Great value : Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Omblygombly

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Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
This was my second cruise. My 1st was with Carnival to the Caribbean back in 2007.

In response to the Aussiepair review - This cruise was directly after yours.For the 1st 2 and half days we were in the position of everything being handed to us in the restaurants.We weren't able to touch anything.But I wasn't complaining.Rather that or come down sick and ruin your holiday.

Embarking was a breeze.Our ship wasn't due to leave until around 10pm and we were able to board anytime after around 11am.Once on board we were able to leave the ship as long as we were back in time for the muster drill.

The ship had recently undergone a $50 million + refit and I have to say it was looking very good.Bedding was brand new and very comfortable.My room 2587 was quite small,especially the shower.Closet space was adequate and room itself although a bit old was in very good condition.The room was right next to the lifts,stairs and the right end of the ship for the gangways for the More ports of call.This was very convenient,yet still very quiet.
The new outdoor movie screen was good but the position was of it wasn't the best as the hot tubs obscured the view from a what would have been an excellent viewing position.Oh and where was the popcorn ?Don't get me wrong there is still ample places for you to watch the movie.

Staff service was excellent.Every member of the crew (except 1, a waitress in the formal dining room) was happy and attentive.Cleanliness of the ship was excellent too.Though having had the Novovirus or whatever it is on the previous cruise I would expect nothing less.

Entertainment on board was good.Plenty of variety, with the ubiquitous bingo and art auctions there were a few adult only activities which were a hoot.I thought the main shows were all very good with the exception of a couple.Even those were ok.The band and the dances /singers were great.Just a couple of the solo acts were ok.The cruise director Casey was very energetic friendly and funny.How he keeps this up I have no idea.

Food in the formal dining room was of a high standard.Some of those deserts were especially scrumptious.The only real disappointment was the steak, which was dry.Maybe they were trying to get you to one of their pay extra for restaurants.The food on the windjammer was average to good, depending on what you ate.I found the fruit to be a bit ripe, but certainly fresh.There was an excellent variety of dishes to choose from for all meals if you decided not to eat in the main dining room - which was also open for breakfast,lunch and dinner.There is a third free option the Park cafe.Food there was fine though limited to New York style sandwiches and roast beef rolls.Oh there is also a self serve soft serve ice cream machine by the pool on the same deck - nice touch.

There used to be a library before the renovation.Now there is a couple of large book cases with books stacked in front of each other.There is no dedicated reading area but there are are at least 2 - 3 different areas which are quiet enough for the most part to while away the hours with your favourite author.Deck 10 aft of the ship if you like a bit of sun.Deck 9 in the solarium if it's a bit on the cold side.Even deck 5 on the outside (one side for the smokers out there)if you like the fresh air but be sheltered from the sun.And finally on deck 6 aft of the boat there is a lounge area, but there are quite often shows, activities happening in there so you'll need to time it right.

Overall one happy camper after this cruise ship.Would I recommend it ? In a heartbeat. Less

Published 12/26/12

Cabin review: N2587 Interior Stateroom

2587 small.quiet but with an occasional metal banging,not loud enough to keep you awake.Right next to the lifts and stairs and gangway.Very convenient.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Went with a friend of a friend to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.Here you can hold a Koala feed Kangaroos and they have a birds of prey show,short show and tell lectures and a number of other animals in a "zoo".If you're not an Australian I would recommend it as a cheaper and a closer alternative to the Australia zoo. Disappointingly due to the size of the ship we docked well away from the city and there was a fairly large charge to jump on a bus to get to the city.I can't remember exactly how much though.Being docked in the middle of the industrial area it was either that or getting a taxi.
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Butterfly Sanctuary

Paid at the gate.Although there are literally hundreds of butterflies there, I was somewhat underwhelmed.Maybe my expectation was greater than what was delivered.There is a free guided tour if you get the timing right.

Skyrail Tour

As we had 2 days in Cairns I chose to book the Kuranda train/skyrail through one of the tourist bureaus and saved myself $35 from what the cruise line was charging.Kuranda has 3 small markets where you can buy a clothes,jewelry and nick knacks.There is a butterfly sanctuary, a dangerous / venomous animals park and bird park. With the sky rail there are a couple of places where you can get off and go for a short walk through the rain forest. Cairns being a launching pad for the Great Barrier Reef there are lots of ways of seeing the reef.From scenic flights - plane and helicopter $$$ - to small charter boats with scuba / snorkeling gear at the ready.Or you can go to one of the islands and snorkel around there.There's also white water rafting,paragliding,for the more adventurous.

If you like wine, it,s a great place to visit.About a 45 minute drive and you'll be in the middle of the Hunter Valley.Off the top of my head try to go to Tyrells, De Bortolli and Rosemount wineries.There are dozens of other wineries in the region,but these ones are certainly a few of the better producers of wine. Particularly good varieties are Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.If you can find a skipper,hire a car.Not only will it be cheaper it will let you go other places as well (obviously). If wine isn't your scene, head North about 30kms and you come to Port Stephens.There are quite often dolphins frolicking around and there are some lovely places to sit down and have a picnic. P.S. Newcastle was actually the 1st port.

I only went to Airlie Beach.There are all sorts of options to get the the reef or one of the islands.There are plenty to choose from.Hook island is great on one side you have all these amazingly colourful fish and just a 10 minute walk to the other side of the island you have coral. Another island South Molle has all sorts of activities,beach volleyball kayaking etc. If you are only going to Airlie beach, you are wasting your time.Although pleasant,there's not much there,; a few shops, a large lagoon pool where you can swim - its too dangerous to swim in the water by the beach.You are much better off going to one of the islands, you can do this very easily from Shute Harbour - 10 -15 minute walk to Airlie Beach.From Shute HArbour there is a regular ferry service that takes you to a few of the islands.

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