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Our first experience on RCC and the ship, Rhapsody of the Seas which is one of their oldest in the fleet (first sailing 1997 and the most recent refit in 2012). This was our third cruise having sailed with Celebrity and P&O before and overall would rate RCC third for the following reasons; Pros - Being an older made ship, had good levels of soundproofing in the cabin with no neighbour noises and a huge Aft balcony which meant it accommodated a table, two chairs and lounges which was perfect for the afternoon sun. The buffet, The Windjammer stocked an excellent range of breakfast plus lunch meals, although at times felt crowded and the dining chairs are poorly designed, being heavy and bulky to move.Embarking and disembarking were smooth and straight forward with no issues. The main restaurant The Edelweiss offered better than average lunch and dinner meal options but unfortunately breakfast was a complete disaster (big queues, poorly organised and cold and below standard cooked food). Cons - With the Rhapsody now with over 20 years of service many areas felt tired and in need of a refurbishment. Examples included mouldy curtains in the cabin, damaged stitching on theatre seats & faded carpets throughout.Public areas lacked even a simple vacuuming as the same dirt still present for days. Many of the staff uniforms looked untidy, with shirts hanging out, buttons missing and often with food stains present - needed a manager to highlight to them. We were in a 'Junior Suite' and expected little touches such as slippers, chocolates at turn down or even a fruit bowl on boarding as with our experiences with P&O and Celebrity but unfortunately none were provided. Seasoned RCC sailers stated that in recent years items like these had been dropped due to financial cut backs. Although we enjoyed the nightly entertainment with a high standard of performances, the costumes and wigs were awful. The majority of cabins are Inside or Oceanview and found the pool areas, particularly the days at sea were very noisy & crowded so we sort the quietness of our own balcony. The gym only had two decent exercise bikes and again seemed in need of a refurbishment. Excursions were expensive for what they were and Santorini should be avoided by cruise companies due to the islands poor animal welfare history by using donkeys to transport people up and down the port to town route. Would we try RCC again? Probably not and the main reason being that although the cruise was acceptable we didn't feel valued or enriched, something we will now look ahead to when we select another cruise company carefully in the future.

First experience of RCC and an average one.

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by BEBOBEAR

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Our first experience on RCC and the ship, Rhapsody of the Seas which is one of their oldest in the fleet (first sailing 1997 and the most recent refit in 2012).

This was our third cruise having sailed with Celebrity and P&O before and overall would rate RCC third for the following reasons;

Pros - Being an older made ship, had good levels of soundproofing in the cabin with no neighbour noises and a huge Aft balcony which meant it accommodated a table, two chairs and lounges which was perfect for the afternoon sun. The buffet, The Windjammer stocked an excellent range of breakfast plus lunch meals, although at times felt crowded and the dining chairs are poorly designed, being heavy and bulky to move.Embarking and disembarking were smooth and straight forward with no issues. The main restaurant The Edelweiss offered better than average lunch and dinner meal options but unfortunately breakfast was a complete disaster (big queues, poorly organised and cold and below standard cooked food).

Cons - With the Rhapsody now with over 20 years of service many areas felt tired and in need of a refurbishment. Examples included mouldy curtains in the cabin, damaged stitching on theatre seats & faded carpets throughout.Public areas lacked even a simple vacuuming as the same dirt still present for days. Many of the staff uniforms looked untidy, with shirts hanging out, buttons missing and often with food stains present - needed a manager to highlight to them. We were in a 'Junior Suite' and expected little touches such as slippers, chocolates at turn down or even a fruit bowl on boarding as with our experiences with P&O and Celebrity but unfortunately none were provided. Seasoned RCC sailers stated that in recent years items like these had been dropped due to financial cut backs. Although we enjoyed the nightly entertainment with a high standard of performances, the costumes and wigs were awful. The majority of cabins are Inside or Oceanview and found the pool areas, particularly the days at sea were very noisy & crowded so we sort the quietness of our own balcony. The gym only had two decent exercise bikes and again seemed in need of a refurbishment. Excursions were expensive for what they were and Santorini should be avoided by cruise companies due to the islands poor animal welfare history by using donkeys to transport people up and down the port to town route.

Would we try RCC again? Probably not and the main reason being that although the cruise was acceptable we didn't feel valued or enriched, something we will now look ahead to when we select another cruise company carefully in the future.
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Cabin 8100
Decent size with a double sofa, two chairs, excellent storage space, bathroom with a bath over the shower. The balcony was our highlight with a huge amount of space, two chairs, table and two lounges. Overall due to the overall condition, in need of a refurbishment soon.
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