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We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Venice and Greek Islands. We encountered fog in the Venice port, so our cruise was delayed. Instead of leaving at 5 PM on Saturday, we left at 11 AM on Sunday. This meant that the itinerary was changed. They cancelled Corfu and Mykonos, sadly. The one Greek Island we did visit (Keffalonia, Argostoli) had little to do or see unless you actually left the port and went elsewhere on the island. We went to a beach and swam, but it wasn't one of those picturesque Greek beaches that one sees in photos. The town itself was modern and full of tourist souvenir shops--not the kind of shopping we were looking for. Split, Croatia was added to our itinerary. While the old town was nice, again, full of tourist souvenir shops and also very expensive high end stores. Outside of the old town, there really wasn't much else to do or see and the currency is different, causing problems. We did take an RC shore excursion of the Cetina River. River cruise, visit to Omis and walk around old town Split. Nobody told us Omis is ten degrees colder, so we were not prepared for the cold winds. The river boat ride, while very scenic, was freezing cold. We were also only given 15 minutes in Omis, during which most people looked for public washrooms. Our guide was not the greatest--used too many words and lost much of her audience. And this cost us $93 US currency. What a waste. We were compensated a half a day OBC per stateroom for the delays in leaving. While that was nice, it wasn't sufficient, in our opinion. The embarkation was utter chaos, with over 2000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time. The food was fine. We ate at the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room. MDR meals were a bit too salty for our taste and the portions excessive (lots of waste was noted). Windjammer had lots of choice and was adequate. I much prefer, however, the method HAL uses on their ships--that buffet food is served to customers, rather than allowing customers to serve themselves. Much more hygienic. Our cabin, outside stateroom 3044, was adequate. Sofa a little tired, but we didn't much more there than sleep and dress, so it was fine. Did not enjoy the fact that the Casino was in the middle of the deck shared with dining and theater. We had to go up or down a flight each time to avoid walking through the stinky smoke-filled Casino. We would've enjoyed informative lectures about the ports being visited before docking. While one talk was offered, it was nothing more than a sales pitch for the over-priced, underwhelming shore excursions. We did enjoy the entertainment shows in the theater. Many people slam these, but these youngsters work very hard to put on a program for the crowd. The singing and dancing was enjoyable and they need to be commended for their efforts. The activity director, Eric, on the other hand, tended to be a little annoying. They advertised decade theme dance evenings, but while people were enjoying dancing, he would interrupt this with some sort of lame game that took up a lot of time and basically "killed" the party, so to speak. After the 3 couple twist contest, most people left and the dance floor was cleared. Too bad. All in all, not what we hoped for or signed up for. Perhaps we are just not cruise type travellers.

Not what we expected

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by kawagama

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We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Venice and Greek Islands. We encountered fog in the Venice port, so our cruise was delayed. Instead of leaving at 5 PM on Saturday, we left at 11 AM on Sunday. This meant that the itinerary was changed. They cancelled Corfu and Mykonos, sadly. The one Greek Island we did visit (Keffalonia, Argostoli) had little to do or see unless you actually left the port and went elsewhere on the island. We went to a beach and swam, but it wasn't one of those picturesque Greek beaches that one sees in photos. The town itself was modern and full of tourist souvenir shops--not the kind of shopping we were looking for.

Split, Croatia was added to our itinerary. While the old town was nice, again, full of tourist souvenir shops and also very expensive high end stores. Outside of the old town, there really wasn't much else to do or see and the currency is different, causing problems. We did take an RC shore excursion of the Cetina River. River cruise, visit to Omis and walk around old town Split. Nobody told us Omis is ten degrees colder, so we were not prepared for the cold winds. The river boat ride, while very scenic, was freezing cold. We were also only given 15 minutes in Omis, during which most people looked for public washrooms. Our guide was not the greatest--used too many words and lost much of her audience. And this cost us $93 US currency. What a waste.

We were compensated a half a day OBC per stateroom for the delays in leaving. While that was nice, it wasn't sufficient, in our opinion. The embarkation was utter chaos, with over 2000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time.

The food was fine. We ate at the Windjammer and the Main Dining Room. MDR meals were a bit too salty for our taste and the portions excessive (lots of waste was noted). Windjammer had lots of choice and was adequate. I much prefer, however, the method HAL uses on their ships--that buffet food is served to customers, rather than allowing customers to serve themselves. Much more hygienic.

Our cabin, outside stateroom 3044, was adequate. Sofa a little tired, but we didn't much more there than sleep and dress, so it was fine.

Did not enjoy the fact that the Casino was in the middle of the deck shared with dining and theater. We had to go up or down a flight each time to avoid walking through the stinky smoke-filled Casino.

We would've enjoyed informative lectures about the ports being visited before docking. While one talk was offered, it was nothing more than a sales pitch for the over-priced, underwhelming shore excursions.

We did enjoy the entertainment shows in the theater. Many people slam these, but these youngsters work very hard to put on a program for the crowd. The singing and dancing was enjoyable and they need to be commended for their efforts. The activity director, Eric, on the other hand, tended to be a little annoying. They advertised decade theme dance evenings, but while people were enjoying dancing, he would interrupt this with some sort of lame game that took up a lot of time and basically "killed" the party, so to speak. After the 3 couple twist contest, most people left and the dance floor was cleared. Too bad.

All in all, not what we hoped for or signed up for. Perhaps we are just not cruise type travellers.
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Cabin 3044
Adequate. Lots of storage. Beds were fine. Sofa could stand replacing or reupholstering. It would be nice if the arrangement allowed for seating near the window. Lots of hangers.
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