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Overall we were very happy with the ship. It was clean, the staff was excellent, the Captain was great. The ship was easy to navigate, the food was very good and in the Windjammer Café they offered a lot of variety. It did not seem that there were many activities going on during the day and other than rock climbing, table tennis and shuffle board I do not believe there was anything else for children. Since our itinerary had us in port most days this was not an issue for us. Embarkation was a bit long in Istanbul but after that getting on and off was very efficient. At the ports with tenders they used a number system. Not really a fan of that because you have to get in line to get the number the same morning as the tender but several hours before arrival. If you have an excursion (not thru cruise ship) and need to get off on one of the first boats you need to get in this line at least 30 min before it starts. It seems it would have been easier to just get in line for the tender boat. The kids club did not work out for our daughter age 11. The children that are 3-11 are in one club and 12-17 in another. Because it is a smaller ship they do not have a 3rd area to put the 9-11 year olds. Given she would have been in the area with the small children I did not even register her for the kids club - she had no interest. She would have been more interested in the activities offered to the older group but we were advised that trying to put her with that group would not be wise because there were many teenagers on board. I also do not believe they would have allowed us to switch her - so beware if your child is at the upper range of the young kids. We did not book shore excursions through the cruise line but used roll call to find a group before sailing and booked directly with companies that had received good trip advisor ratings. This worked out very well and we met a great group of people that were sailing with us.

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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by live2cruz100

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Overall we were very happy with the ship. It was clean, the staff was excellent, the Captain was great. The ship was easy to navigate, the food was very good and in the Windjammer Café they offered a lot of variety. It did not seem that there were many activities going on during the day and other than rock climbing, table tennis and shuffle board I do not believe there was anything else for children. Since our itinerary had us in port most days this was not an issue for us.

Embarkation was a bit long in Istanbul but after that getting on and off was very efficient. At the ports with tenders they used a number system. Not really a fan of that because you have to get in line to get the number the same morning as the tender but several hours before arrival. If you have an excursion (not thru cruise ship) and need to get off on one of the first boats you need to get in this line at least 30 min before it starts. It seems it would have been easier to just get in line for the tender boat.

The kids club did not work out for our daughter age 11. The children that are 3-11 are in one club and 12-17 in another. Because it is a smaller ship they do not have a 3rd area to put the 9-11 year olds. Given she would have been in the area with the small children I did not even register her for the kids club - she had no interest. She would have been more interested in the activities offered to the older group but we were advised that trying to put her with that group would not be wise because there were many teenagers on board. I also do not believe they would have allowed us to switch her - so beware if your child is at the upper range of the young kids.

We did not book shore excursions through the cruise line but used roll call to find a group before sailing and booked directly with companies that had received good trip advisor ratings. This worked out very well and we met a great group of people that were sailing with us.
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Cabin 7088
We had a panoramic ocean view window. Loved having the large window - could lay in bed and look out at the sea.
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