First Cruise and it was a fantastic experience: Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Jeff1188

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First Cruise and it was a fantastic experience

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Left Sydney on a wet day but what an amazing first time experience over the next 9 days.

Room was a large oceanview stateroom but considered adequate for family of 3. Might be a bit of a squeeze if 4 in room. Located towards the front away from noise from Deck 4 to 6 and the engine at the back.

A bit choppy coming out of Sydney Heads but got use to the slight rolling after a day or so. There are free sea sick pills available at medical center.

Service was beyond my expectations with 2 room cleans per day ie in morning (during breakfast)and at night inclusive of bed turn down(during dinner).The friendliness of every crew from room attendants, bar waiters, security through to dinner staff should be congratulated on their perfect service.

Dining be it at main dining, casual buffet dining or speciality restaurants had to be seen to be believed re the choice, quality and quantity available.Great self control required to avoid weight gain!!! Opinion is to More have all dining in main dining room where possible. But the casual buffet is still very good. Dining at speciality restaurants should be experienced if time permits as it brings dining to another level of excellence. The Park Cafe allows one to slow down on some days.

Entertainment is top quality of international standards daily. Nightly Broadway Shows are well worth attending.If one is inclined, one can probably party every night to 2am !!!There is no full-time cinema on board but some afternoons and nights, fairly new movies are shown in the main Broadway theatre.

My only problem is that tea on board is horrible. Coffee is OK most times as it is brewed coffee. Wifi is fairly expensive and not very reliable while in the rooms. Less

Published 04/15/13

Cabin review: F2038 Large Ocean View Stateroom

Cabin more towards the front on Deck 2 and hence away from noise at Deck 4 to 6 (dining and entertainment decks). Being the front is also way from engine noise at back. A fair amount of storage space available. Empty luggage can be stored under the bed if required. Rooms are neat and compact with an adequate and fairly new ensuite from the refurbishment a year ago. Just outside cabin are the elevators and stairs up to the Broadway Theatre.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Nothing much at a working port and a small town with 2 casino!!! The swimming beaches are located on other parts of island. Cruise does organise excursions which can be booked on board but I consider them fairly expensive and not very interesting. I prefer checking out the fantastic French bakeries and restaurants for lunch. Very reasonable pricing compared to similar restaurants in Melbourne/Sydney. Lifao Island is predominantly scuba or snorkeling. Good shallow coral reef fish in fairly shallow waters on left of jetty. Need to be aware of sharp corals. Do not miss the cheapest freshly cooked cray fish on Mystery Island. At A$50 for a huge at least 2.5kg cray. Will likely cost $120 or more for that in Melbourne/Sydney restaurants. Isle of Pines has a snorkeling place call "The Aquarium" about 15 mins by taxi away from the jetty at Oro Bay. Well worth the visit as it is a sheltered lagoon protected by coral reef and hence no currents but the diversity of the fish at this place is incredible.
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