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I have sailed twice on the Rhapsody of the Seas which was wonderful in every respect. These earlier experiences with RCL led me to believe that all their ships would be of the same standard. WRONG..... I have always sailed in a suite and this cruise was the same, a suite on deck 10. On a delayed boarding due to lost luggage which was correctly tagged being misplaced for 6 hours I was exasperated to be advised by the suite steward on asking for an ash tray to smoke on the balcony, that smoking on balconies is no longer permitted and smoking is allowed only on decks 5 and 6. Now as a member of the RCL Crown and Anchor society one would have expected that since my booking was made PRIOR to the RCL smoking policy in board their ships that a courtesy advice would have been nice to advise all members and passengers in general however as an alternative there is no policy that prevents anyone drinking copious amounts of alchahol and being sick (vomiting) in public areas, hallways and even restaurants on board. I also have issues with the RCL policy of adding 18% to all on board purchases and also charging each passenger a gratuity fee DAILY. Passengers are wise to check on the ACTUAL end costs of excursions offered by RCL as the gratuities and taxes are NOT added until after bookings are made and charged to your credit card at the conclusion of the cruise, this can amount to a substantial amount not budgeted.

Third and last cruise with RCL

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by smith9

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I have sailed twice on the Rhapsody of the Seas which was wonderful in every respect. These earlier experiences with RCL led me to believe that all their ships would be of the same standard.

WRONG.....

I have always sailed in a suite and this cruise was the same, a suite on deck 10.

On a delayed boarding due to lost luggage which was correctly tagged being misplaced for 6 hours I was exasperated to be advised by the suite steward on asking for an ash tray to smoke on the balcony, that smoking on balconies is no longer permitted and smoking is allowed only on decks 5 and 6.

Now as a member of the RCL Crown and Anchor society one would have expected that since my booking was made PRIOR to the RCL smoking policy in board their ships that a courtesy advice would have been nice to advise all members and passengers in general however as an alternative there is no policy that prevents anyone drinking copious amounts of alchahol and being sick (vomiting) in public areas, hallways and even restaurants on board.

I also have issues with the RCL policy of adding 18% to all on board purchases and also charging each passenger a gratuity fee DAILY.

Passengers are wise to check on the ACTUAL end costs of excursions offered by RCL as the gratuities and taxes are NOT added until after bookings are made and charged to your credit card at the conclusion of the cruise, this can amount to a substantial amount not budgeted.
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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
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The suite was not in very good condition, furniture and fitting are tired, worn and dated.
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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