Exceeded our Expectations!: Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by kezzh2
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Exceeded our Expectations!
Destination: South Pacific
Our first port of call was Noumea. We had not pre-purchased any shore tours, and are pleased we didn't! We didn't even disembark at Noumea and a few people we spoke to who did, wish they didn't either. We were told it was dirty and slummy and there's not much to see. Our second stop was Luganville, Vanuatu. We disembarked here, grabbed a taxi (not one of the ones that drive you crazy as soon as you get off the ship, but a quiet guy further down the road), negotiated a price and went sight seeing. He proved to be fantastic!! He took us to a private beach on his own land, to his house where we met his wife, mother, and 2 month old baby, and gave us a sight-seeing tour along the way. It was fantastic value!! 3rd stop was Port Vila, where we also got a taxi to take us sightseeing. He was also a lovely man, and took us anywhere we wanted to go. We gave him 5000 Vatu (about $40 AUD I think) and he was stoked!! Later when my husband tried to buy a local beer with USD, the taxi driver promptly ran over and paid for it for him with Vatu! 4th stop was Isle of Pines which was stunning! The water was very cold, although most braved it - it was too beautiful not to! There were some local people cooking food the traditional way which was free to taste. We gave them money though and they were clearly shocked!! We just found we couldn't take their food without paying! There was a bar on the beach some friends of ours bought a drink at, and it was hellishly expensive, so be aware! The shows each night were fantastic, but I feel the Cruise Compass should give a brief description of each one prior. We found there was often a couple of things we would have liked to attend on at the same time, and if we had a little better description, it would have been easier to make a decision on what to do. Also we found the drink specials were on at the same time at different bars. And as we were trying to save some money on drinks, it was difficult to time the specials. The Solarium Pool has a retractable roof, but even though most of our cruise had the best weather ever, the roof was never retracted. We didn't enquire as to why - maybe it was broken? The internet and ship to shore telephone calls are quite expensive. The internet is .55c US per minute and an extremely slow connection. The phone calls are $7.95 US per minute! We also thought the shops could have had a little more variety - maybe some magazines or puzzle books wouldn't go astray. Lots of jewelry, alcohol and perfume though! As I mentioned before - the good most certainly outweighs the bad, and I will most likely be sailing the Royal Caribbean again!! Less
Cabin review: 7564
Plenty of storage, quiet location, very comfy bed. I just wish smoking and non-smoking rooms with balconies were separated!
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