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First let me say I'm a fan of Royal Caribbean. Four cruises since December 2008. We were very disappointed to learn that there was no ice rink, no Royal Promenade and no specialty dining like there is on the voyager class ships. We made reservations in May for the end of July cruise and requested early dining. The twins are 6 and the baby is 2 years old. We even called the special number for Crown and Anchor members to request early seating. When we got to the pier in Seattle there was an incredible line for security (where they took away 4 nice wines I had brought from home in Houston to enjoy on the cruise.) Oh well. Then we checked in and were given room keys saying late dining. The guy checking us in said we needed to change it on board. We knew that since this has happened several times over the last year with 6 other cruises on RCI. So we went immediately to the Maitre D' and he said that with 6 people he could do nothing and that the 'you time dining' option was full too. There was nothing he could do but put our names on his long list. I looked and we were about 20th on the list. Well, with the kids being on Houston time that would have meant dinner at 10:30 pm for two six year olds and a 2 year toddler. Unacceptable. So we decided to go down to the dining room at 6 pm and again plead our case. After 30 mins they found us a table right at the entrance because someone else no-showed dinner that night. We were told they would find us a table by tomorrow night but it would not be that table we had at the first night. No problem I thought as long as we were early dining. When we showed up the next night Rocky had us taken to table 105 on the 5th deck section of the dining room. As soon as we sat down with our drinks in hand we knew there was a problem. The table was shaking so bad that the water was bouncing around in the glasses. All of us were shaking like we had palsy. Of course we asked the waiter and the Head Waiter what the deal was. Oh, this section is known to shake like this but it wont be so bad tomorrow when we are in Juneau. But it was bad the next night too and we were tied up at the dock when we had dinner. The following day in Skagway we went to dinner and the ship's engines were off and that was the only time we had a comfortable meal. The food was mediocre and the service very slow. They advertised tenderloin form chops grille for an additional $15 but there was no chops grille on board? Of the seven dinners on the ship there were two OK and another acceptable. The rest were low quality. I will be revisiting Celebrity for the better food quality in the future. The cabins were OK but seemed to be a little smaller than on Mariner and Voyager. Before the cruise I had told the kids about the neat sliding shower doors on the Mariner. They are not on the Rhapsody. Also missed was the ease that a Royal Promenade gives to movement around a ship. Missed Johnny Rocket's too. The fitness center was a joke with all the elliptical machines facing a mirrored wall versus what you get on Voyager. There are only two high points for this cruise:- The friendliness of the crew and the incredible talent of the singers and dancers for the production shows.

Dissonant Rhapsody

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by Eggo

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2009
  • Destination: Alaska
First let me say I'm a fan of Royal Caribbean. Four cruises since December 2008. We were very disappointed to learn that there was no ice rink, no Royal Promenade and no specialty dining like there is on the voyager class ships.
We made reservations in May for the end of July cruise and requested early dining. The twins are 6 and the baby is 2 years old. We even called the special number for Crown and Anchor members to request early seating. When we got to the pier in Seattle there was an incredible line for security (where they took away 4 nice wines I had brought from home in Houston to enjoy on the cruise.) Oh well.
Then we checked in and were given room keys saying late dining. The guy checking us in said we needed to change it on board. We knew that since this has happened several times over the last year with 6 other cruises on RCI. So we went immediately to the Maitre D' and he said that with 6 people he could do nothing and that the 'you time dining' option was full too. There was nothing he could do but put our names on his long list. I looked and we were about 20th on the list.
Well, with the kids being on Houston time that would have meant dinner at 10:30 pm for two six year olds and a 2 year toddler. Unacceptable. So we decided to go down to the dining room at 6 pm and again plead our case. After 30 mins they found us a table right at the entrance because someone else no-showed dinner that night. We were told they would find us a table by tomorrow night but it would not be that table we had at the first night.
No problem I thought as long as we were early dining. When we showed up the next night Rocky had us taken to table 105 on the 5th deck section of the dining room. As soon as we sat down with our drinks in hand we knew there was a problem. The table was shaking so bad that the water was bouncing around in the glasses. All of us were shaking like we had palsy.
Of course we asked the waiter and the Head Waiter what the deal was. Oh, this section is known to shake like this but it wont be so bad tomorrow when we are in Juneau. But it was bad the next night too and we were tied up at the dock when we had dinner. The following day in Skagway we went to dinner and the ship's engines were off and that was the only time we had a comfortable meal. The food was mediocre and the service very slow. They advertised tenderloin form chops grille for an additional $15 but there was no chops grille on board? Of the seven dinners on the ship there were two OK and another acceptable. The rest were low quality. I will be revisiting Celebrity for the better food quality in the future.
The cabins were OK but seemed to be a little smaller than on Mariner and Voyager. Before the cruise I had told the kids about the neat sliding shower doors on the Mariner. They are not on the Rhapsody. Also missed was the ease that a Royal Promenade gives to movement around a ship. Missed Johnny Rocket's too. The fitness center was a joke with all the elliptical machines facing a mirrored wall versus what you get on Voyager.
There are only two high points for this cruise:- The friendliness of the crew and the incredible talent of the singers and dancers for the production shows.
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