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We stayed in Venice for a few days before joining the ship, & in fact saw it arriving the day before we embarked, when we were out walking. We are Diamond Plus members & decided to opt for an Owners Suite for this cruise. We have never been on the Rhapsody, but have sailed on other Vision class ships, as well as all other classes, except the newest ones. Charles, our room attendant was one of the best we have had, and we have been fortunate to have had good ones in the past. Our room was very close to the wing of the Bridge, so could see what was going on there, for arrivals & departures, if we looked over our balcony. The Captain, Johan, was marvellous & a joy to speak with, which we did almost daily. He was right when he always finished his reports by saying the the ship was "ever friendly & super happy"..... It all comes from the Master, Officers & Managers, down through the crew. The CD, Patricio, was excellent, the best we have encountered. At the Captain's Corner, which in our opinion was poorly attended, he kept good control of questions, especially when they were asked in Portuguese ! The Captain, on that occasion, demonstrated his good sense of humour & excellent command of English ( He's Swedish). He addressed questions posed, very well, and those that were not able to be solved on board, he, the Hotel Director & CD, said HQ would be advised....The main criticism being ....smoking in the casino. How many times has this been brought up...RCCL say they listen, but they are taking their time with this, although give them credit, it has been banned from balconies & indoor pubs. Just needs the Casino to be a clean air place and many people, including crew will be happy. It's not just a personal preference, but a health issue. When will they realise that passive smoking is as injurious to health as active smoking ? We feel for the crew, who have to be subjected to smoke daily, for long periods. We shall cease the rant on this subject, something about which we feel very strongly...if you haven't noticed, sorry ! We have cruised many times during the 12 years we have been cruising & think this cruise topped them all. We have to admit that we never join in with the activities, preferring to use the fitness centre on sea days, or sit on our balcony & read. On the couple of occasions when we did go up on deck to sit, we found it impossible to find a lounger because the majority of people booked their places from early morning. This is not a thought, but when we used to go to Park Cafe for early breakfast, towels were already on loungers ! On this ship, Gold Card holders did not have a reserved area. Park Cafe was an excellent choice for us as it was always quiet, the servers helpful & friendly & the place very clean & tidy, although we were normally the first people in the place ! The toasted English muffin with egg, ham & cheese, which was always hot, set us up for the day, along with a tub of fruit salad & yoghurt. We ate only once in the MDR for a few reasons...Firstly, we know the menu inside out, as we cruise several times a year, secondly, we always request a table for two, which we seldom get, but we did on this cruise... However, it was really a table for 20, as the tables were so close together and one side for seating was a long couch effect for all guests sitting at that side of the tables. Finally, it took an age to be served our cold starter, then even longer for our main course. We know some people like long intervals between courses, but when we do not normally have much, if anything, at lunchtime, we do not want to expect to fill up on bread & water. The food has always been good, but we know it so well, that we preferred to opt for somewhere else.The Head waiter did say she could improve the service, but we decided to go the Windjammer every evening where we could help ourselves to whatever & when we wanted. The Windjammer food was always tasty, hot & varied. The fact senior Officers dine there is testimony itself. It suited us to have one course consisting of several items. We did not normally have any sweets or puddings, although my husband did splurge one evening ! We did not go to any of the other restaurants for the reason just given. In the past we have been offered a table in Chops & Giovanni's, but declined as we could not do the menu justice...... The ports of call were good, and we were lucky to be one of the first off daily, thus avoiding problems with long queues for tenders, which evidently happened on one occasion, but did not affect us. Having never been to Zadar, we were pleasantly surprised by the old town & thoroughly enjoyed walking round the place,on a Sunday morning, visiting churches where Mass was being celebrated, the music so pleasant to listen to. We don't do any shore excursions,except shuttle buses if the distance to town is great, as we prefer to do our own thing, unless the places of interest are far from the ship. On this cruise we had no problems seeing everything we wanted by walking, or taking the paid shuttle in Zadar, the old town being very far from the port, not at all within walking distance by any stretch of the imagination. The Concierge was very attentive & pleasant, as was the barman in there. We could highlight people who were good, but suffice to say, everybody we encountered were top notch & it was good to meet senior officers in the lounge nightly...something that doesn't happen on every ship. We would happily return to this ship if Captain Johan & team are at the helm. Finally, we have never submitted a review on this site, but felt that others should know how good we found this cruise, especially those holding office within the company !

Super friendly crew !

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Janda7

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Greece
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
We stayed in Venice for a few days before joining the ship, & in fact saw it arriving the day before we embarked, when we were out walking.

We are Diamond Plus members & decided to opt for an Owners Suite for this cruise. We have never been on the Rhapsody, but have sailed on other Vision class ships, as well as all other classes, except the newest ones.

Charles, our room attendant was one of the best we have had, and we have been fortunate to have had good ones in the past.

Our room was very close to the wing of the Bridge, so could see what was going on there, for arrivals & departures, if we looked over our balcony.

The Captain, Johan, was marvellous & a joy to speak with, which we did almost daily. He was right when he always finished his reports by saying the the ship was "ever friendly & super happy"..... It all comes from the Master, Officers & Managers, down through the crew. The CD, Patricio, was excellent, the best we have encountered. At the Captain's Corner, which in our opinion was poorly attended, he kept good control of questions, especially when they were asked in Portuguese ! The Captain, on that occasion, demonstrated his good sense of humour & excellent command of English ( He's Swedish). He addressed questions posed, very well, and those that were not able to be solved on board, he, the Hotel Director & CD, said HQ would be advised....The main criticism being ....smoking in the casino. How many times has this been brought up...RCCL say they listen, but they are taking their time with this, although give them credit, it has been banned from balconies & indoor pubs. Just needs the Casino to be a clean air place and many people, including crew will be happy. It's not just a personal preference, but a health issue. When will they realise that passive smoking is as injurious to health as active smoking ? We feel for the crew, who have to be subjected to smoke daily, for long periods. We shall cease the rant on this subject, something about which we feel very strongly...if you haven't noticed, sorry !

We have cruised many times during the 12 years we have been cruising & think this cruise topped them all. We have to admit that we never join in with the activities, preferring to use the fitness centre on sea days, or sit on our balcony & read. On the couple of occasions when we did go up on deck to sit, we found it impossible to find a lounger because the majority of people booked their places from early morning. This is not a thought, but when we used to go to Park Cafe for early breakfast, towels were already on loungers ! On this ship, Gold Card holders did not have a reserved area.

Park Cafe was an excellent choice for us as it was always quiet, the servers helpful & friendly & the place very clean & tidy, although we were normally the first people in the place ! The toasted English muffin with egg, ham & cheese, which was always hot, set us up for the day, along with a tub of fruit salad & yoghurt.

We ate only once in the MDR for a few reasons...Firstly, we know the menu inside out, as we cruise several times a year, secondly, we always request a table for two, which we seldom get, but we did on this cruise... However, it was really a table for 20, as the tables were so close together and one side for seating was a long couch effect for all guests sitting at that side of the tables. Finally, it took an age to be served our cold starter, then even longer for our main course. We know some people like long intervals between courses, but when we do not normally have much, if anything, at lunchtime, we do not want to expect to fill up on bread & water. The food has always been good, but we know it so well, that we preferred to opt for somewhere else.The Head waiter did say she could improve the service, but we decided to go the Windjammer every evening where we could help ourselves to whatever & when we wanted.

The Windjammer food was always tasty, hot & varied. The fact senior Officers dine there is testimony itself. It suited us to have one course consisting of several items. We did not normally have any sweets or puddings, although my husband did splurge one evening !

We did not go to any of the other restaurants for the reason just given. In the past we have been offered a table in Chops & Giovanni's, but declined as we could not do the menu justice......

The ports of call were good, and we were lucky to be one of the first off daily, thus avoiding problems with long queues for tenders, which evidently happened on one occasion, but did not affect us. Having never been to Zadar, we were pleasantly surprised by the old town & thoroughly enjoyed walking round the place,on a Sunday morning, visiting churches where Mass was being celebrated, the music so pleasant to listen to.

We don't do any shore excursions,except shuttle buses if the distance to town is great, as we prefer to do our own thing, unless the places of interest are far from the ship. On this cruise we had no problems seeing everything we wanted by walking, or taking the paid shuttle in Zadar, the old town being very far from the port, not at all within walking distance by any stretch of the imagination.

The Concierge was very attentive & pleasant, as was the barman in there. We could highlight people who were good, but suffice to say, everybody we encountered were top notch & it was good to meet senior officers in the lounge nightly...something that doesn't happen on every ship.

We would happily return to this ship if Captain Johan & team are at the helm.

Finally, we have never submitted a review on this site, but felt that others should know how good we found this cruise, especially those holding office within the company !
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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin OS 8002
Our suite was in excellent condition & well maintained by Charles, a very helpful, friendly & personable chap. Enjoyed the space & the super comfortable loungers on the balcony.
Plenty of storage space & many hangers in the wardrobes. Liked the separate large shower & jacuzzi bath, but alas we did not use the latter. Plenty of towels, & toiletries were constantly being replaced, as was the ice. Cannot fault the service provided by super Charles. Beware of one thing....one mirror looked as if it came from the crazy house of mirrors, but caused us mirth every time we stopped at it !
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