Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by 101cruise
- Sail Date: September 2015
- Destination: Greece
The cabin and balcony size were outstanding BUT this is an older ship and it simply cannot handle speeds in excess of 15 knots even with calm seas without without causing severe shakes and rattles and where in the back of the ship, but worse in the cabins itself.
The first night out at sea at over 20 knots with a calm ocean you simply could not sleep in the cabin, the rattle and shaking was like a 7.0 on the Richter scale. Worse, it would be calm and quiet for about 5 seconds and then the shaking would start for about 10 seconds and it did this all the time!
I finally complaint in the early morning and it was perfectly calm for about an hour before it started back up again. When the ship slows down to about 15 knots there are no issues - I believe that there is an imbalance in the propulsion system that resonates like crazy when they crank up the engines!
The food situation on Royal Caribbean ships like this one is becoming impossible! The main cafeteria shuts down between 3pm and 6pm and the only food available are snacks in the little cafe by the solarium - imagine 2000 people coming back from their excursions and wanting food! The cafe simply could not handle it and room service takes way too long, so if you like to eat on your schedule better look for another cruise line.
In general, Rhapsody is a tired old ship. The shows at night were extremely mediocre and the entertainers 3rd rate at best. Good thing that the ports were interesting as the ship left a lot to be desired.
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It is however in the back of the ship making it impossible to sleep at night any time the ship speeds up above 15 knots as it shakes back there like an earthquake.