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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Dollop

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom

This was our 5th RCI cruise, and 2nd on Rhapsody. This ship is one of the smaller ones and can be quite quiet. We were in a group so made our own entertainment but there were mostly older people and some days the activities were lacking. Overall the ship is lovely. Looking slightly tired but this doesn't effect the experience. The cabins are a good size, beds very comfy. Plenty of draws and wardrobe space.The cabin is cleaned and new towels bedding every day.

Dining room very nice,with great service. The entertainment diary wasn't fabulous but the entertainment staff are.

The staff really made this cruise for us. The staff on the R Bar are so professional and friendly. From day one they remembered our names and what we like to drink. The dining staff were equally as good, even though we confused them by changed places on the table every night.

The entertainments staff are so full of energy and really make you feel like you are their favourite passengers. ( even though they say that to everyone ). We did have a few disappointments , hence only 4/5......

Live music and piped music around the pool was a little repetitive. There was lots of maintenance which can be noisy and disturbing when you are sunbathing or having a lie in.

They ran out of Berringer rose wine !!!!! Ship looking tired.

Having said this, we have booked with RCI again on a bigger ship.

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Cabin Review

Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom
Cabin F 3576

The cabins are a good size, beds very comfy. Plenty of draws and wardrobe space.The cabin is cleaned and new towels bedding every day.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Really liked Venice. we stayed on the mainland because it was much cheaper. The train was very easy and cost 1.25 Euros each way from Mestre. Once in Venice its not too big and lots of lovely streets to see. A Gondola ride was cheaper than we thought @ 80 euros. Food and drink in general was an average price. We used a great taxi service , prebooked from our hotel to Venice port and we were so impressed we booked him again at the the end of the cruise to take us to the airport. www.In-Itinere.com. Good price , friendly , helpful , reliable and well maintained vehicle


Lovely little town but not much to do. We had wandered round in about 2 hours.


Beautiful town with lots of things of interest . We just wandered about the streets and then took a walk right to the end of the harbour and found a lovely small green park with remains of a monastery. Lively and a great vibe. Coffee reasonably priced. Good 20 min walk from the port to town though


Really liked it here. We took the local bus ( 6 euro return) from outside the cruise port to Pile gate. Beautiful town with narrow cobbled streets. It was about £12 to walk the perimeter wall but well worth it. beautiful views from all angles. Also did the cable car about £15 each return but again great views

Athens (Piraeus)

Been to Athens before and done the main sights. If it is you 1st visit you must see the acropolis and olympic stadium. Hop on off bus is great. Because we had done it all , we walked to the local harbour and had a coffee. Small beach by the harbour if you fancy that


Unless you do a tour we couldn't find much to do here. Literally took a walk and stopped for lots of coffee. There is a castle and museum and a harbour.


Really liked Kotor. Never heard of it before. Hop on off bus is not worth 20 Euros. Not enough to see. We climbed 3000+ steps up to the old fortress. Fantastic views but strenuous if your fitness is not good. Took about 2 hours

Googled this place and after seeing pictures of the waterfalls it was a must. We found a tour company that was 1/2 the price of the ship and was well worth it. Communication was great. The customised a private tour for 10 of us. We had time changes due the ship delayed but this was no trouble and they worked around us. Sandra was our guide and she was informative friendly and easy going. This trip involved a 45 min minibus ride and 30 min boat trip which was much more pleasant than the ship coach trip. Park is beautiful and you can walk up and over the falls on man made walkways. Allow about 2 hours if taking photos. Although the water was cold a few of our party did swim at the base of the falls . although difficult to get in and out, a great experience. Our biggest concern was getting back to the ship in plenty of time. Sandra was aware of this and made sure this was acheived

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