino which it replaced. We ate in the Park Cafe once or twice for lunch and The Windjammer once for Dinner and twice for breakfast. The food there was excellent and there were many diverse choices in the WJ for both meals. We also had the Continental breakfast in the Concierge Lounge which was very well appointed with many choices. Entertainment was outstanding. Most notable were the singer/pianist Kelly Springfield and the ship's orchestra. Kelly does several tribute performances that are really appreciated by the Schooner Bar patrons as well as two other performances each day!! The Orchestra was out and about more than I have seen on any ship in recent years. They did a couple of performances that I saw in the Centrum and another on the pool deck for sail away from Costa Maya. Kelly's act is one that should not be missed. We received great service fro Alan del Fierro the Concierge. Definitely one of RCI's best! Bar service at the T-Bar and Schooner Bar as well as in the Concierge Lounge was also very good. We missed Grand Cayman as the Harbor Master closed the port due to severe weather conditions. Consequently we got to go to Cozumel 3 hours early the following day which many folks appreciated. The bands in the Centrum were fantastic and kept people entertained. There were quite a few couples that routinely danced in the Centrum. Embarkation was a breeze and disembarkation went very smoothly with lots of porters to assist as needed. We had Number 1 luggage tags and were of the ship by 8:30. We have cruised out of Tampa several times and this was our best experience thus far! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because a group of us were going as a club. Embarkation went very well, quick and efficient. The cabin was a disappointment because the ship was supposedly overhauled in 2012. The only thing they did was replace the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because a group of us were going as a club. Embarkation went very well, quick and efficient. The cabin was a disappointment because the ship was supposedly overhauled in 2012. The only thing they did was replace the bathrooms as far as I could tell. The cabin itself appeared tired and dated. the arms of the sofa/loveseat were soiled as was the seat of the only chair. The bed was a little lumpy and space underneath where you usually store your suitcases had rolls of what appeared to be bedding taking up a lot of the space. The sheets were not fitted or tucked in and as a result it looked like there was a wrestling match in the bed in the morning. NO REFRIGERATOR AND NO ICE BUCKET!! We had to ask for an ice bucket from the steward. This was not his fault, just a gross oversight by RC. Dining was just OK. Limited menu selection, steak and prime rib pretty good. Desserts were forgettable. The biggest issue was the long wait between salads/appetizers and the main course. TOO LONG! Took almost 2 hours for dinner. Biggest gaffe was Lobster night. The lobsters came out undercooked, still translucent underneath. Whole table had to send them back and not many wanted to try it again. Entertainment was so-so. Not great, not terrible. Hard to get a seat for the 8 o'clock show when you finish dinner at 7:55! Only took part in a couple of activities. Not real barn burners. Service for the most part was acceptable. Everyone smiled but it was almost forced. The ports of call were OK but nothing we had not seen before. Did not do any overpriced ship sponsored excursions. Rented a car at Cozumel and explored on our own. Golf carts in Key West was fun. Disembarkation was a breeze! 1/2 hr from gangway to car. That is a record! Overall, the cruise was disappointing. The ship was poorly maintained, a little dirty and appeared older than her years. One big thing that was a put off: All the flowers and greenery were plastic and looked it. Not so on HAL and Princess. Would we cruise RC again? I think not. Read Less
Rhapsody of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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